Sweet Talkin' Woman
Electric Light Orchestra Lyrics


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(Sweet talkin' woman)
Where did you go?

I was searchin' (searchin') on a one-way street
I was hopin' (hopin') for a chance to meet
I was waitin' for the operator on the line

(She's gone so long) what can I do?
(Where could she be?) no, no, no
Don't know what I'm gonna do
I gotta get back to you

You gotta slow down (slow down)
Sweet talkin' woman (slow down)
You got me runnin' (run, run), you got me searchin'
Hold on (hold on)
Sweet talkin' lover (hold on)
It's so sad if that's the way it's over
(Sweet talkin' woman)

I was (workin'), many days go by
I was thinkin' (thinkin') 'bout the lonely nights
Communication breakdown all around

(She's gone so long) what can I do?
(Where could she be now?) no, no, no
Don't know what I'm gonna do
I gotta get back to you

You gotta slow down (slow down)
Sweet talkin' woman (slow down)
You got me runnin' (run, run), you got me searchin'
Hold on (hold on)
Sweet talkin' lover (hold on)
It's so sad if that's the way it's over
(Sweet talkin' woman)

I've been livin' (livin') on a dead-end street
I've been askin' (where's she hidin'?) everybody I meet
Insufficient data coming through

(She's gone so long) what can I do?
(Where could she be?) no no, no
Don't know what I'm gonna do
I gotta get back to you, no

Slow down (slow down)
Sweet talkin' woman (slow down)
You got me runnin' (run, run), you got me searchin'
Hold on (hold on)
Sweet talkin' lover (hold on)
It's so sad if that's the way it's over
(Sweet talkin' woman)

Slow down (slow down)
Sweet talkin' woman (slow down)
You got me runnin', you got me searchin'
Hold on (hold on)
Sweet talkin' lover (hold on)
It's so sad if that's the way it's over

Slow down (slow down)
Sweet talkin' woman (slow down)
You got me runnin', you got me searchin'
Hold on (hold on)
Sweet talkin' lover (hold on)
It's so sad if that's the way it's over

Slow down (slow down)
Sweet talkin' woman (slow down)
You got me runnin', you got me searchin'
Hold on (hold on)
Sweet talkin' lover (hold on)
It's so sad if that's the way it's over

Slow down (slow down)




Sweet talkin' woman (slow down)
You got me runnin', you got me searchin'

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Sweet Talkin' Woman by Electric Light Orchestra tell the story of a man who is desperate to reconnect with his lover after a period of miscommunication and distance. The song starts with the man describing how he was searching on a one-way street, hoping for a chance to meet his lover. He then reveals that he was waiting for the operator on the line, but she's gone too long, and he doesn't know what he's supposed to do. As the song progresses, he talks about how he was thinking about the lonely nights he spent without her and how communication has broken down. The choruses of the song are the man's pleas for the woman to slow down and hold on, for she has him running and searching. He concludes the song by admitting that he has been living on a dead-end street and asking everyone he meets to help him connect with her.


The lyrics of the song are very relatable because most people can understand the struggle and pain that comes with miscommunication and distance. The song's message is to encourage people to take their time and hold on to their loved ones, for they are worth the effort. It's a reminder that relationships require work and sometimes require sacrifices, but the reward is worth it.


Line by Line Meaning

I was searchin' (searchin') on a one-way street
I was looking for something without any options or hope of finding it easily.


I was hopin' (hopin') for a chance to meet
I was eagerly waiting for an opportunity to meet someone special.


I was waitin' for the operator on the line
I was expecting to talk to someone who could connect me with someone else.


(She's gone so long) What can I do? (Where could she be?) Don't know what I'm gonna do I gotta get back to you
I'm missing someone so badly, and I'm not sure where they are or what I'll do if I can't find them soon.


You gotta slow down (slow down), sweet talkin' woman You got me runnin', you got me searchin' Hold on (hold on), sweet talkin' lover It's so sad if that's the way it's over
I'm willing to do whatever it takes to be with you, but it's hard to keep up with you when you're always on the move. I hope we can work it out or it'll be heartbreaking to end things this way.


I was (walkin'), many days go by I was thinkin' (thinkin') 'bout the lonely nights
I've been wandering around aimlessly for days, thinking about how lonely I've been without you by my side.


Communication break down all around (She's gone so long) What can I do? (Where could she be now?) No no no, don't know what I'm gonna do I gotta get back to you
Everyone I reach out to for help is unresponsive, and I'm still struggling to find where you are. I can't give up, though, I have to keep trying to find you.


I've been livin' on a dead-end street I've been askin' ev'rybody I meet Insufficient data coming through (She's gone so long) What can I do? (Where could she be?) No no no, don't know what I'm gonna do I gotta get back to you
I'm stuck in a hopeless situation, asking everyone I meet for help, but it seems like nobody has any useful information. I can't give up until I find you, though.


Slow down (slow down), sweet talkin' woman You got me runnin', you got me searchin' Hold on (hold on), sweet talkin' lover (hold on) It's so sad if that's the way it's over
Please slow down and wait for me. I'm doing everything I can to catch up with you. If we have to end things, it's going to be really sad, but I hope we can work things out before that happens.


Slow down (slow down), sweet talkin' woman You got me runnin', you got me searchin' Hold on (hold on), sweet talkin' lover (hold on) It's so sad if that's the way it's over
I'm still trying to keep up with you, but it seems like you're always a few steps ahead. I'll keep trying, though, because losing you would be really tough for me.


Slow down (slow down), sweet talkin' woman You got me runnin', you got me searchin' Hold on (hold on), sweet talkin' lover (hold on) It's so sad if that's the way it's over
I'm feeling exhausted from chasing after you all the time, but I can't give up yet. Maybe we can still make things work, but it would be such a shame to end things now.


Slow down (slow down), sweet talkin' woman You got me runnin', you got me searchin' Hold on (hold on), sweet talkin' lover (hold on) It's so sad if that's the way it's over
You're really keeping me on my toes, and it's hard to keep up with you. But I won't give up until we've exhausted every option for making things work between us.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Jeff Lynne

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@peterlagroove6555

John Lennon and also Paul Mc Cartney once said that ELO is what the Beatles would have became if they had continued as a band into the 1970's and beyond. True words!

@RevanHorner

I was trying to figure out what this song was after hearing it at the market. I'm dreadful at identifying artists, but I kept feeling like it was someone's idea of a Beatles song haha.

@margaretanscombe730

Makes sense. This song definitely has a very “Beatles-esque” vibe!

@mullar

The Beatles 2

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It's Really Not that Hard at all to Imagine That! 🦊

@eamonnclabby7067

A lovely thought...one day perhaps...

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@kylekatarn5964

This entire album is a masterpiece

@davidderitis9068

yes, this one AND 'A New World Record' was their finest !

@burnychaplin4601

Yeah that's a fact they just can't make music like this anymore

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DAMN FUCKING STRAIGHT.

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