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You could have a steam train
If you'd just lay down your tracks
You could have an aeroplane flying
If you bring your blue sky back

All you do is call me
I'll be anything you need

You could have a big dipper
Going up and down, all around the bends
You could have a bumper car, bumping
This amusement never ends

I want to be your sledgehammer
Why don't you call my name
Oh let me be your sledgehammer
This will be my testimony
Show me round your fruitcage
'cos I will be your honey bee
Open up your fruitcage
Where the fruit is as sweet as can be

I want to be your sledgehammer
Why don't you call my name
You'd better call the sledgehammer
Put your mind at rest
I'm going to be-the sledgehammer
This can be my testimony
I'm your sledgehammer
Let there be no doubt about it

Sledge sledge sledgehammer

I've kicked the habit
Shed my skin
This is the new stuff
I go dancing in, we go dancing in
Oh won't you show for me
And I will show for you
Show for me, I will show for you
Yea, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, I do mean you
Only you
You've been coming through
Going to build that powerr
Build, build up that power, hey
I've been feeding the rhythm
I've been feeding the rhythm
Going to feel that power, build in you
Come on, come on, help me do
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, you
I've been feeding the rhythm
I've been feeding the rhythm
It's what we're doing, doing
All day and night



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    UnregisteredJun 11, 2014 at 6:06 am
    I agree that he wants to be what she needs him to be and that is the initial message in the song. But it quickly morphs into an obvious paean to sexual power and metaphors that are hardly more than dirty little braggadocios. It really ends up being about what he thinks she wants and what he thinks she wants from him, as long as it's mainly Sex.
  • U
    UnregisteredJul 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm
    In the beginning it talks about having what you want by setting the stage ( laying down your tracks ).

    Mainly the song is about wanting to be whatever he needs to be to have her... And the shedding of skin means that he has changed from what he was before and now wants to be her... Sledgehammer something you can't break and solid !!!

    Again that's only my opinion and not read too deep into it.

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