"Combination" as written by and Joe Perry....
The street is cold, the dawn is grey
My heart says no but my head says stay
My work is finished, or so I've been told
Can't part the three of us, once we got a hold

I forgot the name
I took a shot on the chin
I'm rearranging my game
Tell by the shape I'm in

In line of fire, you know what to say
They gave us no choices, just one shade of grey
My legs keep movin', I don't seem to stray
But I know each step we take, they're one step away

I found the secret, the key to the vault
We walked in darkness, kept hittin' the walls
I took the time, to feel for the door
I found the secret, the key to it all

I got the Nouveauree
And dragged it home to bed
I traded you for me
I took it all and said

I find my own fun,
Sometimes for free
I got to pay it to come lookin' for me
Walkin' on Gucci
Wearin' Yves Saint Laurent
Barely stay on 'cause I'm so God damn gaunt

I found the secret, the key to the vault
We walked in darkness, kept hittin' the walls
I took the time, to feel for the door
I found the secret, the key to it all


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"Combination" as written by Joe Perry

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    General CommentI find it interesting that even though Joe sings this song Steven's back ups still take over! You can here Tyler over Perry...no stopping Tyler's incredible voice, none like it any where! Love that my 16 year old is starting to get into them. I asked why and he told me they rock! ( i knew) and that you had to appreciate what they did for as old as they were! LOL
    raine2niteon September 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHa, think I finally got this one figured out. It's a personal song to, well, blow, or some such drug. I think it's a cocaine thing though, and he's singing to it. "I traded you for me" is a clear one. Saying he's "so God Damn gaunt" also supports it. Instead of "nouveauree" I think it's slang for "new variety" as in new brand of blow that he might've picked up and dragged home. Not sure on the rest but I'm certain of the aforementioned.
    mikeydhhon July 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJoe wrote the song. He says it about heroine, cocaine and him.

    Walking on Gucci, wearin' Yves Saint Laurent
    Barely stay on, 'cause I'm so God damn gaunt

    That lyrics relates to the places were be bought his clothes and shoes (which actually were from Chelsea Cobbler in Manhattan) and the fact that he only weighed 129 pounds at the time cuz he was high so much.
    adagiominoreon August 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJoe wrote the song. He says it about heroine, cocaine and him.

    Walking on Gucci, wearin' Yves Saint Laurent
    Barely stay on, 'cause I'm so God damn gaunt

    That lyrics relates to the places were be bought his clothes and shoes (which actually were from Chelsea Cobbler in Manhattan) and the fact that he only weighed 129 pounds at the time cuz he was high so much.
    adagiominoreon August 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, the tittle is just "combination", isn't it?
    eva_floydon September 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes it is.
    Blackenedon March 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song IS about heroine, cocaine and Joe ("you can't part the THREE of us, once we got a hold"). This is the first song Joe wrote solo for Aerosmith and where he is the lead singer. Combination is about the dangerous combination of having vices like drugs and being able to afford them. At this point the boys were rich. This song has some of the hardest driving rhythms. One of the best off Rocks.
    Voodoo Childon March 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis seemed to be a basic late night/early morning type of account of being with a person, spending the morning doing drugs, and starting a voyage into using lots of blow. The jumpy nature - my legs keep movin'. The "three of us" was Tyler, the other person involved, and the drugs.
    "Varee" was short for Variety magazine, an entertainment publication.
    mikeydhhon July 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThere is a lyric errors... 'I got the Nouveauree...' not 'I got a new Varee...' I even looked it up on another lyric sight just for corroboration.
    aerokayon June 04, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationWell, this song was the Joe Perry's first attempt at solo writing. The song is mainly about the financial consequences that come from drugs. If you don't pay your drug dealer, they'll come after you.
    aerokayon June 04, 2010   Link

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