You've Really Got A Hold On Me
Small Faces Lyrics


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I don't like you, but I love you,
Seems that I'm always thinking of you.
Oh, oh, oh, you treat me badly,
I love you madly, you really got a hold on me.
You really got a hold on me, baby,
I don't want you, but I need you,
Don't want to kiss you, but I need you.
Oh, oh, oh, you do me wrong now,
My love is strong now you really got a hold on me.

You really got a hold on me, baby,
I love you and all I want you to do is just hold me,
Hold me, hold me, hold me.

I want to leave you, don't want to stay here
Don't want to spend another day here.
Oh, oh, oh, I want to split now, I can't Baby,
I love you and all I want you to do is just hold me,
Hold me, hold me, hold me.

You really got a hold on me.
You really got a hold on me.
You really got a hold on me.





You really got a hold on me.
You really got a hold on me.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Small Faces' song "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" describe a complex and conflicting love. The singer admits to not liking their partner, yet they can't stop thinking about them. Despite being treated badly, they love their partner madly and are unable to let go. The repetition of the phrase "you really got a hold on me" emphasizes the power dynamic in their relationship, with the partner holding all the control.


The singer also expresses a desire to leave the relationship but is unable to do so because of their intense love for their partner. The plea to just "hold me, hold me, hold me" suggests that physical contact is what the singer craves the most.


The song beautifully captures the feeling of being held captive by love, unable to break free despite the pain it causes. It speaks to the inner battle between the heart and the mind, and the overwhelming power of love.


Line by Line Meaning

I don't like you, but I love you,
Although I have negative feelings towards you, I cannot deny that I am deeply in love with you.


Seems that I'm always thinking of you.
My thoughts are constantly consumed by you and I cannot seem to get you out of my mind.


Oh, oh, oh, you treat me badly,
You do not treat me well, and your actions towards me are hurtful and negative.


I love you madly, you really got a hold on me.
Despite your negative treatment towards me, my love for you is intense and impossible to ignore. You have a strong hold on my heart.


You really got a hold on me, baby,
You have a tight grip on my emotions and feelings towards you.


I don't want you, but I need you,
Although I may not want to be with you, I have an undeniable need for you in my life.


Don't want to kiss you, but I need you.
While I may not desire physical intimacy with you, I still have an emotional need for your presence in my life.


Oh, oh, oh, you do me wrong now,
Your actions towards me are hurtful and wrong.


My love is strong now you really got a hold on me.
Despite your negative treatment towards me, my love for you has only grown stronger, and you still have a hold on my heart.


I love you and all I want you to do is just hold me,
My love for you is so strong that all I desire is to be held by you.


Hold me, hold me, hold me.
I crave the physical comfort and emotional connection that holding each other brings.


I want to leave you, don't want to stay here
As much as I may want to end this relationship, I find it difficult to let go.


Don't want to spend another day here.
I do not wish to waste any more time or energy on this relationship.


Oh, oh, oh, I want to split now, I can't Baby,
Although I may want to end things, the love that I have for you makes it difficult to do so.


You really got a hold on me.
You have a strong hold on my heart and emotions towards you.


You really got a hold on me.
My feelings for you are intense and difficult to let go of.


You really got a hold on me.
You continue to have an emotional hold on me, despite any negative treatment towards me.


You really got a hold on me.
Your grip on my heart and emotions is strong and unbreakable.


You really got a hold on me.
My love for you remains strong, and you continue to have a hold on my heart.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: William Robinson Jr.

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Comments from YouTube:

Cindy Falstrom

OMG - What a voice. Every time Steve cries PLEEEZE I get a shiver. God bless Steve Marriott -gone 30 years this April 20, 2021. RIP, and Rock on Steve!

James Horne

Christ Almighty, what a voice this lad had.

Peter Taylor

This just popped up on my YT feed out of nowhere. Thank you YT. I love the Small Faces who surely have to be one of the most underrated bands in the history of music. They deserved so much more success than they got.

Jorge Estomba

This is pure talent and greatness!!! Small in name Giants musically , damn their good , damn hes great !!!

Alison Hammill

Brilliant - I have not heard this before. Yes, I know The Beatles did it and John did a fantastic job too - but I prefer Steve's. So glad to hear it - still miss The Small Faces and especially Steve after all these years. I saw them when I was 15 and I am now 58. Always loved them and have never stopped playing their music - proof is that I am here! Alison

Susan Kelly

That voice never ceased to amaze..nothing can compare.

happydaystoytown71

an absolute soul belter from Steve still strutting his soul in heaven no doubt! best band best singer ever full stop!

armjos1

His voice is just amazing,it sends shudders down your spine. RIP Steve and Ronnie

darkmossie633

great blues singing-Marriot completely underated GENIUS

Caff68

Damn! That voice! On the night I heard that Steve Marriott had died, I listened to this over and over again, in floods of tears... In fact, I'm sort of back there now...

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