The first two lines of Nancy Sinatra's song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin’" written by Lee Hazlewood, are the following:

You keep saying you got something for me

Something you call love but confess

How is "confess" used here. I don't understand the sentence structure, especially because of the "but" used.

  • Confess: tell the truth..read the following part and you can undestand. You keep saying you got something for me Something you call love, but confess You've been messing where you shouldn't have been messing And now someone else is getting all your best
    – user66974
    May 14, 2015 at 9:00
  • @Josh61 Yes, I know what "to confess" means and I did read the lyrics completely several times and yet I don't understand it. May 14, 2015 at 9:01
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    She is saying that he says he loves her, but he has been messing (going with other girls ) instead.
    – user66974
    May 14, 2015 at 9:03
  • Never mind. As Pifagor told in his answer, I was expecting that the sentence ends after "confess". May 14, 2015 at 9:05

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The sentence continues "... but confess/ you've been messing..." It's just the pause in the lyrics, caused by the rythm of the song, that confuses you.


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