"Love Lockdown" as written by Jeff Bhasker, Esthero,, Malik Yusef Jones, Laneah Menzies and Kanye West....
I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to
What I had to do, had to run from you
I'm in love with you, but the vibe is wrong
And that haunted me, all the way home
So ya never know, never never know
Never know enough, til it's over love
'Til we lose control, system overload
Screaming no no no, no no
I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to
See I wanna move, but can't escape from you
So I keep it low, keep a secret code
So everybody else don't have to know

So keep ya love lockdown, ya love lockdown
Keeping ya love lockdown, ya love lockdown
Now keep ya love lockdown, ya love lockdown
Now keep ya love lockdown, you lose

I'm not loving you, way I wanted to
I can't keep my cool, so I keep it true
I got something to lose, so I gotta move
I can't keep myself, and still keep you too
So I keep in mind, when I'm on my own
Somewhere far from home, in the danger zone
How many times did it take til I finally got through
You lose, you lose
I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to
See I had to go, I had to move
No more wasting time, you can't wait for life
Were just wasting time, wheres the finish line

So keep ya love lockdown, ya love lockdown
Keeping ya love lockdown, ya love lockdown
Now keep ya love lockdown, ya love lockdown
Now keep ya love lockdown, you lose

I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to
I bet no one knew, I got no one new
No I said I'm through, but got love for you
But I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to
Gotta keep it going, keep the loving going
Keep it on a roll, only god knows
If I'll be with you, baby I'm confused
You choose, you choose
I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to
Way I wanna go, I don't need you
I been down this road, too many times before
I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to

So keep ya love lockdown, ya love lockdown
Keeping ya love lockdown, ya love lockdown
Now keep ya love lockdown, ya love lockdown
Now keep ya love lockdown, you lose


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"Love Lockdown" as written by Kanye West Jeff Bhasker

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  • +8
    General CommentTo me this song represents a platonic relationship from the guy's perspective. He loves her so much, but ultimately all he can get back is friendship. He wants there to be more to their relationship, but she's keeping any strong feelings that she might have for him locked up inside.

    He wants to cut all ties and leave, but he just can't bear to leave her - so he stays. He basically gives up on ever trying to be more than a friend, but he can't help think that she loses whenever she tries to get with someone else, because no one can love her like he can.

    I can't wait for this new album, Kanye always comes back with a new refreshing style; the way his musicianship has evolved over the last couple of years truly is amazing.
    ajc1neon September 21, 2008   Link
  • +8
    General Commentit means, when you love someone but you keep it on the down low,
    because its for the best. like you know if you were to spill your
    feelings, it would ruin stuff. so you hide your feelings.
    thinking its for the better.
    you keep you love for someone, on lockdown.
    or when you like someone sooooo much, but they're so rude to you,
    so to keep yourself from looking dumb, you keep your love lock lockdown.
    ItsMojo245on March 22, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI totally agree with everyone on the idea that it's about a relationship that isn't working. But I feel it's more of the significant other who's not cooperating, or putting enough effort in it to keep the relationship strong. It's kind of like he's saying that it's over because he can't deal with being the only one who seems to care about it anymore.

    And on the idea of Kanye's new sound, honestly, I like it. It's totally different and not like him, and it's fresh and new. It's mad good
    caitlin376on September 22, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentLove this song.

    I think it's about someone that is meant for you, but it just isn't working out. The person probably means to the world to you but because things are so bad, you can't love the person the way you want to. You know it's best for you to move on, so you lockdown your emotions so you can try to get over this person. If you don't hide your emotions, then you'll lose yourself. So you hide your emotions from your friends and set a secret code for that person so you can still think about them, but no one else will know.

