[Chorus]
I'm going back to 505
If it's a seven hour flight or a forty-five minute drive
In my imagination you're waiting, lying on your side
With your hands between your thighs

Stop and wait a sec
Oh, when you look at me like that, my darling
What did you expect?
I probably still adore you with your hands around my neck
Or I did last time I checked

Not shy of a spark
A knife twists at the thought that I should fall short of the mark
Frightened by the bite though it's no harsher than the bark
Middle of adventure, such a perfect place to start

[Chorus]

But I crumble completely when you cry
It seems like once again you've had to greet me with goodbye
I'm always just about to go and spoil a surprise
Take my hands off of your eyes too soon

I'm going back to 505
If it's a seven hour flight or a forty-five minute drive
In my imagination you're waiting, lying on your side
With your hands between your thighs and a smile!



Lyrics submitted by dark kirby

"505" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +10
    General Comment:this song is amazing

    "But I crumble completely when you cry" kills me
    ,tAn-xon April 06, 2007   Link
  • +7
    General Comment:It's about Alex Turner going to his girlfriend's house (505) to dump her after being warned by his mother.
    He is clearly still in love with this girl, "I probably still adore you with your hands around my neck", and tells how he will find it difficult to break up with her. The line "if its a seven hour flight or a forty five minute drive" shows his anxiety. The line means that it takes forty five mintutes to drive to her house, but it seems to take "seven hours" to get there on this occasion. The line "the knife twists at the thought that I should fall short of the mark" means that he is worried that he will not be able to break up with her, and he also writes "but i crumble completely when your cry", and he does not feel able to go through with the task ahead
    His coming is a surprise, and when they break up even more, "i'm always just about to go and spoil the surprise".
    Casparon June 02, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:i take back what i said about the 'no evidence he is in love with this girl' its sounds like hes absolutely tortured about this girl but is unsure if he's in love with her or not
    'I probably still adore you
    With your hands around my neck
    Or I did last time I checked'

    okay now other people comment iv gone on enuf !!
    TragicAnatomyon April 29, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:well impressed with this song, i'm glad too because as much as i like brianstorm...this show's a good progression.
    as for what it's about maybe tour and leaving a loved one, not really thought about it as only jsut heard it. love the lines about thinking of her lying there in his imagination though.
    kykyhunton April 04, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:me and franksmellman are cool cause we signed up just because of this song, :P. it sucks i was looking at this like a week ago and no one had commented it yet, and i really wanted to be first cause you just know in a year there will like a 1000+ comments on this song cause thats how good it is!!!

    Here's an extract from MOJO magazine, its what Mr Turner said the song is about : "penned on a late-night train journey alone from Philadelphia to New York to rendezvous with his then-girl-friend in the hotel room of the title"

    i love this song sooo much, lyrics "I probably still adore you, With your hands around my neck, Or I did last time I checked" really get me, because i know that feeling, and can relate to it.

    thankyou AM!!!!

    Best son on the album? Maybe but, Do Me a Favour, Teddy Picker, This House Is a Circus.... I could say them all, only song i skip is brianstorm.. lol, the same thing happened to Danni California

    meh, hope it helped, depsite the ramblin'
    matthewinozon April 18, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:"I crumble completely when you cry," that part gives me goosebumps <3 especially cuz its Alex Turner singing it.

    I like this song a lot. When he says, "I'd probly still adore you with your hands around my neck," I'm pretty sure that he's saying even when this girl drives him crazy he will always love her.

    everyone is wondering what 505 is....My best guess is the number of an appartment or hotel room.

    "It seems like once again you've had to greet me with goodbye," I guess here he is saying that everytime he gets to see her it seems like he always has to leave right away and they don't get a lot of time together.

    And the part about the hands between your thighs....not sexual. I do that when i'm cold or just laying in my bed sad or bored.

    Anyway, love this song...It's mature of the Arctic Monkeys
    arcticmonkeysgirlon February 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Wicked song and a great different side to the AM
    Gandion April 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I always suspected this song was about him going to meet a girl he loved, though my first interpretation was about an ex that the singer missed. I originally saw 505 either as their apartment number they used to live in or maybe a time frame (may 2005). lines like

    "I probably still adore you
    With your hands around my neck
    Or I did last time I checked"

    "The knife twists at the thought that I should fall short of the mark"

    "But I crumble completely when you cry
    It seems like once again you've had to greet me with goodbye"

    can all just show how completely in love with this girl he still is and it's like she doesnt accept or doesnt want him
    sonofabobon June 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:im pretty sure i understand the song, ive been trying to work it out for a couple of days and listening to it and stuff, cause its had me curiouss, but here goess!

    im sure everyone agrees about the fact that 505 is a room that holds some sort of significance to alex turner, and the second line is also pretty self explanitary. he will travel any amount of time to reach 505. in the third line, everyones convinced that is has some sexual meaning to it. im convinced otherwise, tho i might be wrong. i think the position of someone putting there hands between their thighs reminds me of someone in the fetal position, and the hands are where they are so they remain warm. if everyones right about this being about him touring, this girl who he has to leave will need to keep herself warm, and i think this might be the image hes trying to show. anyways. the next three lines confuse me, even though they seem pretty simple. im not sure if hes trying to say something like, duh.. of course i still love you. or something. the hands around the neck symbol is about the one who you will always love, even if they hate you and want you dead. i think him saying "im not shy of a spark" is like saying, he doesnt care if shes angry at him or if she tries to start a fight, because he just wants to be with her no matter what. the next line tells me that hes unsure if he meets her expectations, or if hes going to come back and shes found someone better, and that the "mark" would have been moved. im not quite sure about the next line.. but i think "middle of adventure, what a perfect place to start" is like, maybe they started in the middle of his rise to fame, and that would be the adventure. "but i crumble completely when you cry" is sooo sweet, its like he cant stand the pain shes going through because of their seperation. the "greet me with goodbye" is about how he has to leave so quickly, and it feels like just as hes saying hello, he has to leave. im not sure about what the suprise is, maybe him coming home? or something like that, and im not sure how hed ruin the suprise.. but yeaaaaaaaaa. i think i rambled a bit but i thought i had to share what i thought :)
    ilovealexturneron November 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This is a great song. Me and my girlfriend broke up because she's going to law school in Tallahassee and I want to go to NY. Even though I want to go bad enough that we broke up I still feel horrible and I crumble completely when I see her cry...

    It might the same way for Turner. It's got to be hard to be there for someone when you have as much fame and as busy of a schedule as he does, regardless of how much he loves her.

    I haven't got any fame, but it feels horrible to do something that break's the heart of the person you love.
    Kevin Aon October 08, 2007   Link

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