Upper Hand
Rebelution Lyrics


Jump to: Overall Meaning ↴  Line by Line Meaning ↴

Said I wouldn't waste all this time on you, but I do
Losing all my days trying to escape you, but it's useless

Always turning my head sideways like I'm chasing clues
I wanna walk away but I know I am fixed on you
You got me thinking backwards
Running circles and I don't know what to do, well I don't know what to do
I can't stand you've got the upper hand
But I like the way you use it and I don't wanna lose ya
I just hate the way you pull my strings
But I love the way you use me and oh, it's so confusing

Here I am again, lost up in your maze and it's crazy
Told myself I'd leave but then I caught your gaze and it's amazing

Always turning my head sideways like I'm chasing clues
I wanna walk away but I know I am fixed on you
You got me thinking backwards
Running circles and I don't know what to do, well I don't know what to do

I can't stand you've got the upper hand
But I like the way you use it and I don't wanna lose ya
I just hate the way you pull my strings
But I love the way you use me and oh, it's so confusing

What you doing to me?
And here I am again
What you doing to me?

I can't stand you've got the upper hand
But I like the way you use it and I don't wanna lose ya
I just hate the way you pull my strings
But I love the way you use me and oh, it's so confusing
I can't stand you've got the upper hand
But I like the way you use it and I don't wanna lose ya
I just hate the way you pull my strings
But I love the way you use me and oh, it's so confusing





What you doing to me?

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Rebelution's "Upper Hand" depict a typical love-hate relationship in which the singer finds himself helpless but bound to his overbearing partner. The starting lines of the song highlight the singer's admission that he invests a lot of time and energy into the relationship despite knowing that it is futile. He confesses that he has been trying to escape but to no avail. The next set of lines talks about how the partner keeps him guessing and always on edge ("turning my head sideways like I'm chasing clues"). While he wants to walk away and end the relationship, he feels stuck to her.


The chorus of "Upper Hand" is where the singer shows his conflicting emotions towards the relationship. He admits to feeling powerless about his partner's dominant personality but suggests he likes it ("But I like the way you use it and I don't wanna lose ya"). He hates that she controls him, but he loves the passion and intensity she brings to the relationship ("But I love the way you use me and oh, it's so confusing"). The song ends with the singer questioning what his partner is doing to him and finding himself once again lost up in her maze.


Overall, "Upper Hand" is an excellent song highlighting the complexities of a relationship. The singer's lyrics paint a vivid picture of how much control the partner has over him, yet he can't bring himself to leave her. Despite recognizing the red flags, he is drawn to her, creating an internal conflict full of mixed emotions.


Line by Line Meaning

Said I wouldn't waste all this time on you, but I do
I promised myself I won't spend time on you, but I can't help but be with you.


Losing all my days trying to escape you, but it's useless
I'm wasting my time trying to get away from you, but it's not working.


Always turning my head sideways like I'm chasing clues
I keep looking for answers or signs to guide me in this confusing situation.


I wanna walk away but I know I am fixed on you
I want to leave, but I can't stay away from you.


You got me thinking backwards
You've twisted my thoughts and got me confused.


Running circles and I don't know what to do, well I don't know what to do
I'm stuck in the same situation, and I don't know how to get out of it.


I can't stand you've got the upper hand
I don't like that you have the control in our relationship.


But I like the way you use it and I don't wanna lose ya
However, I enjoy the way you use your power, and I don't want to lose you.


I just hate the way you pull my strings
I dislike how you manipulate or control me.


But I love the way you use me and oh, it's so confusing
But I'm also attracted to the way you use me, and it's adding to my confusion.


Here I am again, lost up in your maze and it's crazy
I'm back to feeling confused and uncertain in this perplexing situation with you.


Told myself I'd leave but then I caught your gaze and it's amazing
I set my mind to leave, but seeing you changes everything, and I'm left in awe.


What you doing to me?
I'm questioning the effect you have on me.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: SMITH, WILLIAMS

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found
Comments from YouTube:

@UMO805

Thats why I love Rebelution, their music is so diverse. I hear alot of funk and rock in this song along with the reggae. Sounds awesome !

@fuckyourpussy

I heard no reggae... You a dumb as mo fo

@xanderbanda447

+Chris Donwen was this sarcasm?

@timm5970

Oscar Lopez "then Oscar caught Chris's gaze....its amazing!"

@roostertailjones4522

Chris Donwen rude as a mo fo

@marcomontano9454

They are the shit till this day

@trebelution

To all the people saying bring BRING BACK THE REGGAE, it will definitely be in the rest of the album so dont worry. However, Rebelution is so amazing because of their diverse sound... Making songs with different vibes/sounds/genres is what separates Rebelution from all the others.

@DEEVIL

This track will never get old. Still jammin in 2023.

@1076thestuff

these guys are on fire, I haven't heard a bad album from them yet

@hungover1274

Man this new Reb is the shit! I cant wait for the new album.

More Comments

More Versions