"Clean Break" as written by and Jenny Owen Youngs....
Make it a clean break
Make it a fast cut
Don't wanna feel the ache
Don't wanna keep the rush

Cut to me, I don't need anymore
Can go, don't bother with the table
We can do it on the floor
God knows I am sure

Make it a clean break
Make it a fast cut
Don't wanna feel the ache
Don't wanna keep the rush

Don't need for anesthetic, oh
And no more laughing gas
Just sterilize the scalpel
And let's get this over with
We got muscle to transect

If I come to, I still feel you
Creeping in my skin
It's back, I lie under the knife
And start over again
Cannot buy no vitamins

Make it a clean break
Make it a fast cut
Don't wanna feel the ache
Don't wanna keep the rush

Make it a clean break
Make it a fast cut
Don't wanna feel the ache
Don't wanna keep the rush

Make it a clean break
Make it a fast cut
Don't wanna feel the ache
Don't wanna keep the rush




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"Clean Break" as written by Jennifer Owen Youngs

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    My InterpretationFew gripes with the lyrics (we can muscle this in sex?, sounds more like "We've got muscle to transect", even though that makes little sense seeing as transect isn't a medical term)

    Here's two interpretations of my own:

    The first (and less likely) interpretation is someone volunteering to be cut up (and eaten if you take the film clip literally). The opening two verses seem to adhere to this literal translation pretty well: "... I don't need anymore (convincing), (I) can go... Don't need more anesthetic... and no more laughing gas, just sterilize the scalpel and let's get this over with..."

    The verse where she "comes to..." is her unexpectedly waking up during the dissection and panicking, but she "lies back under the knife" to start over again.

    The second (and more likely) interpretation is a clear metaphor for sex with a virgin. Jenny wants the man to give her a "clean break" of her hymen, and doesn't want to wait anymore, causing her to "ache" and "keeping" her back from her "rush". The first verse is pretty self explanatory "I don't need any more (convincing), (I) can go, don't bother with the table we can do it on the floor, God knows I am sure!" She seems very eager at first and keen on the whole idea.

    The second verse continues on as she's more and more intent on sleeping with this guy: "Don't need more anesthetic (alcohol), oh and no more laughing gas (either jokes or pot, whatever tickles your fancy), just sterilize the scalpel (put on a condom) and let's get this over with! (get it on!)"

    She falls to sleep next to this guy and is awoken to him trying to have sex with her again, "creeping in her skin," but she submits and "lies back under the knife to start over again."

    Whichever tickles your fancy, but I like metaphors and all that rubbish, personally.
    Jaitchon May 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it's just about breaking up. She doesn't want him to go easy on her, she can take it, but she wants to make it quick and clean so she can get over it.
    BananikaNDon May 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that it seems to be about a break up.

    These lyrics are not right. The line "cut to me" is actually "Parts of me", "laughing gas" sounds more like "last regrets", and instead of "vitamins", I hear "phantom limbs".
    There are a couple I can't quite make out (for instance I dont think "feel the rush" is right, but I can't figure out what it is...)
    high5fortherapyon May 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentmake it a clean break
    make it a fast cut
    don't wanna feel the ache
    don't wanna keep the rut

    parts of me
    i don't need, anymore
    can go
    don't bother with the table
    we can do it on the floor
    god knows i am sure

    make it a clean break
    make it a fast cut
    don't wanna feel the ache
    don't wanna keep the rut

    no need for anesthetic
    and no more last regrets
    sterilize the scalpel
    and let's get this over with
    we've got muscle to transect

    if i come to,
    still feel you
    creeping in my skin
    it's back
    i lie, under the knife
    and start over again
    can't abide no ventolins(?)

    make it a clean break
    make it a fast cut
    don't wanna feel the ache
    don't wanna keep the rut
    (x's 3)
    bertiedavon May 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have a physical copy of the cd & it has the lyrics in it:

    make it a clean break/make it a fast cut/don't want to feel the ache/don't want to keep the rot

    the parts of me i don't need anymore can go/don't bother with the table, we can do it on the floor/god knows i am sure

    make it a clean break/make it a fast cut/don't want to feel the ache/don't want to keep the rot

    no need for anesthetic oh and no more last regrets/just sterilize the scalpel and let's get this over with/we've got muscle to transect

    if i come to and still feel you creeping in my skin./it's back i'll lie under the knife and start over again/can't abide no phantom limbs

    make it a clean break/make it a fast cut/don't want to feel the ache/don't want to keep the rot
    hideindoorson July 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI feel it's about a break up. And instead of just letting it be "just friends" or something like that, she just wants it over. Excised like a tumor or a dead limb.
    JustinPMon August 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's "don't want to keep the rot" and "can't abide no phantom limbs."

    also whoever said this song is about having sex with a virgin is CLEARLY right on the money.

    ahem.
    glamurtyon November 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is based after the show X-files. I heard this from her
    ktkat123on April 26, 2013   Link

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