Louis Tomlinson's 'Defenceless' Lyrics Explained & Meaning

5 February 2021, 09:09 | Updated: 7 February 2021, 17:52

Louis Tomlinson's 'Defenceless' lyrics explained
Louis Tomlinson's 'Defenceless' lyrics explained. Picture: PA Images/ YouTube

Louis Tomlinson's latest track 'Defenceless' lyrics meaning explained as he explores being vulnerable and honest and reflects reflects on the track having a 'special place in his heart'.

Louis Tomlinson's fans cannot get enough of his track 'Defenceless' and are determined for it to move up the charts- so let's take a look at the track's meaning.

The former One Direction singer debuted the song while performing at the Coca Cola Music Experience Festival in Madrid in September 2019 and it was an instant hit with the audience.

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It is track 11 on Louis' debut album, Walls and he's described it as a 'bit of a cry for help', likening it to being in an argument or feeling vulnerable.

The 29-year-old said: "The conception of this song is kind of about that moment where you're in an argument or feeling particularly vulnerable."

"Lyrically, I've said in the past it's always been important for me to be honest and vulnerable at times, definitely there's a lot of honesty in there."

Louis also said he didn't realise what a fan favourite the track would become until he played the song live in Madrid and says it has a 'special place' in his heart.

He says fans, 'for whatever reason, really took to the song."

So, let's take a look at the lyrics...

Defenceless Lyrics

I come runnin' to you like a moth into a flame
You tell me, "Take it easy," but it's easier to say
Wish I didn't need so much of you
I hate to say, but I do
We're sleepin' on our problems like we'll solve them in our dreams
We wake up early morning and they're still under the sheets
I'm lost in my head, I'm spinnin' again
Tryna find what to say to you

Been up all night
All night runnin' all my lines
But it’s only the truth
Been up all night
Not sure how to say this right
Got so much to lose

Never been so defenceless (Oh)
Never been so defenceless (Ooh)
You just keep on buildin' up your fences (Oh)
But I've never been so defenceless (Ooh)

You just keep on buildin' up your fences (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
But I've never been so defenceless (Ooh, ooh, ooh)


No, you don’t have to keep on being strong for me and you
Acting like you feel no pain, you know I know you do
And I can't get inside when you're lost in your pride
But you don't have a thing to prove

Been up all night, all night runnin' all my lines
But it's only the truth
Been up all night, not sure how to say this right
Got so much to lose

Never been so defenceless (Oh)
Never been so defenceless (Ooh)
You just keep on buildin' up your fences (Oh)
But I've never been so defenceless (Ooh)

You just keep on buildin' up your fences (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
But I've never been so defenceless (Ooh, ooh, ooh)

I hope that I'm not asking too much
Just wanna be loved by you (Don't you be so defensive)
And I'm too tired to be tough
Just wanna be loved by you


Never been so defenceless
Never been so defenceless
And you just keep on buildin' up your fences
But I've never been so defenceless

You just keep on buildin' up your fences (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Defenceless (Ooh, ooh, ooh)

Never been so defenceless (Oh)
Never been so defenceless (Ooh)
You just keep on buildin' up your fences (Oh)
But I've never been so defenceless (Ooh)

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