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You want him, you need him
It's so hard to please him
You just don't dare
And inside you're burning
With some secret yearning
You must not care (still won't you)
Help me, I'm flawed, desperate
Angry with God
'Cause he just won't care
Oh excuse me, you're mourning
How calloused and boring
I brush your hair
And see your face... empty smile...
I touch that place, and all the while...
You know it won't stop

So you made an excuse to confuse the issue
What makes you think that I'll care about you?
When you lay on the ground 'till he tells you he's through
And he'll do what he'll do
When he'll do it to you?

And all the while, he's been using you,
Yes, all the while... he's abusing you...
So it finally dawned on me yesterday morning,
I just can't stare
And swallow the words that your hero's perverted,
On what we share
I'll kill him, I'll beat him, the cycle's repeating,
I hold thin arrogance
Still won't you hold him and trust him
You love him so much
And he still won't care
To see your face...
With an empty smile...
'Cause I touched that place on you...
And all the while...

She says it's "it's so good, when it's so good, if this is so good, then it's no good!"
If this is so good, everybody's so good, everybody's so good, when you're no good!

And all the while, he's been using you
Yes, all the while, he's abusing you
With your naked excuse you confuse your misuse
What makes you think I should care what he'll do?
If you lay on the ground 'til he tells you he's through
And he makes up your mind that that's what you should do
'Cause all the while you've been using you
Yes, all the while you're abusing you...

He hurts you, mistreats you
Your own mind misleads you
You just won't care
When holes in your face
Can't be covered with makeup
You'll still stay there...



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    HenkiKettuMay 16, 2011 at 3:59 am
    Didn't the man's wife or girlfriend or whatever kill her kid because "God told her to" ? That's where I think the meaning is coming from... SID means sudden infant death syndrome and I think he's talking about how she is always trying to please god and does whatever he says and now she's hurt and confused and he doesn't understand how she could ever listen to ANYBODY say something like that... And he's angry with this "person" that takes advantage of her. (aka god)
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    iamtornOct 27, 2009 at 12:16 am
    weird. I relate to this. I like sum guy who treats me like dirt. I know I should drop the crush, but somehow I can't... and his cousin (I REALLY like him) told me basicly what this song says, that I need to forget the guy who treats me like that...I think he may be right...
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    derek1883Feb 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm
    well, parrotpie, i agree with you for the most part, but i feel as though you're missing a big part of it. however, songs are always up for interpretation; that's what makes them so great.

    here's my thought: This is a guy trying to tell a girl that he loves--perhaps in a romantic way, perhaps not--that the guy she is with is not only bad, but abusive. He feels that he is better for her than the current guy--obviously touching on the romantic possibility now. it's the classic story of a girl staying with an abusive guy (mental or physical) while a perfectly good guy--who understands her--is just sitting there, and too many times is the one who has to pick up the mess that the aforementioned douche bag created. we see this through lyrics like, "I touched that place on you, and all the while...; I brush your hair." The girl doesn't want to believe the harsh reality that stares her in the face: "with your naked excuse you confuse your misuse."
    eventually the guy has an epiphany: "So it finally dawned on me yesterday morning, I just can't stare; what makes you think i should care what he'll do..." the pieces are beginning to all come together in his mind. she's just another girl who is going to be complacent in misery--or as trent reznor put it, "happiness in slavery." He realizes that this is the life she has chosen, and shows no plans on changing it in the near future; thus, he makes peace with the fact that he must move on, and let her make her mistakes; let her be happy in slavery...
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    ParrotPieDec 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm
    In my opinion the song's about a guy who's trying to explain to a girl he's seemingly in love with that the guy she's in love with just uses her and doesn't love her back, but she's too blind to see it, or to afraid too admit it to herself ...

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