Frontman Dexter Holland spoke to a German magazine about this song, which was later translated on the Offspring forums. He said: "Kristy is about sexual coercion/molestation and is based on a true story. When I was younger, I knew a girl that was abused. I don't know whether I am the first musician to write about this subject, because it is obviously very delicate and anything but easy to make a song about such a complex theme. I also think or hope that this song speaks to other victims and can help them to talk or come out about their problem."
Nicki from Middle River, MarylandI think it speaks volumes to his talent as a songwriter. To be able to make such a beautiful song about such a horrible and sad subject. Loved this song from 1st listen.
Kristy Marie from Northern CaliforniaNo I'm not
Kristy Marie from Kentucky This song literally seems to have been written about my past exactly!
Emma from Ikeboukuro, BcThis is such a beautiful song definitely one of my favorites! Great meaning too I'm sure it means a lot to lots of people that someone would write a song like this.
Chelsea from Sarnia, Oni love this song . i relate to it from a past experience and im still trying to get over it
Jd from Paoli, Ini dedicate this song to one of my best friends whom was molested when she was even a child.its the greatest song indeed and i think every time i hear it. the offspring is the best
Stephanie from New York, Nymy best friend dedicated this song to me and it means so much...... its so beautiful and powerful and it really spoke to me
Nikki from Kokomo, InIt's really hard for me to listen to this song without crying. I remember feeling how she feels in the song... It's just hard.
Robert from Los Angeles, CaIt's Actually Don't WASTE... But Close Enough. Awesome Song.
D from Waterloo, IaLOVE this song so much! plus it's got a great meaning. it's sad too:(
Esme from Tennessee, Tnthis is such a beautiful song.its just so awesome
Kayla from Louisville, Ohthis song has helped me out so much from actually dealing with what it talks about and i never thought a song could get to me like this one did and i love it and inspires me to help other people who went through what i did
Jennifer from Dallas, Tx, TxI love this song and I can realate to to in many ways, it helps knowing there are other people who care for others in this problem. But luckly for me I have gotton past that nightmare. I reeally thank the writers of this song.
Landon from Winchester, OhAt first it sounded like a love song, until the line "I know I should've spoke out." This is obviously about a friend who was abused, but the narrator was too young to recognize it. You know it's based on a true story if The Offspring included someone's name in it. Like Blink 182 and their single "Adam's Song." This song is really nice. Great hit for the start of 2009.
Kassi from Rosenberg, TxFav offspring song!!
Brandon from Haltom, TxLOVE this song!
Corey from Richmond, VaGreat song! Like it a lot!
Kelsey from Clarendon, TxFavorite Offspring song. :) Don't risk your whole life trying to get back what was taken away.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.