"Keep Me" as written by and Vicky Mcgehee John Rich....
Keep me clean, keep me warm,
Keep my soul away from harm.
Keep the night, keep the day,
Keep the in between away.

Hold that second, hold the time,
Hold that picture in your mind.
Hold the smoke, hold the fire
Hold all that you desire

Show me trust, show me love,
Show me heaven up above.
Show your soul show your mind
Show it to me all the time


Lyrics submitted by James.W.

"Keep Me" as written by Patrick Carney Daniel Auerbach

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    My InterpretationOne of my favorite black keys songs!

    The way I understood this song is pretty special,
    The first verse always starts with "keep me" meaning - hold me back,
    restrain me and my pure evil desires, from doing bad things, keep me clean..

    The second verse always starts with the word "hold", its like the opposite -
    Hold that second, hold the picture - live the moment, forget about the Consequences - Hold the fire, and the smoke, breath it, flow with it.

    To me it seems like the song is talking about the conflict between these two needs, and how to balance them in your life.

    That's where the third verse comes and talks about this, maybe it means what he actually wants - to show the trust and love and open up to me.
    I don't know if the song is about the person itself or about someone else, but regardless, the way I understand it - showing love, and honesty and "your soul" cannot be done without finding the right balance first.

    This is an awesome song, there is no chorus, or maybe just choruses.
    Anyway, it's an awesome song :)
    omerko7on May 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like early Ben Harper
    bkat004on March 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Keys songs - handily top 3. The lyrics are poetic. The riffs between the verses are excellent.
    pourmeanotheron February 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorites from them. Love when the drums kick in.
    ScarletSecretson April 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSimple and powerful. I never tire of hearing this song. It feels almost like a prayer to the blues-rock gods.
    keepmeon January 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLove every word in the second verse...!
    john785on May 06, 2012   Link
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    General CommentTo me its about wanting someone you care not to hold back.
    eclecticMon May 30, 2013   Link
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    General Commentone of my fav BK songs if not my fav, hard to choose. I listened to this song a lot right after my daughter was born and it always reminds me of her. One of my fav memories as a new dad is listening to this song while rocking her and she just stares back up at me. Every parents goal is to keep their childrens souls away from harm.
    buckeyeposton July 12, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSeriously people? All of you are wrong.

    Dude is praying to God here. It's obvious.
    ebannawon July 13, 2015   Link

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