I wanted love, I needed love
Most of all, most of all
Someone said true love was dead
And I'm bound to fall, bound to fall
For you
Oh, what can I do?

Take my badge but my heart remains
Lovin' you, baby child
Tighten up on your reins
You're runnin' wild, runnin' wild
It's true

Sick for days, so many ways
I'm achin' now, I'm achin' now
It's times like these I need relief
Please show me how, oh, show me how
To get right
Yes, out of sight

When I was young and moving fast
Nothin' slowed me down, oh, slowed me down
Now I let the others pass
I've come around, oh, come around
'Cause I've found

Livin' just to keep goin'
Goin' just to be sane
All the while not knowin'
Such a shame
I don't need to get steady
I know just how I feel
Tellin' you to be ready
My dear

Lyrics submitted by josephtime, edited by bcm1866, smallwonderrobot

Tighten Up Lyrics as written by Patrick James Carney Daniel Quine Auerbach

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  • +7
    General Comment

    Also...I think the one line is...

    "Living just to keep going Going just to be sane.. All the while NOT KNOWIN'.. Such a shame"

    --that's what it sounds like he's singing to me anyways..

    I absolutely am obsessed with this song right now. I love the sound, the lyric, the video. I really dig this band so much. This song is so sexy...I can't get enough. I love the change in tempo in the last minute of the song. But I think it's about a guy that used to be pretty wild and promiscuous himself, a real player that didn't even believe true love existed and didn't care...but now he finds himself so crazy in love with a girl and she is just like his former self...wild and refuses to commit to him alone. Kinda relationship karma. He knows she's probably gonna break his heart in the end but he can't break free of the spell she's got him under nor does he want to break free.

    UNsweetTon May 19, 2010   Link
  • +4
    Lyric Correction


    I wanted love, I needed love Most of all, Most of all..

    Someone said "True Love" was dead but I'm bound to fall for you.

    Oh what can I do?

    Take my badge, but my heart remains Loving you, Baby, child..

    Tighten up on your reigns, you're running wild. Running wild. It's true.

    Sick for days... So many ways... I'm aching now, I'm aching now...

    It's times like these, I need relief. Please show me how, Show me how.. To get right.. Yes out of sight...

    When I was young, and moving fast, Nothing slowed me down, Slowed me down.

    Now I let the others pass, I've come around, Come around. 'Cause I found...

    Living just to keep going, Going just to be sane. All the while not knowin', Such a shame.

    I don't need to get steady, I know just what to feel. Telling me to be ready... my dear.

    albertocespedeson August 12, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Lyric Correction

    That "together" part....I think it's "To get right"

    ScarletSecretson April 26, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    I think a man has found a girl that makes him insane with his love for her. She is still running wild, and he is chasing her. He never used to be like this until he met her, but she is not ready to slow down herself yet. He knows exactly how he feels however, she is still running around doing her thing.

    nicolebrilleon February 07, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I loveee the music video! It's adorable, haha.

    mchrisseeon June 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    yay, i think i was the first to post these up on the internet :D

    its hard to make out what it could be about specifically, but the line "Take my badge, but my heart remains" is powerful.

    josephtimeon March 21, 2010   Link
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    hamfohon May 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    there also seems that something might be said after "true love was dead" before "but I'm bound to fall for you"

    hamfohon May 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    i really like this song! to me its about reminicing on better days, when they were younger, and when they were in love, etc.

    passionpiton June 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
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    this song is just filthy in all the most wonderful ways. love the bridge. love the album. love the band.

    lostatlimboon July 06, 2010   Link

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