Someone sang your name today
and a stranger saw me crumble
Hold my broken heart and shell away
begging "bury me beside you"

The devil popped around today
selling promises and potions
that could take our memory away
help forget I'd ever met you

Tell me... can you please take away the misery?
Give me a baker's dozen please,
wrap me up to go away

But I want to
I need to
forget you
Don't want to, but I need to let you go

The devil bent my ear today
about his magical elixer
That would make the sorrow go away,
help me forget I'd ever met you

Give me
a baker's dozen please,
wrap me up to go away

I want to
I need to
forget you
Don't want to, but I need to let you go


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  • +3
    General CommentLine 9 should have the word "kindly" after "please"

    Line 17, the correct spelling is "elixir"

    On the meaning front, it's very very possible that this song is about Maynard's mother, as many of his songs are ("Judith," "Momma Sed," "Wings for Marie" etc.). The biggest clue pointing to this is "bury me beside you," as the death of his mother was probably his biggest loss in recent memory. The song, however, can be beautifully applied to any kind of loving relationship that has been lost for one reason or another.
    alostrael444on March 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOk guys.... Big NIN fan here. Let's cover some basics re the song-
    This was originally a tapeworm song. Trent didn't feel that this was holding clout to the idea of the tapeworm project. Maynard decided to put his spin on it and release it under this project.

    So for all those that clicked this in regards to NIN. Kudos to you... It has VERY heavy Trent influence.
    MikeTheCannibalon April 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm confused as to how many people are in this story, and who's doing what...

    Ok, we have the narrator.
    We have a "someone" who sings the name of the person the narrator refers to as "you".
    That's 3 so far, yes?
    We have a stranger who sees the narrator crumble because "someone" sings "your" name.
    FIne, 4.

    WHO is the narrator asking to hold their heart and WHO is begging? Is the narrator's heart begging to be buried beside...um..."you"?

    Then the devil pops around. 5. The devil helps the narrator forget "you". Mkay...

    THEN the narrator asks from "you" to take away the misery. Is that the same "you", or is he now directly talking to the devil?

    And then the chorus... it's almost as if the narrator switches and the "you" mentioned before is replying. Or is the devil replying??

    Ugh, anyone care to help me untangle this?

    By the way, this is one of the most beautiful, erotic, soothing, tantalizing, sad, relieving, revealing, addictive, tricky, sneaky,
    irresistible songs my ears have ever heard. All in 4:35. Damn.
    TheGreatPretenderon February 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commentok so i just lost my mother and my grandmother within 4 days of eachother.. i'm only 24 and if im correct MJK lost his mom young as well.. i also have a struggle with opiates same as him.. sometimes you relate SO strongly to a lyric you know immediately what it means and i find that's the case with a lot of his songs..

    this song is about his mother (someone sang your name today and a stranger saw me crumble) you try to put your life back to a whole again but its impossible normalcy is just a front you dont want "strangers" to see.. or anyone.. hes trying to stay clean but hes heartbroken over his loss and if he could just forget "he ever met" her the hurt would go away.. its not about a chic.

    i feel like this guy is my savior his words have gotten me thru so much.
    lubej0b32on July 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHi all,

    I just created an account to specifically comment on this song.

    I agree with cchamberlain that this has to do with alcohol, but it think here is more to it. I think the premise revolves around losing a girl in a relationship to someone else and drowning it away with alcohol/drugs.

    Someone sang your name today/and a stranger saw me crumble
    ---Narrator hears someone talking about lost love and breaks down (crumbles) in from of people.

    Hold my broken heart and shell away/begging "bury me beside you"
    ---I think the lyric is "Haul my...", but this is where hes internally begging the lost love to take away this main and grow old and die with him.

    The devil popped around today/selling promises and potions
    ---pressure to drink and or do drugs to "feel better"

    that could take our memory away/help forget I'd ever met you
    ---classic drinking your problems away mentality

    Tell me... can you please take away the misery?
    Give me a baker's dozen please,
    wrap me up to go away
    ---Give me the booze

    But I want to
    I need to
    forget you
    Don't want to, but I need to let you go
    ---lamenting about lost love


    The devil bent my ear today
    about his magical elixer
    That would make the sorrow go away,
    help me forget I'd ever met you
    ---more of the same temptations of alcohol/drugs

    Give me
    a baker's dozen please,
    wrap me up to go away
    ---give me the booze

    I want to
    I need to
    forget you
    Don't want to, but I need to let you go
    --more lamenting
    bradfo83on September 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaynard has also said that his lyrics are always interpretations of the music, and it's therefore important to find one's own meaning to songs. You guys are missing the point Maynard has clearly tried to establish in the music. What do the lyrics mean to you? Not what they mean to him specifically.
    drazilsdenon January 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningsure any song can be open to interpretation, but this song is actually quite simple. it's not anything to do with drug addiction. it's actually quite simple. it's a classic romeo and juliet story. it's about someone losing a spouse or very close gf/bf, and being unable to to live without them. ultimately, the only solution is to take the potion which is really poison and join the love one in death. it's a sad song really.

    you see 'begging bury me beside you' is referring to wanting to be next to them in death. the devil is like the conscious. a sure way to forget and make the pain go away, but at the cost of death. kinda like how the saying is selling your soul to the devil, same idea. the devil or your negative conscious may have a solution, but at the ultimate price. im not sure what a bakers dozen please is really referring to but im guessing it may be prescription drugs. bakers dozen is 13, not 12, 1 extra for the baker. in this case it's possible that magic potion is an overdose of drugs to forget the pain and end up in the grave next to the loved one. also wrap me up to go away is probably referred to being wrapped in a body bag.

    so some sad dude lost his love one to death. he cant live without her. he has the temptation of overdosing on pills to make the pain go away and join his wife in death. pretty sad but this is very real for a lot of people. love can and will destroy you at some point and time.
    spiralunivon July 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the narrator being in a relationship, then the other person dies "bury me beside you". The pain of the loneliness prompts the narrator to want to forget about the relationship entirely. It's the inverse of the saying, "It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." The narrator clearly feels that this is not true.
    Rhinriaelon November 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with scorpic, in the fact that the lyrics are reminiscent of NIN.

    The beat is uniform, and I have listened to it a few times now and it hasnt worn thin on me yet.

    The bakers dozen bit sounds more puscifer like than NIN... just out of interest.

    As for the song's meaning, I can't deduce much, other than it is to do with some sort of relationship (a lot of help I am, eh?)

    Maybe someone else with more analytical and deductive skill than myself (wouldn't be hard to find) can offer something more...?
    aviatorbrisbaneon January 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds to me like going to a shrink and getting some pills to make him feel better. He lost someone he loved, so maybe some pharmaceuticals will help.

    It could also be about his mother, though the part of the broken heart makes me think otherwise.
    dildozeron January 25, 2010   Link

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