"Shut Your Mouth" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
Welcome we love you
We hate you
We love you
We want you
We need you
We wish we were like you
They say you're a saint
You're a whore
You're a sinner
That he had you
He made you
He can't live without you.

Would you confess if we asked
That you nurture the urge
To declare that it's time
To settle down
With a man of your own
You want a baby
A family
A piece of security

Shut your mouth
Try not to panic
Just shut your mouth
If you can do it

What's your opinion on the dire situation
In our land here
Our guest here
Of course you'll be nice here
How do you feel about god and religion
Are you good people
Bad people
Guess it doesn't matter people.

Your place
My place
Make her bring that famous face
You got some
You want some
You want to let me get you some
We know your music but of course we'd never buy it
It's too fake man
Right man!
(We don't give a damn.)

I hear you say it
Play it smart girl
Win the game love
Give 'em what they want
What they want to see and you could be a big star
You could go far
Make a landmark
What have you been reading you smart girl?
Win the game love
Give 'em what they want
What they want to see and you could be a big star
You could go far
Make a landmark
Make a shit load.

And the world spins by
With everybody moaning
Pissing, bitching and everyone is shitting
On their friends
On their love
On their oaths
On their honour
On their graves
Out their mouths
And their words say nothing

I waited to say something
Oh shut your mouth
I wanted to say something
Oh shut your mouth
I wanted to be something
Oh shut your mouth


Lyrics submitted by Metal6Hell6Maker6

"Shut Your Mouth" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General CommentI love this song! Some people I know say that it describes me...I'm not sure why, they just do. Anyway, people really got to start commenting more on Garbage lyrics! What do you think this song means?!
    vamprockeron July 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is so society and media. Everything and anything that has to do with gossip, rumors, social groups, what people expect of you and being accepted. My favorite part of this whole thing is,
    "I hear you say it
    Play it smart girl
    Win the game love
    Give 'em what they want
    What they want to see and you could be a big star
    You could go far,"
    Because she sounds so sarcastic it's fun. Truely a great song.
    octoberclownon May 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Garbage songs. I love everything about this song. It's just awesome.
    oOxMINGxOoon April 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is definatly about the media and its invasion of privacy and twisting of the truth the chorus "Shut your mouth
    Try not to panic
    Just shut your mouth
    If you can do it"
    is almost a battle not to say anything that they can put a spin on and the final verse shows howthey never listen to truth and make the artist feel that they are not what they wanted to be
    Vavavoomon June 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is definitely about people, mainly the media, bugging her and pressuring her to be something she's not. My favorite part is:

    "We know your music but of course we'd never buy it
    It's too fake man
    Right man!
    (We don't give a fucking damn.)"

    Love it! I can totally understand some jealous assholes telling her "I'd never buy your music" and they start critiquing her work all the while she's thinking "do you really think I care what your opinion of my work is? Fuck off!"
    RedDollShoeson August 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Shirley Mainson's voice represents the media and how it is shaping the life of this rising star, and telling her people's opinions about her. Also the line "We know your music but of course we'd never buy it
    It's too fake man" is the public, and she has to deal with yet another opinion.
    ConfuzedandLonleyon July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about an artist being interviewed by a magazene and they dont like it
    Clone Boyon October 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this song on The Division. This is the second song I heard off that show and looked up. The first one was Help Me Be Good To You by Heather Nova. I liked this when I first heard it.
    Prowler Kidon August 06, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti love the verses, not to keen on the verses,
    asktheangelson March 15, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentGreat song, but one line bugs me. The line "We don't give a fucking damn" seems misplaced. Clearly their opinion *does* matter to her. If she feels that the media/critics etc. opinion is so insignificant, then why right a whole song about it and get so emotional about it. Doesn't make sense.
    PapaJon December 14, 2012   Link

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