"Tear You Apart" as written by Adam Bravin and Justin Warfield....
Got a big plan, this mindset maybe its right
At the right place and right time, maybe tonight
And the whisper or handshake sending a sign
Wanna make out and kiss hard, wait never mind

Late night, and passing, mention it flipped her
Best friend, its no thing maybe it slipped
But the slip turns to terror and a crush to light
When she walked in, he froze up, believe its the fright

Its cute in a way, till you cannot speak
And you leave to have a cigarette, your knees get weak
An escape is just a nod and a casual wave
Obsessed about it, heavy for the next two days

It's only just a crush, it'll go away
It's just like all the others it'll go away
Or maybe this is danger and he just don't know
You pray it all away but it continues to grow

I want to hold you close
Skin pressed against me tight
Lie still, and close your eyes girl
So lovely, it feels so right

I want to hold you close
Soft breasts, beating heart
As I whisper in your ear
I want to fucking tear you apart

Then he walked up and told her, thinking that he'd passed
And they talked and looked away a lot, doing the dance
Her hand brushed up against his, she left it there
Told him how she felt and then they locked in a stare

They took a step back, thought about it, what should they do
Cause there's always repercussions when you're dating in school
But their lips met, and reservations started to pass
Whether this was just an evening or a thing that would last

Either way he wanted her and this was bad
He wanted to do things to her it was making him crazy
Now a little crush turned into a like
And now he wants to grab her by the hair and tell her

I want to hold you close
Skin pressed against me tight
Lie still, and close your eyes girl
So lovely, it feels so right

I want to hold you close
Soft breasts, beating heart
As I whisper in your ear
I want to fucking tear you apart


Lyrics submitted by i_failed_preschool, edited by JohnnyRemy

"Tear You Apart" as written by Adam Bravin, Justin Warfield

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  • +6
    Song MeaningIt appears that most of you people have too overly romantic views on how you make love to a girl. Not everyone is into rose petals, candles and feathers, you know...

    You're totally missing the point if you think this song is about rape or murder.

    The "hero" has a crush on a girl in shcool, but afraid of falling in love with her. Not because he has low self-esteem, but because he's not an ordinary guy. He has a dark mindset, but tries to act normal. He understands that there's a big chance the girl may become afraid of his true self, so he's being very cautious not to let himself slip.

    He accidentally tells about his feelings to her best friend. When she walks in, he gets very nervous and leaves.

    Whole weekend he's being tortured by his obsession with her. In disbelief that everything will work out, he hopes that it will just go away, but can't stop it from growing.

    There's no way back now. The next time they meet again he decides to face her. After some awkward moments their eyes meet and she tells him that she likes him.

    He explodes. It doesn't matter now if it's gonna be a one night stand or a long relationship. He wants her BAD. But in a very sinister and dominant way. He wants to press against her chest, hold her tight and fuck her like crazy till she's completely exhausted. He wants to "do things to her" while she just lie still and submit. Of course, he doesn't want to tear her apart literally.

    This song is awesome and I can relate to it. A shame that so many misunderstand it.
    Scav3ngeron November 21, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat I thought of when I heard this song...

    This is soooo a song you would play during sex.
    Holier Than Thouon December 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's just sex. Really, guys? Sex.
    SitarHeroon May 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric Correctionhey, just a suggestion - when you update and fix lyrics, there is no need to put the changed words in caps. it's an eyesore, but more importantly, it's rather passive aggressive. having the correct lyrics are correct are all that matters. there are some of us that like to copy+paste lyrics into our itunes and having to manually correct things (such as words in capital letters!) is cumbersome and annoying.

    thank you! :)
    jewdifulon August 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis band is so awesome...they have wicked lyrics that are so relateable because they're issues that everyone has dealt with one time or another. I think the narrator has some crazy fanatsies about this girl but nothing really happened between them. She's only seen from afar.
    autrefoison December 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo I put myself in the shoe's of the "hero" and superimposed my own life into the song. To me it boils down to a simple crush that this "guy" can't get out of his head. It's an affliction he has that is driving him crazy and no matter what he does to repress the idea of her he is unable to expostulate the idea of "them" to himself. So he hates her; he hates her because he can't control his own life, he hates her because of the trepidation she impregnates in his being and the way she has stolen every waking moment from him. But even with all that hate there is an equal if not greater love/caring. Upon the idea which has been preoccuping his head coming to fruitioa battle must be fought from within to decided which emotion will win. For that reason he wishes he never knew her and that he could just "tear her apart" and be done with her.

    But that whole paragraph is leaving out one key line which may be the turning point for the entire analysis. That line is: Cause theres always repercussions when you're dating in school. This could bring a whole new spin on the songs meaning or it could just be an excuse he is using to help combat the longing for her. For my purposes I'll have to side with the latter for now.

    But here are what "I" think the lyrics say:

    "Got a big plan, this mindset maybe it's right
    At the right place and right time, maybe tonight
    In the whisper or handshake sending a sign
    Wanna make out and kiss hard, wait nevermind

    Late night, in passing, mention it flipped to her
    Best friend it's those saying maybe it slipped
    But the slip turns to terror and a crush to light
    When she walked in, he throws up, leave it to fright

    It's cute, in a way, till you cannot speak
    And you leave to have a cigarette, knees get weak
    Escape was just a nod and a casual wave
    Obsess about it heavy for the next two days

    It's only just a crush, it'll go away
    It's just like all the others it'll go away
    Or maybe this is danger and he just don't know
    You pray it all away but it continues to grow

    I want to hold you close
    Skin pressed against me tight
    Lie still, and close your eyes girl
    So lovely, it feels so right

    I want to hold you close
    Soft breasts, beating heart
    As I whisper in your ear
    I want to fucking tear you apart

    Then he walked up and told her, thinking maybe it'd pass
    And they talked and looked away a lot, doing the dance
    Her hand brushed up against his, she left it there
    Told him how she felt and then they locked in a stare

    They took a step back, thought about it, what should they do
    Cause theres always repercussions when you're dating in school
    But their lips met, and reservations started to pass
    Whether this was just an evening or a thing that would last

    Either way he wanted her and this was bad
    Wanted to do things to her it was making him crazy
    Now a little crush turned into a like
    And now he wants to grab her by the hair and tell her

    I want to hold you close
    Skin pressed against me tight
    Lie still, and close your eyes girl
    So lovely, it feels so right

    I want to hold you close
    Soft breasts, beating heart
    As I whisper in your ear
    I want to fucking tear you apart"
    -Tear You Apart, She Wants Revenge
    Walnutson January 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh, im sorry for having an opinion. I'd rather not waste anymore of my time here.
    mrreznoron January 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow i failed preschool, you've just proven that your no older that 10, atleast in your mind. And you wanna talk about having no life, looks who's cussing out anyone who has an opinion. You know, i think the point of this place is to give your opinion, just so you know
    Ekizzleon January 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about kinky hardcore sex people!!!!!!!!!! ;)
    pinkaspinksarahon February 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI didn't hear the Bauhaus influence, at all, and I'm a huge Bauhaus fan. Definitely some Curtis/Joy Division influence there, the guy sounds like Curtis has been reincarnated. Maybe except this guy isn't as good as our lovely Ian. Cool song, but I really don't like the rest of their stuff. The album was disappointing.

    I think it's about two people crushing on one another, and there are difficulties. But they get together, anyways. Pretty simple, little, if any, hidden meaning.
    NickTheStripperon December 15, 2006   Link

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