"Wind Up" as written by Nate Mendel, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear....
I have a choice between the bat or the belt
Each time I hear about the hand you've been dealt
Spare me confessions, it's confession you sell
Maybe I'll fall behind, I don't mind 'cause I'll catch up!
Want a song that's indelible, like manimal,
I hope you never see me wind up

Will I be happy on the back of the shelf?
Will you be happy when we're sharing a cell?
Spare me the questions since you know me so well
Someday you'll realize I get shy and I choke up!
Want a song that's indelible, like manimal,
I hope you never see me wind up
What is wrong with this animal?
I'm terrible
I hope you never see me wind up

Farewell, my sweet paramania
Farewell, my sweet paramania
My only promise is that I'll never tell
Keep you at a distance from the things that I felt
I'll bite the bullet, take the beating until
I take it all back anyway.

What was I supposed to say?
Want a song that's indelible, like manimal,
I hope you never see me wind up
What is wrong with this animal?
I'm terrible
I hope you never see me wind up


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"Wind Up" as written by Nate Mendel Georg Ruthenberg

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  • +1
    General CommentIts not always about drugs.

    It's about keeping it in, holding it in and warning that one day it just might all come out.

    One of their best songs!
    Changoon September 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I want a song that's indellible like manimal" is probably a reference to the song "Manimal" by The Germs, a band Pat Smear used to be in.
    destroyalltacoson May 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a guy who is keeping a secrete from someone, and the lyrics are all about the battle you go through when you have a secrete and you dont want any one to know about it.
    Mr. Buttersworthon June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be about a person who is fighting the urge to do drugs because his friend does, and he promises not to tell anyone about it:

    "What is wrong with this animal"-What's so bad about this animal, or drug?

    "I'm terrible" I can't survive like this

    "I hope you never see me wind up" I hope you never see me overdose
    lukefunon July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about fighting the urge to wind up and lose it, for fear of hurting someone else
    liv85on October 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat the hell is paramanaia, over
    71cuttyon April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it might actually be paramenia, which is a disorder or irregularity of menstration.
    Onnieburgerson September 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot of foo fans believe this song was written about Pat Smear and the tension between the two when making this album. It kind of makes sense.
    Would anyone like to elaborate on this if you think it could be? I like to hear people's opinions.
    cr020on September 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always interpreted this song as being about Courtney Love.
    voodochildon September 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk, it seems to be about letting the anger build up inside...and eventually letting it all out (ie: "winding up").

    Oh, and Mr.Buttersworth, learn to spell, you sped hahahaahah
    KrOnicKon October 29, 2005   Link

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