"True Love Way" as written by and Nathan/followill Followill....
Oh oh oh oh ho oh
Oh oh oh oh ho oh

I want in like a substitute
I've been working awful hard for you
But you don't say, you just hold your breath
So I can't touch what I haven't yet
She's a cold one and it hurts me so
And it's a dark path and a heck of a cold
And she can feel me just like she did before

Oh we'd be so free
Happy alone
Sharing a smile
So far from home

Push in and I pull it away
It's a hard part but the true love way
Girl you want it like I want it now
With your smart mouth and your killer hands
We could both share all that I have made
For a young man it's a heck of a wage
And I feel crazy when I see your face

Oh oh oh oh ho oh

'Cause we'd be so free (Oh oh oh oh ho oh)
Happy alone (Oh oh oh oh ho oh)
Sharing a smile (Oh oh oh oh ho oh)
So far from home (Oh oh oh oh ho oh)
And we would laugh (Oh oh oh oh ho oh)
Laugh till we cried (Oh oh oh oh ho oh)
Making a song (Oh oh oh oh ho oh)
Making a lie (Oh oh oh oh ho oh)

And people say I'm crazy for walking this town
And people say I'm bigger for walking this town
And people say maybe they're just wandering around
And people say I'm bigger for walking a'

Oh oh oh oh ho oh
Oh oh oh oh ho oh
Oh oh oh oh ho oh
Oh oh oh oh ho oh

And we'd be so free
Happy alone
Sharing a smile
So far from home
And we would laugh
Laugh till we cried
Making a song
Making a lie
Happy alone


Lyrics submitted by Razorlight16, edited by Tims, Andrearellano

"True Love Way" as written by Jared Followill Caleb Followill

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  • +2
    General CommentI definitely hear something along the lines of:
    "We could both share all that I have made
    for a young man it's a heck of a wage"
    gnotobioticon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor a guy that says he gets bored within the first 30 minutes of a relationship he sure writes and sings like he wants us. A guy that is in love with the idea of love just like so many of us. Anyway, I appreciate this song so much and depending on lyrics I have two of my own interpretations. One: my agreement with everyone on the idea of wanting what you can't have or she is not responding to his subtle advances, and he just like every other guy wants her so what makes him so special, all of that. Two: depending on actual lyrics I sometimes think it's talking about having a relationship with a virgin...just a second now hear me out. Ok it starts off...

    I want in like a substitute
    (He wants to be with her, be in her, join her club what have you. He wants to be THAT GUY to her. Like a substitute teacher wants the actual teachers job. Or he wants to be the substitute for how she..uhh...pleases herself. Hey they write about sex A LOT!)

    I’ve been working awful hard for you
    (He has been trying to convince her that he is trustworthy)

    But you don’t say, you just hold your breath
    (She won't give him an answer about if she is ready to give her virginity to him or not)

    So I can’t touch what I haven’t yet
    (He's a decent guy and figures Hey we haven't done anything yet so I can miss what I haven't had)

    She’s a cold one and it hurts me so
    (She takes a stand on this matter and wants him to wait)

    It's a dark path and a heck of a toll
    (Well, it sucks, but yeah it's survivable)

    She could kill me just like she did before
    (Later it says smart mouth and killer hand...you can guess what she does pretty well with her mouth and hand, and he can be ok with just doing that)

    Pushing and pulling weight
    (Here's where it gets confusing, if it does say I push in then I pull it away, it's what my friends and I call "just the tip just for a minute". So he's not popping her cherry, but they are doing something. If not it still makes sense to what a relationship should be like, pushing and pulling your own weight.)

    It’s the hard part but the true love way
    (If it's I push in, it's hard not going all the way with her because he loves her and wants to share that with her, but he respects her wishes, and he's a guy so it's hard to respect her wishes sometimes. If it's pushing, that's the hard part of every relationship.

    Girl you're wanted like a wanted man
    (He wants her, every guy wants her, everyone is out to get her, gunnin' for her, she's just swell.)

    With your smart mouth and your killer hand
    (This could be an "if you know what I mean" or she's sassy, and actually I thought it was hair at first and that he liked her hair?? Probably the first one)

    We could both share all that I have made
    (He wants to let her into his life)

    For a young man it’s a heck of a wage
    (That's a lot for a young guy to give. Giving up that sense of freedom)

    I'm still shaky when I see your face
    (Every girl wants to hear that. They have been together for awhile and he stills looks at her the way he did the first day they met.)

    Cause we’d be so free
    Happy alone
    (Maybe be they would be better off apart because abstinence is so hard to bear)

    Sharing a smile
    So far from home
    And we would laugh
    Laugh till we cried
    Making up songs
    (They could still be friends)

    You're making me lie
    (About being ok with just being friends)

    People say our babies are walking this town
    (They are so good together people think they probably already went through with it or should go through with it.)

    Those are my interpretations. Might fit might not I like thinking about it though. I adore this song.

    Or...it could just be a song...
    galalorienon September 10, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm almost positive galalorien has it right on. This song is about a guy wanting to have sex with his girl who his still a virgin. There's a slogan in christian circles to keep young kids away from sex, with the slogan "True Love Waits." And we all know of the Followill's christian background and their songs about sex. It could be the same girl from the song "Happy Alone." But the guy is willing to go the love route in order to get with her sexually, going for the "true love way."
    sga24on October 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this song could be about the same girl he wrote "Happy Alone" about. Maybe she 'killed him' once, and he 're-discovered' her in a sense, but he's worried that she might break his heart again. This is the only (?) time he's referenced the title of another song, so I think it might be a reference to that girl. It's all about his visions for their future together, though he knows it probably won't happen and he's worried about heartbreak.

    As for the babies walking this town, I dunno. Could be a reference to future generations (not literally their children) in the same situations that they were in when they were younger?
    The Tallest Manon April 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHere are the lyrics from the cd booklet!

    I want in like a substitute
    I’ve been working awful hard for you
    But you don’t say you just hold your breath
    So I can’t touch what I haven’t yet
    She’s a cold one and it hurts me so

    We'd be so free-Happy alone
    Sharing a smile so far from home

    Pushing and pulling weight
    It's the hard part but the true love way
    Girl you're wanted like a wanted man
    With your smart mouth and your killer hand

    We could both share all that I have made
    For a young man it’s a heck of a wage
    I'm still crazy when I see your face

    We'd be so free-Happy alone
    Sharing a smile so far from home
    And we would laugh, laugh till we cried
    Making up songs you're making me lie

    People say our babies are walking this town
    People say our babies are walking this town
    People say our babies are just wandering around
    People say our babies are walking

    We'd be so free-Happy alone
    Sharing a smile so far from home
    And we would laugh, laugh till we cried
    Making up songs you're making me lie
    Happy alone
    taperjeangrrlon April 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttruuuue
    thel0vexmachineon February 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also think perhaps it could be...."pushin' and pullin' weight is the hard part but the true love way..." I don't know..their lyrics are sort of tricky sometimes.
    gnotobioticon March 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone else hear:
    "and people say our babies are walking this town"?

    I know that's not right but i swear when he's recording he does that on purpose.
    when people leave my store i say 'fuck you very much' just to see if anyone notices. same story.
    CallieAwesomepantson March 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about him really wanting a girl, but she won't necessarily acknowledge it. He's telling her how great times could be if they were together & maybe people think he's nuts for wanting her.
    CallieAwesomepantson March 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBULLOCKS!

    After "She's a cold one..." I forgot to add

    It's a dark path and a heck of a toll
    She could kill me just like she did before
    taperjeangrrlon April 08, 2007   Link

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