Cheekbones and hormones Your only self-defense Lying through dinner And your rock and roll teeth again You've harbored a coward Fed him full of broth This nocturnal sadness Leave you pale as this tablecloth Careful don't you spill your dinner That would be a good defense Then you wouldn't have to sit here On the fence
Cheekbones and hormones He's the accidental man Tell you in a stage whisper about the boy who cried benefit As the poet drags the darkness Within him to the light It's only in self-defense That they drag you out into the night Careful don't you spill your dinner That would be your best defense Careful what you wish for
An idiot and a genius Standing up to dine Breaking man made laws Cause I only follow those that are divine And only when you're chased Do you ever run fast And it's wrong to commit a suicide It's only in self-defense
John from Levittown, NyShawn Colvin sings backup on this song. Westerberg has said this song took him six months to write, as opposed to most of his stuff, which tends to be quickly written when the inspiration hits him. A truly underappreciated musician and lyricist.
The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" came top of a 2013 Spotify poll to find out which songs music fans most commonly hear people singing incorrectly. Many believe Annie Lennox is singing: "Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to disagree?"