"Protect Me From What I Want" as written by William Lloyd, Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steven Hewitt....
It's the disease of the age
It's the disease that we crave
Alone at the end of the rave
We catch the last bus home

Corporate America wakes
Coffee republic in case
We open the latch on the gate
Of the hole that we call our home

Protect me from what I want,
Protect me protect me

Maybe we're victims of fate
Remember when we'd celebrate
We'd drink and get high until late
And now we're all alone

Wedding bells ain't gonna chime
With both of us guilty of crime
And both of us sentenced to time
And now we're all alone

Protect me from what I want,
Protect me protect me

Protect me from what I want,
Protect me protect me

Protect me from what I want,
Protect me protect me

Protect me from what I want,
Protect me protect me


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"Protect Me from What I Want" as written by Brian Molko William Lloyd

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  • +2
    My InterpretationI can't believe how this song is apparently so difficult to interpretate. isn't it obvious that it's about depression??


    "the disease of the age" --> is an often used description for depression.

    "Corporate America wakes" --> one of the main reasons for the high number of depressed is the performance culture: work and work and spend.

    "Coffee republic in case"--> How we need to pull ourselves through the days.

    "We open the latch on the gate
    Of the hole that we call our home" --> We're so materialistic, but in the end it means nothing.

    "Protect me from what I want,
    Protect me protect me" ---> as a fellow depressed person I know that we often 'seek' to stay depressed, because it's the only thing that we're sure of. Our routine behaviour keeps us in the depression e.i. depressing music, sitting alone at home and wasting our days... Psychiatrists will confirm this.

    "Maybe we're victims of fate
    Remember when we'd celebrate
    We'd drink and get high until late
    And now we're all alone

    Wedding bells ain't gonna chime
    With both of us guilty of crime
    And both of us sentenced to time
    And now we're all alone" --> These last two verses are the parts where a depressed person feels sorry for himself and has absolutely no faith that things will turn out alright, like they used to be. The 'wedding bells' and 'committed crime' are dysfemisms of the things the depressed person did wrong. Note: people who are depressed tend to think less of themselves and blow up every little mistake they've made to gargantic proportions, they feel like they don't deserve to be happy.

    Hope I cleared this up for all of you.
    bakkermaarten007on July 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with poison girl13 and Edenfer! This is about a person that during their youth do not care about having a relationship, kids, whatever, but when age comes, and it cames really fast, he realizes that life has passed him by. And it was made of drinking, drugging, one night stands... Worthless. He cannot even stands his own house. Try to listen to the french version 'cause it is more beautifil and has more details to understand the song.
    Acesgirlon February 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits like coming home after going clubbing or getting really wasted and just reflecting on the stupidity of it all. "protect me from what i want" reminds of lots of things.....drugs, cutting, alcohol, anything addictive really. its like the thing you love the most is the thing you must be protected from.
    ladyboygrrlon July 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm thinking it's about someone being stuck in a life they want out of. Like, a job they hate and a home they can't stand.

    "Maybe we're victims of fate
    Remember when we'd celebrate", he remembers his youth and regrets that it's over. He's grown up now, with a life he hates, but wants to be protected from what he ACTUALLY wants.

    Yeah. I don't know.
    Laurenneon April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUmm I am not sure where to put Lyric corrections so I am just putting them here, it is just the first verse that is a little wrong:
    It's that disease of the age
    It's that disease that we crave
    Alone at the end of the rave
    We catch the last bus home
    ragadoson April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould be unplanned pregnancy after a big night out. "protect me from what i want" could mean use a condom, but he didnt, and now the girl is pregnant and is claiming child support from the man because they don't want to get married "wedding bells aint gonna chime/with both of us guilty of crime/and both of use sentenced to time/and now we're all alone"
    duffon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this number is a protest to conformity expecially in the American culture. Brian has loudly voiced his isn't always proud to be an American and is very anti-war. And I really think he isn't a conformist. I definatly think this song is a protest to conformity.
    Anrahon May 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentinterestingly brian i wouldn't say he is american. his father is american, his mother is scottish and he was brought up in luxembourg. so i'd call him european (thank god).
    ladyboygrrlon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song more than anything. I think its about this new era that we live in and all we can do is drink and get high and sleep around and soon enough we've wasted our whole lives doing that, so that when we're old we're alone because all our relationships were worthless one night stands.
    Hence the lines :"maybe we're victems of fate, remember when we'd celebrate, we'd drink and get high until late, but now we're all alone. Wedding bells ain't gonna chime, with both of us guilty of time and both of us sentenced to time and now we're all alone"
    Poison_girl13on June 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have their DVD from their Paris concert... and before that this song always "bleh" for me

    but when I saw the rendition they did of it...OHMYGOD!!!!! that's gotta be one of their best live songs

    they sing the french version, but it still grips you like you have no idea what the fuck is taking over you

    great song
    PLASon October 20, 2004   Link

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