Tear You Apart

Album: She Wants Revenge (2006)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a boy who has a crush on a girl. He hopes that the crush will go away, but it continues to grow. Eventually the boy and girl go on a date, which leads to the boy wanting to do sexual things to her and whisper in her ear, "I want to f--king tear you apart." The band has said the violent lyric can be interpreted as either sexually or literally. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    A.J. - Chicago, IL

Comments: 12

  • Alyssa from UkTo me this song shows that this boy/guy has a very dark imaginative mind and a deep crush on this girl that he has developed from just seeing her, the lyrics "An escape is just a nod and a casual wave
    Obsessed about it, heavy for the next two days" shows that this crush is an obsession and everything that happens, he holds onto, he has developed this obsession so much that he craves to do things to her and has a violent passion for her, later through the song after she tells him how she feels, it shows that he doesn't mind weather it lasts or if it is a one night thing as it would satisfy his passion for the girl, true love in my opinion.
  • The Crypt from Ncfor some reason this makes me think about femicides, you ever heard those cases where the bou falls crazy in love with the girl, because she rejects him, it drives him crazy to the point he kidnaps her or rapes her and ends up ”ripping” her apart.
  • Mrs. Monster from Toronto CanadaAwsome song! I agree with Tea Leaf about the penis. Honestly it is what the listener wants it to be.
  • Galbratorix from MdShe was a vampire, the boy found something on her (maybe teeth). The strange men that save her are elder vampires that are taking her to learn to control it. She quite literally could have f@#cking torn the boys apart.
  • Tealeaf from Sydney, AustraliaHERE'S MY TAKE:

    This is about a boy who falls for a girl. They get close and he reaches down and finds that she has a penis. He takes off, gathers his mates off they go looking for her - to F##KING TEAR YOU(her) APART.
  • Casey from Glendale, AzThe "tear you apart" could also be another way of saying "popping her cherry".
  • Sharon from Fallon, NvTo me the lyrics "I want to f***ing tear you apart" seems to be an expression of the sometimes excruciatingly strong emotions we have when we are young. You want someone so bad you ache and feel almost a violent passion for them.
  • Ian from Ragama, Sri Lanka (ceylon)It's like expressing love in a very true way... Awesome...
  • Marissa from Alhambra, Cawhen i first heard it, it had a creepy feel to it. his voice and the music and the words. creepy. (: scary.
  • Kain from Nod, Inmy version is very vampiric, you really do not want to know
  • Eliza Desu from Sydney, Australiamy perception of the song was that it was a student/teacher relationship.. makes it kinkier :D lol.
  • Shelby from Idiotville , KyEXCELLENT and creepy song- maybe a little too violent for my taste though. The video almost makes you think about...Nazis or something.
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