Make Damn Sure Lyrics - Taking Back Sunday

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You've got this new head filled up with smoke
and I've got my veins all tangled close
To the jukebox bars you frequent
The safest place to hide
A long night spent with your most obvious weakness
You start shaking at the thought
You are everything I want
'Cause you are everything I'm not

And we lay, we lay together just not
Too close, too close (how close is close enough ?)
We lay, we lay together just not
Too close, too close

I just wanna break you down so badly
While I trip over everything you say
I just wanna break you down so badly
In the worst way

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My inarticulate store bought hangover hobby kit
It talks, it says, 'You, oh, you are so cool.'
Scissor-shaped across the bed
You are red, violent red
You hollow out my hungry eyes
You hollow out my hungry eyes

And we lay, we lay together just not
Too close, too close (How close is close enough ?)
We lay, we lay together just not
Too close, too close

I just wanna break you down so badly
While I trip over everything you say
I just wanna break you down so badly
In the worst way

I just wanna break you down so badly
While I trip over everything you say
I just wanna break you down so badly
In the worst way

I'm gonna make damn sure that you can't ever leave
No, you won't ever get too far from me
You won't ever get too far from me
I'll make damn sure that you can't ever leave
No, you won't ever get too far from me
You won't ever get too far from me
You won't ever get too far from me
You won't ever get too far...

I just wanna break you down so badly
While I trip over everything you say
I just wanna break you down so badly
In the worst way (worst way)

I'm gonna make damn sure
I just wanna break you down so badly
I just wanna break you down so badly (damn sure)
In the worst way (worst way)






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Maybe He's Crazy | Reviewer: Friends With Bacon | 11/5/13

It almost sounds like this could be told from the point of view of someone who's been friend zoned by one of the cool kids. Maybe he tries so hard but he just doesn't get it. He's still awkward and doesn't fit in. He can't hang and doesn't understand the way she talks, but because he's so smitten he still does what he can to be of use to her. Down towards the end it almost sounds like he goes a little nuts. "make damn sure you can't ever leave, you'll never get too far from me," sure sounds like he's plotting to kill her and bury the body under his floor. Or maybe he plans to get her addicted to hero in, that would work too. Another, less likely, scenario is he plans to keep her around by putting a ring on her, but that doesn't really work in this context. Just my interpretation. Powerful song either way, and I even like the video.

Lyric Interpretation | Reviewer: Lauren | 4/3/13

I have been listening to this genre for seven years now. After memorizing these lyrics and watching the video only a hundred times, I found the meaning. It's a man who is obviously battling an addiction and depression and he has a female friend whom he has a painfully platonic relationship with. He doesn't depict whether or not this platonic relationship is with a female which he makes a point with by stating he is inferior to people in general. Apparently he can't handle the fact the he's not "good enough" for "her" and he's frustrated. The term to break someone down is to reveal their inner truths which he wants to do to "her" out of spite. This whole song is made to whatever frustrations he has with inferiority and it is merely out of spite.

Well... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/16/10

Most people I know enjoy this song cause it sounds very vengeful, what happens when you break up and you don't want them to leave? YOu go psychopath. Well a lot of people go to the extreme anyways. And break you down would be, in that instance, a way of saying making sure there is nothing left of them, after they hurt you. Sure it sounds nuts but its a very easy way to interpret the song and I think its safer to have those feelings by singing about them as a vent rather than actually acting upon them and destroying your ex's. lol Just my opinion :3 Cheery I know XD

Love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/6/10

Its about a guy who loves this girl and really wants her or get to know her. "are everything I want'Cause you are everything I'm not" means she is out of his league. "I want to break you down so badly" means that he wants to get to know her or tell her what he feels for her.

rocky | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/4/10

you guys are all wrong.
This isn't talking about someone that drinks
It's obviously about two tweakers.
The night is the weakness to anyone who can't sleep and she's shaking because the other one is on a good one.
And he trips because he doesn't want the other to stop so he wants to break the person down until that's all they want to do .

My Story | Reviewer: I Still Love You | 8/16/10

My interpretation relates very closely to me. To me, it's about two best friends... Clearly, one of them is a druggie... And whoever sings the song is trying to make him/her a better person and in the course falls in love with him/her... Druggies tend to hurt people in many ways, and possibly the guy/girl in reference has hurt the person singing many times. Thus, a part of the singer hates the guy/girl and wants to "break him/her down", as in hurt him/her the same way they have hurt the singer. But at the same time, the singer also loves him/her and "trips on"/gets hurt by everything hurtful that is said to the singer by the person that is being sung about which happens very often. The singer also wants to make sure that he/she never leaves her because at the back of the singer's mind, the singer knows that he/she is still in love with the person they're singing about and can't live without them.
(: Well that's just my story.

