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The Weeknd Lyrics


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Thought I almost died in my dream again (baby, almost died)
Fightin' for my life, I couldn't breathe again
I'm fallin' in too deep (oh)
Without you, don't wanna sleep (fallin' in)
'Cause my heart belongs to you
I'll risk it all for you
I want you next to me
This time, I'll never leave
I wanna share babies
Protection, we won't need
Your body next to me
Is just a memory
I'm fallin' in too deep, oh
Without you, I can't sleep
Insomnia relieve, oh
Talk to me, without you I can't breathe

My darkest hours
Girl, I felt so alone inside of this crowded room
Different girls on the floor, distracting my thoughts of you
I turned into the man I used to be, to be
Put myself to sleep
Just so I can get closer to you inside my dreams
Didn't wanna wake up 'less you were beside me
I just wanted to call you and say, and say

Oh, baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I'd give it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart

Never comin' down, uh
I was runnin' away from facin' reality, uh
Wastin' all of my time on livin' my fantasies
Spendin' money to compensate, compensate
'Cause I want you baby
I'll be livin' in Heaven when I'm inside of you
It was definitely a blessing wakin' beside you
I'll never let you down again, again

Oh, baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I'd give it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
I said, baby, I'll treat you better than I did before
I'll hold you down and not let you go
This time I won't break your heart, your heart, yeah

I know it's all my fault
Made you put down your guard
I know I made you fall
Then said you were wrong for me
I lied to you, I lied to you, I lied to you (to you)
Can't hide the truth, I stayed with her in spite of you
You did some things that you regret, still ride for you
'Cause this house is not a home

Without my baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I gave it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
And I said, baby, I'll treat you better than I did before




I'll hold you down and not let you go
This time I won't break your heart, your heart, no

Overall Meaning

The Weeknd's "After Hours" is a melancholic love song recounting the rapper's feelings of vulnerability and desperation that arise from longing for his former love. The song begins with The Weeknd describing his recurring nightmare, where he almost dies fighting for his life, which suggests the high stakes of his desire for his ex-girlfriend. He further emphasizes his deep love for her, claiming that his heart belongs to her and he'll risk it all for her. The rapper's urgency and eagerness to get back together with his ex-girlfriend is evident in the chorus, where he pleads for her to return to him, as he can't sleep or breathe without her. He wants her next to him, and this time, he promises never to leave her, adding that he wants to share babies with her and they won't need protection.


However, the second verse of the song talks about The Weeknd's emptiness and loneliness after his break up, where he finds himself alone in a crowded room, spending money on living his fantasies to compensate for his loss. He accuses himself of breaking his ex-girlfriend's heart and apologizes for it, promising to hold her down and not let her go.


Overall, "After Hours" is a heart-wrenching and raw expression of The Weeknd's desire to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend and make amends for their past mistakes. It's a song that many people can relate to because it expresses the pain of losing someone you love and the struggle to move forward without them.


Line by Line Meaning

Thought I almost died in my dream again (baby, almost died)
The singer is having nightmares where he's struggling to survive, and he compares it to a close brush with death in real life.


Fightin' for my life, I couldn't breathe again
The singer is experiencing severe anxiety due to missing his lover, and it's causing him physical distress.


I'm fallin' in too deep (oh)
The singer is completely infatuated with his lover and is unable to pull himself away from the relationship.


Without you, don't wanna sleep (fallin' in)
The singer is unable to sleep properly when his lover is not with him, emphasizing his emotional attachment to this person.


'Cause my heart belongs to you
The singer is declaring his love and devotion to his lover, emphasizing that their relationship is significant to him.


I'll risk it all for you
The singer is willing to do whatever it takes to be with his lover, even if it means taking huge risks.


I want you next to me
The singer desires to physically be with his lover, indicating a strong emotional connection.


This time, I'll never leave
The singer has made mistakes in the past but is making a commitment to stay with his lover, emphasizing a sense of accountability.


I wanna share babies
The singer desires to have children with his lover, emphasizing the depth of his commitment to the relationship.


