"Devil In The Details" as written by Steve Forrest, William Lloyd, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal....
I've been wasting all my time
With the devil in the details
I got no energy to fight
He is a fucking Power mind
That devil in the details
He is fixing up to take a bite
I don't see the point in try
I've got the devil in the details
He's gonna teach me wrong from right
That fucking power mind the devil in the details
I'm gonna dance with him tonight

All of my wrongs, no more wicked ways
Will come back to haunt me , come with me
For all of the songs I hope to write someday
Looks like the devil is here to stay

Let me take you for a ride with the
Devil in the details
We'll kiss and tremble with the light
Everything is fine with the devil in the details
We're gonna dance with Him tonight

All of my wrongs, no more wicked ways
Will come back to haunt me , come with me
For all of the songs I hope to write someday
Looks like the devil is here to stay

Looks like the devil is here to stay

All of my wrongs, no more wicked ways
Will come back to haunt me , come with me
For all of the songs I hope to write someday
Looks like the devil is here to stay

I've been wasting all my time
With the devil and the details


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"Devil in the Details" as written by William Lloyd Steve Forrest

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    General CommentThis song is brilliant.

    I'm not sure about the meaning but here are my thoughts.

    I think the song is about drugs, or fighting the addiction to them in particular.

    "the devil in the details" is basically a metaphor for an addiction - Brian is sick of trying to quit the drugs so he's giving in to "the devil". "fixing up to take a bite" is likely a reference to preparing to take a hit, likewise for "im gonna dance with him tonight".

    Anyway, the rest is pretty self-explanatory if the lyrics are read in this way.

    What does everyone else think?

    cameoon June 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is fucking basically the equal of the Nine Inch Nails track, "Even Deeper". A personal favorite of mine. Basically, realizing you like to get really fucking messed up, because it inspires you. And wanting to go back to that lifestyle again, because it got you more in life.
    halod9on July 15, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this song is about breaking ties with the record label. "devil in the details"-meaning the contract they were under.
    "all of my wrongs"- groups with agendas (companies, institutions, gov. agencies,etc.) teach that the fault is in the self-the thought processes keeps people from retaliating.
    "songs i hope to write someday"- may be literal, as in not living by social commands; or it can be taken as freedom from censorship when making and distributing future songs.
    "looks like the devil is here to stay"- demonstrates the band's resolve with the conflict. I took it as a sarcastic retort at the record label- because placebo was probably made to feel at fault for ditching the contract; it was really the label that was "wicked".
    So on the whole, its a positive song about conflict and resolve.
    bellyflooron October 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell the idiom 'devil in the detail' mean that a small things that are ignored can cause serious problems later on....

    so keeping that in mind, i think it's about him accepting his errors and dealing with the consequences as he deserved it but also, to 'dance with him tonight' can suggest he's going to be positive and not feel sorry for himself, and instead say 'bring it on!'
    gimmefateon April 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for the lyrics!!! I've heard the song, it's great and it seems that the new album is gonna be great, too... I think the soing will be one of my favourites. Placebo4life!!!!!!!
    teenagewifeon May 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust some corrections ;)

    "He's a fucking pantomime"
    ..I listended to this one a couple of times and it sounded more like:
    "He's a fucking pal of mine"

    "Let me take you far away
    With the devil in the details
    We'll kiss and tremble with the light"
    ..should be:
    "Let me take you for a ride
    With the devil in the details
    We'll kiss and tremble with delight"
    vC8H10N4O2on May 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh, this song is so mine
    Zapon June 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Cameo is right.

    Maybe the "he wrote the songs/that I hoped to write someday" part means wanting to write passionate songs, but only getting intense feelings from drugs - making drugs the fuel for creativity. If someone decided to write a song, they'd be pretty damn disappointed if the only experiences powerful enough to mention were chemically induced. Empty life, "wasting all my time", makes sense.

    I love the way he sings this one.
    floodlineon June 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think that brian is talking about an alter ego, the other personality inside him,
    the person he becomes when he writes, and he talks about this person as the devil because when he writes all
    his beautiful songs he tries to do them sooo perfect
    also he has said Placebo will continue for at least 10 years "looks like the devil is here to stay"
    I dont know, just my opinion .... =)
    tesha17on June 30, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation Well, if what I understand is right, the devil in the details is the personification of a drug addiction or something along the lines of that, which is apparently what inspires him to write passionately and whatnot. But it's kind of depressing how he says "Looks like the devil's here to stay". That would mean that he's giving in and he'll never get out of the "Devil's" grip. I thought this album was supposed to have a positive message.

    Don't get me wrong. I love this album. It's spectacular. But the lyrics are basically a B-Sides Meds if you think about it.
    Disgaeaon September 12, 2009   Link

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