"This Love" as written by Adam Levine, Jesse Royal Carmichael, Ryan Michael Dusick, James Valentine and Mickey Madden....
I was so high, I did not recognize
The fire burning in her eyes
The chaos that controlled my mind
Whispered goodbye as she got on a plane
Never to return again
But always in my heart

This love has taken it's toll on me
She said goodbye too many times before
And her heart is breaking in front of me
I have no choice 'cause I won't say goodbye anymore

I tried my best to feed her appetite
Keep her coming every night
So hard to keep her satisfied
Kept playing love like it was just a game
Pretending to feel the same
Then turn around and leave again

This love has taken it's toll on me
She said goodbye too many times before
And her heart is breaking in front of me
I have no choice 'cause I won't say goodbye anymore

I'll fix these broken things
Repair your broken wings
And make sure everything is alright
My pressure on your hips
Sinking my fingertips
Into every inch of you
'Cause I know that's what you want me to do

This love has taken it's toll on me
She said goodbye too many times before
And her heart is breaking in front of me
I have no choice 'cause I won't say goodbye anymore


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"This Love" as written by James Valentine Adam Levine

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this Jane girl really screwed him up ... I love this album because it's honest. He loved this girl and she just used him for sex. They had a connection, and you can tell in the way he writes all of these songs. Every other Maroon 5 album after this was never as good because they were writing to be famous. Not out of hurt or love.

    ALSO

    I love my classic rock music, but I have to say Songs About Jane is one of my favourite albums ever. It's been 8 years, and my music diversity has grown immensely, but this still remains a favourite. This song I feel like is one of the theme songs of the whole album. Whether or not it's over played or you don't like it because it's immoral, you gotta admit it's honest.
    tulipsareblueon November 24, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationIt is my humble opinion that this song is about cocaine addiction.

    A wise man once told me that the album is called Songs About Jane; people call coke "girl" or "white girl", and Songs About Jane just means songs about a girl, right?

    Now, the lyric analysis.

    I was so high I did not recognize
    The fire burning in her eyes
    The chaos that controlled my mind---- He says it straight up right here. He was so high that he didn't even realize that it was controlling his mind. He establishes right in the beginning lines that he is an addict.

    Whispered goodbye and she got on a plane
    Never to return again
    But always in my heart---- The "she" he refers to is the cocaine. He personifies the cocaine and gives it its own personality and metaphorically refers to the struggles he faces with addiction to the struggle one would face with a complicated relationship/breakup. These lines describe him being forced into rehabilitation- the cocaine is being taken from him and he will never be able to use again, but he will always remember it and keep it in his heart.

    This love has taken its toll on me
    She said goodbye too many times before
    And her heart is breaking in front of me
    I have no choice cause I won't say goodbye anymore---- Here he is determined to overcome his addiction, but he struggles to recover because, well, he is dependent on the substance. He acknowledges that "this love" (his addiction) has taken a huge toll on him both physically and mentally. He keeps trying to quit it ("she says goodbye") but he keeps coming back to it and having to say goodbye over again. He now recognizes that he has no choice, he has to overcome this addiction and he is determined to not have to go through this again.

    I tried my best to feed her appetite
    Keep her coming every night
    So hard to keep her satisfied
    Kept playing love like it was just a game
    Pretending to feel the same
    Then turn around and leave again---- This I believe is when the point of view shifts to the cocaine itself. The "she" it speaks of is the struggling addict. Metaphorically, the cocaine is trying to feed the addict's appetite, the hunger and craving she has for the drug that keeps her coming every night because she just needs more and more. The addict is absolutely invested in this, but for the cocaine it's nothing but a game as it manipulates and controls the user, pretending to make everything better but turning around and leaving during the comedown period.

    I'll fix these broken things
    Repair your broken wings
    And make sure everything's alright
    My pressure on your hips
    Sinking my fingertips
    Into every inch of you
    Cause I know that's what you want me to do---- The cocaine offers a temporary fix, it'll fix everything that is going wrong in the addict's life and make it seem like anything is possible. The descriptions of an intimate relationship metaphorically allude to the close relationship between user and drugs.

    The main theme throughout the song is the unstable relationship which, if you dig deeper, is a personification of the addiction. This "girlfriend" he describes is the cocaine and he keeps coming back to it even though he knows he needs to stop, but it just satisfies him like nothing else can. He documents his struggles with addiction and recovery in this song, touching on how good it makes him feel when he uses and how he is fighting to escape its control.
    henryhenryhenron January 06, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSame here. I danced around my room to it this morning. :D
    I love ths way they sing the chorus.

    "This love has taken its toll on me
    She said Goodbye too many times before
    And her heart is breaking in front of me
    I have no choice cause I won’t say goodbye anymore"

    It's awesome.
    anna118kon May 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti loove this song..i saw them in concert in new york in a little club kind of place and john mayer came in to play with them during this song...he recently moved to ny and hes a fan of our maroon boys...it was awesome!! they are a great band and finally moving up the charts
    yestrdayswallfloweron May 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh, it is so unfair that you guys can go to their concerts. I am stuck in Aust. loving them but not seeing them live.
    katoxon June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I agree. I live across the country (not as bad, but nearly). So I'm pretty fucked unless the go on tour to my area. This has to be one of my favorite songs, this and Harder To Breath are the best to me. Pretty much I think that this song means that he's dating this girl who keeps getting in fights with him, breaking up and leaving him, then coming back with a broken heart and putting him in a bind. And now he's finally gotten sick of it. Especially since he's had to wear himself down by keeping her happy.
    DragonKnight411on June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy friends asked me to look for these lyrics and i think this is a great song and i don't know the whole meaning but it is good.
    ryang11r0yon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song and Maroon 5, but I'm bothered by how often they switch from "you" to "her." (Not just in this song either but in almost all of them!) Even when a song is clearly written about one girl, the lyrics go from "I love you" to "I love her" and back again almost constantly. Too spastic for my taste...
    ValIsAllThaton April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol yeah but this song i jazz its nice different from most pops i like it... but i think its too short
    i havent seen it any where b4 >.< arahaha
    Haruon April 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this is a pop song! and normally hate pop but this is a class song! thumbs up m5
    cookie_lauren2on April 29, 2004   Link

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