    Is it better to be in a rocky relationship with the perfect person? Or hide your feelings from the world?
    AshTheSuccubuson September 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTalk about a catchy song. I'm not going to lie, it probably will be huge because it is Kanye. People say "where is the rap etc etc..." but it is different, it is new...it is fresh. It is like he is re-inventing his sound and personally, I love it!
    Dan1206on September 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentalllex, what you're saying is you want to hear the same thing ALL the time? wouldn't it get boring if all you heard was the same old rap all the time? i'm actually glad kanye switched up his style a little bit. because if he didnt, it would be like listening to the same songs on repeat over and over and over again.
    speakersbl0wnon September 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti really like this song, not because it's from kanye, but just the beat
    if i didn't know this was kanye's song, i'd never would've guessed it.
    no, it's not catchy, but it's good.
    PYT suckaon September 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's fantastic.

    taiko drums + dark korean pop= not quite the new kanye west, but the kanye he always wanted to be
    CApe151on September 15, 2008   Link
  • +2
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    I had always assumed this site was for posting song translations / meanings, i haven't really seen many attempts at that, mostly everyone commenting on if they like it or not. I would like to comment on what this song means to me, when i first heard this song it impacted me pretty well because i felt like it was singing right to me.

    To me this song is about a forbidden love. Perhaps an adulterous love. The man has a family that is more important to him than anything else, but he has allowed himself to fall in love with another woman. Now stuck in this funky limbo, he sings about how his heart tears both ways.

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    I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to:

    All though he felt something for the girl, he didnt feel he was being true as he knew deep down inside he would never give his family up for her.

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    What I had to do, had to run from you
    I'm in love with you, but the vibe is wrong
    And that haunted me, all the way home

    He was afraid of what could happen. had to find a way to run. to get out of the relationship. but he confesses, that even though the vibe was wrong... hes in love with her. I imagine it kept him up late at night "haunting" him.

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    So you never know, never, never know
    Never know enough, 'til it's over love
    'Til we lose control, system overload
    Screaming no, no, no, no, no

    It started out innocent, maybe playful flirting and friendship, love developed but they kept it under check, eventually he fears it will spin out of control, which will in effect end their relationship with many regrets, aka "screaming no, no, no, no"

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    See, I want to move, but can't escape from you
    So I keep it low, keep a secret code
    So everybody else don't have to know

    Again mixed feelings, wants to move, but cant escape, she has him soul bound, all he can do is try to keep it a secret for as long as possible.

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    So keep your love lock down
    Your love lock down

    To me it sounds like hes singing a warning, to everyone who may be flirting with danger, to keep their love lock down. Don't play with fire, dont open yourself up to that.

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    I can't keep my cool, so I keep it true
    I've got something to lose, so I got to move
    I can't keep myself, and still keep you too

    Hes not true to himself if he keeps this up, he realizes and understands that, he has something to lose by being in this relationship of forbidden love. He cant live in both worlds any more.

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    So I keep in mind, when I'm on my own
    Somewhere far from home, in the danger zone
    How many times did I take 'fore I finally got through?
    You lose, you lose

    Im not sure what this verse means, it feels important i just dont understand it. When he is off in the danger zone, with his forbidden lover, he asks himself how many times it took before he got through? i dont know what that symbolizes though.

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    I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to
    See, I had to go, see, I had to move
    No more wasting time, you can't wait for life
    We're just wasting time, where's the finish line?

    Possibly a break up note, he knows this girl is truly in love with him as well, he doesn't want her wasting the best years of her life waiting for him, living only half a life with him. He is trying to make her see there is no end to that.

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    I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to
    I bet no one knew, I bet no one knew
    I know I said "I'm through", but I've got love for you
    But I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to

    who knew it would come to this, who knew any of this would happen, after he broke up with her, he cant get the love to leave. He is haunted worse by it now that before.

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    Got to keep it gone, keep the loving gone
    Keep it on a roll, only God knows
    If I be with you, baby, I'm confused
    You choose, you choose

    He tries and tries to make the love go away, having to fight it so hard makes him question it, and doubt himself, what is right now? he is confused and wants her to make the decision.

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    I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to
    Where I want to go, I don't need you
    I've been down this road, too many times before
    I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to

    He realizes that where he wants to go in life, his mistress cant come along. and then he realizes he is just back where he started.

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    the chorus plays again, he tells that it is just better not to play with fire in the first place. I think its interesting at the end he just repeats, you lose you lose lose, i don't think hes pointing his finger at one person here, but rather at everyone who has suffered for this forbidden love, himself included.

    that's my little translation, i hope to hear back from people, if anyone liked or didn't like it, or if anyone has anything to add to it, thanks
    jackthepumpkinkon November 06, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about Kanye's secret love affair with John Legend.
    savethemooseson December 01, 2008   Link

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