"When I Grow Up" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
Cut my tongue out
I've been caught out
Like a giant juggernaut
Happy hours
Golden showers
On a cruise to freak you out

We could fly a helicopter
Nothing left to talk about
Entertain you
Celebrate you
I'll be back to frame you

When I grow up
I'll be stable
When I grow up
I'll turn the tables

Trying hard to fit among you
Floating out to wonderland
Unprotected
God I'm pregnant
Damn the consequences

When I grow up
I'll be stable
When I grow up
I'll turn the tables

Blood and blisters
On my fingers
Chaos rules when we're apart
Watch my temper
I go mental
I'll try to be gentle

When I grow up
I'll be stable
When I grow up
I'll turn the tables

When I grow up
When I grow up
When I grow up
I'll turn the tables

Don't take offense
Better make amends
Rip it all to shreds and let it go

I rip it all to shreds and let it go
I rip it all to shreds and let it go
I rip it all to shreds and let it go


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"When I Grow Up" as written by Douglas Elwin Erickson Bryan David Vig

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    General Commenti am POSTIVE that the song is about this. in an interview at the time she admitted that the song was very sexual and was about discovering what turns you on, and that the growing up means when you have got bored with experimentation and want to settle down with what you like. its about the immaturity of certain sexual acts.
    xpankfrisston April 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShirley Manson ROCKS!!!!!!!!!
    Garbage's so great!
    :)
    Nowhere_Girlon August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentu think so, man?
    azizulon April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really dont think that's the truth--though if you really read it that literally, then whatever.

    I beleive it has to do with Shirleys childhood--when she was young she was really insecure. I think this is the way she said, when she grows up she'll turn the tables on everyone else.
    Iceon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it had to do with what Ice said. If you do look at the lyrics literally, then I see where you can get the sexual stuff. Who knows.....:)
    vamprockeron July 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell I never thought of it in a sexual way but now that you put that thought in my mind the line "Blood and blisters on my fingers" has become extremely disturbing to me.
    JerrySizzleron July 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentme too.. d sexual meaning didnt go in my mind before.. and now, uh ok.. the choice and use of words in this song connected d dots.. and yeah, it does make a sexual sense! :) pretty convincing.
    |mesh|on August 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about shirley not wanting to grow up coz she's having too much fun in the present, and by the sounds of it she really fucking is (tho i sont think that im a golden shower fan...)
    boptonon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti really think this song is about shirley's childhood ... well adolescence ... and the whole experimentation bit... but it's also about her realising how stupid it was to be this person, this "whore" that she visualises herself being. uhm let me think. i know how this is, and i like this song cos it puts it together for me.
    Trying hard to fit among you,
    floating out to wonderland
    Unprotected, god I'm pregnant
    damn the consequences

    i think this part is talking about how she really trusts this guy, and he's great and everything, but she's depending on him to fit in. so by depending him she trusts him. but then she "gets pregnant" from him...

    Blood and blisters on my fingers
    chaos rules when we're apart
    Watch my temper, I go mental
    I'll try to be gentle

    this is her like going crazy cos she realises how much it sucks. but that's just what i think.

    -taylor.
    drunkcatholickidon May 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentbasically what i was going for, is she wants to get out of that. lol. sorry forgot that.

    -taylor.
    drunkcatholickidon May 08, 2003   Link

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