Aerosmith - What It Takes



"What It Takes" is a power ballad by American band Aerosmith. Written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Desmond Child, it was released in 1989 as the third single from the critically and commercially successful 1989 album Pump.


"I'll put some ballads on an album," Tyler remarked, "if that's what it takes so that some young kid can get to hear a 'Young Lust' or 'F.I.N.E.*'." The song was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Desmond Child.




Lyrics


There goes my old girlfriend, there's another diamond ring

And, uh, 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


[Chorus:]

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 thinking you lost everything that was

good in your life to the toss of the dice?

Tell me what it takes to let you go.


Yeah

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


[Chorus]

Guitar!


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 dyin' when you're cryin' for me


[Chorus]


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 thinking you lost everything that was

good in your life to the toss of the dice?

Tell me who's to blame for thinkin' twice

No no no no 'cause I don't wanna burn in paradise

Ooo Let go, let go, let go,

let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go,

let it go, let it go, let it go,

let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go

I don't wanna burn, I don't wanna burn