Lyrical Deconstruction. Whitesnake.

This will be a quick one, and I’m not really aiming for humour here. Whilst I love this song, I hate the lyrics. You’ll see why below, as it’s not really written well at all.

I should have known better
Than to let you go alone

Go where? These lyrics never really tracked with me. I mean, if you said that, then surely you had the option to go with her, otherwise you had no other option than to let her go alone. So, where’s she going?

It’s times like these
I can’t make it on my own

Oh, so it’s entirely for selfish reasons. He’s lonely.

Wasted days, and sleepless nights
An’ I can’t wait to see you again

Good job you used that apostrophe, you saved so much time there by using an’ instead of and.

I find I spend my time
Waiting on your call

Ahhh, the days before mobile phones. The tragedy of having to sit around waiting for a phone call. Thank god those days are over.

How can I tell you, babe
My back’s against the wall

Erm, why? Are you scared of getting bummed? This song is all over the place.

I need you by my side
To tell me it’s alright
‘Cause I don’t think I can take anymore

Yeah, someone is lonely. His only issue seems to be that she’s not there, FOR HIM.

Is this love that I’m feeling

No, It’s loneliness.

Is this the love that I’ve been searching for

No, It’s loneliness.

Is this love or am I dreaming

You’re dreaming.

This must be love

It’s not.

‘Cause it’s really got a hold on me
A hold on me.

Nope.

I can’t stop the feeling
I’ve been this way before

Quel Suprise!

But, with you I’ve found the key
To open any door

So she’s a master thief?

I can feel my love for you
Growing stronger day by day

You can’t.

An’ I can’t wait too see you again
So I can hold you in my arms

This is the first thing he’s said that’s for her. Not just about how it effects him.

Is this love that I’m feeling
Is this the love that I’ve been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming
This must be love
‘Cause it’s really got a hold on me
A hold on me

We’ve been over this. Still just seems like loneliness to me. This is no basis for a relationship. If the only reason you’re with someone is to not feel lonely yourself then you’re not with the right person or you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.

Is this love that I’m feeling
Is this the love that I’ve been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming
Is this the love that I’ve been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming
Is this the love that I’ve been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming
Is this the love that I’ve been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming
Is this the love that I’ve been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming
Is this the love that I’ve been searching for

It seems like I maybe hit ‘paste’ a few too many times, but I really didn’t.

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