"The Bitter End" as written by Jamie Alexander Hartman and John Frederik Fortis....
Since were feeling so anesthetized
In our comfort zone
Reminds me of the second time
That I followed you home
We're running out of alibi's
On the second of may
Reminds me of the summertime
On this winters day

See you at the bitter end
See you at the bitter end

Every step we took that synchronized
Every broken bone
Reminds me of the second time
That I followed you home
You showered me with lullabies
Had you walking away
Reminds me that its killing time
On this fateful day

See you at the bitter end
See you at the bitter end

From the time we intercepted
Feels a lot like suicide
Slow and sad, getting sadder
Arise a sitting mine
See you at the bitter end

I love to see you run around
And i can see you now
Running to me
Arms wide out
See you at the bitter end
Reach inside
Come on just gotta reach inside
Heard your cry
Six months time
Six months time
Prepare the end
See you at the bitter end


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"The Bitter End" as written by Jamie Alexander Hartman, John Frederik Fortis

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  • +3
    General Commentyea i agree with the stalkin/suicidal thing...i was wondering tho - at the end when it gets faster and faster and everything starts overlappin and then it just ends, does ne1 else get the urge to just shoot themselves - like the whole song is building up to pulling the trigger? just a thought...
    SinisterUtopiaon April 07, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIncidentally, the lyrics at the end...anyone been able to work them out? The ones someone posted up earlier are clearly wrong, but I'm having trouble getting them myself.

    This is what I have so far:

    From the time we intercepted
    Feels a lot like suicide
    Slow and sad, come in silence
    I walked a bitter mile
    Lovers seem to run around
    What's sicker now?
    Wannabes - I want out
    Bitter blood seeps inside
    Grab the jealous and sigh
    For your crimes
    It's six months' time
    In six months' time
    The mess you left will end


    The 'bitter blood...jealous and sigh' is pretty clearly wrong but that's asgood as I can get. Any ideas?
    Kustard1337on July 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'The Bitter End', it's about him being obsessed with and stalking some girl that dumped him (Reminds me of the second time
    That I followed you home...), (You shower me with lullabies
    As you're walking away
    Reminds me that it's killing time
    On this fateful day) and if he can't have her then he feels that they both must die (The Bitter End). Listen real closely at the end of the song, Brian is saying 'From the time we intercepted
    Feels more like suicide... ', makes sense, that from the time they met, it's some paper thin love or sucker love, some mixture of lust and obsession and paper thin love (from Every Me and Every You by this same band), and basically he must kill himself and her if he cannot have her.
    armanon May 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBitter end was a very raw and immediate song, it's about the death of relationships etc. Simple!
    Nervosa00on October 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment[End backing lyrics are:]

    Everytime we're intercepted
    Feels love like suicide
    Slow and sad, come in silence
    Arise a bitter time
    (See you at the bitter end)

    I love to see you run around
    And I can see you now
    Full to bleed, arms wide out
    (See you at the bitter end)

    Come on and reach in sighs
    Grab the gentleness inside

    Heard a cry
    Six months time
    (See you at the bitter end)
    In six months time
    prepare the end
    (See you at the bitter end)

    [Taken from sing356.com. id say theyre about 90% correct... they also kinda prove how crap my previous theory was]
    ConceitedStuon April 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with untaym and Vidmar20.


    I was listening to Placebo's "Once More With Feeling" whilst reading 1984 by George Orwell. This song could not be a more accurate description of Winston and Julia's relationship. I'd be extremely surprised if it WASN'T based on the novel. There's far too many references to the text.

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    "Feeling so anaesthetised" and "Every broken bone" is a reference to the beating and interrogation Winston goes through inside (presumably -- it's never actually confirmed) the Ministry of Love.

    "Reminds me of the second time I followed you home" is about Julia. In the beginning Winston thinks that Julia could be a member of the thought-police, and at times is almost certain that she is spying on him.

    "On the second of May" was the date Winston and Julia met up for the first time away from the telescreens ["Every step we take that's synchronized" is a reference to the telescreens]. They had sex for the first time in a field far away from anywhere. From this point onwards both characters knew that they would die. Which is where the lines: "From the time we intercepted. Feels a lot like suicide." comes into play. It was almost as if knocking on deaths door (or in this case, Big Brother's.)

    "Reminds me of the summertime. On this winters day" is referring to the final chapter of the book. Winston and Julia meet once after they come out of the Ministry of Love and reveal that they betrayed each other. This occurred on a cold day in March. This could also be where "As you're walking away" comes in.

    "You shower me with lullabies" is a reference to the lullaby used frequently throughout the novel -- up until the thought police captured Winston and Julia -- titled 'Oranges and Lemons'.
    Adore-Akuon October 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song talks about the same as many other Placebo's songs do, breaking up. When you finish a relationship, is always a bad thing, at least for one of the couple. And also you're couple is breaking up with you, you feel so bad, so desperate (the bitter end).

    Being more specific, my opinion is that this song talks about when you're in a really suffocating relationship, but you don't want to let it go because is like a drug for you. The beginning was so good ("since we're feeling so anesthetised in our comfort zone"- anesthetised: feeling no pain), you don't want to leave her in any moment ("that i followed you home")... But you know that will be over soon or late (we're running out of alibis from the second of may"- there's always something that triggers the ending), so you want to squeeze the relationship until it's over, because you don't want to resign to lose her though you know you will.

    Despite good things ("you shower me with lullabies") and bad ones ("as you're walking away"), you want to be next to her and huge her for the last time on the bitter end ("running to me, arms wide out, come and reach inside, grab the gentleness inside).
    Galattoon March 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningit's being filled with every moment of the relationship at the very instant that it's ending. that's the bitter end.
    rrrrrrruneson April 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyay first comment :P

    i think this songs could be about a killer stalking his prey ("Followed you home"), and killing him, hence the "see you at the bitter end"... it could also be about the break up of a relationship..
    duffon July 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a guy that loved a girl but she dumped him and he wants to commit suicide... but it may be not as simple as that
    pure_insanityon May 12, 2004   Link

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