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  One of my favourite things with the lyrics is the way sometimes lines in the second verse are similar to the first verse but twisted around. It’s really simple yet really clever and gives the songs a feeling of urgency, makes the feelings of the songs stronger and sometimes gives the songs a feeling of hysteria. I’m sure you’ve noticed this too.  
   
   
  Here are some of these songs:    
         
  1. Backstreet Boys - Shape Of My Heart    
  2. Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way    
  3. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone    
  4. NSync - Tearin' Up My Heart    
  5. The Veronicas - Everything I'm Not    
  6. Britney Spears - (You Drive Me) Crazy    
  7. Backstreet Boys - I Still...    
       
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  Shape of the Heart is the song that really made me a Max Martin and Backstreet Boys fan. I love the lines: Hold me now don't bother if every minute makes me weaker and then the second verse: Touch me now don't bother if every second makes me weaker.  
   
   
     
 

Backstreet Boys

Shape Of My Heart

Words and Music by Max Martin, Rami and Lisa Miskovsky


Mm, mm, yeah, yeah
Baby, please try to forgive me
Stay here don't put out the glow
Hold me now don't bother if every minute makes me weaker
You can save me from the man that I've become, oh yeah

Looking back on the things I’ve done
I was trying to be someone
I played my part and kept you in the dark
Now let me show you the shape of my heart

Sadness is beautiful loneliness is tragical
So help me I can't win this war, oh no
Touch me now don't bother if every second makes me weaker
You can save me from the man I've become

Looking back on the things I’ve done
I was trying to be someone
I played my part and kept you in the dark
Now let me show you the shape of my heart

I'm here with my confession
Got nothing to hide no more
I don't know where to start
But to show you the shape of my heart

I'm looking back on things I've done
I never want to play the same old part
Or keep you in the dark
Now let me show you the shape of my heart

Looking back on the things I have done
I was trying to be someone
I played my part and kept you in the dark
Now let me show you the shape of my heart

Looking back on the things I've done
I was trying to be someone
I played my part, kept you in the dark
Now let me show you the shape of my heart

Show you the shape of my heart

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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First verse: You are my fire the one desire, then in the second verse: Am I your fire your one desire. I love it.

Of course I Want it That Way is most famous for the lyrics that have everyone guessing what it is about!

 
   
   
         
 

Backstreet Boys

I Want It That Way

Words and Music by Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson

Yeah

You are my fire
The one desire
Believe when I say
I want it that way

But we are two worlds apart
Can't reach to your heart
When you say
I want it that way

Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Am I your fire
Your one desire
Yes I know it's too late
But I want it that way
Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Now I can see that we're falling apart
From the way that it used to be, yeah
No matter the distance
I want you to know
That deep down inside of me

You are my fire
The one desire
You are
You are, you are, you are

Don't wanna hear you say
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin’ but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way
I want it that way

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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  First verse: 'And all you'd ever hear me say is how I picture me with you'. Then in second verse: 'How come I'd never hear you say I just wanna be with you'.  
   
  I love all these lyrics of course but I also like: 'How can I put it, you put me on'  
  I also love 'Shut your mouth I just can't take it'. There is quite a few songs with shut your mouth in them!  
         
 

Kelly Clarkson

Since U Been Gone

Words and Music by Max Martin and Lukasz Gottwald

Here's the thing, we started out friends
It was cool, but it was all pretend
Yeah yeah
Since U Been Gone

Dedicated, you took the time
Wasn't long till I called you mine
Yeah Yeah
Since U Been Gone

And all you'd ever hear me say
Is how I picture me with you
That's all you'd ever hear me say

But Since U Been Gone
I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you Now I get what I want
Since U Been Gone

How can I put it, you put me on
I even fell for that stupid love song
Yeah, yeah
Since U Been Gone

How come I'd never hear you say
I just wanna be with you
Guess you never felt that way

But Since U Been Gone
I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you Now I get what I want
Since U Been Gone

You had your chance, you blew it
Out of sight, out of mind
Shut your mouth I just can't take it
Again and again and again and again!!!

Since U Been Gone
I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you (thanks to you)
Now I get, I get what I want
I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you (thanks to you)
Now I get (I get)
You should know (you should know)
That I get, I get what I want
Since U Been Gone
Since U Been Gone
Since U Been Gone

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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  'Baby, I don't understand'. Then second verse: 'Baby don't misunderstand'  
  Of course there is a few songs with I don't understand! not to mention baby!  
         
