"Take On Me" as written by Pal Waaktaar, Magne (mags) Furuholmen and Morten Harket....
We're talking away
I don't know what
I'm to say I'll say it anyway
Today's another day to find you
Shying away
I'll be coming for your love, OK?

Take on me, (take on me)
Take me on, (take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two

So needless to say
I'm odds and ends
I'll be stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is OK
Say after me
It's no better to be safe than sorry

Take on me, (take on me)
Take me on, (take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day or two

Oh the things that you say
Is it live or
Just to play my worries away
You're all the things I've got to remember
You're shying away
I'll be coming for you anyway

Take on me, (take on me)
Take me on, (take on me)
I'll be gone
In a day

(Take on me, take on me)
(Take me on, take on me)
I'll be gone (take on me)
In a day


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by christianbro9p, mk91

"Take on Me" as written by Pal Waaktaar, Magne (mags) Furuholmen, Morten Harket

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI think this song is about this guy who likes this girl but he doesn't know how to express it. I think the chorus is his thoughts.

    "Talking away
    I don't know what I'm to say
    I'll say it anyway
    Today's another day to find you
    Shying away
    I'll be coming for you love, ok"

    He's trying to get to know her but he's babbling not saying what he wants to say
    He's keeps talking but when it comes to telling him he likes her--he shys away (bites his tongue)
    but then he tells himself that he's going to get her one day.

    Take on me
    Take me on
    I'll be gone
    In a day or two

    This is in his head--he can't tell her how he feels so he's hoping she'd say and take him on because he feels like if she doesn't it won't go anywhere and he'll just end up giving up.


    So needless to say
    I'm odds and ends, but upbeat
    Stumbling away
    Slowly learning that life is ok
    Say after me
    It's no better to be safe than sorry

    he really wants to tell her and but he keeps stumbling on the opportunity so he convinces himself that he could do this but at the same time he's hoping she would just tell him to say it...bring it up in a sense or give him a sign for him to take a chance and risk it.

    The things that you say
    Is it live or just to play
    My worries away?
    You're all the things I've got to remember
    You shying away
    I'll be coming for you anyway

    It's deeper into their friendship and she's basically flirting with him and saying things
    but he doesn't know if it's for real or if she's just teasing him and playing games
    He feels good around her---she makes him feel no worries
    he can't stop thinking about her but now she's also shying away from the opportunity to say how she feels about him. Now it doesn't even matter to him anymore he's going to tell her how he feels.

    Take on me
    Take me on
    I'll be gone
    In a day or two

    he's basically told her or the process of telling
    be my girl---take a chance with me
    or he's leaving.
    Musicisloveislifeon May 15, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentReminds me of that golden age of music and videos when this song came out. Also someone I left behind when I moved back home. Of course, I promised to write to her and of course, it never happened - and when I made it back almost a year later, she was long gone. Funny how life can make even the most optimistic among us want to cry sometimes. Strangely, I didn't realize just how great this song was until years later!
    fandangooseon April 24, 2002   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningThe lines "I'm shying away. I'll be coming for your love, OK" really start to tell the backstory. The first paragraph basically tells that the main character is leaving his girlfriend(Shying away), and is having trouble parting with her(I don't know what I'm to say I'll say it anyway), but that he'll return as soon as he can(Today's another day to find you I'll be coming for your love, OK?).
    The chorus is saying to make the most of the time they have left together(Take on me, take me on) and that the time they have together is running short(I'll be gone in a day or two.

    The second paragraph states that the main character returns and is having trouble coping with his girlfriend's moving on(So needless to say, I'm odds and ends. I'll be stumbling away, slowly learning that life is OK). The following lines(Say after me, it's no better to be safe than sorry) is the main character trying to convince his girlfriend(Say after me) that being prepared for the worst is no better than going through it(It's no better to be safe than sorry).

    The final stanza is about how the main character's girlfriend is trying to convince him to let go of the past(oh the things you'll say to me) by telling his that what happened was supposed to happen(Is it live or just to play my worries away). After that, the main character is telling his girlfriend that he's given up trying to let go(You're all the things I've got to remember) and the final lines are about how his ex has already left him behind(You're shying away), but he thinks she still cares enough to let him into her life again(I'll be coming for you anyway)
    vonzhayon June 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentgotta love this song
    Mandyon November 27, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI remember the music video - it was awesome. i was little though, but thats okay. Vh1 played it sometimes. However, i absolutely love this song. Unfortunately everyone has to do a cover of this song, and they'll never do it as good as this origional.
    This song is awesome and the rest of you that agree with me have amazing taste :) lol
    kristen86on September 07, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about a guy, who wants a girl, who's not sure that she wants to get into a relationship with said guy. Like when he goes "say after me, it's no better to be safe than sorry." it's like he's telling to take a chance on him.
    aquagrrl84on April 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn the surface this song is about being from Norway and not knowing much English, but still wanting to have a hit record. It's secondary and deeper meaning involves the joy of having high cheek bones, moused up hair and a computer enhanced vocal range.
    trippdoggon December 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song :) the video for it still amazes me, and my odd fascination with this song is just unexplainable: I love it!
    redhed23on May 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis video is awesome, the song is awesome, the video is the best video ever, gotta love that weird, villian guy.
    LiveUrLifeon June 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe can certainly hit a note. Classic.
    chipporaideron November 20, 2011   Link

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