Outta Control
Rebelution Lyrics


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If you know what you don't
Wish I could read your mind but I can't so I won't
I wish that I could say what it is I like to say
Instead I got my tongue twisted up and tied away
I'm tryin' to do my best
Yes I know that failure is a lesson
I've been guessin' and stressin' and tryin to make up my decision and
Oh'guess that's how life goes
Every time I want poetry, she wants crows, I'm too slow
I'm tryin' to pick it up though
To me you're really in to know it's me you feel sorry for

This is out of control
How can I forget it though'
Damn, well can I forget it though'
This is out of control
How can I forget it though'
Damn, well can I forget it though'

At least I got my brains
At least I got my wit
Watch me go on over see the conversation slip
I'm feelin' kinda twisted also kinda sick
I try to counter and I wish that I could even never miss girl
Yeah you know them things ain't easy
I try to understand it believe me
I guess I want the real thing
Oh girl, I want the real thing baby

And this is out of control
How can I forget it though'
Damn, well can I forget it though
This is out of control




How can I forget it though'
Damn, well can I forget it though

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Outta Control" by Rebelution express the frustration and confusion of a person who wants to express their feelings to someone they care about, but finds it difficult to do so. The singer of the song wishes they could read the mind of the person they are interested in, so they could know what to say. However, the singer acknowledges that they are not able to do so and feels their tongue is tied up. The overwhelming emotions make it hard for them to make up their mind and take a decision.


The singer is also aware that failure is a part of life and that they have been stressing over their decision. The person they are interested in seems to be asking for something different to what the singer wants, making the situation difficult for them. The feelings of being confused and helpless are illustrated by the repetition of the line "This is out of control, how can I forget it though?".


The singer acknowledges that the situation is not easy, and they want the "real thing," which can be interpreted as deep, meaningful relationships. The lyrics express the human experience of insecurity and uncertainty about relationships and the fear of rejection. Overall, the song highlights the struggle to overcome these challenges and express oneself honestly.


Line by Line Meaning

If you know what you don't
If you have clarity regarding what you lack


Wish I could read your mind but I can't so I won't
I wish I had the ability to understand what you think, but I do not possess that skill


I wish that I could say what it is I like to say
I desire to communicate what's on my mind


Instead I got my tongue twisted up and tied away
But, unfortunately, I can't vocalize these thoughts accurately


I'm tryin' to do my best
I am putting in my maximum effort


Yes I know that failure is a lesson
I am aware that making mistakes can be an educational experience


I've been guessin' and stressin' and tryin to make up my decision and
I've been indecisive, which has added stress and tension to my life


Oh'guess that's how life goes
I suppose that's just the unpredictable nature of life


Every time I want poetry, she wants crows, I'm too slow
Our wants and needs are not in sync; I am slower at understanding them


I'm tryin' to pick it up though
However, I'm making an effort at improvement


To me you're really in to know it's me you feel sorry for
I worry that you might pity me because you know me so well


This is out of control
The current situation is unmanageable


How can I forget it though'
Despite that, I can't forget what is happening


Damn, well can I forget it though'
I am struggling to forget about it


At least I got my brains
The only thing I'm certain of is my intelligence


At least I got my wit
One positive trait I possess is my ability to think on my feet


Watch me go on over see the conversation slip
Observe how I unwittingly cause the discussion to deteriorate


I'm feelin' kinda twisted also kinda sick
This causes me to feel both physically and emotionally uncomfortable


I try to counter and I wish that I could even never miss girl
I attempt to make a comeback and hope to never fail


Yeah you know them things ain't easy
These things are not simple


I try to understand it believe me
I struggle to comprehend it, but I'm making an effort


I guess I want the real thing
Ultimately, I want something genuine and authentic


Oh girl, I want the real thing baby
My desire for authenticity is genuine and sincere




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Marley Williams, Eric Rachmany, Wesley Finley, Rourke Carey

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