They slit our throats
like we were flowers
and our milk has been
devoured.

When you want it, it goes away too fast.
Times you hate it, it always seems to last.
Just remember, when you think you're free,
the crack inside your fuckin heart is me.

{Thought, not spoken}:
I want to outrace the speed of pain
for another day. And I
want to outrace the speed of pain
for another day.

I wish I could sleep,
but I can't lay on my back
'cause there's a knife for everyday
that I've known you.

When you want it, it goes away too fast.
Times you hate it, it always seems to last.
Just remember, when you think you're free,
the crack inside your fuckin heart is me.

{Thought, not spoken}:
I want to outrace the speed of pain
for another day. And I
want to outrace the speed of pain
for another day.

Lie to me,
cry to me,
give to me,
I would...

Lie with me,
die with me,
give to me,
I would...

always keep your secrets wrapped in death. Always.
always keep our secrets wrapped in death. Always.

Lie to me,
cry to me,
give to me,
I would...

Lie with me,
die with me,
give to me,
I would...

At least hope we die holding hands.
always. hope we die holding hands.
always. hope we die holding hands...



Lyrics submitted by King Nothing, edited by midnightzone, momoericke


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  • +3
    General Comment:I think this song is mostly about a painful relationship, looking back on it after it has ended, and seeing how both of the people came out of it worse than they started. He wants to outrace the speed of pain so that he can stop thinking about her, and about what they have lost, about how quickly it was gone. "When you want it, it goes away too fast." Everything beautiful in the world is ephemeral, and he's just now realizing it, of course when it's already too late. But the true beauty of this song is even though the character in the song wants his ex to feel pain like he has felt ("Just remember, when you think you're free, the crack inside your fucking heart is me"), he still has a small bit of catharsis dropped in at the end - "I hope at least we die holding hands," which seems to say to me that there can be two people so steeped in misery and hate, but in the end there is always hope, even in death.
    aGirlCalledAutumnon October 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Manson writes the poetry that eventually becomes his lyrics about things he reads. This song stemed from an article he read about machines they make that have a response rate faster than the speed of pain. The line "I wanna outrace the speed of pain" is about wanting to be better than machines.
    cars_and_calorieson July 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I'm still amazed Billy Corgan does the backing vocals or some vocals in this song, he's the electronic voice you hear when you hear the chrous.

    Billy wasnt credited in the song itself but was still thanks in the Albums Thanks page.
    SamtheAngelFoxon September 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I'd just like to point out that the opening verse pays reference to the opium poppy. Once the flower has become bulbous/swollen it is slit with a blade and the opium milk leaks out where it is left to solidify before harvest.

    I think this may be relevant to the song as he too feels as if his essence has been drained and stolen (harvested) leaving him with anguish. Perhaps a good way to outrace the speed of pain would be to try and kill it with opiates. But then can we kill emotional pain with an opiate or are we just postponing it?

    Again, I agree that this song is about a painful memory of love lost and about how we can be prepared for some pain and it just isn't enough for us whilst the pain you wanted to avoid the most will take its greatest toll on you when it hits and there's nothing you can do about it.
    deathcrumpeton September 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Its about heroin:
    "They slit our throats
    like we were flowers
    and our milk has been
    devoured." - Thats about opium poppys and
    the milked that is drained from them to create opiates.
    the line: "I want to outrace the speed of pain" refers to the
    pain killing qualities.

    this part is about the conflict and struggle with addiction:
    "When you want it, it goes away too fast.
    Times you hate it, it always seems to last.
    Just remember, when you think you're free,
    the crack inside your fuckin heart is me."

    This part refers to needle holes:
    "I wish I could sleep,
    but I can't lay on my back
    'cause there's a knife for everyday
    that I've known you."

    Last but not least he is
    coing to believe the drug
    and keep doing it even if
    he knows its all a lie and addiction
    has taken over to the point he will stay
    with heroin till "od" and death: "
    Lie with me,
    die with me,
    give to me,
    I would...
    At least hope we die holding hands"
    Kingofhearts42on August 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Im amazed that there are so few coments about this song, its one of my favorites by marilyn manson.

    While I agree with a lot of what aGirlCalledAutumn said, I also think thats its kind of about a relationship which fucked up because of things beyond their control.
    Either that, or life has affected them badly and left them unable to completly love someone else and because of this the relationship failed.
    "They slit our throats
    like we were flowers
    and our milk has been
    devoured"

    I think the line "Just remember, when you think you're free, the crack inside your fuckin heart is me" means that the time she spent with him has kinda changed her in a bad way and because of that she will never be completely rid of him

    Im probably a million miles out, but thats what it means to me.
    quiffpornon March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:by far the best song on mechanical animals
    mjk ninon April 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i think all songs have a different meaning to anyone listening to them, but for me the line "when you want it, goes away to fast, times you hate it, always seems to last" is about self-harm... how when you need the pain, it always seems to go away too quickly, and when you hate it, but do it anyway, it seems to last longer..
    thats what it means t me anyway.
    mindglueon April 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I agree with Mindglue. I actually experianced that need for self harm, while listening to this song.

    "I want to outrace the speed of pain
    for another day. "

    To me thats like saying, 'i've had enough of the touture of the pain i've put myself thru. i need to break free of it all.'

    "When you want it, it goes away too fast.
    Times you hate it, it always seems to last.
    Just remember, when you think you're free,
    the crack inside your fuckin heart is me. "

    That to me says that you think you got rid of the pain and suffering of self harm. if you dont want it, the thougbht of doing it is right there. when you do want it, you feel you cant hurt yourself. but then, something great comes along and you're "free". but then one slip-up and you feel that want to harm yourself again. "the crack inside your fucking heart is me" is the feeling of wanting to SI inside of you, even at the best of times, you hate everything and hate yourself and just need to break free. sadly, it never stops.

    This song i basically adopted into my "songs that make me want to die" genre. I listened to it for the first time and i felt angry, and abusive. thats why i say what I did above about S/H. (or SI)

    Either way, this song is still great. And i've gotten over that whole thing. Now i can enjoy this song in peace, not in pieces.
    sistahPekake03on June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song describes a realationship i just got out of
    blackrainbow666on October 16, 2004   Link

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