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I Want You Back
The Jackson 5 Lyrics


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Uh-huh, huh, huh
Just let me tell you now
Uh-huh

When I had you to myself, I didn't want you around
Those pretty faces always made you stand out in a crowd
But someone picked you from the bunch, one glance was all it took
Now it's much too late for me to take a second look

Oh, baby, give me one more chance (to show you that I love you)
Won't you please let me back in your heart
Oh, darlin', I was blind to let you go (let you go, baby)
But now since I see you in his arms (I want you back)
Yes, I do now (I want you back)
Ooh, ooh, baby (I want you back)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (I want you back)
Na, na, na, na

Trying to live without your love is one long sleepless night
Let me show you, girl, that I know wrong from right
Every street you walk on, I leave tear stains on the ground
Following the girl I didn't even want around
Let me tell you now

Oh, baby, all I need is one more chance (to show you that I love you)
Won't you please let me back in your heart
Oh, darlin', I was blind to let you go (let you go, baby)
But now since I see you in his arms, uh-huh

Ah, buh bum, bum, bum
Ah, buh bum, bum, bum
All I want
Ah, buh bum, bum, bum
All I need
Ah, buh bum, bum, bum
All I want
Ah, buh bum, bum, bum
All I need

Oh, just one more chance to show that I love you
Baby (baby)
Baby (baby)
Baby (baby)

(I want you back)
Forget what happened then (I want you back)
Let me live again

Oh, baby, I was blind to let you go
But now since I see you in his arms
(I want you back)

Spare me of this cause
Get back what I lost

Oh, baby, I need one more chance, ha
I tell ya that I love you
Baby (oh), baby (oh), baby (oh)
I want you back, ha
I want you back

Overall Meaning

In the opening lines of the song, the singer is regretting ignoring someone he had in his life, but took for granted. The person had a unique beauty that made them stand out in a crowd, and he didn’t appreciate their worth until they were out of his life. The singer is asking for another chance to show his love for the person and prove how much he needs them in his life, by begging for them to let him back in their heart.


In the second verse, the singer emphasizes the pain he is going through as a result of losing this person, stating that trying to live without them is one long, sleepless night. He goes on to say that he has left tear stains on the ground following the person because he now sees that he needs them, even though he didn’t want them before. The song concludes with the repetition of his plea for another chance to show his love, and the phrase “I want you back” repeated several times as the climax of his passionate begging.


Line by Line Meaning

Uh-huh, huh, huh
An emphatic sound indicating agreement or affirmation


Just let me tell you now
I want to share this information with you immediately


When I had you to myself, I didn't want you around
I didn't appreciate you when you were mine exclusively


Those pretty faces always made you stand out in a crowd
Others were attracted to you because of your attractive appearance


But someone picked you from the bunch, one glance was all it took
However, someone recognized your worth and took you away with a single glance


Now it's much too late for me to take a second look
It's too late for me to reconsider my decision to let you go


Oh, baby, give me one more chance (to show you that I love you)
I am imploring you to grant me another opportunity to prove my affection for you


Won't you please let me back in your heart
Can you allow me to restore your love for me?


Oh, darlin', I was blind to let you go (let you go, baby)
I see now how foolish I was to let you leave me


But now since I see you in his arms (I want you back)
Seeing you with someone else has made me realize that I still want you


Yes, I do now (I want you back)
I am certain that I want to be with you again


Ooh, ooh, baby (I want you back)
My desire to be with you is strong


Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (I want you back)
I am definitely sure that I want to be with you once again


Na, na, na, na
A rhythmic utterance with no particular meaning


Trying to live without your love is one long sleepless night
I found it impossible to cope with life after we broke up


Let me show you, girl, that I know wrong from right
I want to demonstrate that I have the judgement to make good decisions


Every street you walk on, I leave tear stains on the ground
Seeing you makes me so emotional that I leave visible signs of my distress


Following the girl I didn't even want around
Ironically, I find myself pursuing the same girl that I once ignored


Oh, baby, all I need is one more chance (to show you that I love you)
I am asking for the opportunity to convince you that I am sincere


Ah, buh bum, bum, bum
A nonsensical vocalization with a rhythmic pattern


All I want
My desire for you is singular


Oh, just one more chance to show that I love you
I am begging for another opportunity to express my affection


Baby (baby)
An affectionate term of address


Forget what happened then (I want you back)
I am willing to overlook our past issues in the hope of being reunited


Let me live again
I feel like I am reawakening now that I see the possibility of a future with you


Spare me of this cause
I hope you will show me mercy and give me a break


Get back what I lost
I want to reclaim what I foolishly let slip away


Oh, baby, I need one more chance, ha
I truly require another opportunity to make things right


I tell ya that I love you
I am confessing my love for you


Ha
An exclamation of emotion


I want you back, ha
I want to be in a relationship with you again




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Deke Richards, Berry Gordy Jr

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Comments from YouTube:

@nickdevirgiliis668

Hard not to be choked up seeing such an innocent kid with that absurd amount of talent and knowing how much pain his life would be filled with

@KM-ql4eb

Yup, makes me want to go hug my kids. Breaks my heart.

@rebeccagray5464

Literally crying

@monkeymayEH

He was molested, Nick

@nonsense9042

@@monkeymayEH It was much more than that. His father was physically abusive to all of them, but more to Michael.

@cristianarteaga1092

@@nonsense9042 he beat them to super stardom

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@Aircronix

Imagine a 10 year old sounding better than most artist today

@philmstud2k

And dressing better

@micahbell3029

@@philmstud2k agreed

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