"When Love And Hate Collide" as written by and R. Savage J. Elliott....
You could have a change of heart, if you would only change your mind
Instead of slamming down the phone girl, for the hundredth time
I got your number on my wall, but I ain't gonna make that call
When divided we stand baby, united we fall

Got the time got a chance gonna make it
Got my hands on your heart gonna take it
All I know I can't fight this flame
You could have a change of heart, if you would only change your mind
Cause I'm crazy 'bout you baby, time after time

Without you
One night alone Is like a year without you baby
Do you have a heart of stone
Without you
Can't stop the hurt inside
When love and hate collide

I don't wanna fight no more, I don't know what we're fighting for
When we treat each other baby, like an act of war
I could tell a million lies and it would come as no surprise
When the truth is like a stranger, hits you right between the eyes

There's a time and a place and a reason
And I know I got a love to believe in
All I know got to win this time

[Repeat Chorus]

[SOLO]

You could have a change of heart, if you would only change your mind
Cause I'm crazy 'bout you baby...Crazy...Crazy

Without you
One night alone
Is like a year without you baby
Do you have a heart of stone
Without you
One night alone
Is like a year without you baby
If you have a heart at all
Without you
Can't stop the hurt inside
When love and hate collide


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"When Love and Hate Collide" as written by R. Savage J. Elliott

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  • +2
    General Comment"You could have a change of heart
    If you would only change your mind
    Instead of slamming down the phone, girl
    For the hundredth time "

    This verse is pretty obvious: They had a fight, maybe even split up, and she's still so angry that she refuses to talk to him, only hangs up on him. He says that if she'd just change her mind about talking to him, she could have a change of heart about getting back together.

    "I got your number on my wall
    But I ain't gonna make that call "

    He's getting tired of phoning only to have her "slam down" the phone, and his pride is preventing him from keeping on trying.

    "When divided we stand, baby
    United we fall "

    One of the most profound lines Def Leppard ever wrote. When you are in a relationship and you are not pulling the weight together (in other words, you are "standing divided"), then the relationship can't work out, and the two of you won't succeed as a couple ("united we fall").

    "Got the time, got a chance, gonna make it
    Got my hands on your heart, gonna take it
    All I know, I can't fight this flame "

    He's saying that he knows she loves him, he has this opportunity to make this relationship work out with her, and he's going to do his best to make it work, because his feelings are so strong, he can't forget about her.

    "You could have a change of heart
    If you would only change your mind
    Cause I'm crazy 'bout you baby
    Time after time "

    If she'd just change her mind and start talking/listening to him, he could convince her to give the relationship another chance, because no matter how much they fight, or how many times they break up, or how bad it gets, he's still crazy about her.

    Without you
    One night alone
    Is like a year without you baby
    Do you have a heart of stone?
    "Without you
    Can't stop the hurt inside
    When love and hate collide "

    The first 3 lines are obvious. Then he says that when they're apart or split up, all those feelings of anger and frustration and love and joy and longing hurt too much, but when he's with her, he can bear it. That's why "without you (I) can't stop the hurt inside".

    "I don't wanna fight no more
    I don't know what we're fighting for
    When we treat each other, baby
    Like an act of war"

    He's tired of fighting with her, and he can't even see the point of arguing when all they do is hurt each other without achieving anything.

    "I could tell a million lies
    And it would come as no surprise
    When the truth is like a stranger
    Hits you right between the eyes "

    This one is always a bit tricky for me, and I'd like some input. I think he's saying that no matter how many times he lies, he's not surprised, but the truth (that he does love her, and wants to make it work) comes as a huge surprise.

    "There's a time and a place and a reason
    And I know I got a love to believe in
    All I know
    Got to win this time "

    Same as the previous bridge. They have something special, and they have this opportunity to really find true love in each other, and he really wants it to work.

    This is how I interpret the song's lyrics, anyone care to comment?
    Lilandraon March 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite song by them.
    aceticaon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen my boyfriend and I broke up I was listening to this song and when it got to the verse "Without you one night alone, Is like a year without you baby, Do you have a heart of stone" I cried. This is one of my alltime favorite songs.
    mego435on September 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAwe. It's a good ballad.
    vulnaviaon September 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentur change of heart turns my love for u into hate... still it hurts to hate u as much as it hurts to love ya... i feel like a prisoner locked in this misery since i knw u... knwing i meant nothin to u... i'm hurt becoz i cnt shake frm this love i have for u...
    tigresson May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoy does this song reming me of two of my friends. This is one of my fav's by them, because it was basically there last big hit.
    C-Pacon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favs also, absolutely awesome i agree with tigress good call, i can relate so well
    Nothing to Savouron June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about wanting someone so bad but them just refusing to talk to you. I think it's so sad that so many things could be sorted out if people just sat down and talked things over. The song is one of my favorites too.
    antmannon June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the greatest Def Leppard songs.

    "Can't stop the hurt inside, when love and hate collide" is such a powerful line.

    You always hear that there's a fine line between love and hate, and it's true. You love and hate with the same type of passion.

    "I don't want to fight no more. I don't know what we're fighting for."

    That says a lot. It's like the strained relationship where you're always fighting about the same thing over and over to the point where you become restless and don't even know what it's all about anymore.

    Check out the acoustic version of the song done with a piano. AWESOME.
    cubbyblueson May 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah it's a deeply emotional song, my favourite by Def Leppard. The song has already been summarised by tigress. Fantastic
    Slash Is Everythingon January 05, 2008   Link

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