"Hold Her Down" as written by and Dinning/guss/phillips/nichols....
Hold Her Down

take her arms and hold her down...
until she stops kicking
take her arms and hold her down...
until she she stops moving

and they don't know her
but what the fuck
they've got nothing else they can do
and they've no reason
but still they come

and i
would have a hard time facing you
this crime
the shame of what a man can do

take her arms and hold her down...
until she stops screaming
take her arms and hold her down...
until she stops breathing

and they don't know her
but what the fuck
they've got nothing else they can do
and they've no reason
but still they come

and i
would have a hard time facing you
this crime
the shame of what a man can do

take the night back
all they've stolen
all we took from you


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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a woman being raped. I like it becuase it's not common to see a man's perspective on this. Its beautiful to hear a man say how shameful it is for a man to be so brutal
    purejoys_darknesson February 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey say what few have the balls to say, and I admire them for saying it. Sometimes I can't listen to this song, but when I can it just grips me, I guess because I can feel some of my own anger in this song. And maybe I wish I had had someone to stand up for me like that then.
    bloodybitchon January 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't know what to say on this one, it just gives me shivers. i know now how people feel when I share some of my poems, it's too real.too close. There's a line missing "I wanna die, for the hell that you've been through" before "take the night back..." For awhile i played this song to death, i don't know maybe in a way it was just that it spoke so much of what i felt at the time, and it was like even if I wasn't able to talk about it someone understood.
    bloodybitchon June 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely not hard to figure this one out. Something that's interesting is that Glen Phillips uses the word f#%k in this song. Perhaps the only song he uses profanity in? Using such out of character language I think reflects his outrage at this profane act.
    musicdragonon October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentside note to MusicDragon-- in Glen's solo career he says he'd "cut off my whole f**king face" in the song Easier.
    AngelofBradley1on November 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDisturbingly enough, the first time I ever heard this song was on a kid's music program, either on Nickelodean, or PBS or something like that. I was shocked when I heard the lyrics (they did bleep out the f word) but what were they thinking? I did like the song though, even though I didn't know what it was, so I did a lyric search to find it.
    Omgwowon May 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningHi

    This song is about rape...from a male perspective.

    Mostly about the anger and frustration that it happens...and the inability to understand why anyone would do it...along with the embarrassment in men who would do such at thing.

    It's a very simple and powerful song.
    ILIK3CHEESEon February 04, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIt's not JUST about rape, though (and gang rape, at that). They kill the girl ("hold her down until she stops breathing") at the end of it.

    And I think we can take it a step further. The narrator knows the girl, at least a little. They're worried about her being able to ID them afterwards, and possibly having to be arrested and stand trial for it ("and I would have a hard time facing you...this crime...the shame of what a man can do"). I think that it's not until the rape is over that he realizes that there's no way out. They HAVE to kill her.
    daredevilcomicon March 02, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love this song. The way it sounds, what it means, everything.

    "And I
    Would have a hard time facing you.
    This crime;
    The shame of what a man can do.
    I want to die
    For all the Hell that you've been through."
    Brilliance, to say the least.
    Bravuraon January 06, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt makes me mad that this song sounds so good.
    TheMonolithon October 06, 2009   Link

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