"Tangled" as written by Adam Levine, Jesse Royal Carmichael, Ryan Michael Dusick, James Valentine and Mickey Madden....
I'm full of regret
For all the things that I have done and said
And I don't know if it'll ever be okay to show
My face 'round here
Sometimes I wonder if I disappear

Would you ever turn your head and look
To see if I'm gone
'Cause I fear

There is nothing left to say to you
That you want to hear
That you want to know
I think I should go
The things I've done are way too shameful

You're just an innocent
A helpless victim of a spider's web
And I'm an insect
Going after anything that I can get
So you'd better turn your head and run
And don't look back
Cause I fear

There is nothing left to say to you
That you want to hear
That you want to know
I think I should go
The things I've done are way too shameful

And I have done you so wrong
Treated you bad
Strung you along
Oh, shame on myself
I don't know how I got so tangled up
'Cause I fear

There is nothing left to say to you
That you want to hear
That you want to know
I think I should go
The things I've done are way too shameful


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"Tangled" as written by James Valentine Adam Levine

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    General Commentplease allow me to clarify, as I was thinking of this just today...
    The idea is that the entire mess of the relationship is a tangled web. He's an insect that is chasing after whatever he wants ( as insects do, and that's how they get trapped in webs) and she is just some innocent thing that happened to be caught by the web as well. He feels that he was more deserving of the entanglement, but she shouldn't have had to be in it. Therefore if she gets the chance to get out, she ought to run as far awy as possible so as not to get caught again.
    WinterOnyxon April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI find it interesting that the lyrics say: "A helpless victim of a spider's web/ and I'm an insect..." The only way an insect would ever have anything to do with a spider's web would be if it was stuck! (Spiders aren't insects, they're arachnids. Insects have 6 legs, arachnids have 8... etc.) So even if Adam Levine meant that the girl's a victim of a spider's web and he's the spider who's coming to eat her (or whatever), what he ended up saying was they're both insects who could end up tangled/are tangled in someone else's web. That could make sense, except the rest of the song implies that it's all Adam Levine's fault. ("...the things that I have done and said," etc.)

    ...Though of course, the name of the song is "Tangled." Maybe Maroon 5 IS talking about two insects tangled in someone else's web. (I doubt it though.)
    ValIsAllThaton April 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOooh I quite agree with what Val said. And anyway, maybe they are talking about two tangled insects in someone else's web. I mean, who said Adam and Jane couldn't have had a lurve triangle... or, dare I say, three some.
    Kaykoson April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere's a line or two missing.....about the spider's web......
    SkiShon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentconsider it fixed! your welcome ;-D

    by the way-- love the song. it's fun!
    insatiableon September 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with what winteronyx said, i think that he was just tryin to get sumthin he wanted..her..but he ended up hurting her because he was selfish and hes trying to help her out
    deepdivineon May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always consider this song to be about friendships... Do you know when you really hurt a friend unintentionally with actions and/or words and you stop being friends? He is trying to tell his friend he is really ashamed about something he did and he feels nothing he says or does will make it better so he just leaves...
    icydarkon May 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh btw my favorite song in "Songs about Jane" it's really really good.
    icydarkon May 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno, adam isn't sayin that he is the spider (i don't think) maybe, but he'd be kind of stupid
    skittlesAARon January 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure he's just saying that he cheated on her. He knows he shouldn't have done it, but it just happened so fast he couldn't stop it. He wishes it hadn't happened but he can't undo his mistake.
    DarkFlameson April 12, 2005   Link

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