Heartbreaker
Led Zeppelin Lyrics


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Hey fellas have you heard the news?
You know that Annie's back in town?
It won't take long just watch and see
How the fellas lay their money down

Her style is new but the face is the same
As it was so long ago
But from her eyes a different smile
Like that of one who knows

Well it's been ten years and maybe more
Since I first set eyes on you
The best years of my life gone by
Here I am alone and blue

Some people cry and some people die
By the wicked ways of love
But I'll just keep on rollin' along
With the grace of the Lord above

People talkin' all around 'bout the way you left me flat
I don't care what the people say, I know where their jive is at
One thing I do have on my mind, if you can clarify please do
It's the way you call me by another guy's name when I try to make love to you, yeah

I try to make love but it ain't no use
Give it to me, give it

Work so hard I couldn't unwind
Get some money saved
Abuse my love a thousand times
However hard I tried

Heartbreaker, your time has come
Can't take your evil way
Go away heartbreaker
Heartbreaker




Heartbreaker
Heart

Overall Meaning

"Heartbreaker" by Led Zeppelin is a song that tells the story of a man feeling down and blue about a woman who's come back to town. The song begins with the singer and his pals discussing the reappearance of a woman named Annie. Her arrival indicates that men in town are going to lose a lot of money. The singer describes how Annie's style is different from ten years ago, though her face remains the same. She wears a different smile, which he thinks hints at experience.


The singer reminisces about the best years of his life going by and feeling alone now. Others cry or die due to the "wicked ways of love," but the singer continues to roll with the grace of the Lord above. The song also explores how people gossip about the singer being left flat by another person. The singer is unfazed by the criticism, instead focusing on the way his lover calls him by another guy's name when they try to have sex.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey fellas have you heard the news?
Asking if the guys have heard that Annie is back in town.


You know that Annie's back in town?
Confirming that Annie is back in town.


It won't take long just watch and see
Implying that Annie's arrival will cause the guys to bet money quickly.


How the fellas lay their money down
Stating that the guys will bet money on Annie.


Her style is new but the face is the same
Noting that while Annie's style may be new, her face hasn't changed much.


As it was so long ago
Compared to what she looked like a long time ago.


But from her eyes a different smile
Suggesting that there is something different about her.


Like that of one who knows
Implying that she is more experienced and knows her way around the block.


Well it's been ten years and maybe more
Noting that it's been a while since he first met Annie.


Since I first set eyes on you
Referring to when he first met Annie.


The best years of my life gone by
Suggesting that he's missed out on his best years since he's been alone and blue.


Here I am alone and blue
Noting that he's alone and depressed.


Some people cry and some people die
Commenting on how love can detrimentally affect some people.


By the wicked ways of love
Blaming love for its wicked ways.


But I'll just keep on rollin' along
Deciding to keep going despite the pain.


With the grace of the Lord above
Believing that he will get through with the assistance of God.


People talkin' all around 'bout the way you left me flat
Noting that people talk about how Annie left him flat, or unrequitedly in love.


I don't care what the people say, I know where their jive is at
Not caring about the chatter and knowing what the people are trying to do.


One thing I do have on my mind, if you can clarify please do
Asking for clarification on why Annie calls him by another guy's name.


It's the way you call me by another guy's name when I try to make love to you, yeah
Explaining why he wants clarification, as he doesn't understand why Annie calls him by another man's name when they are intimate.


I try to make love but it ain't no use
Expressing a feeling of being unsuccessful at love.


Give it to me, give it
Urging Annie to just give him a chance at love.


Work so hard I couldn't unwind
Stating that he puts in a lot of effort that he can't unwind or relax.


Get some money saved
Saving up some money.


Abuse my love a thousand times
Feeling used and abused in love many times.


However hard I tried
Expressing that despite trying hard, he still failed at love.


Heartbreaker, your time has come
Referring to Annie as a heartbreaker who is about to get her comeuppance.


Can't take your evil way
Not wanting to tolerate Annie's evil attitude and actions anymore.


Go away heartbreaker
Telling Annie to go away since she has broken his heart.


Heartbreaker
Echoing the chorus and naming Annie as the heartbreaker.


Heartbreaker
Repeating the chorus and again naming Annie as the heartbreaker.


Heart
Repeating the chorus's final word, emphasizing the heartbreak caused by Annie.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham

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