You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You're Told)

Album: Icky Thump (2007)
Charted: 18
  • In some respects, I suspect you've got a respectable side
    When pushed and pulled and pressured, you still don't want to hide
    But it's for someone else's benefit, not for what you wanna do
    Until I realize that you've realized, I'm gonna say these words to you

    Yeah, you don't know what love is, you do as you're told
    Just as a child of ten might act, but you're far too old
    You're not hopeless or helpless, and I hate to sound cold
    But you don't know what love is, you just do as you're told

    I can see a man can't help but win any problems that may arise
    But in his mind there can be no sin if you never criticize
    You just keep on repeating all those empty "I love you"s
    Until you see you deserve better, I'm gonna lay right in to you

    Yeah, you don't know what love is, you just do as you're told
    Just as a child of ten might act, but you're far too old
    You're not hopeless or helpless, and I hate to sound cold
    But you don't know what love is
    No, you don't know what love is
    No, you don't know what love is, you just do as you're told

    Yeah, do as you're told Writer/s: JACK WHITE
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  • Nick from Seattle, Albaniafantastic riff, i love the bridge section where they just rock out!
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