"Hang You from the Heavens" as written by and Alison Mosshart Dean Fertita....
I never know how to treat you
You say I love you but it ain't true
I'm walking away now
One step forward and back two

I'd like to grab you by the hair
And hang you up from the heavens

I don't know how to let you go
Or if I should keep you
I don't know how to let you know, hey
I really do got a reason

I'd like to grab you by the hair
And drag you to the devil

I never know why I push you
Just to, just to confuse you
I make the hole just to see how
See through me how I push you

I'd like to grab you by the hair
And hang you up from the heavens

I'd like to grab you by the hair
And sell you off to the devil

I never know in what mood you'll be
Be mine be kind or be cruel to me
I'm walking away now
One step forward and back three

I never know what I'm gonna do
I say I'm leaving but it ain't true
I got a lot I could do to you, hey
Nothing you can do to stop this

I wanna grab you by the hair
I wanna grab you by the hair
I wanna grab you by the hair
And hang you up from the heavens


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"Hang You from the Heavens" as written by Dean Anthony Fertita Alison Mosshart

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who has complete control of another person that likes
    them. This person doesn't know what to do with the other and is talking about how they could do anything including ruining them.
    jozumanon May 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correction The album comes with a lyrics booklet and the online lyrics are still wrong :/

    "I make my hole just to see how
    see-through clean I can cut you"
    ninety6tearson March 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexcellent song
    troxellon April 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about a broken relationship. The love is gone and it has bred contempt and abuse from both parties. The singer keeps trying to end the relationship but can't end it ("one step forward and back three"). So instead they stay together and walk a path to self-destruction by staying together when they want to drag each other to the devil.
    Wayward Seanon June 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was "You say 'I love you' but it ain't true" and instead of "I like to grab you by the hair" I'd imagine it as "I'd like to grab you by the hair"... Kind of like I would, but I can't.

    I guess it just makes more sense to me because I'm always thinking it's about ruining someone with the relationship they have with you. You feel anger toward them but in the end, you can't decide what to do exactly or how to do it.
    Kitty333on June 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about someone who wants to be abused and controlled by the other person but is actually the one hurting the other because they are forcing the speaker to wear the trousers in the relationship, and because the relationship isn't set up the way he/she wants it to be, they in turn become more destructive towards the other person and therefore ruin the relationship ("one step forward and back three"). This leads to indecisiveness where "I think I'm leaving but it aint true"- they want to leave to save both them and the other person from being in ruin but can't bring themselves to do it because despite building up a negative atmosphere between them, he/she still likes them.

    I say he/she because both Alison and Jack sing in this song so it's sort of asexual, but you get the point.
    VortexOfLanguageon January 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about being done with a relationship and wanting to give that person hell in the sneakiest yet meanest way possible because you are so angry with them and your relationship. and, if you think about it, this meaning makes sense in the progression on the album. it comes after 60 feet tall, which is about being addicted to someone even though you know they're bad for you.
    elec_trickon July 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about relationships that are bad for both people, but neither can really break away from. Throughout the entire song Allison Mosshart sounds very conflicted, and the phrase "One step forward, and back two/three" is pretty indicative of that. She makes a conscious effort to end the relationship, does all she can to sabotage it, but at the end of the day she still has passion in her heart ("I'd like to grab you by the hair"), and still can't help but revere her partner ("and hang you up from the heavens"). Then the alternate phrase ("and drag you to the devil") conflicts further, showing that she also feels her partner is, basically, an asshole.

    I could go into more detail, but I think you can follow along my train of thought with this in mind.
    TrendyHateon August 11, 2010   Link

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