"Teen Idle" as written by and Marina Lambrini Diamandis....
I wanna be a bottle blonde
I don't know why but I feel conned
I wanna be an idle teen
I wish I hadn't been so clean

I wanna stay inside all day
I want the world to go away
I want blood, guts, and chocolate cake
I wanna be a real fake

Yeah, I wish I'd been, I wish I'd been, a teen, teen idle
Wish I'd been a prom queen, fighting for the title
Instead of being sixteen and burning up a bible
Feeling super, super, super! Suicidal

The wasted years
The wasted youth
The pretty lies
The ugly truth
And the day has come where I have died
Only to find, I've come alive

I wanna be a virgin pure
A 21st century whore
I want back my virginity
So I can feel infinity

I wanna drink until I ache
I wanna make a big mistake
I want blood, guts, and angel cake
I'm gonna puke it anyway

Yeah, I wish I'd been, I wish I'd been, a teen, teen idle
Wish I'd been a prom queen, fighting for the title
Instead of being sixteen and burning up a bible
Feeling super, super, super! Suicidal

The wasted years
The wasted youth
The pretty lies
The ugly truth
And the day has come where I have died
Only to find, I've come alive

Come alive, I've come alive
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh

I wish I wasn't such a narcissist
I wish I didn't really kiss
The mirror when I'm on my own
Oh God, I'm gonna die alone

Adolescence didn't make sense
A little loss of innocence
The ugliness of being a fool
Ain't youth meant to be beautiful?

Yeah, I wish I'd been, I wish I'd been, a teen, teen idle
Wish I'd been a prom queen, fighting for the title
Instead of being sixteen and burning up a bible
Feeling super, super, super! Suicidal

The wasted years
The wasted youth
The pretty lies
The ugly truth
And the day has come where I have died
Only to find, I've come alive

Only to find, I've come alive
Only to find, I've come alive

Oh, alive
(Feeling super, super, super!)
(Feeling super, super, super!)
(Feeling super, super, super!)


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"Teen Idle" as written by Marina Lambrini Diamandis

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  • +6
    My InterpretationA lot of people are saying that this song has a very sarcastic base to it which could be true but when I listen to this song I get the impression that she is singing about her childhood (as i say could be completely wrong and she could have had a great childhood).

    My personal view of this song sounds like it was a time in her life where she felt extremely depressed as we can see throughout the song she wants to be something shes not and feels 'Conned' because other people seem to have a better luck in life than her or better things.

    Overall I just think the whole song is the different stages and worries people go through when they are really depressed,
    when your Jealous :'I wanna be a bottle blonde' ,
    Anger/hate 'I want blood,guts',
    Loss of faith 'Burning up the bible',
    Regret 'the wasted years the wasted youth',
    Isolation/lonliness 'Oh god im gonna die alone'
    and then finally finding that spark of hope

    'Only to find, I've come alive
    Only to find, I've come alive

    Oh, alive
    (Feeling super, super, super!)
    (Feeling super, super, super!)
    (Feeling super, super, super!)
    Jamdexdanon June 05, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI wish I wasn’t such a narcissist,
    I wish I didn’t really kiss, the mirror when I’m on my own,
    Oh god, I’m going to die alone.
    Adolescence didn’t make sense,
    A little loss of innocence.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on April 25, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Comment*******
    I wish I wasn’t such a narcissist,
    I wish I didn’t really kiss, the mirror when I’m on my own,
    Oh god, I’m going to die alone.
    Adolescence didn’t make sense,
    A little loss of innocence.
    The ugly years of being a fool,
    Ain’t youth meant to be beautiful?
    thrwmyhrtawy.on April 25, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think that the "Idle" instead of Idol in the songs title is showing how instead of being the teenager that people would look up to and wish to be, she lived her youth in an un-fulfilling way and now she regrets it. She regrets living her youth being so pessimistic "instead of being 16 and burning up a bible" and instead she wishes she was a "prom queen fighting for the title".
    I think the line "the pretty lies the ugly truth" shows how she would've lied to people hiding the fact that she was living her life being "idle" which is why it's a "wasted youth", because she didn't do all of the things she could've.
    "the day has come where I have died, only to find i've come alive" could reflect how she only decided to live her life to the full when her teenage years were over.

