Lisa knows a girl who's been abused
It changed her philosophy in '82
She's always looking for a fight
She keeps the neighbours up all night

I go to her when I'm feeling slack
The girl's using me as a punching bag
I think that I could help her out
But the girl's got a lot to be mad about

And in the first moment of her waking up
She knows she's losing it, yeah, she's losing it
When the first cup of coffee tastes like washing up
She knows she's losing it, yeah, she's losing
Yeah, she's losing it

Lisa met Chelsea at the knocking school
Chelsea didn't feel like following the rules
So they left the place for another school
Where the boys go with boys and the girls with girls

Chelsea was the one who's been abused
It changed her philosophy in '82
She says, "Inch for inch and pound for pound
Who needs boys when there's Lisa around?"

And in the first moment of her waking up
She knows she's losing it, yeah, she's losing it
When the first cup of coffee tastes like washing up
She knows she's losing it, yeah, she's losing it
She goes to the mirror to put on her stuff
She knows she's losing it, oh yeah, she's losing it
When she doesn't speak to anyone until four o'clock
She knows she's losing it, yeah, she's losing it
Oh yeah, she's losing it


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  • +2
    General CommentI very much agree with mockingsmile. The first couple of times I listened, I thought it was about lesbianism in general, but then I came to believe it was about a girl only pretending to be a lesbian. In context, it is Chelsea. The lines "Chelsea was the girl who's been abused, it changed her philosophy in '82" infer that Chelsea was in an abusive relationship, theoretically with a man, and thus decided to try her luck with women. Apparently, it doesn't really work out as well as she hoped.
    boogoessqueakon May 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is a difficult song to interpret.
    I'm fairly certain that "she's losing it" refers to Chelsea losing it (not Lisa).

    I'm also fairly certain that it IS about young lesbians (although it's about other things too). The
    line "Who needs boys when there's Lisa around" makes that pretty clear. Not to mention
    "The boys go with boys and the girls with girls."

    The singer (a boy) wants to get to know Chelsea better "I think that I could help here out," but she wants nothing to do with boys "The girl's using me as a punching bag."
    So Lisa takes Chelsea with her to another school where they're free to be lesbians.
    It's interesting that Lisa changes Chelsea's life, but Chelsea changes Lisa's life too:
    "It changed her philosophy in '82." The first time we hear that line it seems to refer to Lisa, but the second time it refers to Chelsea.

    It's tricky because when it says "she" or "the girl" we're never quite sure which girls it's referring to.

    iguanadon55on February 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's such a cute song. I can't believe no one commented yet.
    Tigermilk is a brilliant album.
    Arcadiaon May 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah im surprised no one else has. its brilliant.
    nickvbon June 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"She's Losing It" is probably the best song about lesbians ever.
    annyleion July 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti know, it reminds me of the song "two little girls" by ani difranco
    cyanidebreathminton July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti know, it reminds me of the song "two little girls" by ani difranco
    cyanidebreathminton July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a song...i love it.
    ELECTRIKaveon August 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's not about lesbians. It's about insanity. Going insane, or trying hard not to go insane. Lisa is losing it. Though Chelsea is the one who should have lost it.
    fullmooninuon November 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about lesbians AND insanity AND feminism. I wonder, though, whether "losing it" refers to losing one's mind or losing the battle, or both.
    mishyshellyon December 08, 2006   Link

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