damn. | Reviewer: erfgwec | 8/1/10

this song totaly describes my last relationship. i loved her so much but she seemed different towards the end, then i figured out she cheated. i hated her then i realized 2 months later, i think i still love her...fuck love

good point | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/8/10

I really think everyone is right in their own way, there is really no way to tell wut the artist means by a song without them sayin. Wen it comes dowm to it everyone interprets it a different way, maybe because something they are or have been thru. Either way its gonna be different for everyone, so technically nobody is wrong. If they wanted everyone to have the same views on this song they would tell you what it means and what to think about it.

make dame sure | Reviewer: Amanda starr | 3/10/10

She is the smoke in his head. She is his complete opposite an clearly she's an alcoholic that's why her hands are shaking. An when their in bed how close is okay before u cross the line between friends to something more. He wants to become something in her life that she can't be without. He bought a hangover kit to help him take care of this girl he likes that has this problem. As he watches her thrown across the bed an some how he's blinded by love for her. She is all he sees. He knows her so well that no matter where she goes he will always find her.

damn.. | Reviewer: garzanaruto@gmail.com | 3/5/10

well no matter how much i listen to this song, i always think of the way i love my gf.. and i still end up getting hurt for her.. i would do anything for her but recently she was been cheating on more (5 times...) and im still with her.. i wish she would understand how i feel for her.. i love her forever..

ugh! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/2/10

I broke up with my bf and he sent me this video...he wants me to see how much he loves me so I can "realize" that we need to be together. I recently told him I was leaving town. He tells me that he will do anything to keep me here. basically its about a guy loving a girl who doesn't love him the same way and that's all he could ever want. Is to be with her so he will do anything. Even if that means breaking her down! He has broken me down but I am not giving in.

what i think.. | Reviewer: eryn | 2/21/10

I think everyone here as some vald points about this song, but I related it to some stuff I'm experiencing right now. I think it's about a girl he's in a relationship with and they have a certain amount of distance between them because of her. He wants to have a good relationship with her, but he's never dealt with a girl like this before. His feelings for her are very strong, but she won't take her security wall down, explaining "I just wanna break you down so badly" - He wants to get inside of her head because he doesn't understand her feelings - "while I trip over everything you say" - She's confusing him. She may not realize it, she's using alcohol to mask her feelings, she's probably afraid of what 'could be'. "you hollow out my hungry eyes" - She is beautiful to him, and "I'm gunna make damn sure that you can't ever leave" -that and "you are everything I want cause you are everything I'm not" He still can't figure her out, but he wants to so badly that he's not gunna let her go. He just wants to break down her walls.

makedamnsure | Reviewer: milou | 1/20/10

I think this song is about him knowing she's not worth it but she has this stupid power over him that makes him running back to her all the time. I think they used to have a pretty good relationship but she grew out of it and he can't handle that. She lets him back in but just for sex/fun, she'll never love him as much as he loves her because she's just over it.
"I just wanna break you down so badly while I trip over everything you say", He's trying to be her, he's trying to be hard to get and wants her to desire him and work for him, but he's unable to be hard to get cause he's scared he'll lose her if he lets go, since she doesn't really care that much.
"I'm gonna make damn sure you can't ever leave" He's just planning to always stay in her life, even if he's like the third wheel and even if she's over it, cause he loves her too much to let go. It hurts him, but he'd rather be hurt and still have contact with her than be without her.

Basically, I just described exactly what I'm going through.

wrong. | Reviewer: bianca | 12/2/09

im a big fan of this song but i think some of you are over analyzing.
"You've got this new head filled up with smoke
I've got my veins all tangled close" - simply he doesn't know how to react to these new feelings the "head" is his not hers.
"To the jukebox bars you frequent
The safest place to hide" - i believe he is with her and its easier to be in public
"A long night spent with your most obvious weaknesses"- she a drinker
"And we lay, we lay together just not
Too close, too close (How close is close enough?"- even tho they are laying together he feels as of shes not really with him.
"I just wanna break you down so badly
Well I trip over everything you say
Well I just wanna break you down so badly
In the worst way" he wants her to feel as much love, maybe passion or the person who discusses pain and stalking may be true. but i have personally felt this way before in the love department. you love each other but you still dont feel like you know how to express it in words and it can get fustrating. note the i trip over everything you say.
"I'm gonna make damn sure that you can't ever leave
No, you won't ever get too far from me" hes going to do everything he can to keep her. duh.

wondering | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/4/09

that the guy wants the girl to be in the same postion that he is because of her.'i wanna break you down so badly' he wants her to feel the same pain, that she is pittuing him through.
-welcome in my world.


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