    The song may just be about teens in general (the archetype of the idle teen) or it could've been directly about her, I'm not sure.
    There could be loads of interpretations of these lyrics though I think, and this is just what i thought xx
    idleteenon April 17, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentppl if the lyrics r wrong change them, its a wiki
    mohamed377on December 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationNow I don't know much about this kind of stuff, but I think this is the meaning of this song.
    I think maybe she suffered with Depression when she was younger, causing her not to have the childhood she wanted. I think this because of the lyrics "Yeah, I wish I'd been, I wish I'd been, a teen, teen idle
    Wish I'd been a prom queen, fighting for the title
    Instead of being sixteen and burning up a bible
    Feeling super, super, super! Suicidal". It makes me think that she wanted to be a normal teen that "stayed inside all day", but depression and Anorexia/ bulimia got in the way. I say anorexia/bulimia because in the song she says "I wanna drink until I ache
    I wanna make a big mistake
    I want blood, guts, and angel cake
    I'm gonna puke it anyway" which referrers to Bulimia. I think when she says "only to find I've come alive" she now realizes how she was basically dead in her youth because of depression and anorexia/bulimia, and now she realizes and has since gotten better, or has she said "come alive".
    I don't know any of this for a fact, its just what I think. Sorry for any typos I typed this really fast. :)
    icancountophanon December 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I wanna be a bottle blonde
    I don't know why but I feel conned"

    I think this means she wants to be perfect, beautiful.
    She doesn't know what's wrong, but she feels conned, like something is wrong or missing in her life.

    "I wanna be an idle teen
    I wish I hadn't been so clean"

    Saying that teens that are looked up to aren't clean, rather dirty/naughty.

    "I wanna stay inside all day
    I want the world to go away
    I want blood, guts, and chocolate cake
    I wanna be a real fake"

    When you're depressed you may want to only stay in your room and sleep. Because sleeping makes the world "go away" for at least a little bit. She wants to be like those fake teenagers.

    "Yeah, I wish I'd been, I wish I'd been, a teen, teen idle
    Wish I'd been a prom queen, fighting for the title
    Instead of being sixteen and burning up a bible
    Feeling super, super, super! Suicidal"

    She wishes her teenage years could've been different. When her biggest worries could've been fighting for being prom queen, instead of burning up a bible (losing her faith). Feeling (super, pretending to be fine) but really suicidal.

    "The wasted years
    The wasted youth
    The pretty lies
    The ugly truth
    And the day has come where I have died
    Only to find, I've come alive"

    Her years and youth, wasted. Pretty lies, as in, pretending to be fine, being perfect, secretly with an eating disorder (I'll show proof of that later)
    She broken and ruined, but in the end, she finds that death is what she was looking for all along, Death makes her feel alive.

    "I wanna be a virgin pure
    A 21st century whore
    I want back my virginity
    So I can feel infinity"

    I'm not entirely sure on this one, but I think it means she wishes she was a virgin in high school, and a virgin now, so she can lose it. To be more attractive as a virgin, to be a whore. She wants her virginity to feel young again, and pure, only to be a whore.

    "I wanna drink until I ache
    I wanna make a big mistake
    I want blood, guts, and angel cake
    I'm gonna puke it anyway"

    She wants to forget everything with alcohol. She wants to do something crazy as a mistake, to feel alive again.
    For the "blood, guts, and angel cake.." I think this is proof of her eating disorder, bulimia. She wants to eat whatever, she'll puke it to be perfect after, though. After all, she does want to be a bottle blonde.

    "Oh God, I'm gonna die alone"

    She may be narcisistic, but she's worried that no one else will love her for how she is, and her past.

