I slipped,
Didn't mean to do it that way.
But I blew in on a whim, gone tomorrow?
I've gone today

Oh yeah oh yeah
Oh oh oh oh yeah

Come,
Lets play it loud and let each other lose
A win would cause an alarm
Don't matter to me
Don't matter to you

Oh yeah oh yeah
Oh oh oh oh yeah

I could keep you all for myself
I know
You gotta be free
So free yourself

I could keep you all for myself
I know
You gotta be free
So free yourself

Self inflicted wound, your gift,
Impeccable aim
Can really clear a room
All the bodies piled up in your way

Oh yeah it hurts so bad
Oh oh oh oh yeah

I could keep you all for myself
I know
You gotta be free
So free yourself

I could keep you all for myself
I know
You gotta be free
To kill yourself



Lyrics submitted by sweet_pea, edited by TheBronze

"Tangled Up in Plaid" as written by Mark/castillo Lanegan

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  • +3
    General Comment:I think it's about being with a self destructive person, that hurts those around them more than themself.
    ChefGregon April 15, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaning:It's about their former bassist, Nick Oliveri. His exit from the band was based on personal reasons, and Josh was very broken up about having to kick him out as they'd been playing together since before Kyuss formed. The title is a reference to Nick's punk rock musical leanings.

    Sorry I don't have a link, but I remember reading an interview with Josh where he said he was in a really dark place while they were writing/recording this album because of the falling out with Nick. He said that the mood of most of the songs reflected this. It doesn't seem surprising that one of the songs on the album addresses Nick's parting directly.
    sawbones420on October 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:'About the Brody controversy'? What a joke.

    It's about Josh's relationship with Nick, and kicking him out of the band despite their longtime friendship. Nick's destructive and excessive habits tore them apart and was hurting the band. So he got booted.
    Evil Fentoozleron July 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:The Nick-thing is absolutely possible. It would certainly be a thing to write a song about, and I don't know any other song that fits into the Nick-story.

    But the "I could keep you all for my self"-part seems so.. love-ish. But at the same time. Nick is good, and I think Josh want to love him, when he behaves the way he does it's impossible.
    Carlstroemon July 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:In the last chorus the second time round, it says "So kill yourself"
    burntfireon March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:negative, it says "I know you gotta be free to kill yourself."

    It even says it on the first page of the liner notes.
    taking_backmondayon April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's about the brody "controversy" from a while back
    with plaid being used as a metaphor for "punk".
    FlashMileson April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:final chorus is "you got to be free to kill yourself" isn't it?

    it's on the sleeve as well?
    messiah4theanimalson May 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is about a killer. He/She has shot several people "Your Impeccable aim, Can really clear a room" and Josh is advising her to kill herself in the end "you got to be free to kill yourself"
    Gabriel88on September 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Yeah Evil Fentoozler, your right, I am sure of it!

    Song rocks.
    Qotsa-in-my-bloodon July 31, 2006   Link

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