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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  • +4
    General CommentI 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
  • +3
    General CommentManson 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
  • +2
    General CommentI'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 CommentIm 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
  • +1
    General Commenti 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
  • +1
    General CommentI 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
  • +1
    General Commentthis song describes a realationship i just got out of
    blackrainbow666on October 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI use this song in everyday life... constantly trying to "out race the speed of apin"... sometimes succeding.. but mostly failing
    GroteskBurlesk96on January 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song was written about a relationship, in the superficial sense. Obviously its about some other person, someone special to Manson, but the feelings he describes arent necessarily about the relationship or how it ended. When he says "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." he could be talking about the constant give and take of life. Everyone has crappy days and days that are just perfect, but everytime you activly pursue a day like that (the "day" is just a metaphore, it could be a relationship, any event that someone can pursue) it never comes out the way u picture it, and u end up having to "outrace the speed of pain". Also, he could just be talking about the girl he broke up with and the time he spent with her, or the breakup and how much it tortured him. If u hear the tones and beat of the music when he's saying Lie to me,
    cry to me,
    give to me,
    I would...

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

    it doesnt match, at all. The music is bittersweet in the sense that it goes from major to minor chord and a very distorted and dissonant bassline make a huge contrast for a bittersweet sound. It sounds almost like a 50's rock song with the traditional chord progression, but the contrasting tones and dissonant sound creates a mockery of the normal sound of music, and gives the music an ironic and sick deeper meaning. Most songs about loss are just about the loss itself and sorrow, not coping with it or wishing it on other people. this song is perfectly crafted in the way that it captures the feelings and actions of a tourtered soul. The restlessness and feeling of dispair and deprevation: "I wish i could sleep, but i cant. Cuz a knife in my back fro everyday ive known you" This captures the horrible feeling of time wasted: Every second i spent with that person was a second i was wasting and another second building up to this loss and pain. Also, there is hope in the end of the song when he says "at least we'll die holding hands", which could mean two things. Either they are connected by their loss and pain and torment
    and are the only people that can understand eachother, but ironically hate eachother. So they are holding hands, in the sense that they understand, but the hate has killed them. It doesnt matter that they're holding hands; they're dead. Also, it could mean that they still love eachother but the animosity and loss have put such a barrier between them, that only death can connect them. It's such a good song, i listen to this song everytime i'm down or depressed because even if i cant relate to his situation, the feelings are so tangible and real, that I have to appreciate this song and manson's ability to catpure man's most primal and deep feelings.
    bobsomenobon March 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know, but I get the impression that he doesn't want to face the truth and feel the pain of a situation. That he isn't ready for it.
    vintage.d0llon September 14, 2007   Link

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