"Moves Like Jagger" as written by Ammar Malik, Johan Karl Schuster, Benjamin Levin and Adam Noah Levine....
Just shoot for the stars if it feels right
And aim for my heart if you feel like it
Take me away and make it okay
I swear I'll behave

You wanted control so we waited
I put on a show now we're naked
You say I'm a kid my ego is big
I don't give a shit and it goes like this

Take me by the tongue and I'll know you
Kiss me 'til you're drunk and I'll show you all the moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger

I don't need to try to control you
Look into my eyes and I'll own you with them moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger

Baby it's hard when you feel like
You're broken and scarred
Nothing feels right, but when you're with me
I make you believe that I've got the key

Oh, so get in the car we can ride it
Wherever you want get inside it
And you want to steer, but I'm shifting gear
I'll take it from here oh yeah yeah and it goes like this

Take me by the tongue and I'll know you
Kiss me 'til you're drunk and I'll show you all the moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger

I don't need to try to control you
Look into my eyes and I'll own you with them moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger

You want to know how to make me smile
Take control, own me just for the night
But if I share my secret you're gonna have to keep it
Nobody else can see this

So watch and learn I won't show you twice
Head to toe, ooh baby, rub me right
But if I share my secret you're gonna have to keep it
Nobody else can see this

And it goes like this

Take me by the tongue and I'll know you
Kiss me 'til you're drunk and I'll show you all the moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger

I don't need to try to control you
Look into my eyes and I'll own you with them moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger
I've got the moves like Jagger


Lyrics submitted by heartbeatsforyou

"Moves Like Jagger" as written by Adam Levine Benjamin Joseph Levin

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Moves Like Jagger song meanings
Add your thoughts

25 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    Song MeaningMoves like Jagger is about cougerville. If you've ever seen Jagger dance - he can't dance. And he's not good looking. But he can get a woman a fraction of his age - because he has the moves - google his love conquests. This song is reverse though, it's not a younger woman conquest but an older woman.

    "I swear I will behave" -- a child says to an adult
    "You say I'm a kid, my ego is big" -- hello?
    "And you want to steer / But I'm shifting gears" -- power struggle
    "So watch and learn, I won't show you twice/../But if I share my secret/You gonna have to keep it/Nobody else can see this" -- older women think of younger boys but few will make it public

    And finally the way you conquer a woman is not by controlling but by looking in her eyes with a total look of confidence.

    My guess, Adam L (or someone in the band) is experienced in what it means to seduce an older woman.
    kittyGirl007on October 10, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHe's got "skills"?
    redshiftdazzleron July 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere's the whistle in the beginning from? It's a song from the Rolling Stones, but what's its name?
    paulilagoon August 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, there was that rumour about Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull and a Mars bar. Perhaps these are the moves to which he is referring. :P
    basaliskon October 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReminded me of this song

    youtube.com/…
    foxxy12on November 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCool...
    manuelrenteria2on November 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is all about a man trying to seduce an older woman

    And take me away and make it OK
    I swear I'll behave

    and moves like Jagger is -as I see it-
    mostly relevant to the way he moves his tongue i.e Oral Sex

    Take me by the tongue
    And I'll know you (Uh)
    Kiss me 'til you're drunk
    And I'll show you

    and when she agrees she promise him a night
    he wont forget as long as he is gonna keep he wild love secrets

    You want to know how to make me smile
    Take control, own me just for the night
    But if I share my secret
    You're gonna have to keep it
    Nobody else can see this

    So watch and learn
    I won't show you twice
    Head to toe, oh baby, rub me right
    But if I share my secret
    You're gonna have to keep it
    Nobody else can see this (This! This! This! Ooohyeaha!)

    And it goes like this
    00Bohemian00on November 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentterrible song, lyrics suck and his voice is like needles in my ears. please let me never have to hear top 40 shit ever again.
    Jlo3742on November 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBem, eu acho que a música conta sobre um homem que está interessado por uma mulher, que estava em um relacionamento. Para seduzí-la ele tenta ser sincero e contar vantagem ao mesmo tempo... E assim, sem culpa os dois podem, "aproveitar o momento"... sem competições aparentes. Onde ninguém deve nada á ninguém e podem ser livre sendo eles mesmos, um para o outro.

    PS: Sorry I didn't write in English ... cause I'm still not know the language so well.
    priscisnunion June 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis electro-pop track is billed as "Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera," though the latter actually does very little, only coming in at the bridge after two minutes. The song was released on June 21, 2011 in conjunction with a live performance on The Voice. Both Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Aguilera are coaches on the show. For this song, their vocals were both Auto-Tuned, although it was used more for effect here than for pitch correction.


