Oh, I need a witness
To see the mess I’ve made
There’s a broken lampshade
Ashtrays
Burnt floors
Beds unmade

Are you sleeping? If you are,
Do you dream of what I’m doing?
To you, undo you
I’m through with you
Until I need a round of--

Every time I spend myself
It never runs too low
I can’t escape my need for

Sex and violence
Never let you see them
Hand in hand
And one is just the other
The softest touch is
Deeper than the ocean
Give it to me faster
Feel it, feel it
Sex and violence
Ooh it’s gonna make you cry

Oh, I was a real man
Stealing all their trade
I was strong and self-made
Well-paid
So groomed
Persuasive
You were walking home that night
Too kind to be elusive
Where do you live?
What’ll you give?
Who are you with?
And how you getting home?

Does anybody know right now
Exactly where you are?
A step inside’s a step too far

Sex and violence
Never let you see them
Hand in hand
And one is just the other
The softest touch is
Deeper than the ocean
Give it to me faster
Feel it, feel it
Sex and violence
Ooh it’s gonna make you cry

Sex and violence
Hit me with a love that
Burns so bright
And one is just the other
The sweetest taste is
Never gonna leave you
Even when it hurts you
Breathe in, breathe in
Sex and violence
Ooh, it’s gonna make you cry


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Sex and Violence song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentI kinda get that this song is about how sex and violence can often be one in the same, but not in the best way (rape, abuse, etc). Not sure - it just seems like a sad song.
    rowkem388on December 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it seems to be about a man who knows he had a tendency to go too far. He feels like he can't control himself, he needs (persuasive) sex and violence in his life.
    Plottoberryon October 10, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think he used to be a prostitute (being persuasive and "stealing all of their trade" from the other male prostitutes). He is looking back at a time when he had power over his Johns (maybe because he was into rough trade/S&M, but it could just be that he felt powerful from getting men to go with him because he was desirable).
    Now, either he's just looking for hook ups or he is in a relationship, but he can't let go of the past- he still wants to be in control; still has the urge to be violent in his sexual encounters, and either his partner is sort of new to the experience or is just going along with it (the fact that they are passed out). But he wants a witness to his brutality... he needs someone that he can control.

    Kinky and fantastic.
    LePetiteMorton August 09, 2013   Link

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