"Dirty Magic" as written by Bryan Keith Holland, Ron Welty, Greg Kriesel and Kevin Wasserman....
In my own simple way
I think she wants me only
She said, "Come over right away"
But she's just not that way
Her little soul is stolen
See her put on her brand new face

Go on and pull the shades
Razor blades
You're so tragic
Go on, I hate you so
But love you more
I'm so elastic
Of all the things you say
The games you play
Dirty magic stuff

I should know better than to think I'd reach inside her
It's all a cloudy kind of daze
She's not so sweet today
She mocks me, I'm no fighter
It all just seems like such a waste

Go on and pull the shades
Razor blades
You're so tragic
Go on, I hate you so
But love you more
I'm so elastic
Of all the things you say
The games you play
Dirty magic stuff

It's oversimplified
It's oversimplified
It's oversimplified

Go on and pull the shades
Razor blades
You're so tragic
Go on, I hate you so
But love you more
I'm so elastic
Of all the things you say
The games you play
Dirty magic stuff


Lyrics submitted by Jack

"Dirty Magic" as written by Greg Kriesel Bryan Keith Holland

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs

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  • +4
    General CommentIts about conflicting perspectives of a relationship. Its about when you think you have a good thing going with a girl (in my personal case), but she only calls you at night for the hook-up ("she says come over right away"). Sure, you keep telling yourself that its special and you mean something to her, but youre just being used and you know it ("but shes just not that way"). You never would have thought such a cute and apparently innocent girl would have such messed up ideas ("her little soul is stolen").

    now, allow me to make it personal on the chorus. this girl i was with would tell me about how she used to have this depression/cutting problem. when i realized i was just being used like this and that she would rather spend her saturday nights with other guys, i honestly stopped seeing her as a victim of her depression and self-deprecating manner. i thought she was just feeling sorry for herself. i think theres some sarcasm in what dex is saying here in the chorus. "pull the shades, razor blades, youre so tragic" is like saying 'yeah, you would get all sad when you tell me im not good enough'.

    the second part of the chorus is about the guy being overwhelmed and then apathetic to the reality of the problem. like missneurotic said, a love/hate thing.

    the second verse is just bitter. the guy tries to level with the girl on an emotional level, and she laughs in his face. from that point on, whenever he thinks of her, he just gets embarassed and tries not to think about how much of a sucker he was.

    WOW! thanks for letting me vent right there!
    chitownon March 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is, I believe, my all time fave Offspring song, and me being the hardcore fan I am, that says a lot. I'm determined that once I actually have the time and determination to learn guitar, I will definately learn this song. It's SO AWESOME!!! Ignition is, in my opinion, their best album.
    battybat17on September 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow! The chords on this are so cool! They may be the coolest of almost ne song eva! Only beaten by Self Esteem!
    subsidallymanicon May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, this song is the best on the album. this and forever and a day. But seriously, the chords rock, so good they used them AGAIN in have you ever, on americana. listen closely...
    GloryGuy11on September 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, clearly a fave of everone here(^_^) Hmm but is it about a messed up girl or a messed up guy, kind of a mix of shes got issues and self esteem. If anybody wants to know how to play this or other offspring, drop me a line (^_^)
    NoodlesIcemanon September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNoodles, if you even bother coming to this website anymore, I'd like to know. The intro is easy, but when like the lead-rythm kicks in i can't find any accurate chords anywhere, nor accurately transcribe them by ear.
    guitarist_10on March 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song and Gone Away are Offsprings best. Both are absolutly incredible songs!
    Sublime.on April 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby far my favorite song of all time
    SirNitroon April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song is just basically power chords with a nice smooth chorus effect. Look up any tab site, tabcrawler.com, guitarnotes.com/tabs for example if you want to learn it. Absolute brilliance, about a guy totally obsessed with a girl who treats him like shit. Very much like self esteem, minus the humor.
    Spandoon June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest offspring song. I heard this song aroud the same time i heard Vultures on Conpiracy of one and those two tracks sound quite alot alike
    Alien8on July 01, 2003   Link

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