"Promises" as written by Philip Collen and Robert John Lange....
Last night I was blown away
I said a million things I'd never say
I was knocked right down, it got to me
Gonna get me some of your chemistry

You want me to promise you
That everything is true

I won't make promises that I can't keep
I won't make promises that I don't mean
I'll even mean the things I tell you in my sleep, yeah
I won't make promises babe, that I can't keep

Oh my my, I lost control
I told you everything, I said it all
You came right out and said to me
"Gonna get me some of your honesty"

You want me to promise you
That everything is true

I won't make promises that I can't keep
I won't make promises that I don't mean
I'll even mean the things I tell you in my sleep, yeah
I won't make promises babe, that I can't keep

You want me to promise you
That everything is true

I won't make promises that I can't keep
I won't make promises that I don't mean
I'll even mean the things I whisper in my sleep
Oh, let me tell you
I won't say a single thing darling, that you can't believe
You gotta believe me

I won't make promises that I can't keep
Oh baby believe me now
I won't make promises that I don't mean
Oh why won't you believe me now
I'll even mean the things I whisper in my sleep, yeah
I won't make promises that I can't keep
Baby, you gotta believe me


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    General CommentAnother "hidden" gem because it's a newer tune (1999).

    Even still, this is vintage Def Leppard and I highly recommend this song to anyone who loves their classic stuff.

    What I think this song is about is the girl asking him how he feels about her. And he realized and told her that he loved her, and added that he wouldn't say it if he didn't mean it ("I won't make promises I can't keep").

    The only thing I'm conflicted about is how the line "You want me to promise you that everything is true" is followed immediately by "I won't make promises that I can't keep."

    It kind of makes me think that he doesn't want to tell her everything is true because he might not be able to keep that promise.
    cubbyblueson May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentokay why doesn't this band have more comments they area great! band i Love this song to death and i know i am not the only one who thinks that like i would totally love a guy who thinks like that "I won't make promises that I can't keep
    I won't make promises that I don't mean
    I'll even mean the things I tell you in my sleep" i love this song !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS SONG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH
    st.jimmy_greendayon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with cubbyblues. I am conflicted as to whether the speaker is lying to the girl or saying that everything he said by accident was true, he just hadn't meant to say it.

    Maybe it's just me really preferring the second one, but after listening again I think it is more a good old-fashioned love song. The vocals just tell me that he's being truthful. And towards the end he says it differently, such as "I wont say a single thing, darling, that you can't believe. You've gotta believe it babe!" And he says it with different vocal inflection that suggests that he's telling the truth.

    But, like I said, I prefer it to be that way, because then its a sweet love song you could sing to your girlfriend : )
    Sarrothon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI promise I won't make any promises I can't keep.
    redshiftdazzleron December 10, 2011   Link

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