"I Want Love" as written by Elton John and Bernard J.p. Taupin....
I want love, but it's impossible
A man like me, so irresponsible
A man like me is dead in places
Other men feel liberated

I can't love, shot full of holes
Don't feel nothing, I just feel cold
Don't feel nothing, just old scars
Toughening up around my heart

But I want love, just a different kind
I want love, won't break me down
Won't brick me up, won't fence me in
I want a love, that don't mean a thing
That's the love I want, I want love

I want love on my own terms
After everything I've ever learned
Me, I carry too much baggage
Oh man I've seen so much traffic

But I want love, just a different kind
I want love, won't break me down
Won't brick me up, won't fence me in
I want a love, that don't mean a thing
That's the love I want, I want love

So bring it on, I've been bruised
Don't give me love that's clean and smooth
I'm ready for the rougher stuff
No sweet romance, I've had enough

A man like me is dead in places
Other men feel liberated

But I want love, just a different kind
I want love, won't break me down
Won't brick me up, won't fence me in
I want a love, that don't mean a thing
That's the love I want, I want love

I want love, just a different kind
I want love, won't break me down
Won't brick me up, won't fence me in
I want a love, that don't mean a thing
That's the love I want, I want love


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"I Want Love" as written by Elton John, Bernard J.p. Taupin

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  • +3
    General CommentBeautiful song....so raw, and as always with Elton, it's all in the delivery. He really makes you believe it.
    To the people who think this song is about being gay: grow up. We all know Elton's gay, if your only point in
    commenting is to find a way to bring that up, find a more constructive hobby. The theme is so universal, it
    transcends all that, anyway. I agree Boccalatti whole heartedly- I think it's about someone who is obviously
    at heart very sensitive- and has been through the trenches, emotionally. This has left them- both scarred
    and emotionally closed off, but also yearning-deeply- for something more real and lasting. He's a realist
    in that he knows perfect love doesnt exist, and he knows how badly he's been hurt and the flaws that's left him
    with. But at the same time- he can't completely give up the fight- and he's ready for something honest,
    imperfect, flawed, devstatingly painful, if need be. And he's quite a paradox- both jaded and hardened,
    but still searching, still believing it's out there.
    csuzanneon April 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentToo much hurt and too much pain from relationships make a person cold and unreachable by any normal person.
    gqueen44on May 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentjustin timberlake? try robert downey jr.
    suckmykisson June 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJustin Timberlake was in the video for "This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore". Anyway, I never thought this song was about coming out of the closet. I thought it was about wanting a relationship that was more about physicality than emotion, like a fling. The chorus says, "I want love, just a different kind / I want love that won't break me down, won't brick me up, won't fence me in / I want love that don't mean a thing / That's the love I want." It sounds to me like he wants to avoid the emotional part of being with someone. I really don't think it has anything to do with being gay except that he wants this other kind of love from men, not women. He says things like, "No sweet romance, I've had enough" and "And I can't love, been shot in places" that seem, to me, like he has been hurt so badly that he wants to keep things purely sexual. You can't get hurt if you don't feel anything, right?
    LittleBriddieon June 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOL it's nothing to do with him being gay. He didn't write the song, anyway, it was probably Benie Taupin who wrote it.
    violet skyon May 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, i like this song very much, but i wonder if it is the "coming out" of elton john...
    tantoron July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just can't get the song, "Levon" out of my mind. What does it mean? Is it a religious metaphor? You know, He was born on a Christmas day, when the New York times said "God is dead"; and he called his son Jesus, cause he must have liked the name. It goes on to say,"Ye or You shall be Levon (believe on?) And who is Alvin Tolstig(Alvin Tolstig has a son today)? Any thoughts on this song, please reply. I keep this song in my head all the time, and I need to know what meaning Elton John meant to present. Thanks, Analyzer2no
    Analyzer2noon August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBEAUTIFUL SONG. every verse just hits closer and closer to home. weve all been burned and it is ahrd to open up to someone again when your afraid of being hurt. but we all want love...just a different kind...
    SexyAshlyRoseon June 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo all you people who think that elton wrote this about coming out of the closet. That statement is wrong on so many levels. First of all, long time lyracist Bernie Taupin wrote the f'in lyrics and second of all ej came out of the closet about 20 years ago, and this song was made about 3 years ago. Third of all very few songs are written about ej (someone saved my life tonight, captain fantastic) most are in relevance to bernie's life, the bad ass that he was.

    And to the Levon Lover: I don't know why you posted that here, just go to the levon site it gives excellent explanation. But I agree, levon just might be most mysterious lyrics written by taupin. But I dont think he was referring to religion as much as you think.

    The -born on Christmas Day, when God was Dead- line is saying that 'when there was no hope'
    The -he called his son Jesus, because he liked the name- line just means he cares sooo much for his son he gave him the best life he could give.
    Alvin Tostig is just the name of Levon's father, the song is just acknowledging Levon as a great father, Bernie Taupin wrote a lot of his songs about his father, he must have been a very important peron in his life.
    lizard_kingon December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe is seeking a love that isn't the idealized, over-romanticzied type that we seek when we're young. He has no illusions and though he doesn't quite feel worthy of it, he wants it despite that:
    "I can't love, shot full of holes.
    Don't feel nothing, I just feel cold.
    Don't feel nothing, just old scars.
    Toughening up around my heart."

    And though "A man like me, is dead in places," he wants to be like "Other men, feel liberated" because they have love.
    StellaMareon March 10, 2006   Link

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