TKO - Justin Timberlake




The Meaning: I saw you with another guy. Breaking his trust, breaking his  hopes, breaking his heart, Justin's left wondering This ain't the girl I used to know. He's hit below the belt, she got him TKO.

Music Video: [Spoiler Alert] Justin wakes up being dragged through the desert behind his girl's pickup. (In real life, there would have been blood after even 5 minutes of desert-dragging.) He flashbacks to when she and he argued and then made love on the kitchen counter, without much interest on her part. Right before she knocked him out with a frying pan. Back in the desert, she sends the pickup off a cliff, with Justin still tied to it. Definitely below the belt.

My Take: Justin changes beat to complain about betrayal. In other songs (like his last one, Take Back The Night) he's all about hot one-night-stands. Even now, in TKO, he talks about how good her sex was. But now he's knocked out because she went with another guy. He says that's a hit below the belt, swinging after the bell. But what's unfair if it's all about bodies? It's the broken heart that knows love was meant to be more. Nobody wins if somebody's heart is slow. Gotta put more heart-to-heart in your love and less body-to-body. 

Ask Yourself: What is the meaning of being true to relationships?

LYRICS:

Kill me with the coo-coochie-coochie-coo
She kill me with the coo-coochie-coochie-coo (x5)
Lights out, TKO

Baby, everyday in training to get the gold
That’s why your body’s crazy
But you can’t run from yourself, that’s where it’s difficult
Girl I can see in your eyes that there’s something inside that made you evil
Where did you go, ’cause it just ain’t fair
Over here thinking ’bout the sh*t you say
Don’t know why it gets to me

It cuts right on my eye, yeah it hurt, won’t lie
Still can’t see, think I saw you with another guy
Can’t fight, knocked down, then I got over you
Can’t fight no more, you knock me out
What am I supposed to do?

I don’t understand it
Tell me how could you be so low
Been swinging after the bell and after all of the whistle blows
Tried to go below the belt, through my chest, 
Perfect hit ’til the dawn, dammit babe
This ain’t the girl I used to know
No, not anymore, TKO

I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
It’s just a TKO
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
T-TKO
Out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
Now, I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO

Baby, now I really know what we’re fighting for
This rematch sex is amazing
But nobody wins if somebody’s heart is slow
‘Cause when I see you move 
Like you got something inside that made you lethal
Where did you go, ‘it just ain’t fair
Over here thinking ’bout the sh*t you do
Don’t know what I got to lose

It cuts right on my eye, yeah it hurt, won’t lie
Still can’t see, think I saw you with another guy
Can’t fight, knocked down, then I got over you
Can’t fight no more, you knock me out
What am I supposed to do?

I don’t understand it
Tell me how could you be so low
Been swinging after the bell and after all of the whistle blows
Tried to go below the belt, through my chest, 
Perfect hit ’til the dawn, dammit babe
This ain’t the girl I used to know
No, not anymore, TKO

I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
It’s just a TKO
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
T-TKO
Out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
Now, I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO

Girl
See what you doing
See what you doing, girl?
You knock me right out
See what you do (x2)
Girl, girl, girl…
You knock me right out
Hey girl
See what you do (x2)
Girl, girl, girl…
You knock me right out
Hey girl
See what you do (x2)
Girl, girl, girl…
You knock me right out

It cuts right on my eye, yeah it hurt, won’t lie
Still can’t see, think I saw you with another guy
Can’t fight, knocked down, then I got over you
Can’t fight no more, you knock me out
What am I supposed to do?

I don’t understand it
Tell me how could you be so low
You’ve been swinging after the bell and after all of the whistle blows
Tried to go below the belt, through my chest, 
Perfect hit ’til the dawn, dammit babe
This ain’t the girl I used to know
No, not anymore, TKO 
[Spoken - Timbaland]
Kill me with the coo-coochie-coochie-coo
She kill me with the coo-coochie-coochie-coo (x5)
Lights out, TKO

[Verse 1]
Baby, everyday in training to get the gold
That’s why your body’s crazy
But you can’t run from yourself, that’s where it’s difficult
Girl I can see in your eyes that there’s something inside that made you evil
Where did you go, ’cause it just ain’t fair
Over here thinking ’bout the sh-t you say
Don’t know why it gets to me

[Bridge]
It cuts right on my eye, yeah it hurt, won’t lie
Still can’t see, think I saw you with another guy
Can’t fight, knocked down, then I got over you
Can’t fight no more, you knock me out
What am I supposed to do?

[Chorus]
I don’t understand it
Tell me how could you be so low
Been swinging after the bell and after all of the whistle blows
Tried to go below the belt, through my chest, perfect hit ’til the dawn, dammit babe
This ain’t the girl I used to know
No, not anymore, TKO

[Post-Chorus]
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
It’s just a TKO
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
T-TKO
Out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
Now, I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO

[Verse 2]
Baby, now I really know what we’re fighting for
This rematch sex is amazing
But nobody wins when if somebody’s heart is slow
‘Cause when I see you move like you got something inside that made you lethal
Where did you go, ‘it just ain’t fair
Over here thinking ’bout the sh-t you do
Don’t know what I got to lose

[Bridge]
It cuts right on my eye, yeah it hurt, won’t lie
Still can’t see, think I saw you with another guy
Can’t fight, knocked down, then I got over you
Can’t fight no more, you knock me out
What am I supposed to do?

[Chorus]
I don’t understand it
Tell me how could you be so low
Been swinging after the bell and after all of the whistle blows
Tried to go below the belt, through my chest, perfect hit ’til the dawn, dammit babe
This ain’t the girl I used to know
No, not anymore, TKO

[Post-Chorus]
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
It’s just a TKO
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
T-TKO
Out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
Now, I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO

[Spoken - Timbaland]
Girl
See what you doing
See what you doing, girl?
You knock me right out
See what you do (x2)
Girl, girl, girl…
You knock me right out
Hey girl
See what you do (x2)
Girl, girl, girl…
You knock me right out
Hey girl
See what you do (x2)
Girl, girl, gir

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