"Mono" as written by and Perry/love/schemel/schemel....
Hey
Yeah
We had everything vinyl and mono
And we looked the other way

Man we were so dumb
Is the the part in the book that you wrote
Where I gotta come and save the day
Did you miss me

Did you miss me
Yeah yeah yeah
Well they say that rock is dead
They're probably right

99 girls in the pit
Did it have to come to this
Oh god you owe me one more song
So I can prove to you that I am so much better than him

Oh god please listen fast
Here comes the crash
We're gonna rise above
We gotta smash it up

You won't abandon us again
Hey
Give us brilliant boys we want to fuck man
Full of ecstasy hard drugs and bad luck

Yeah yeah yeah
Turn the lights back on
It burns so hard
But you won't burn long

Three chords in your pocket tonight
Are you you the one
With the spark to bring my punk rock back
I don't think so

Oh god I want to hear you say
I want to hear you say your sorry again
Oh god you owe me one more song
So I can prove to you that I am so much better than him

Oh god I'd give you anything to hear you say that I was right and you were wrong
Oh god before I leave this life
No and eight-ball isn't love
A hookers never gonna come

Just give it back to me
Blow out all of the lights to night
Yeah
2 million miles down the PCH

And now he's gone
I slashed his tires
I bled his brakes
It had to be done

Their hand job lives were just too cruel
Yeah mercy was done
We drown them all in their swimming pools
Run away run away run away yeah

Oh god I want to hear you say
I want to hear you say that you were wrong again
Oh god I want to hear you say
I want to hear you say that I am so much better than him

Oh god you owe us one more song
Just get out of my life
And see the world as it really is
Is this just a sad slide show

Can't make a hooker come
An eight ball isn't love
I need one thing that's divine
Let me hear it tonight

Let me hear it tonight
I gotta hear it tonight
You gotta let me here the one lost chord tonight


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"Mono" as written by Courtney Love Linda Perry

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  • +2
    General Comment"Hey hey hey
    yeah we had everything
    Vinyl in mono
    And we looked the other way
    Man we were so dumb "

    Monophone recordings in vinyl are a very old medium, probably last produced for the mass market in the 60s and abandoned before the end of the 60s. Truly great founders or precursors of rock and roll cut mono in vinyl. But someone figured something new was better than the original rock and roll inspiration, and this increasingly was the trend until punk came along trying to reestablish the roots of rock and roll.

    "Is this the part in the book that you wrote
    Where I gotta come and save the day
    Did you miss me
    Did you miss me
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah "

    Who is "you"? From the rest of the lyrics, it would seem to refer to God, or some kind of god that cares in the least about the fate of rock and roll music, impliedly in a positive way. An odd attitude to attribute to the Judeo-Christian conception of God, in the least, but maybe that isn't the exclusive conception of God being talked about here. After all, those 12-steppers can as a matter of necessity come up with a "higher power" suited to their idiosyncrasies.

    Apparently Ms. Love's higher power referenced in this work would want something about rock and roll salvaged and would like her to do it, or maybe was ignoring her thinking she wasn't able to anyhow? She seems ambivalent about just how much her higher power is willing to be supportive of her throughout the song.
    nullportalon October 10, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Well they say that rock is dead
    And they're probably right
    99 girls in the pit
    Did it have to come to this?"

    And they said "God" was "dead" one time too (as a predominant cultural anchor, not in any theological sense). But along came Carter, the whole Born Again she-bang, and it seems "God" is not "dead". Maybe this kind of thing could happen for rock too, despite failing attendence - a mere 99 girls. Of course this can also be interpreted in a certain "the world revolves about me" sense, and she may be referring only to riot grrrl rock, of which I suppose she means mostly herself. There's something about Courtney Love's estimate of her importance which can be matched only by Yoko Ono's overblown opinion of herself, so maybe this meaning does apply throughout the song.
    nullportalon October 10, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Oh God you owe me one more song
    So I can prove to you that
    I'm so much better than him
    Oh god please listen fast
    Here comes the crash
    We're gonna rise above
    We gotta smash it up
    You won't abandon us again
    hey"

    Actually the "him" in this is probably neither Cobain nor any form of deity. Rather it is more likely famous poser and mediocre musician "Marilyn Manson" who she wants people to see she is better than, among others who may have been involved in the "Rock is Dead Tour". ("Well they say that Rock is Dead"). Love's experience on that tour is that few parents are going to let their little daughters, her core audience, go to a testosterone drenched adolescent puke-fest featuring goth posers, and you could get at most "99 girls in the pit".
    nullportalon October 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe a little harsh but could the line "Oh God you owe me one more song, So I can prove to you that
    I'm so much better than him" be a statement that she feels overshadowed by ex-husband Kurt Cobain's songwriting legacy?
    thelastnarratoron June 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentin the music video, she destroys a rap video set, to me its kinda speaking out to rap, and saying shes better than it, and i hate rap and this song kinda seems like shes saying rock is better, which i totally agree with
    withthelightsouton October 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'99 girls in the pit' refers to rapestock, where I think the official 'number' was 29. Courtney Love said that she believes the real number would have been more like 99.
    The sleevenotes have a discrepancy in this lyric, they read:
    they say that rock is dead
    and it's probably true
    99 girls in the pit
    and the blame all lies with you.
    Though she clearly sings 'did it have to come to this?'

    She's attacking the Fred Dursts and Eminems who have used music to spread mysogyny and hatred
    whereas she would prefer the traditional 'brilliant boys' like Cobain and other icons who used music, arguably, to spread ideas and for cartharsis for their pain.
    Romanceon November 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah Drive a million miles down the PCH/

    The PCH is a well known acronym for The Pacific Coast Highway. The PCH is the main road into and out of Malibu, which is another Love lyric which probably ties in with this use here. Technically, the PCH is the same highway that extends all the way up the Pacific Coast into Washington and you can drive it up to Seattle. A number of grunge works make reference to this highway for various lyrical purposes.


    And now he's gone / I slashed his tires, I bled his brakes /

    "Malibu" opens with the lyric "Crash and burn", interestingly enough.


    It had to be done /
    Their hand-job lives were just too cruel /

    I would understand this largely to refer to the enormously phony or nongenuine ("hand job") cultural mileau that is the Hollywood movie and music business - whose main colony is often considered to be Malibu.

    (But) mercy was done /
    We drowned them all in their swimming pools /
    Run away, run away, run away yeah

    Leave the phony Hollywood ethos behind, and run away. This again is reminiscent of the ethos of punk, which the song elsewhere references with its "three chords in your pocket tonight ... bring my punk rock back" - three chords being a staple musical device of punk. Punk in LA was centered in Hollywood, ironically, because that's where the run down venues and seedy atmospheres that would host these acts in their formative days could manage to play given their lack of financial clout and limited audiences.
    nullportalon March 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is sticking it to "the man" lol if u have seen school of rock ( a terrible movie at that) but thats what thats from and tahts what it hink this is about
    ~rock -Robert
    oldskoolpunker23on April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentschool of rock is not a bad movie! it's realy cute.
    wilsonleahpon May 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the line is actually 'so much better than them'
    LLCoolWason June 02, 2004   Link

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