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What It Takes - Aerosmith

What It Takes

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rock classic rock hard rock aerosmith 80s

"What It Takes" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Desmond Child. It was released in 1990 as the third single from Aerosmith's critically and commercially successful 1989 album Pump. In the video The Making of Pump, A&R man John Kalodner described the song as "a fuckin' masterpiece". The album version of the song is followed by an untitled hidden track. The single reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song contained numerous references to other Aerosmith songs in its lyrics. Tyler spells "F.I.N.E." after the first verse. He mentions that his "heart's been doing time" (Hearts Done Time). The song contains other, smaller references. It is not uncommon for Aerosmith to reference their own songs within their songs (for example, "Eat The Rich" and "Just Push Play" both contain references to "Walk This Way").

Aerosmith is a prominent American rock band. Three of its members, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton, first met in Sunapee, New Hampshire in the late 60s, but it wasn't until 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, that the three decided to form a band together. Later, they met up with Joey Kramer (drums) and Brad Whitford (rhythm guitar). The band enjoyed major popularity throughout the 70s, making rock anthems such as "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion" Show more ...

What It Takes - Aerosmith

There goes my old girlfriend
There's another diamond ring
And a all those late night promises
I guess they don't mean a thing
So baby, what's the story
Did you find another man
Is it easy to sleep in the bed that we made
When you don't look back I guess
The feelings start to fade away
I used to feel your fire
But now it's cold inside
And you're back on the street
Like you didn't miss a beat, yeah

Tell me what it takes to let you go
Tell me how the pain's supposed to go
Tell me how it is that you can sleep
In the night, without thinkin' you lost
Everything that was good in your life
To the toss of the dice
Tell me what it takes to let you go


Girl, before I met you, I was F. I. N. E - fine
But your love made me a prisoner
Yeah, my heart's been doing time
You spent me up like money
Then you hung me out to dry
It was easy to keep all your lies in disguise
'Cause you had me in deep
With the devil in your eyes



Tell me that you're happy that you're on your own
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Tell me that it's better when you're all alone
Tell me that your body doesn't miss my touch
Tell me that my lovin' didn't mean that much
Tell me you ain't dying
When you're cryin' for me

(Repeat Chorus)

Tell me who's to blame for thinkin' twice
'Cause I don't wanna burn in Paradise
Oh, let it go, let it go...

I don't wanna burn....