"Skin" as written by Jon T. King and Jeffrey Paul Stebbins....
Well I know you don't know the reason
And it's cold, a sign of the season
'Cause you're old, and battered and beaten
And we'll grow, 'til we hit the ceiling, yeah

Well I'll be better, get away
Send a letter, bombs away

You're covered in my skin
I couldn't imagine anyone else
I'm off for the weekend
I couldn't imagine why you would save yourself

Well it's gone and it's not returning
And your clothes and pictures are burning
'Cause you're old, and battered and beaten
And we'll grow, til we hit the ceiling, yeah

Well I'll be better, get away
Send a letter, bombs away

You're covered in my skin
I couldn't imagine anyone else
I'm off for the weekend
I couldn't imagine why you would save yourself

Well I'll be better, get away
Send a letter, bombs away

You're covered in my skin
I couldn't imagine anyone else
I'm off for the weekend
I couldn't imagine anyone else

You're covered in my skin
I couldn't imagine anyone else
I'm off for the weekend
I couldn't imagine why you would save yourself


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"Skin" as written by Benjamin Burnley Aaron Fincke

Lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

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    General CommentBy far one of my favourite songs off Saturate, I see this song as describing a long-running relationship that's gone cold and is ending, and the singer not wanting it to end, but also knowing that it has to end. This is my interpretation of the whole song (of course, many other interpretations are possible)

    (Official lyrics from hollywoodrecords.go.com/breakingbenjamin/)
    WELL I KNOW
    YOU DON'T KNOW THE REASON
    AND IT'S COLD
    A SIGN OF THE SEASON
    - At this stage of the relationship, it's gone cold, devoid of love, and neither the singer nor his girlfriend knows how it got this way
    CUZ YOU'RE OLD, BATTERED AND BEATEN
    - In the singer's eyes, his girlfriend is old and worn out, since he's been with her so long (one could also take this as a hint at an abusive relationship, but I wouldn't read too far into that)
    AND WE'LL GROW
    TIL WE HIT THE CEILING
    - I take this line as kind of sarcastic, as in when couples say "We'll grow together, we'll get through this." It's like saying "Yeah right, we'll grow together until we hit the ceiling, it won't do any good."
    YEAH
    - To me the chorus illustrates the reluctance to leave a relationship that's become comfortable and normal, but accepting that it must be done
    WELL I'LL BE BETTER
    - The singer saying that he better himself, make things right
    GET AWAY
    - Even though the singer doesn't want the relationship to end, he knows that he and his girlfriend have to "get away" and break things off
    SEND A LETTER
    BOMBS AWAY
    - I think this refers to sending the dreaded "breakup" letter and "bombing" his comfortable life into chaos

    YOU'RE COVERED IN MY SKIN
    I COULDN'T IMAGINE ANYONE ELSE
    - They've been together so long, it's like being in each others' skin, and he can't imagine being with anyone else
    I'M OFF FOR THE WEEKEND
    - Taking this as part of "I'm off for the weekend, let's use that time to patch things up, we can fix it", another wish for the relationship to get better and not end
    I COULDN'T IMAGINE
    WHY YOU WOULD SAVE YOURSELF
    - He's saying he can't imagine why his girlfriend would leave to save herself from this relationship (but as the rest of the song shows, he can)

    WELL IT'S GONE
    AND IT'S NOT RETURNING
    - The essence of the relationship is gone, and it's not coming back (it's all over)
    AND YOUR CLOTHES
    AND PICTURES ARE BURNING
    - She wants to break up with him (or has already) and he's burning all of her things that she left at his place (this'll sound oddly familiar to many people)
    CUZ YOU'RE OLD, BATTERED AND BEATEN
    AND WE'LL GROW
    TIL WE HIT THE CEILING
    colinclarkeon November 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentokay...this is one of my favorite songs from my favorite band.
    and this is my interpretation...

    so someone is in some sort of relationship with someone else and it's been going on for a long time. both people in this relationship want it to end, but they can never end it, but they really want to, but they just can't, and the feelings keep coming in waves...the lines "Well I know you don't know the reason, And it's cold, a sign of the season" and "Well it's gone and it's not returning, And your clothes and pictures are burning" show how they really don't have anything left for each other, but when he says "I couldn't imagine anyone else," it's like they don't want anyone but each other. Hence, they're stuck not wanting to be together and not being able to be apart.

    but that's only what i took from it, agree or disagree as you wish :)
    x17xeternelletruthx17xon June 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis has to be one of breaking benjamin's songs its so good. not completely sure what its about though
    wiseaimeeon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits just one of those songs with little meanings but good sound, its got a meaning deep down i bet but its 1 of those 1's u really gutta put ur mind 2
    DryCell_Sickon October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, it is one of those songds that doesn't have much meaning, but I love it.
    novastaron April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't know this bad well, but i think that alot of their songs have to deal with sex and young lust. i think by being covered in someone's skin is to be laying naked on top or beside them. i think the singer is kind of touch up on a relationship that sort went up and down but the defining characteristic is that he doesn't want to find anyone else and despite whatever causes him to burn her cloaths and picture, he still wants the comfort and solice of the sexual intamacies of a certin woman in his life.
    cyanide2060on May 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing, Id heard of BB before this song but I heard this on the radio and I was hooked instantly. I mean, the guitar in this song is amazing!
    skippy35on June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my all-time favorite Breaking Benjamin songs. It kicks major ass! I can't believe more people do not know about how talented these four guys are!
    CRYN_OUTon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a long distance/relationship with an older woman that really is devoid of any meaning.

    The guy doesnt understand why the girl keeps coming back for more, and he doesnt really understand why he keeps coming back to her. The whole, "We know we better.... get away. Send a letter.... bombs away."

    It's like they both know doing it is stupid, but they keep doing it anyways. They both want to end it but they cant.

    If you've ever been in one of these kind of relationships you'll undrstand, otherwise it probably makes no sense.
    osubuckeye4on May 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with osubuckeye, but I think that it's not that the woman is older, it's that she's getting old to him.
    'and it's cold, a sign of the season' perhaps means their relationship is getting cold, but they stay together for some reason. I agree with osubuckeye about them wanting to end it but can't.
    Ryoohkion June 21, 2004   Link

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