Protection, we won't need
The singer trusts his lover and feels secure in their relationship, indicating that they don't need external protections.


Your body next to me
The singer desires physical closeness, emphasizing the importance of intimacy to the relationship.


Is just a memory
The singer is reflecting on a past experience but is presently unable to experience it again.


Insomnia, don't leave, oh
The singer begs his lover not to abandon him, emphasizing how important they are to him.


Talk to me, without you I can't breathe
The singer is heavily dependent on his lover for emotional support, emphasizing his vulnerability.


My darkest hours
The singer is describing a time in his life when he felt helpless and alone.


Girl, I felt so alone inside of this crowded room
The singer feels like he is surrounded by people but is still unable to find a sense of belonging without his lover.


Different girls on the floor, distracting my thoughts of you
The singer is surrounded by other women, but he still can't stop thinking about his lover.


I turned into the man I used to be, to be
The singer is reverting back to his old ways, indicating a change in his behavior due to his relationship status.


Put myself to sleep
The singer is resorting to self-medicating in order to cope with his emotions, emphasizing his vulnerability and dependence on his lover.


Just so I can get closer to you inside my dreams
The singer is seeking a way to be with his lover even when they're apart by dreaming of them.


Didn't wanna wake up 'less you were beside me
The singer is unhappy waking up alone without his lover, emphasizing his need for physical proximity.


Oh, baby, where are you now when I need you most?
The singer is reaching out to his lover for emotional support, indicating his vulnerability.


I'd give it all just to hold you close
The singer wants to be physically close to his lover, emphasizing the importance of intimacy and connection.


Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
The singer admits to causing pain to his lover, indicating regret and remorse.


Never comin' down, uh
The singer is alluding to being in a state of euphoria, indicating the depth of his feelings for his lover.


I was runnin' away from facin' reality, uh
The singer was avoiding a difficult reality before he met his lover, emphasizing the transformative power of the relationship.


Wastin' all of my time on livin' my fantasies
The singer was preoccupied with his own fantasies before he met his lover, highlighting how the relationship has shifted his perspective.


Spendin' money to compensate, compensate
The singer is trying to make up for something through monetary means, indicating dissatisfaction or guilt.


'Cause I want you baby
The singer is expressing his desire for his lover, emphasizing the importance of their relationship.


I'll be livin' in Heaven when I'm inside of you
The singer is describing the intense pleasure he feels when he's with his lover, emphasizing their physical chemistry.


It was definitely a blessing wakin' beside you
The singer feels lucky to be with his lover, emphasizing the importance of their relationship to him.


I'll never let you down again, again
The singer recognizes his past mistakes and is committing to not repeating them, emphasizing accountability.


I know it's all my fault
The singer is taking responsibility for his actions and recognizes that he has caused pain to his lover.


Made you put down your guard
The singer breached his lover's trust, emphasizing the hurt he has caused and the need to rebuild the relationship.


I know I made you fall
The singer has caused emotional distress to his lover, indicating regret.


Then said you were wrong for me
The singer questioned his lover's compatibility, indicating that his own insecurities may have contributed to the breakdown of the relationship.


I lied to you, I lied to you, I lied to you (to you)
The singer has lied to his lover and recognizes the hurt and distrust that comes with dishonesty.


Can't hide the truth, I stayed with her in spite of you
The singer couldn't commit fully to his lover and instead chose to pursue another relationship, emphasizing his lack of integrity and accountability.


You did some things that you regret, still ride for you
The singer acknowledges his lover's mistakes but is still supportive of them, indicating forgiveness and a desire to rebuild the relationship.


'Cause this house is not a home
The singer is recognizing that the absence of his lover has made his living situation unbearable, emphasizing how significant their relationship is to him.


