505
Artic Monkeys Lyrics


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I'm going back to 505
If it's a 7-hour flight or a 45-minute drive
In my imagination, you're waiting, lying on your side
With your hands between your thighs

Stop and wait a sec
Oh, when you look at me like that, my darling, what did you expect?
I'd probably still adore you with your hands around my neck
Or I did last time I checked

Not shy of a spark
A knife twists at the thought that I should fall short of the mark
Frightened by the bite, no, it's no harsher than the bark
The middle of adventure, such a perfect place to start

I'm going back to 505
If it's a 7-hour flight or a 45-minute drive
In my imagination, you're waiting, lying on your side
With your hands between your thighs

But I crumble completely when you cry
It seems like once again you've had to greet me with goodbye
I'm always just about to go and spoil the surprise
Take my hands off of your eyes too soon

Well, I'm going back to 505
If it's a 7-hour flight or a 45-minute drive




In my imagination, you're waiting, lying on your side
With your hands between your thighs and a smile

Overall Meaning

The first verse of Arctic Monkeys’ “505” depicts the singer reflecting on returning to a place or a person from their past. He describes the journey back, whether it’s a long flight or a quick car ride, and imagines the person he’s returning to lying on her side, hands between her thighs. This hints at a sexual and emotional connection between them. Then the second verse describes how the person he’s returning to is the kind to draw all attention with just one glance. He adds that he would still adore her even if she put her hands around his neck. The following lines say that he’s not afraid of a spark. This spark is symbolic of taking a chance on love, even if failure is a possibility. It’s a risk worth taking.


The third verse goes on to talk about how adventure is the perfect starting point for something meaningful. And so, the singer is going back to that place or person to rekindle the adventure they once had. The fourth verse follows on a bittersweet note – how he crumbles when the person he speaks of cries over goodbye. The singer implies that they always say goodbye and never manage to have a happy ending.


Overall, the song describes a powerful desire to reconnect with someone from the past. It explores the range of emotions that come with taking the risk to rekindle something that has long been gone.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm going back to 505
I want to return to the place where things were happier.


If it's a 7-hour flight or a 45-minute drive
Distance is not a barrier for me to reach you, no matter the measures it might take.


In my imagination, you're waiting, lying on your side With your hands between your thighs
I long to be close to you, exploring every inch of your body, every moment of the day.


Stop and wait a sec Oh, when you look at me like that, my darling, what did you expect?
I cannot resist your gaze, your beauty is shining so bright.


I'd probably still adore you with your hands around my neck Or I did last time I checked
Even if you are controlling, I still love everything about you.


Not shy of a spark A knife twists at the thought that I should fall short of the mark Frightened by the bite, no, it's no harsher than the bark The middle of adventure, such a perfect place to start
There is always a danger in trying, but it is better to experience things instead of living in regret.


But I crumble completely when you cry It seems like once again you've had to greet me with goodbye I'm always just about to go and spoil the surprise Take my hands off of your eyes too soon
It hurts me to see you in pain, and I struggle to keep the surprises exciting.


With your hands between your thighs and a smile
You are happy and content when you are near me, and it is all I could ask for.




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