"Bad Body Double" as written by and Imogen Jennifer Jane Heap....
She pops into the bathroom
Just after a shower and
She plays with my makeup and creams
"Heap's trying to look like me"

And goes through the motions posing this way and that
Holding it in
If it makes you feel better then knock yourself out

Say hi there to my bad body double
This is my bad body double trouble
Oh no my bad body double mm hm
I got bad body double trouble oh.

She's trouble
She's trouble
She's trouble alright.

Yeah yeah

Sometimes I just want to lose her
Shake her at a bar or gym for five minutes
It feels so good to be back in my own self again
Can get quite confusing.

We look very similar except she's got some grays and
A little extra weight on the side
Dimply thighs I hear that stuff's a bitch to get rid off.

We're having quite an intimate personal moment (not now)
Could you maybe come at a slightly less awful time? (not now)
She can see I've got someone quite nice here with me
Can't we just be left alone
I guess that's a no then
Seeing as how you're still here
Seeing as how you're still here

It's not me no
It's my bad body double
I've got bad body double trouble
Oh no my bad body double mm hm
I've got bad body double trouble agh.
Bad body double mm hm.
I've got bad body double trouble
Oh dear my bad body double mm hm
I got bad body double trouble.

She's trouble
She's trouble
She's trouble alright.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
She's trouble
She's trouble.
She's trouble alright.
Yeah, yeah right there.

Can't shake her can't shake her can't shake her can't shake her
Everywhere I go everywhere I go go
Can't shake her can't shake her can't shake her can't shake her
Everywhere I go everywhere I go go

Say hi there
To my bad body double
My bad bad bad body double.
She's trouble
I can't shake her.
I hate her I hate her I hate her I hate her I hate her.

She's everywhere I go
I've gotta get rid
Of you once and for all


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"Bad Body Double" as written by Imogen Jennifer Jane Heap

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  • +2
    General CommentI love the way this song explores the idea of having a side of yourself that you hate. I also love the resolve she has to do away with it! Inspiring and relatable! Love her new album xo
    SouthernBelleon August 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the ??? is "Sometimes I manage to lose her or shake her"

    But I'm not 100% :)

    I think this about having another side of yourself that you really don't like.
    g00dappleon August 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI also think that this song is about a side of yourself that you don't like, possibly hate or despise.

    I love the way she describes it all. I think we all have a 'bad body double' of sorts, or at least had one at some point.

    My favorite part is when she describes what her double looks like. It's so specific.
    ImogenSallyon August 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI grinned when I heard this - I thought I was the only nutter who had an "image" of themselves that was slightly off from the real thing. It doesn't matter if I'm barely over a foot, my legs are really much longer... and of course I'm at least 15 pounds lighter than that person. Really, really...

    At the end you resign to yourself that it really might just be you in the mirror. So you plan on setting it right -- tomorrow. You're only human after all ;)

    And the line is,

    "Sometimes I manage to lose her, shake her,
    At a bar, in the gym for five minutes..."

    And

    "We look face similar, except she's got some greys..."

    Also

    "Say hi there
    To my bad bad bad bad body double
    She's trouble, mm...
    I can't shake her
    And I hate her, I hate her I'm a hater, I'm a hater, I'm a hater.
    She's everywhere I go!!!"

    And the end:

    "I'm gonna get rid you once and for all
    Gonna roll you out oh a pilates rubber ball
    Sweat and step up the pace and the gradient. Starting tomorrrow -
    I am your nemesis!"

    lrkrmo15on September 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is clearly about insecurity and self esteem issues. She personifies these qualities as if they are another person trying to steal her identity trying to weasel their way into her life at the most inopportune times.
    kiwisoupon September 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I first listened to this song I seriously thought she was talking about her period (Menstrual cycle). It made the song 10x more funnier for me. I enjoy Imogen Heap's music and respect her as an artist but my mind keeps on thinking about women's menstrual cycles when I listen to this song. It doesn't help that that about 2 minutes into the song, she kinda screams. Lol!
    cryptsteron February 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that it's about a part of yourself that you don't like and want to get rid of. Gemini's get a bad rap for having multiple personalities and yes - we do - and yes, we do want to get rid of some of our more self-destructive personalities. Everyone has a side of themselves that they don't like and want to get rid of however...
    geminijeson November 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI just saw her in concert last night. Before she performed this song, she talked about how as she's getting older, she's unsatisfied with how her appearance is gradually changing.

    "No! That's not me! That's someone who looks a whole lot like me, but that's not me!"
    subignitionon June 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a hilarious song in my eyes. It's so true for SO many people. They use commercial products to keep their "beauty" even though everyone is beautiful. ANYWAYS this bad body double is the person that everyone has. She is who we are when we're home alone in our sweat pants not caring about what we look like. Of course she disappears as soon as someone else comes into the room. She is aging when you're supposed to, you can tell from her "greys" and she's putting on more weight as you. No matter what, you deny that that's you. This is because she isn't you in a sense. She is the plain, wonderful, beautiful you. You just don't realize it.
    horseluver25on June 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think the "bad body double" is a feeling of inadequacy, especially in regards to self-image. :) So the song's lyrics talk about, like, a personification of that feeling and how it hinders one's ability to feel at peace and whatever.
    minutemanon September 02, 2010   Link

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