"Silence Is Golden" as written by Douglas Elwin Erickson, Shirley Ann Manson, Steve W. Marker and Bryan David Vig....
If I am silent then I am not real
But if I speak up then no one will hear
If I wear a mask there's somewhere to hide

Silence is Golden
I have been broken
Safe in my own skin
So nobody wins

If I raise my voice will someone get hurt
And if I can't feel then I won't get touched
If no truths are spoken then no lies can hide

Silence is Golden
Nobody gets in
Safe in my own skin
So nobody wins

Did you hear me speak
Do you understand
Did you hear my voice
Will you hold my hand
Do you understand me

Won't someone listen
Nobody gets in
My body's a temple
But nothing is simple
Silence is golden
I have been broken
Something was stolen
Safe in my own skin


Lyrics submitted by Metal6Hell6Maker6

"Silence Is Golden" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

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

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    General CommentI suffer from social anxiety disorder and to me this song describes exactly how I feel in social situations and also how I see them after they have happend.
    blue_bathtubon June 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti always thought this song was about rape.
    "my body's a temple...something was stolen, safe in my own skin.."
    mehon April 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with meh too, i thought it was a rape/virginity song.
    sixedhearton November 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAccording to wikipedia, Shirley Manson has said it is about sexual abuse. It's a very powerful song.
    I love the line 'If no truth is spoken then no lies can hide'
    psycholollyon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah this song definitely is about sexual abuse. "Silence is golden" is meant to be sarcastic. You're silence is golden maybe to the abuser but not to the abused.
    nodoubter90on August 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song.. it's my favorite on the cd... it fits me so well... garbage rocks
    penguinspbon July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, this song kicks aas and I0can completly rdlate to0it.
    gmwdlawon November 30, -0001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis can apply to almost anyone who opens their mouth. Part is about hurting other people every time you talk, part is about being to scared to open up to people, part is about just trying to be safe from the world outside. Longing for someone to listen and understand, but not wanting to risk the shit that you have to go through to find that person.
    WhiteIronon April 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti agree with meh. it definitely regards sex. maybe she lost her virginity ? and wrote a song about it ?
    drunkcatholickidon April 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti have liked this band since i was really young . my first time hearing garbage i was hooked , i bought the ''tape'' , yes i said tape . it was a very long time ago ... i love this band and all of their songs..
    NIKKIEon June 10, 2003   Link

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