This time I won't break your heart, your heart, no
The singer is making a commitment to his lover to not cause them any more pain, emphasizing growth and accountability.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Carlo Montagnese, Jason Quenneville, Mario Winans

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@hajitrush9029

Thought I almost died in my dream again (baby, almost died)
Fightin' for my life, I couldn't breathe again
I'm fallin' in too deep (oh)
Without you, don't wanna sleep (fallin' in)
'Cause my heart belongs to you
I'll risk it all for you
I want you next to me
This time, I'll never leave
I wanna share babies
Protection, we won't need
Your body next to me
Is just a memory
I'm fallin' in too deep, oh
Without you, I can't sleep
Insomnia, don't leave, oh
Talk to me, without you I can't breathe
My darkest hours
Girl, I felt so alone inside of this crowded room
Different girls on the floor, distracting my thoughts of you
I turned into the man I used to be, to be
Put myself to sleep
Just so I can get closer to you inside my dreams
Didn't wanna wake up 'less you were beside me
I just wanted to call you and say, and say
Oh, baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I'd give it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
Never comin' down, uh
I was runnin' away from facin' reality, uh
Wastin' all of my time on livin' my fantasies
Spendin' money to compensate, compensate
'Cause I want you baby
I'll be livin' in Heaven when I'm inside of you
It was definitely a blessing wakin' beside you
I'll never let you down again, again
Oh, baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I'd give it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
I said, baby, I'll treat you better than I did before
I'll hold you down and not let you go
This time I won't break your heart, your heart, yeah
I know it's all my fault
Made you put down your guard
I know I made you fall
Then said you were wrong for me
I lied to you, I lied to you, I lied to you (to you)
Can't hide the truth, I stayed with her in spite of you
You did some things that you regret, still ride for you
'Cause this house is not a home
Without my baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I gave it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
And I said, baby, I'll treat you better than I did before
I'll hold you down and not let you go
This time I won't break your heart, your heart, no



@yaemiko4064

LYRICS

Thought I almost died in my dream again (baby, almost died)
Fightin' for my life, I couldn't breathe again
I'm fallin' in too deep (oh)
Without you, don't wanna sleep (fallin' in)
'Cause my heart belongs to you
I'll risk it all for you
I want you next to me
This time, I'll never leave
I wanna share babies
Protection, we won't need
Your body next to me
Is just a memory
I'm fallin' in too deep, oh
Without you, I can't sleep
Insomnia relieve, oh
Talk to me, without you I can't breathe
My darkest hours
Girl, I felt so alone inside of this crowded room
Different girls on the floor, distracting my thoughts of you
I turned into the man I used to be, to be
Put myself to sleep
Just so I can get closer to you inside my dreams
Didn't wanna wake up 'less you were beside me
I just wanted to call you and say, and say
Oh, baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I'd give it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
Never comin' down, uh
I was runnin' away from facin' reality, uh
Wastin' all of my time on livin' my fantasies
Spendin' money to compensate, compensate
'Cause I want you baby
I'll be livin' in Heaven when I'm inside of you
It was definitely a blessing wakin' beside you
I'll never let you down again, again
Oh, baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I'd give it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
I said, baby, I'll treat you better than I did before
I'll hold you down and not let you go
This time I won't break your heart, your heart, yeah
I know it's all my fault
Made you put down your guard
I know I made you fall
Then said you were wrong for me
I lied to you, I lied to you, I lied to you (to you)
Can't hide the truth, I stayed with her in spite of you
You did some things that you regret, still ride for you
'Cause this house is not a home
Without my baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I gave it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
And I said, baby, I'll treat you better than I did before
I'll hold you down and not let you go
This time I won't break your heart, your heart, no



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@xomrwn4657

Blinding lights was for the radio, Heartless was for the partiers, After Hours was for XO

@VincentHexx

Definitely bro

@sazztn4942

@@kriptonyte9479 it's his own music company I think

@llcooltayy

This definitely gave me mixtape weeknd vibes 🔥

@kingshouseofcards9263

Ecstasy and Oxy.

@cheetoesize

Kriptonyte 94 if you know then you know after hours was DEFINITELY for XO

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@user-gn7pr2zn3g

the lyrics,the artist ,the music,the vibes the album... Simply an Anthem

@tasneemgamieldien2545

*album

@elyas6183

It’s not just a song
it’s vibe that make you feel confident

@Marloo24

++++++i agree

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