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Close enough to start a war,
All that I have is on the floor,
God only knows what we're fighting for,
All that I say, you always say more,

I can't keep up with your turning tables,
Under your thumb, I can't breathe,

So I won't let you close enough to hurt me,
No, I won't ask you, you to just desert me,
I can't give you what you think you gave me,
It's time to say goodbye to turning tables,
To turning tables,

Under haunted skies I see, ooh,
Where love is lost, your ghost is found,
I braved a hundred storms to leave you,
As hard as you try, no, I will never be knocked down,

I can't keep up with your turning tables,
Under your thumb, I can't breathe,

So I won't let you close enough to hurt me, No, I won't ask you, you to just desert me,
I can't give you what you think you gave me,
It's time to say goodbye to turning tables,
Turning tables,

Next time I'll be braver,
I'll be my own savior,
When the thunder calls for me,
Next time I'll be braver,
I'll be my own savior,
Standing on my own two feet,

I won't let you close enough to hurt me,
No, I won't ask you, you to just desert me,
I can't give you what you think you gave me,
It's time to say goodbye to turning tables,
To turning tables,
Turning tables, yeah,
Turning, oh.



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    UnregisteredJan 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm
    I can so relate to this song. To me it means she has been in a controlling or abusive relationship the turning tables is his mood swings he thinks he is great and she is not and she believed him for so long but now she is seeing that she doesn't have to depend on him that the next storm she is ready she wont let him hurt her anymore and she knows that she has to be the one to save herself.
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    UnregisteredJan 20, 2012 at 1:01 am
    Turning tables is adele's way of saying she won't let someone else into her life. To turn tables is to flip flop from happy and sad, for this it would be the emotional roller coaster caused in many relationships. She's telling the person that it's time to let go, she cares but can't endure the pain from the relationship. It doesn't necessarily have to be a love relationship but any one. She is just saying her goodbyes and why she's saying them.
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    UnregisteredApr 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    It about a relationship whereby there is a verbal and emotional abuse now and again now she can't keep up wit the turning tables meaning the guys changing of moods and under his thumb she can't breathe meaning he controls her through the sudden change of his feelings now and again now she wont let another person control her coz that wil cost her freedom and she is leaving turning the tables change of feelings.
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    UnregisteredMar 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm
    She is with a very controlling person who thinks quite highly of himself (compared to her). He expects her to be as wonderful to him as he thinks he is to her. This is the type of person she was attracted to though, a savior, which she now sees and will now learn to stand on her own two feet. Be her own savior. I believe the turning tables title is about his control and her growth. He was turning the tables, and she has made it stop.
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    UnregisteredFeb 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    I feel this is symbolic. This could be romantic love or love of a family member that has requested changes. What I see is someone who can never win. No matter what she does it is never 'good enough' for the person she is trying to please. They make requests & when she makes these changes, they make more requests. This happens over and over. Finally she says, "i'll be my own savior" meaning she does not need validation from someone that good is never good enough. She loves that person, but when the 'tables keep turning', she just can't win.

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