"Kerosene" as written by Alice Glass and Ethan Kath....
I was born in this town
Live here my whole life
Probably come to die in this town
Live here my whole life
Never anything to do in this town
Live here my whole life
Never anything to do in this town
Live here my whole life
Probably learn to die in this town
Live here my whole life
Nothing to do, sit around at home
Sit around at home, stare at the walls
Stare at each other and wait till we die
Stare at each other and wait till we die
Probably come to die in this town
Live here my whole life
There's Kerosene around, something to do
There's Kerosene around, she's something to do
There's Kerosene around, she's something to do
There's Kerosene around, we'll find something to do
Kerosene around, she's something to do
Kerosene around, set me on fire
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire
Kerosene around, something to do
There's Kerosene around, find something to do
There's Kerosene around, find something to do
Kerosene around, find something to do
Kerosene around, she's something to do
Kerosene around, set me on fire
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire
Kerosene around, she's something to do
Kerosene around, now what do we do?
Jumped Kerosene, now what do we do?
Jumped Kerosene, now what do we do?
Kerosene around, nothing to do
Jumped Kerosene, now what do we do?
Never anything to do in this town
Never anything but jump Kerosene
Never anything to do in this town
Never anything
Jump Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire, Kerosene
Set me on fire


Lyrics submitted by kijima, edited by fishfingers

"Kerosene" as written by Ethan Kath Alice Glass

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  • +4
    General CommentOne of the most powerful and frightening songs ever written about teenage boredom and alienation. The lyrics alone can't do it justice, it has to be heard in its musical context for the effect.
    Bill Troaton June 15, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Comment'There's only two things to do (in small-town America). Go blow up a whole load of stuff for fun. Or have a lot of sex with the one girl in town who'll have sex with anyone. 'Kerosene' is about a guy who tries to combine the two pleasures'
    Dave Riley, Big Black bassist.
    infotainment_ladon April 17, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is the perfect blend of nihilism, suicidal thoughts, misanthropy, and unrelenting boredom
    Mwz15on December 17, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love Albini's talent as a lyricist. This pegs what it's like to live in a shit-hole town.
    wasteofwebspaceon May 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's shocking how little this song has aged. The guitars here are absolutely incredible. Lyrically simplistic, but the sonics conjure a visual imagery that's difficult to describe in song lyrics.
    aniymon June 18, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell I used to think this song was about being so bored you start getting high off fumes just to do something, then you get hooked and you do it all the time co's it's the only thing to do! I can see what infotainment_lad is saying and much like every other Big Black song you need to have a chat with Steve Albini to get the bigger picture.
    It really starts to kick in at 2:50. Heavy stuff, great tune.
    ICantUnderStandYouon October 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI live in a small Kansas town and never have words been written that so relate to what I go through.
    IWasWrongon June 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn right fucking scary subject matter but for me one of the greatest and most powerful songs ever,
    Steve Albini is and always will be a fucking genius
    deathray666on January 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteven at 24 years old, i relate to this entirely too much
    kijimaon February 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPossibly one of the scariest songs ever written, both musically and lyrically. It's about getting so bored in a nothing town that you end up getting up to no good, just to entertain yourself. I never ended up doing stuff like that myself but I lived in a boring down and a lot of people just started on you cos it was something to do.
    NeglectedFieldon September 30, 2006   Link

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