    The song's lyrics refer to the narrator's ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compares to those of legendary Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger.


    Hitmakers Benny Blanco ("TiK ToK") and frequent Max Martin collaborator Shellback helped pen the tune.


    The Rolling Stone frontman has been name-checked on several other tunes. Ke$ha's 2010 #1 "TiK ToK" includes the lyric, "We kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger!," whilst Michelle Branch's 2011 single, "Loud Music" urges the object of her affection to "start me up, like a Rolling Stone." Also the debut single of Cher Lloyd, who finished in fourth place on the 2010 series of UK's The X Factor was titled "Swagger Jagger."


    Adam Levine told MTV News why he likes to move like the veteran Stones' frontman: "I've been a student at the Jagger School of Interesting Movement for 17 years. I'm graduating next fall, with honors," he said. "[His moves are] a very carefully calculated, but slightly spastic, incredible rhythmic experience, in which all of your limbs and every bone in your body is moving at completely different times, and it's impossible to re-create. Nobody has moves like Jagger, that's kind of the point. That's why the song is so fun, it's fun to try."


    The song's music video was directed by Jonas Ã…kerlund and filmed in Los Angeles on July 8, 2011. In the clip we see Jagger impersonators including Levine auditioning their best dance moves, while old video footage of the Rolling Stone frontman plays in the background.. However, when Aguilera makes her brief appearance, we don't see her move like Jagger.


    Structurally, this song goes intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus. What's interesting is that each verse and chorus are exactly 30 seconds long, and the intro and bridge are :15, making it a very symmetrical song. Note that each chorus is split in half as well, with the drums dropping out halfway in when Levine sings "Like Jagger." This happens on the first two choruses, but not the third.

    The verses take up a full minute, which is longer than most Pop songs of the time. The distinctive elements of the song are the whistling and the jangling guitar line that both start on the intro and play throughout the song. The whistling makes the song particularly infectious, as very few popular songs use this element and it identifies the song immediately.


    Check out the clever songwriting trick in the lyrics: the word "you" both begins and ends a line in the chorus - "Kiss me 'til your drunk and I'll show YOU want the moves like Jagger."


    When this song climbed to #1 on the Hot 100, Mick Jagger became the first artist to have both topped the Hot 100 (as lead singer of the Rolling Stones) and be name-checked in the title of a #1 by another act. This was not the first #1 to name-check the legendary rocker. He was previously mentioned in Ke$ha's 2010 chart-topper "TiK ToK": "We kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger!"

    Other hit singles to mention the Rolling Stones star in their lyrics include:
    1989 "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc.
    2008 "Swagga Like Us" by T.I. and Jay-Z featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne.
    2010 "'The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas.

    Jagger was also the title subject of the 2011 UK #1 "Swagger Jagger" by X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd.


    Can you name the previous Hot 100 to name-check an actual person in the song title prior to this? In 2007 Soulja Boy referenced himself on his chart-topper "Crank That (Soulja Boy)." If you don't reckon that counts, then go back a further few months to the Plain White Ts, who referred to American steeplechase runner Delilah DiCrescenzo in "Hey There Delilah."


    The song sold over a million copies in just over 20 weeks in the UK, despite failing to top the chart there.


    This was the sixth hot 100 #1 to pair a male group with a female solo artist. The other five? They were:
    1974 "Then Came You" Dionne Warwick & Spinners.
    1990 "Opposites Attract" Paula Abdul (Duet With the Wild Pair).
    1995 "One Sweet Day" Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men.
    2000 "Thank God I Found You" Mariah Carey featuring Joe & 98 Degrees.
    2011 "Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock.


    So what does Jagger, himself think about the song? Apparently it has put some weight on his shoulders when he takes the dance floor. Said the Stones' frontman: "It's very catchy. I could say I wish I had written it, but wouldn't that be weird? It's fun, very young children like it, which is always cool and funny. But what am I going to say? I'm not going to be mean about it, am I? It's very catchy pop, isn't it? It's funny. Only thing is, it puts a bit of pressure on me when I go out dancing!"


    Levine admitted to Rolling Stone that the song was almost shelved as he was nervous about releasing the risky Mick Jagger tribute. "S--t! ... 'Jagger' was almost a mistake. I was scared to release it," he said.
    musicrocks13on November 12, 2012   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain