"When Good Dogs Do Bad Things" as written by and Mike Patton Benjamin Allen Weinman....
I'm the best you'll ever have
You're the best I'll never have


Here kitty kitty kitty
Mommy mommy mommy mommy mommy
Here kitty kitty kitty
Listen through the walls
The sound of quick footsteps sneaking down the hall
The pages turning
The leaky roof
The toilet flushing
Numbers on the license plate

I'm nothing more than
The best you'll never have
A speck on your bedroom wall
A blood red waterfall

The best you will ever have(x3)
Your dead things are locked up inside
Blow smoke rings straight back in time
Roses floating out with the tide
Dance and sing under gunfire
Open wings slowly take flight

Around these parts a fly can live
A fly can live a thousand years
But a man cannot die soon enough, true enough

A smiling drunk nursing a glass of milk
A girl with a face like prison bread
Over the kitchen noise I hear them howl at me

A scabby ketchup bottle and a two-dollar bill
I guess its time to pay the bill, but you know I never will
I'm hungry still

Run away run away run away run away
Mercy killing on the way
Never thought I'd hear you say
Falling to your knees and pray now(x2)

In this crowded place I could swing a cat
And not even hit a soul
It's just the lonely vacuum of human black holes

And I'm as dry as these thirsty trees
With big city thou
Promising to set me free
"waiter, check please"

I'm the best you will ever have

Lyrics submitted by xbotchla

"When Good Dogs Do Bad Things" as written by Mike Patton Benjamin Allen Weinman

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  • +1
    General Commentthis song is fucking amazing.
    emoJustinon September 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song to me sounds like it's about a guy who's found out that his girlfriend has cheated on him and he wants her to know what it did to him. The title "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things" goes with theme in saying that the guys girlfriend acted like an angel, then turned out to be a whore by cheating on him, completely destroying the image of her he perceived.

    "I'm the best you will ever have
    You're the best I'll never have"

    The guy thinks that his girlfriend was the best thing to happen to him and then realises that he'll no longer be able to look at her in the same light.

    "Pain.. Gone. Rain.. Stop. Sun.. Shine. You're.. Mine."

    He doesn't want to believe that this happened to him.

    The next two lines ("Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty" & "MOMMMY, MOMMY, etc..") call forth his girlfriend and vent some rage, then send her running home to her mother.

    Listen through the walls
    The sound of quick footsteps sneaking down the hall
    The pages turning
    The leaking roof
    The toilet flushing
    Numbers on the license plate"

    He's recalling when he found out that she was cheating on him. He came home and heard some noises upstairs or wherever, people whispering, a person running. "The pages turning" could mean that he realises that his life has just been changed, or it could have the same effect as the next two lines in that he hear's it amongst the sounds of his girlfriend and her partner freaking out because the boyfriend just came home. "The Numbers on..." would be the boyfriend seeing the partner running out to his car and seeing him drive off.

    "I'm nothing more then
    The best you'll never have
    A speck on your bedroom wall
    A blood red waterfall"

    Again, he's thinking that she's missing out on what could be the best thing to happen to her.

    The rest of the song sounds to me like he's going through all of the memories he's had with her and the other assorted thoughts that are running through his head about the entire ordeal. It also sounds as if he has some rage built up inside and just wants to blow up in her face, let her know what she did to him, and then make her suffer for it.

    He ends it by, as some others have said, breaking up with her in a diner. The last line shows that he's still full of rage and sorrow, but he probably realises that there's nothing he can do but move on.

    Of course, this all just how I view the song. For all I know, it could be about something that has absolutely nothing to do with what I said.
    NothingManon October 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey...this is just...perfect...
    lamaon January 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamen....

    this song is so fucking tubular...mike patton is amazing..mmmmm
    xglassjawxon September 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"tubular"? What the fuck!?!?! That hasn't been said by anyone in over 10 years!!!

    Anyway, D.E.P. with Patton is just a fantastic idea!

    ..."tubular"... hah!
    EmbryoSystemon September 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim just scared
    the_wrong_boyon September 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgnarly dude!1
    MUDGOLEMon September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan...this song is EVEN BETTER now I know the bastard words!!!!
    Mr Chuffon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgaw...the new dillenger rocks sooo much.
    AutumnStarsAlwaysLieon October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPatton lends his psychopathic story-telling lyrics to the amazing technicallity of the DEP. Grinding, jamming, hard hitting intruments, and Patton's screeching cajoling howl. Rock on.

    Anyway, to me this is like a lot of Patton's songs, in the way that it tells a story of some sort. The story in this case seems to be a couple breaking up in a diner. That's what I get out of it anyway.
    Gren901on March 22, 2003   Link

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