"You Keep Me Hangin' On" as written by and Lamont Herbert/holland Dozier....
(Keep me hangin' on)

Set me free why don't cha babe
Get out my life why don't cha babe
'Cause you don't really love me
You just keep me hangin' on

Set me free why don't cha babe
Get out my life why don't cha babe (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
'Cause you don't really need me
But you keep me hangin' on

Why do you keep a comin' around playing with my heart?
Why don't cha get out of my life and let me make a brand new start?
Let me get over you the way you gotten over me, yeah, yeah

Set me free why don't cha babe
Get out my life why don't cha babe (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
'Cause you don't really love me
You just keep me hangin' on
No, you don't really need me
You just keep me hangin' on

You say although we broke up you still just wanna be friends
But how can we still be friends when seeing you only breaks my heart again
(And there ain't nothing I can do about it)

Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, whoa
Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, whoa, whoa
Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, whoa, whoa
Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, whoa,
Yeah, yeah

Get out, get out of my life
And let me sleep at night
'Cause you don't really love me
You just keep me hangin' on

You say you still care for me but your heart and soul needs to be free
And now that you've got your freedom you wanna still hold on to me
You don't want me for yourself so let me find somebody else

Set me free why don't cha babe
Get out my life why don't cha babe (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
'Cause you don't really love me
You just keep me hangin' on

Why don't cha be a man about it and set me free (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Now you don't care a thing about me
You're just using me, hey, abusing me

Get out, get out of my life
And let me sleep at night (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
'Cause you don't really love me
You just keep me hangin' on (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)


Lyrics submitted by ImaniTheGreat

"You Keep Me Hangin' On" as written by Lamont Dozier Edward Holland Jr.

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  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so good! The last 2 months I was in love (and still am) with a girl who's long-time-"friend" does the same shit to her. Saying they're still friends, but nevertheless playing with her heart anytime, so she fails to let go. He's litterally destroying her, and she still calls him a good friend.
    bloodomenon March 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know how this feels.
    redshiftdazzleron December 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs this a bon jovi cover?
    Torridon July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno it's not, it's a diana ross cover. it's *not* a kim wilde song. who's the bozo that put it here?
    crashbangboomon September 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell - technically its a supremes cover. Dunno wher eyou got Bon Jovi though mate!
    butterflykiss84on March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love itttttt
    4everinloveon December 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the worst things in life is a one sided friendship/relationship. And the only way to help yourself is to get away from it immediately. You can't always rely on it to just die out on it's own; you must extinguish it.
    She doesn't want anything to do with this guy anymore; he's only a distraction. As she tries to focus on her own life, he catches her eye and she follows him. But once she gets close, he disappears. When she looks back at her life, she sees that she's missed out, and for nothing.
    Just gotta let go and ignore
    YRNon July 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis is a song about a guy who is playing very selfish - after relationship , he wants to have his ex girlfriend as a ,,background option,, , always to be there for him, actually he doesnt want to let her go with her life and to find another guy, making her to wait for him. She realizes that he cares only for his own needs, and not about her feelings. This is a good lesson - cut off selfish ex from your life.
    Counterclockwerkon March 07, 2018   Link

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