"Total Revenge" as written by and Max Bemis....
When I like you it's total revenge
I want to but I can pretend
That I don't need to be
By your side again

Wrap me up in a plastic case
Pat me down with your warm embrace
I wanna know where you lay your face at night
For all these years

You're a problem that I can't abide
I could sleep well if only I tried
But I stay up and dream of a bride to be
Oh me, oh my

Give it up, I can't wait no more
I am stuck on your bedroom floor
With the thought that I may not be
As great as those that came before

There's a man assigned to me
And he checks on my stability
We discuss you every week
Then I rinse and rinse, repeat

But maybe, I can show you, baby
Maybe, I can relax for good
Whoa, baby, I can show you
Maybe, baby

There's a man assigned to me
And he checks on my stability
We discuss you every week
Then I rinse and rinse, repeat

And he charges by the tear
Till I weep no more strictly out of fear
That I can't afford your love
And the moon just burns above, okay


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"Total Revenge" as written by Max Bemis

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    General Commentthe lyrics posted were before revisions and before the song was put on the album. i think these are more accurate:


    When I like you it's total revenge.
    I want to, but I can pretend
    that I don't need to be your side again.

    Wrap me up in a plastic case.
    Pat me down with your warm embrace.
    I wanna know where you've laid your face at night for all these years.

    You're a problem that I can't abide.
    I could sleep well, if only I tried
    But I stay up and dream of a bride to be.

    Oh me! Oh my!
    Give it up! I can't wait no more.
    I am stuck on your bedroom floor
    With the thought that I may not be
    As great as those who came before.

    There's a man assigned to me
    And he checks on my stability.
    We discuss you every week.
    Then I rinse and rinse, repeat.

    But maybe, I can show you, baby!
    Maybe, I can relax for good, whoa, baby!
    I can show you... maybe... baby.

    There's a man assigned to me
    And he checks on my stability.
    We discuss you every week.
    Then I rinse and rinse, repeat.

    And he charges by the tear,
    'till I weep no more, strictly out of fear
    That I can't afford your love.
    And the moon just burns above.

    Okay...
    idiotgirlon March 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStory of my fcking life, in regards to the girl.
    TheeNinjaon October 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me, this song is definitely about trying to be in a relationship and struggling with his bipolar disorder.
    this part especially sticks out for me, it represents the manic state bipolar people go through:
    "I could sleep well, if only I tried
    But I stay up and dream of a bride to be."

    and then this part represents the depressive state:
    "I am stuck on your bedroom floor
    With the thought that I may not be
    As great as those who came before."

    talking to his therapist about the girl he loves/wants to be with:
    "There's a man assigned to me
    And he checks on my stability.
    We discuss you every week.
    Then I rinse and rinse, repeat."

    this part is about trying to prove that he can manage the disorder better and getting over the mania:
    "But maybe, I can show you, baby!
    Maybe, I can relax for good, whoa, baby!
    I can show you... maybe... baby."

    people with bipolar disorder are sometimes known to spend massive amounts of money when they're manic, so the "i can't afford your love" part also relates to it in a literal and metaphorical sense.


    this song is really close to me. i dated a guy with bipolar disorder for two years, and it can be a huge struggle for both people in the relationship.
    livyyyon June 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a girl he cant shake loose no matter how much he wants too. He find himself constantly talking about her, and its always the same thing.
    bac KuPDab eA ton December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've looked around and i think the line is rinse and rinse repeat and it really sounds like that. i can understand it too, rinsing would be him crying to "rinse" the girl out of his life with tears. Some great lyrics here. Or maybe he just likes shampoo.
    mattz123on January 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a very good song. In reply to matt: Max (singer of Say Anything) revises his songs a lot, so these may be a different version than the song you have.
    hmpharghon January 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe there's only 4 posts onthis song. I actually just found this song thru Pandora but it's a real great song. I love how he sings. I may have to check into more Say Anything songs.

    I think this song is about a girl whom he was really in love with for a long time. He had ot let her go, but didn't want to... and is havin problems completely letting go. yeah.. good song though.
    mykonstantineon May 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is about a girl getting married to someone else (hence the bride to be part) and it just kills him that the girl he wants or maybe just thinks he wants is getting married. it drives him kind of crazy, so crazy that he needs a psychiatrist and mental help.

    i love say anything. max is amazing.
    sheslikeohsoemoon June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdrza2000 yours actually makes lots of sense.

    Max suffers from bipolar disorder, severe aniexty, and paranoia.
    Wafflepantson August 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe is talking to his therapist and talking about his girlfriend.
    BloodKidon September 20, 2006   Link

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