"Generator" as written by Taylor Hawkins, David Eric Grohl and Nate Mendel....
Lately I'm getting better
Wish I could stay sick with you
But there's too many egos left to bruise
Call it sin
You can call it whatever
Eating deep inside of you
Well if it were me it's all I'd ever do

Steal me now and forever
I'll steal something good for you
The criminal in me is no-one new

Till you find something better
When there's nothing left to use
And everything starts going down on you

I'm the generator
Firing whenever you quit
Yeah, whatever it is
You go out and it's on
Yeah can't you hear my motored heart
You're the one that started it

Send me out on a tether
Swing it round
I'll spin your noose
You let it down
I'll hang around with you
Till you find someone better
When there's no-one left to lose
Everyone keeps going down

I'm the generator
Firing whenever you quit
Yeah, whatever it is
You go out and it's on
Yeah can't you hear my motored heart
You're the one that started it


Lyrics submitted by me109cito

"Generator" as written by Dave Grohl Nate Mendel

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General CommentI'm the generator la de da di da! Fire me whenever you quit tum tee tum!! You see I'm listening to it right now and it rules de de de de de de de de!!
    Harry Manbackon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe guy in the song is in love with a girl, this girl is not in love with him, he cant get over her but she has gotten over him.

    she goes on into other relationships, but they never work out, and he is always there for her when shes down and out after another love again

    "I'm the Generator, firing whenever you quit
    Yeah whatever it is, you go out and it's on"

    it doesnt matter to him that she no longer loves him, he still loves her and will always be there for her

    the bit about the noose is not suicide in its entirety, its saying that he is with her till the end and would do anything for her. from a song by catch 22 - "i loved her and for us i shot him down", that also shows how much one man can love a woman, a love so great he would do anything not to lose her, even if it means he can only ever bring her back up after having her heartbroken over and over again, and hide his true love for this girl

    reminds me of my current situation
    ska ska ska skaon August 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhen we were in high school , a friend had cancer and his wish was to meet dave grohl. dave did come to australia and hung out with paul who was a drummer in a band. After paul passed away this song came out and we all thought that dave had written it maybe partly for paul. All i know is that even when i hear it now it reminds me of paul and his great attitude even when facing a horrible reality. GREAT SONG!!
    zimboyon February 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song..its the best..can a person's love akin a generator?..beautiful..
    dariofooon July 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd have to say this is my favorite song on TINFTL. The song just gives me goosebumps, that's all I have to say.
    drummergurl_082on July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS SONG KICKS MAJOR ASS! THE INTRO MAKES ME WANNA ROCK!!!!!
    berserkeron August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, Dave Grohl is one of the most talented guys on the planet, this song is the best off TINLTL, it comes close to being the best foo's song ever, but loses out to My Hero and Everlong.
    MyLastDayson September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song, love it, an old fave
    o0omissyo0oon October 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlthough I dont think it is the main theme can anyone see the suicide part of this song? look at this bit in particular "Send me out on a tether
    Swing it round, I'll spin your noose
    You let it downI'll hang around with you "

    I dont think this means to much but I love this song
    kid Aon March 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm...how odd. I didn't really take it that way until now.
    frumstickon April 24, 2003   Link

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