"Why Do You Love Me" as written by Douglas Elwin Erickson, Shirley Ann Manson, Steve W. Marker and Bryan David Vig....
I'm no Barbie doll
I'm not your baby girl
So I've done ugly things and I have made mistakes
And I am not as pretty as those girls in magazines
I am rotten to my core if they're to be believed
So what if I'm no baby bird hanging upon your every word?
Nothing ever smells of roses that rises out of mud

Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me it's driving me crazy
Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me it's driving me crazy
Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me it's driving me crazy
Why do you love me
Why do you love me

You're not some baby boy
Why you acting so surprised
You're sick of all the rules
Well I'm sick of all your lies
Now I've held back a wealth of shit I think I'm gonna choke
I'm standing in the shadows with the words stuck in my throat
Does it really come as a surprise when I tell you I don't feel good?
That nothing ever came from nothing man
Oh man ain't that the truth

Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me it's driving me crazy
Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me it's driving me crazy
Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me it's driving me crazy
Why do you love me
Why do you love me
I get back up and I do it again
I get back up and I do it again
I get back up and I do it again
I get back up and I do it, I do it again

I think you're sleeping with a friend of mine
I have no proof but I think that I'm right
And you've still got the most beautiful face
It just makes me sad most of the time

I get back up and I do it again
I get back up and I do it again
I get back up and I do it again
I get back up and I do it, I do it again
I do it again
I do it again
I do it again

Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me it's driving me crazy
Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me it's driving me crazy
Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me
Why do you love me


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"Why Do You Love Me" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

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  • +4
    MemoryI rediscovered this song recently when I was sorting out my CDs..and I can honestly say that I've played it every day since..It sums up perfectly how I feel about myself/my relationship. Insecurity, paranoia, self-deprication.. it's all there, explicitly. I wake up every day on the verge of an anxiety attack because I feel completely unstable in my relationship. I constantly compare myself to other girls - girls on television, girls on the tube, girls at my work/university. I'm ashamed of my past, and I hate who I am.

    Someone commented and said that they believed she was being treated badly by her boyfriend. I don't think she's being treated badly at all - I think the lyrics suggest that this is her problem with herself manifesting itself into her relationship. Her insecurity has led her to think he's sleeping with her friend - but importantly she has no proof.. she just thinks it. I feel that about any female that my boyfriend comes into contact with. I realise it's irrational, and I know that he wouldn't - but I still feel it. I constantly question why he loves me - and sometimes I even try to convince HIM that he doesn't. I think of all the reasons why he shouldn't love me, and put them to him. And no matter how much he tries to convince me, how much he tells me, how much sweet shit he does to prove himself - it's never enough. The more reassurance I get, the more I need..

    This song is amazing.. When I start to feel like a freak, or like I'm insane it makes me realise that I'm not the only one who is feeling like this, and it's very comforting.
    uselessgenerationon February 25, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentCould be the first comment, but I also think it has something to do with the girl being insecure and she's soooooooo insecure that she can't find one reason why he likes her and she can't figure it out to the point it's drivin her nuts~ I also think "I think you're sleeping with a friend of mine" is her being paranoid that she's not good enough or somethin I dunno I could be wrong though~
    meLakneeon February 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGarbage is back!! Another fabulous song from Shirley and the guys. I'm assuming this is about a girl who thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her and is wondering why he loves her in the first place...that seems kind of obvious, maybe there's a hidden meaning somewhere? Anyway, this song rocks...can't wait for Bleed Like Me in April!
    garbageFreakon February 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW.

    Ooo, I'm so excited. They're playing Brixton Academy and I'm trying to get tickets. Sorry for not posting a comment but I had to vent my excitment.

    Shirley is a godess. Peace.
    confused_daisyon February 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBleed Like Me will be to awesome for words
    xImmune2Gravityxon February 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with all comments posted... I agree that the girl in this song is very insecure and is beating herself up inside "Nothing ever smells of roses that rises out of mud" she being the 'mud' and the girls in the magazines being the 'roses'... I can kind of relate to this song in my own way..
    Sambanovaon March 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat to see Garbage back, amazing!! I think this song is about a girl who feels she is not as pretty as all the other girls, and isn't as good as them. And this guy loves her for who she is, and because she is delluding herself with these thoughts about herself, she automatically thinks that the guy is a liar and he isn't. Also she believes that the guy is much more attractive than she is,

    "And you've still got the most beautiful face
    It just makes me sad most of the time"

    anyway, amazing song!! one of my fav garbage videos, and shirly looks as amazing as ever!
    deathbypetalson March 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the song, evidence that Garbage are going back to what they do best. I just can't wait for the new album!
    Holmesieon March 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOW how ace is this song!!
    the_libertineon March 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me think of a girl who really hates herself. he continually compares herself to other, attractive, women; 'I am not as pretty as those girls in magazines' to justify her selfhtred. This song really strikes a chord with me, as an ex-self hramer, i understand what Ms manson was feeling when she felt like this (she also used to self-harm, btw). There's an undercurrent for me, where i think she knows she's not really ugly,and she knows she's not making sense, 'I have no proof but I think that I'm right'. And there's an almost self-congratulatory nod where she says 'And you've still got the most beautiful face '....it's like she realises if she was as ugly and unlovable as she thinks, this beautiful guy wouldn't love her.

    There's this guy i know. By know, i mean, i broke his heart and he still loves me. That makes this song really relevant to me, for a different reason, i dont wonder why he likes me in an attraction sense, i wonder how he can love me through all i've done to him.

    Why do you love me, is not the question. The question is why don't you hate me?

    cannot wait til i get the album, especially after the farce that was their last album!

    xxxxxxxxx
    evenangelsfallon April 10, 2005   Link

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