Biting keeps your words at bay Tending to the sores that stay Happiness is just a gash away When I open a familiar scar Pain goes shooting like a star Comfort hasn't failed to follow so far
And you might say it's self-indulgent You might say its self-destructive But, you see, it's more productive Than if I were to be healthy
And pens and penknives take the blame Crane my neck and scratch my name But the ugly marks are worth the momentary gain When I jab a sharpened object in Choirs of angels seem to sing Hymns of hate in memorandum
And you might say it's self-indulgent And you might say it's self-destructive But, you see, it's more productive Than if I were to be happy
And sappy songs about sex and cheating Bland accounts of two lovers meeting Make me want to give mankind a beating
And you might say it's self-destructive But, you see, I'd kick the bucket Sixty times before I'd kick the habit
And as the skin rips off I cherish the revolting thought That even if I quit there's not a chance in hell I'd stop And anyone can see the signs, mittens in the summertime Thank you for your pity, you are too kind
And you might say its self-inflicted But you see that's contradictive Why on earth would anyone practice self-destruction?
And pain opinions are sitcom feeding They don't know that their minds are teething Makes me want to give mankind a beating
I've tried bandages and sinking I've tried gloves and even thinking I've tried vaseline, I've tried everything
And no one cares if your back is bleeding They're concerned with their hair receding Looking back, it was all maltreating Every thought that occurred misleading
Makes me want to give myself a beating
Writer/s: JORDAN PALMER, HAILEY COLLIER, RAMI JRADE
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
Cat from CtIt says biting in the first sentence its actually the first word. She makes tons of references to nail biting throughout the song. It could be taken as either. I thought of it as nail biting, to hold yourself back from the things everyone else is asking you to do. biting your nails is a start to self harm, because its a way to cope. and when trying to stop, they tend to do the other things instead. I think she was referencing a lot of things thought the song. Like how people were telling her to be happy. Like how if you just let your nails grow out you can paint them and they can look nice and you will feel better and feel happy. Honestly it gets annoying. My family does the same thing to me with my nails, everything. So I get everything she was saying. But I think the Be happy was a kick at men don't care about nails why should I? I wanna bite mine let me, its not bugging you. I also think it was touching on how other perceive your emotions your going though.
Josh from New York, BarbadosWhile the lyrics, if taken seriously, would make the song seem like it's about self mutilation and the like, it's actually inspired by lead singer Amanda Palmer's bad habit of nail biting. At one point on the Dresden Dolls website there was a letter from an irate mother scolding the songs' creation and how it encouraged young girls to attack their bodies. However, Amanda's response clarified what the song was really about. (thanks, Ife - Toronto, OR)
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