Heartbreaker
The Crystals Lyrics


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Heartbreaker, hip shaker, troublemaker
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

That's the boy I'm waiting for
'Cause he'll grow up someday
I know he treats me mean, but he's 17
He thinks he's gotta act that way
Oh yeah, he's a

Heartbreaker, hip shaker, troublemaker
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Don't you know he winks his eye
At every girl he sees, yeah?
He's a flirt, all right, he stays out all night
They call him Mr. be A D

But I don't care, I love that boy
From the very first time I kissed him
So I have to wait until
He gets it out of his system
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh yeah, he's a

Heartbreaker, hip shaker, troublemaker
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

That's the boy I'm waiting for
'Cause he'll grow up someday
I know he treats me mean, but he's 17
He thinks he's gotta act that way
Oh yeah, he's a

Don't you know he winks his eye
At every girl he sees, yeah?
He's a flirt, all right, he stays out all night
They call him Mr. be A D

Oh yeah, he's a
Heartbreaker, hip shaker, troublemaker
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Heartbreaker, hip shaker, troublemaker
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah




Heartbreaker, hip shaker, troublemaker
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Overall Meaning

The Crystals' song "Heartbreaker" is about a young girl who is infatuated with a boy who treats her poorly. She acknowledges that he is a heartbreaker, hip shaker, and troublemaker, but she continues to wait for him because she believes that he will eventually grow up and change his behavior. The girl has a deep love for this boy despite his flirtatious ways and party habits that involve him staying out all night. She knows that he winks at every girl he sees and that he is a known player, but she is willing to wait for him to come around.


The lyrics represent a young girl's naive perception of love and the idea that one can change a person's behavior through a committed relationship. The girl is swept up in her love for this boy and is willing to put up with his negative actions in the hopes that he will eventually see the error in his ways. The song reflects a time in which young love was often idealized and romanticized, and the idea that someone can fall in love with a person's potential was a common trope.


Line by Line Meaning

Heartbreaker, hip shaker, troublemaker
Describing the boy as someone who breaks hearts, dances provocatively, and causes problems


That's the boy I'm waiting for
Expressing interest in the boy


'Cause he'll grow up someday
Believing that eventually, he will mature


I know he treats me mean, but he's 17
Acknowledging that he is cruel, but excusing it because of his age


He thinks he's gotta act that way
Suggesting that he may be trying to prove himself as a man


Don't you know he winks his eye
Pointing out that he flirts with many girls


At every girl he sees, yeah?
Emphasizing his flirtatiousness


He's a flirt, all right, he stays out all night
Confirming his reputation as a ladies man who goes out late


They call him Mr. be A D
Revealing that he is known by a playful nickname


But I don't care, I love that boy
Defending her affection for the boy despite his flaws


From the very first time I kissed him
Implying that she fell for him easily


So I have to wait until
Acknowledging that she needs to be patient


He gets it out of his system
Hoping that he eventually grows out of his immature behavior


Heartbreaker, hip shaker, troublemaker
Repeating the chorus to reinforce his description


Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
A common refrain throughout the song




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Abkco Music Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: JEFF BARRY, ELLIE GREENWICH, PHILLIP SPECTOR

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