    "Adolescence didn't make sense
    A little loss of innocence
    The ugliness of being a fool
    Ain't youth meant to be beautiful?"

    Youth is supposed to be beautiful, but for her it wasn't. It made no sense. Her eating disorder, her loss of innocence, still innocent, but not completely. She finds her youth ugly and foolish.

    Overall, I think this is a song of her wanting to change her messed up teen years. She wishes could've spent her years better, but they were a horrible, ugly foolish, time for her.
    LaceDaffodilson March 18, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think she is being extremely sarcastic, considering that the title of the song is "teen idle" rather than "teen idol"since the definition of idle is without worth or lacking in meaning. she must mean that all of that teen stuff was not meaningful while the real girls who were "16 and burning up a bible" had so much more worth, even if they wish they were bevaing like the "popular people" most of the album is about that sort of thing, how this world creates nobodys who are fake; or atleast America does anyway. and its better to be real and true to yourself for yourself since that leads to a much healthier lif. i just love her I wish her and her music were around when I was in highschool.
    MrsNewVegason March 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI'm going to be that person who rants through each line. I've listened to this song hundreds of times. And I love it and Marina so much. And it's, like, she's singing what I believe and stuff (I'm /that/ person -_-)

    I'm probably wrong. And if she's being brutally sarcastic or not... I just don't know. Maybe she truthfully believes some and is over emphasizing it or something.

    "I wanna be a bottle blonde/ I don't know why but I feel conned"
    Well, the "blonde" is pretty much the "popular" blonde stereotype. And the "I feel conned" means she thinks she wasn't given as much as other teenagers who were more popular or whatever.

    "I wanna be an idle teen/I wish I hadn't been so clean"
    She's implying that idle(idol)(popular) teens are naughty and such.

    "I wanna stay inside all day/I want the world to go away/I want blood, guts, and chocolate cake/I wanna be a real fake"
    Saying that the teenager doesn't want to do anything but sulk in her house and wanting to be more popular (and faker).

    "Yeah, I wish I'd been, I wish I'd been, a teen, teen idle/Wish I'd been a prom queen, fighting for the title/Instead of being sixteen and burning up a bible/Feeling super, super, super! Suicidal"
    I wish I were popular and loved and positive rather than being negative and suicidal.

    "The wasted years/The wasted youth/The pretty lies/The ugly truth/And the day has come where I have died/Only to find, I've come alive"
    She's saying teenage youth is stupid because it's just a bunch of pettiness and lies. And as for "the day has come... come alive". It could mean that once she gives in and offers her independent spirit to popularity and teenagerness, that's when she becomes alive OR it could mean that now that she is negative and such, it makes her a better person than other teenagers. (Biased statement)

    "I wanna be a virgin pure/A 21st century whore/I want back my virginity/So I can feel infinity"
    This verse is talking about teenage sexuality. She wants to nice and virginal because that seems more attractive than being an easy slut. So being a virgin is like being a slut. Indirectly.

    "I wanna drink until I ache/I wanna make a big mistake/I want blood, guts, and angel cake/I'm gonna puke it anyway"
    I want to party hard and not give a fuck about it or it's consicuinces! Because that's what teenagers are like...


    "I wish I wasn't such a narcissist/I wish I didn't really kiss/The mirror when I'm on my own/Oh God, I'm gonna die alone"
    Realizing that all this teenage, immature, lovey-lovey is all stupid and will end resulting in nothing.

    "Adolescence didn't make sense/A little loss of innocence/The ugliness of being a fool/Ain't youth meant to be beautiful?"
    Being young is supposed to beautiful. Why is all this so ugly and tainted?

    SORRY THIS WAS PROBABLY ALLLLL WRONG. AND A LOT IS MY PERSONAL OPINION. SO YEAH.

    HAVE A NICE DAY.
    amerilandon May 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt's a song about Marina throughout her late adolescent years: "...16-20 were kind of blackout years for me. Like I didn't even live them or they didn't belong to my life. I don’t really remember them".
    xAon June 16, 2013   Link

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