"Love Bites" as written by Robert John Lange, Stephen Maynard Clark, Philip Kenneth Collen, Richard Savage, Joseph Elliott and Richard John Cyril Allen....
If you've got love in your sights
Watch out, love bites
When you make love, do you look in your mirror?
Who do you think of?
Does he look like me?
Do you tell lies?
And say that it's forever?
Do you think twice, or just touch 'n' see?
Ooh babe
Ooh yeah
When you're alone, do you let go?
Are you wild 'n' willing or is it just for show?
Ooh come on

I don't want to touch you too much baby
Cause making love to you might drive me crazy
I know you think that love is the way you make it
So I don't want to be there when you decide to break it
No!

(Love bites, love bleeds)
It's bringing me to my knees
(Love lives, love dies)
It's no surprise
(Love begs, love pleads)

It's what I need
When I'm with you are you somewhere else?
Am I getting through or do you please yourself?
When you wake up will you walk out?
It can't be love if you throw it about
Ooh babe
I don't want to touch you too much baby
Cause making love to you might drive me crazy
Oh

(Love bites, love bleeds)
It's bringing me to my knees
(Love lives, love dies)
It's no surprise
(Love begs, love pleads)
It's what I need
Ooh yeah

I don't want to touch you too much baby
Cause making love to you might drive me crazy
I know you think that love is the way you make it
So I don't want to be there when you decide to break it
No!

(Love bites, love bleeds)
It's bringing me to my knees
(Love lives, love dies)
(Love bites, love bleeds)
It's bringing me to my knees
(Love lives, love dies)
It's no surprise
(Love begs, love pleads)
It's what I need
If you've got love in your sights
Watch out, love bites
Yes it does
It will be hell


Lyrics submitted by Boonechic_21

"Love Bites" as written by Robert John Lange, Stephen Maynard Clark, Philip Kenneth Collen, Richard Savage, Joseph Elliott, Richard John Cyril Allen

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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  • +2
    General CommentThe chorus to this song, is very haunting. Not the "love bites" verse, but the "I don't want to touch you too much baby" part. It stays stuck in my head for days, and I can't get rid of it.
    aceticaon July 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOchikanobee, the line about making and breaking love, here's my spin:

    He is saying that she equares sex with love. By that I mean, having sex means love. So, in essence, perhaps she really doesn't know what love is.

    The break line just means he doesn't want to be there when she calls it off, sex, relationship, the whole shebang.
    cubbyblueson May 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me this song is about a fast woman and this guy wants to be in love with her but he knows she's a player. That's why love bites. He knows all the ill feelings the "relationship" with her generates but he wants it while at the same time not getting too close to her . He knows he'll only get hurt in the end.
    suthernlasson December 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have loved this song since I first heard when the album released.

    By the by, Def Leppard has some of the coolest intros EVER to their songs. Examples: Pour Some Sugar On Me (the original and the one on their best of), Rock of Ages and this, Love Bites.

    This guy is obviously afraid to get too attached to this girl, who seems a little more fast and free and not one for commitment. It's why he asked, "Do you tell lies and say that it's forever" as well as, "I don't wanna be there when you decide to break [love]."

    I love the hypocrisy in his words as well. Love bites. Love bleeds. Love lives and dies. Yet, he needs and wants it.

    Not only one of the greatest Def Leppard songs, but one of the best rock ballads (and severely underrated, as all Def tunes sans Sugar seem to be).
    cubbyblueson May 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song took the words right out my mouth.
    C-Pacon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song ... its awsum ... its exactly wat love is ...
    born_loveron July 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite Def Leppard ballad and its a classic. Just a fantastic song.
    Teufelon September 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about wanting (well having) someone and wondering if they want you too. It's a great song, one of my Def Leppard favorites.
    mego435on September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about wanting (well having) someone and wondering if they want you too. It's a great song, one of my Def Leppard favorites.
    mego435on September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe's with another guy and he wants to know if she still thinks of him. yes, love does bite doesn't it? i've never had a girlfriend, but i see my friends have problems with their girlfriends and i can see how much love bites. sometimes i'm glad i'm single!

    Joe was born to sing this song. just listen he sounds great. nice guitar sounds too.
    masterofpuppets80on May 01, 2004   Link

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