"Pierrot The Clown" as written by Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steven Hewitt....
Leave me dreaming on the bed
See you right back here tomorrow
For the next round.

Keep this scene inside your head
As the bruises turn to yellow
The swelling goes down.

And if you're ever around
In the city or the suburbs
Of this town
Be sure to come around
I'll be wallowing in sorrow
Wearing a frown
Like Pierrot the clown.

Saw you crashing around the bay
Never seen you act so shallow
Or look so brown.

Remember all the thing's you'd say
How your promises rang hollow
As you threw me into the ground.

And if you're ever around
In the city or the suburbs
Of this town
Be sure to come around
I'll be wallowing in sorrow
Wearing a frown
Like Pierrot the clown.

When I dream , I dream your lips
When I dream , I dream your kiss
When I dream , I dream your fists
Your fists, your fists.

Leave me bleeding on the bed
See you right back here tomorrow
For the next round.

Keep this scene inside your head
As the bruises turn to yellow
The swelling goes down.

And if you're ever around
In the city or the suburbs
Of this town
Be sure to come around
I'll be wallowing in sorrow
Wearing a frown
Like Pierrot the clown.


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"Pierrot the Clown" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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  • +2
    General Commentthis song is sooooooooo sad...probably the saddest of the new album...
    nancy_boyoon January 31, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI personally think this song is about two men locked in a "Perfect Storm" of a relationship or a lack thereof. The voice singing to us is a pitifully lonely person. His love for the person is so extreme that he will take the abuse if it means he can be with him another moment. The lines "Leave me bleeding on the bed" and "See you right back here tomorrow" suggest he's used to the viciousness of the sex. That's it's fine as long as he's not alone, and with the guy he loves. And when he pleads "Be sure to come around", it's text book abuse victim. But it's pretty sad because the story teller lets us know his happiness sort of hinges on the next time he'll see this guy.

    LivingBlizzardon January 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the other person that Brian is singing about is actually not a real person , but the heroin .
    Just think about it guys,heroin gives him the pleasure he needs "i dream your kiss , your lips" but then the after effects leave him "bleeding on the bed....till the next round"
    When he says "remember all the things you said , how your promises rang hollow" - that's the sense of pleasure that heroin promises , but after the effect has gone , he just "throws him into the grown" , "wearing a frown like Pierrot the Clown" . He's unhappy , he knows his miserable and he know's what the heroin does to him . It's a violent relationship , a relationship that every junkie has with his drug of choice - a mix of pleasure/pain (kisses,lips/fists)
    Spineron February 09, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionIt's so obviously about two people in a BDSM relationship, one who's into that sort of thing, and one who isnt and is only putting up with it for the other person, the second one being the 'pierrot' archetype and narrator of the song...

    Trust me, I would know when it comes to BDSM...

    "Leave me dreaming on the bed
    See you right back here tomorrow
    For the next round."

    i.e. I'm dreaming of more than just kinky sex, but that's all I'm getting and I know you'll be back to do it all over again...

    "Keep this scene inside your head
    As the bruises turn to yellow
    The swelling goes down."

    i.e. when doing something BDSM it is referred to as 'a scene' between the two people (eg, a 'scene' where you dress up like a schoolgirl and i put a ball gag in your mouth and get the riding crop out)... The 'bruises turn to yellow' bit is because in BDSM black and blue is just like 'fisher price baby steps: my first beating' and the beating goes on till the bruises turn yellow and brown, and the welts rise up off the skin, so the whole bit translates as "remember the BDSM game we played, even after the bruises change colour and all the big bulging welts you beat on my ass go down."

    "And if you're ever around
    In the city or the suburbs
    Of this town
    Be sure to come around
    I'll be wallowing in sorrow
    Wearing a frown
    Like Pierrot the clown."

    i.e. I'll still keep doing this, any time you come calling, pretending that the suffering is all just fun and games (like the clown) while really I'm heartbroken on the inside...

    "Remember all the thing's you'd say
    How your promises rang hollow
    As you threw me into the ground."

    i.e. You talked me into it by feeding me lies, and then threw me around like a rag doll for rough sex.

    "When I dream , I dream your lips
    When I dream , I dream your kiss
    When I dream , I dream your fists
    Your fists, your fists."

    i.e. the Pierrot archetype (probably Brian himself i'm guessing) is equating the BDSM stuff with love... 'fists' could either mean the BDSm breaking down into full violence ('outside of the sex game', because most BDSM practitioners don't punch in a scene), or could be a reference to fisting, which happens to the subby one A LOT...

    "Leave me bleeding on the bed
    See you right back here tomorrow
    For the next round."

    i.e. like the first bit again, only 'bleeding' this time either because of the BDSM stuff, or the actual violence (if it was punching and not fisting in the last bit)
    FirstGoFreon August 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningDon't try to look to deep into it....it is about an abusive relationship. Just like in Peeping Tom, the singer feels so low that craves someone so much that bears with the abuse.
    reverse8on January 29, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPierrot:

    (p´´r´) (KEY) [Fr.,=little Peter], character in French pantomime. A buffoon, he wore a loose white tunic with big buttons, balloon sleeves, and white pantaloons. His face was painted white. A creation of Giuseppe Giaratone or Geratoni (fl. 1639–97), Pierrot was introduced to early 19th-century France by Deburau.

    -The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05.
    marquiceriseon January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentimagine this... a drug dealer, who's comparing himself to pierrot the clown, is in love with one of his clients. he sees her around, he sells her brown, he wants her to stop, he makes her promise to give up taking and when she doesn't, there comes to fist fight... she leaves, she runs away but pierrot is sure that she'll come again (maybe right back here tommorow) and he wants her not to forget this sight of him left after the fight. i'd go even futher and say that he subconciously prays thet she wouldn't come back.
    it might be a big overinterpretation but still i think it fits quite well. and a nice song actually.
    plainsongon February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI interpret this song as about a guy who loves a woman, and every time she comes to see him she hits him but he always wants her to come back again. this has caused him to be in a state of misery whilst she isn't with him because he associates the beatings with being with her. She does things he doesn't like her doing (like taking heroin "never seen you-... -look so brown."

    I like plainsong's interpretation :)
    zodinon February 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe this is like a lot of placebo's songs, having a love/drugs theme.
    zodinon February 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the BEST BEST song off the new album.
    I think this song may be about a friendship or a relationship or something that is over. The other person has left the scene and changed "Saw you crashing around the bay never seen you act so shallow or look so brown"
    Crunchieon February 19, 2006   Link

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