I stepped into a room of clocks that all told different times
I stepped into a mirrored world that mirrored all our crimes
You keep picking at the scab and I'll keep selling the plaster
You keep telling me that I'm bad
But I keep on getting better faster

You hold me down and you hold me up
You can't communicate
You brought me up just to bring me down
I've nothing left to say

I've lost, I've lost my innocence
I've found my self-belief
And in a cup of loneliness
I've found instant relief

You hold me down, you hold me up
Oh Daddy, are we out of luck?
You brought me up to bring me down
You shut me in, you shut me up

I'm gone, I'm gone to heaven
I'm gone, I'm gone to hell
If nobody could see I'd hold my hand out to be held

You hold me down and you hold me up
I can't communicate
You brought me up just to bring me down
I've nothing left to say

I've lost, I've lost my innocence
I've found my self-belief
And in a cup of loneliness
I've found instant relief

You hold me down, you hold me up
Oh Daddy, are we out of luck?
You brought me up, you bring me down
You shut me in, you shut me up

You keep picking at the scab
So I'll keep on selling the plaster
And you, you think I'm bad
So I'll keep on getting better faster

I've lost, I've lost my innocence
I've found my self-belief
And in a cup of loneliness
I've found instant relief

You hold me down, you hold me up
Oh Daddy, are we out of luck?
You brought me up to bring me down
You shut me in, you shut me up

I've lost, I've lost my confidence
I found my self belief
And in a cup of loneliness
I sailed a thousand seas

You tell me what to say and wear
You say that it's because you care
But I prefer to be alone
Than live a life that's not my own



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Scab and Plaster song meanings
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    Song Meaning:I think it's about an unhealthy relationship between a daughter and her father.
    "Oh, Daddy, are we out of luck?" I take to say "Will we ever be happy, Daddy?"
    She is constantly torn down by her father, and he tries to control her and tell her how to live her life.
    Yet she desperately needs his guidance and acceptance: "If nobody could see I'd hold my hand out to be held".
    She can only escape the pain by being by herself, hating herself, so he can't make her feel worse than she'll make herself feel: "in a cup of loneliness, I've found instant relief"
    It's complex and there's multiple layers to it.
    This song is so hard for me to listen to. I have a good relationship with my father, it's not that. It's just that the song is so filled with pain and hopelessness for the poor daughter.
    On a more personal side, I struggle with self-loathing on a regular basis, because I feel that everything about me is wrong. It's like there's two parts of me, the one that weeps, curled up in the corner, just trying to survive the scathing words that the other, angry, resentful, hurt part yells at it. You could say that when I sing this song, I'm singing the words to myself. It's the abused part of me trying to cope and express itself to the abusive part of me. This is a very difficult song for me to listen to.
    carikittygeekon April 03, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:Well, I figure one thing for sure, scab is a natural healer, plaster is an artificial substance that almost instantly covers up something. when she means "picking at the scab" she means this person continues to tear her down when she's trying to let herself heal from whatever she is healing from, but since this person is doing this, she has to result to putting up plaster, something fast. When she says she's "selling the plaster" she's making it believable that putting up the instant plaster that she is fine to convince him.
    The rest is a little hard for me.
    cherrypocky23on February 11, 2012   Link
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    Song Meaning:I think it's about her father. It's no surprise that Marina has a less-than-perfect relationship with her father so yeah.
    "Oh Daddy, are we out of luck?"

    She's taunting her father with the brokeness of their relationship

    "You brought me up to bring me down"
    He raised her, but he can never support her in anything.

    "I've lost, I've lost my innocence
    I've found my self-belief
    And in a cup of loneliness
    I've found instant relief"

    She's learned to coup without his support and even though sometimes she's lonely without him, she knows she's headed in the right direction.


    "I sailed a thousand seas
    You tell me what to say and wear
    You say that it's because you care
    But I prefer to be alone
    Than live a life that's not my own"

    Marina went to Uni multiple times and dropped out every time, but went back in, just to keep her parents happy. They were controlling her decisions and she realizes she's better off alone.
    Danimmalon May 27, 2013   Link

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