"I'm Designer" as written by and Josh/castillo Homme....
My generation's for sale
Beats a steady job
How much have you got?

My generation don't trust no one
It's hard to blame
Not even ourselves

The thing that's real for us is: fortune and fame
All the rest seems like work
It's just like diamonds
In shit

I'm high class, I'm a whore
Actually both
Basically, I'm a pro
We've all got our own style of baggage
Why hump it yourself?

You've made me an offer that I can refuse
'Cause either way I get screwed
Counter proposal: I go home and jerk off, uh

It's truly a lie
I counterfeit myself
It's truly a lie
I counterfeit myself
You don't own, you don't own, you don't own, you don't own
You don't own what none can buy
You don't own
(You don't own)
Neither do I

High and mighty, you say selling out is a shame
Is that the name of your book?
Push a silver spoon in your ass
No more holding us
Down, dog, down, mutt, nice mutt

You're insulted you can't be bought or sold
Translation: offer too low
You don't know what you're worth
It isn't much
My piano's for sale
How many times must I sell myself
Before my pieces are gone?
I'm one of a kind! I'm designer!

Never again will I repeat myself
Enough is never enough
Never again will I repeat myself

It used to be the plan was screwing the man
Now it's have sex with a man
(After he buys your dot-com for sale at a low, low price)

It's truly a lie
I counterfeit myself
It's truly a lie
I counterfeit myself
You don't own, you don't own, you don't own me
You don't own what none can buy
You don't own...
You don't own what none can buy
Neither do I


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"I'm Designer" as written by Joey Castillo Josh Homme

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  • +5
    General CommentI just love the way he says "I'm Designer" at the after the second chorus. It's like he's a proud child who just got told he's designer and is now bragging about it.
    Michelobon December 12, 2007   Link
  • +5
    My OpinionThe line, My Piano is for Sale, if I am not mistaken, is a quote from Elton John. Similar to the stanza of the song, Elton was referring to how everyone has a price on their heads whether they know it or not. When the people he was speaking with balked, he remarked, hey, even my piano is for sale - pointing to the one he used in Candle in the Wind (Marilyn Monroe/Princess Diana). I cant find any sources, but I swear I remember hearing that somewhere. Queens just totally rock- when is the new album coming out? I am dying!!
    replicant212on October 31, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI gotta give Josh credit for his vox on this. I dont think I could be that out of tune intentionally---probabbly my fave off era vulgaris so far.
    necrophageon June 19, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think he's hitting out at people who say he's sold out. As though saying to these people who do you know who has to eat that hasn't, we all do it. I mean you can try to sell out as little as you can but you all do it.

    Also I love the concept of how do you sell something you don't own in the first place. After all we didn't buy our bodies did we? The concept of selling out is a stupid one. Values aren't stupid but selling out is.
    tallulaton September 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"High and mighty, you say that selling out is a shame because you've written a brand new book, and that's what it's called. And now I'd like to invite that the book writer push a sliver spoon up his ass because he's had everything given to him his whole life. Now, sit, stay, roll over, do what you're told" - Josh @ 3voor12 Radio, Amsterdam 07/03/2007.
    Make sense to you?
    nolimit24on November 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love the ending....

    Where it goes "you don't own what none can buy." It's almost soulful, really changes the song's dynamic.

    Of course he has to go and ruin it with that smarmy "neither do I"
    janeireon December 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmaterialistic
    consumption
    yea its selling yourself out.
    it's an awsome song though!!
    goodincamaon June 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song sounds like it had a bit of influence from eagles of death metal (another one of josh homme's bands)
    zach_attackon June 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, the chorus has a really haunting melody and is the voice of truth in this. Famous people smooze and spout crap about not being a 'sell out' when really they mean they are insulted the offer was so low. Love the bit about how many times can they sell themselves until all the pieces are gone. There's never been a better description of how fucked up the world of celebrity is.

    A counterfeit is an inferior copy of an original - so these vacuous celebs are actually making themselves more worthless with every piece of fake bullshit they push on the public. Paris Hilton has got to be an inspiration for this, a person so shallow she even makes getting a best friend into a TV show because she is so unlikeable she can't find one herself!! 'Hire someone to find me a friend!!!!'

    I also think the song is very funny esp the 'Never again will I repeat myself bit' which he repeats a line later!! Like an old band saying - this is the last tour and then 10 years later wheeling themselves out again to record an album that sounds just like the last one!

    Hahaha! Going to listen to it again now...

    TwistedTree81TwistedTree1on February 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a marvel! This thing manages to both rock out, pack some laughs and leave you thinking.

    Homme's vocal deilvery is perfect, from the ridiculous falsetto up to the thrashy, irreverent delivery. I plain love the 'UH' he signs after "in shit', both tough and hilarious. But my fave is (and will always be) that 'I'm one of a kind - I'm designer!!". It's both ironic and serious - he designs some pretty nice music, being a hell of a producer. Producing music is some kind of design to me.

    And yes, it seems to be speaking about 'selling out', how stupid he thinks the concept is, adding some talking about 'his generation', namely fellow 'music artists', hipsters, etc. It's also about recycling yourself, doing always the same to sell something, which QOTSA certainly has NOT done - there aren't two albums from them that sound alike!

    It's been two years since I listened to this and I still get kicks out of it. It's one of the best songs in Era Vulgaris - a great album, by the way!
    Santiagofon March 23, 2009   Link

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