"Must Get Out" as written by Adam Levine, Jesse Royal Carmichael, Ryan Michael Dusick, James Valentine and Mickey Madden....
I've been the needle and the thread
Weaving figure eights and circles around your head
I try to laugh but cry instead
Patiently wait to hear the words you've never said

Fumbling through your dresser drawer
Forgot what I was looking for
Try to guide me in the right direction
Making use of all this time
Keeping everything inside
Close my eyes and listen to you cry

I'm lifting you up
I'm letting you down
I'm dancing till dawn
I'm fooling around
I'm not giving up
I'm making your love
This city's made us crazy and we must get out

"This is not goodbye," she said,
"It's just time for me to rest my head."
She does not walk, she runs instead
Down these jagged streets and into my bed

When I was fumbling through your dresser drawer
Forgot what I was looking for
Try to guide me in the right direction
Making use of all this time
Keeping everything inside
Close my eyes and listen to you cry

I'm lifting you up
I'm letting you down
I'm dancing till dawn
I'm fooling around
I'm not giving up
I'm making your love
This city's made us crazy and we must get out

There's only so much I can do for you
After all of the things you've put me through

I'm lifting you up
I'm letting you down
I'm dancing till dawn
I'm fooling around
I'm not giving up
I'm making your love
This city's made us crazy and we must get out


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"Must Get Out" as written by James Valentine Adam Levine

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    General Commentawww i love this song. my dad loves it too. i think he just really confuses her, and he doesn't know why. he does stuff that makes her want to leave, but she can't. she always comes back to him. and he really hates that he makes her feel this way. i wonder what "city" he's talking about. los angeles, perhaps? ;) i love the music, too. so gentle. you can see that he's pleading with her. poor jane.
    literateandstylishon April 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo me it sounds like a relationship that is falling apart from both sides. They still love eachother to a certain degree, and can't let go. They keep trying to make it work even though they know it won't. He is cheating on her, but still loves her, he just feels that it is hopeless at this point. He can't seem to talk to her. He listens to her cry and doesn't know what to do. He knows the relationship is falling apart, and that neither of them are happy, but even though he fools around on her he still loves her and it hurts to think that she might be doing the same, so he is going through her dresser to see if he can discover anything. He doesn't want to give up, he even blames it on the city (even though that probably has nothing to do with it really) but in the end it will probably fall apart. It is depressing.
    divicanon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't see why you think he's cheating on her in this song. I think that he wants her and she won't succumb. Even though she wants him, just maybe not to the extent he wants her. "She does not walk she runs instead, down these jagged streets and into my bed"... My favorite line.
    jazzy09on December 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think its about a guy and girl who have feelings for eachother and they are intimate but aren't really open with their feelings for eachother.

    I�ve been the needle and the thread
    Weaving figure eights and circles round your head
    I try to laugh but cry instead
    Patiently wait to hear the words you�ve never said

    She can't figure him out because they have been playing games with eachother the whole time, trying to keep it light even though they both really like each other. He is waiting to hear her say she cares for him, but she doesnt because she has no clue what is going on in his head and hes not really letting her know.

    Fumbling through your dresser door forgot what I was looking for
    Try to guide me in the right direction
    Making use of all this time
    Keeping everything inside
    Close my eyes and listen to you cry

    talking about her dresser drawer just makes it obvious that they are intimate. He is going through her things for some reason or another...seems like hes looking in her stuff to see who she really is. They had kept things light and airy, a fling, because she had already planned on leaving before they even met (whether it was a job opportunity or something else). They both realize they love each other but the relationship has started at such an awkward time for both of them.

    I�m lifting you up
    I�m letting you down
    I�m dancing til dawn
    I�m fooling around
    I�m not giving up
    I�m making your love
    This city�s made us crazy and we must get out

    He is making the best of their time together. He wants it to be the best it can be, bittersweet. he says hes letting her down because he won't be completely open with her about how he feels. he wants her to make the decision to stay on her own. He would go with her if he could but its not his decision to make


    This not goodbye she said
    It is just time for me to rest my head
    She does not walk she runs instead
    Down these jagged streets and into my bed

    She is trying to figure out what she wants. If her career or elsewise is more important than this unexpected love. She leaves, but comes back....running. Realizing being with him is more important.

    Fumbling through your dresser door forgot what I was looking for
    Try to guide me in the right direction
    Making use of all this time
    Keeping everything inside
    Close my eyes and listen to you cry

    same as before

    I�m lifting you up
    I�m letting you down
    I�m dancing til dawn
    I�m fooling around
    I�m not giving up
    I�m making your love
    This city�s made us crazy and we must get out

    same

    There�s only so much I can do for you
    After all of the things you put me through

    He is surprised that she decided to leave him and it really threw him for a loop. He is afraid now that she is back because they went through this whirl wind of feelings and doesnt want to go through it again. he hopes she is there for good.
    jlb227on April 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I'd say the same. Well, except about my dad loving this song...
    DragonKnight411on June 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commentanother song that just seems to represent this past year away from home. love it.
    spidergirlon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love Maroon 5 and this is my favorite Maroon 5 song. They just played at my college (Gettysburg) and they were awesome. They put on a great show. Their encore was a cover of "Highway to Hell" and it rocked. As far as this song, I think it's cool how he seems like no matter what he does, he just cofuses her, but she can't bring herself to leave. You gotta go see these guys in concert, they're awesome!!!!
    DMB84on May 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI actually dont get to much of this song...i do try...but ill get it soon...but actually for some reason this song reminds me so much of my exboyfriend but it has nothiing to do with our relation ship...maybe its cuz i dated him while going through my maroon 5 stage but oh well this is still and will remain my fav. maroon 5 song.
    LETIGREBABE151on December 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Maroon 5 song and I saw them in concert and they were awesome. Adam Levine has a very unique and very sexy voice. I think this is a song about a relationship that is nothing but ups and downs. Maybe when Adam Levine says "city" he is refering to their crazy confusing relationship, they're world when they are together... I sounded way too poetic just now. Maroon 5 is my favorite band of all time and will be for a long time. MAROON 5 ROCKS!!!!
    ilovemaroon5on January 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE MAROON 5 SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG BY THEM. IT SPEAKS TO ME SO MUCH, I LOVE YOU CHASE. I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I LOVE YOU TOO MIKE, THIS IS STILL OUR SONG!!!! ITS ABOUT BEING IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE BUT NOT BEING ABLE TO LOVE THEM BECAUSE OF FAMILY, FRIENDS, SCHOOL ETC. THE BEST SONG EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANT WAIT TILL THEIR NEW CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    abandoned07on February 01, 2005   Link

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