 

Nsync

Tearin' Up My Heart Lyrics

Words and Music by Max Martin and Kristian Lundin


It's tearin' up my heart when I'm with you
but when we are apart I feel it too
And no matter what I do I feel the pain
With or without you

Baby, I don't understand
Just why we can't be lovers
Things are getting out of hand
Trying too much, but baby we can’t win
Let it go, if you want me girl let me know
I am down, on my knees
I can't take it anymore

It's tearin' up my heart when I'm with you
but when we are apart I feel it too
And no matter what I do I feel the pain
With or without you


Baby don't misunderstand
What I'm trying to tell you
In the corner of my mind
Baby it feels like we're running out of time
Let it go, if you want me, girl, let me know
I am down on my knees, I can't take it anymore

It's tearin' up my heart when I'm with you
but when we are apart I feel it too
And no matter what I do I feel the pain
With or without you

Tearin' up my heart and soul we're apart I feel it too
And no matter what I do I feel the pain, with or without you

Tearin' up my heart and soul we're apart I feel it too
And no matter what I do I feel the pain with or without you

And no matter what I do I feel the pain with or with out you

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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  First verse: 'Like you're so perfect And I can't measure up'. Then second verse: ' Cause you’re so perfect And no one measures up'. I love that.  
   
         
 

The Veronicas

Everything I’m Not

Words and Music by Max Martin, Rami, Lukasz Gottwald, Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso

Oh no
Don't go changing
That's what you told me from the start
Thought you were something different
That's when it all just fell apart
Like you're so perfect
And I can't measure up
Well I'm not perfect
Just all messed up

I was losing myself to somebody else
But now I see
I don't wanna pretend
So this is the end of you and me
Cause the girl that you want
She was tearing us apart
Cause she's everything
Everything I'm not

It's not like I need somebody
Telling me where I should go at night
Don't worry you'll find somebody
Someone to tell how to live their life
Cause you’re so perfect
And no one measures up
Yeah all by yourself
and all messed up

I was losing myself to somebody else
But now I see
I don't wanna pretend
So this is the end of you and me
Cause the girl that you want
She was tearing us apart
Cause she's everything
Everything I'm not

Now wait a minute
Because of you
I never knew all the things that I had
Hey don't you get it
I'm not going anywhere with you tonight
Cause this is my life

I was losing myself to somebody else
But now I see
I don't wanna pretend
So this is the end of you and me
Cause the girl that you want
She was tearing us apart
Cause she's everything
Everything I'm not

But now I see
I don't wanna pretend
So this is the end of you and me
Cause the girl that you want
she was tearing us apart
Cause she's everything
Everything I'm not

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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  First verse: 'Baby, I'm so into you'. Second verse: 'Tell me, you're so into me'. So simple yet sounds so great.  
         
 

Britney Spears

(You Drive Me) Crazy

Words and Music by Jorgen Elofsson, David Kreuger, Per Magnusson and Max Martin

Baby, I'm so into you
You got that something, what can I do?
Baby, you spin me around
The earth is moving, but I can't feel the ground
Everytime you look at me
My heart is jumping, it's easy to see
Loving you means so much more
More than anything I ever felt before
You drive me crazy
I just can't sleep
I'm so excited, I'm in too deep
Crazy, but it feels alright
Baby thinking of you keeps me up all night

Tell me, you're so into me
That I'm the only one you will see
Tell me I'm not in the blue
That I'm not wasting
My feelings on you Loving you means so much more
More than anything I ever felt before

You drive me crazy
I just can't sleep
I'm so excited, I'm in too deep
Crazy, but it feels alright
Baby thinking of you keeps me up all night

Crazy, I just can't sleep
I'm so excited, I'm in too deep
Crazy, but it feels alright
Everyday and every night

You drive me crazy baby I'm so excited I'm in too deep
Crazy, you make me feel alright
Baby thinking of you keeps me up all night

You drive me crazy baby Crazy, but it feels alright
Baby thinking of you keeps me up all night
Baby thinking of you keeps me up all night

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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  I have also included I Still as although the lines in first and second verse are not similar, I just really like it how in the first verse they talk about 'you' (Who are you now?) and then in the second verse they talk about 'me' (Now look at me). I love that.  
   
   
     
 

Backstreet Boys

I Still...

Words and Music by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub

Who are you now?
Are you still the same
Or did you change somehow?
What do you do at this very moment when I think of you?
And when I'm looking back
How we were young and stupid
Do you remember that?

No matter how I fight it
Can't deny it
Just can't let you go

I still need you
I still care about you
The way with things been said and done
I still feel you
Like I'm right beside you
But still no word from you

Now look at me
Instead of moving on, I refuse to see
That I keep coming back
Yeah I'm stuck in a moment
That wasn't meant to last

I've tried to fight it
Can't deny it
You don't even know

That I still need you
I still care about you
The way with things been said and done
I still feel you
Like I'm right beside you
But still no word from you

No ohhhh
I wish I could find you
Just like you found me
Then I would never let you go (without you)

The way with things been said and done (yeah)
I still feel you (I still feel you)
Like I'm right beside you (like I'm right beside you)
But still no (still no word) word from you