"Rodeo Town" as written by and Jamie/mosshart Hince....
If I'm so evil
Then why are you satisfied
If I'm so evil
Why are you satisfied?

I had a dream about your ghost
You're breathing down my neck
Baby it starts in the shower
By letting your ashes down the drain

You were telling me how
This ain't no Rodeo Town
I caught the gun
But you made me set it down

You were telling me how
This ain't no Rodeo Town
I caught the gun
But you made me set it down

If I'm so evil
Then why are you all satisfied?
If I'm so evil
Why are you satisfied?

When you left you said
I'm gonna keep an eye on you
Well I don't mind if you do
But you can't keep quiet

You were telling me how
This ain't no Rodeo Town
I caught the gun
But you made me set it down

You were telling me how
This ain't no Rodeo Town
I caught the gun
But you made me set it down

You were telling me how
This ain't no Rodeo Town
I caught the gun
But you made me set it down

You were telling me how
This ain't no Rodeo Town
I caught the gun
But you made me set it down


Lyrics submitted by Maraja

"Rodeo Town" as written by Alison Mosshart Jamie Hince

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    General CommentIt's almost impossible for me to stop singing this song once I've come to think of it. I love it. Just love it.
    Marajaon May 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite The Kills song!!!! The first two lines give me goosebumps - "If I'm so evil, why are you satisfied? If I'm so evil, why are you satisfied?". This song just reminds me of me and that's why I love it. Pure genius.
    ilovebenmcken333on June 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSends a shiver down me spine mwahahaha... I think it's just about missing someone, kinda, wishing they were still with you..maybe kinda about obsession... but that doesn't fit with the lyric If I'm so evil why are you satisfied. Meh, Iunno, all the Kills lyrics confuse my little brain...
    YoungxForxEternityon March 09, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about having grown mistrustful and defensive as a result of too many experiences which resulted in hurt. She regards her current lover with suspicion, even pushing him away, with statements that seem to say "I'm evil, why would you even want to be with me?" He tries to assure her by saying "this ain't no rodeo town" meaning, no one's out to harm anyone here. Referencing to "cocking the gun" is a reference to her being on the attack, and he again, is simply telling her that his intention is not to hurt her. Great song.
    Forknspoonon February 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI could easily be wrong..but from what i gather i think this song is about a relationship. It seems like she keeps trying to do things right in a relationship, but all the other half of the relationship sees is someone who keeps making mistakes and fucking up. It's as if she doesn't understand why hes even the slightest bit satisfied with her when hes always complaining about how "evil" and "bad" she is.
    Also when she says
    "You were telling me how
    This ain't no Rodeo Town
    I caught the gun
    But you made me set it down"

    It's as if she is always on edge with him. Always ready to defend herself because hes always putting her in..i should say.. the "dog house" but whenever she does he tells her to stop. And she listens...which makes this relationship even more exhausting and confusing.
    mrspolkadotson June 10, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is so beautiful I love it so much. My interpretation of it is it's about somebody who hates herself, even though she has a lover who loves her very much (if I'm so evil, why are you satisfied?) and she keeps trying to kill herself, but her lover keeps stopping her (I caught the gun, but you made me set it down)
    llaurennn321on September 07, 2016   Link

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