"Vow" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
I can't use what I can't abuse
And I can't stop when it comes to you
You burned me out but I'm back at your door
Like Joan of Arc coming ack for more

I nearly died
I nearly died
I nearly died
I came to cut you up, I came to knock you down
I came around to tear your little world apart
I came to shut you up, I came to drag you down
I came around to tear your little world apart and break your soul apart

Ah, you burn and burn to get under my skin
You've gone too far now I won't give in
You crucified me but I'm back in your bed
like Jesus Christ coming back from the dead

I nearly died
I nearly died
I nearly died
I came to knock you up, I came to cut you down
I came around to tear your little world apart
I came to rock you up, I came to shout you down
I came around to tear your little world apart and break your soul apart

I nearly died
I nearly died
I nearly died
I came to cut you up, I came to knock you down
I came around to tear your little world apart
I came to shut you up, I came to suck you down
I came around to tear your little world apart

Tear your little world apart
Tear your little world apart and break your soul apart
I can't stop when it comes to you
I can't stop when it comes to you
When it comes to you
When it comes to you


Lyrics submitted by sawg, edited by alterEgo

"Vow" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

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  • +5
    General CommentButch said it was inspired by an article about "a sado-masochistic couple who couldn't stay away from each other."
    pleasebeatme92on May 17, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIn my opinion this song is about a love/hate relationship and both having that mutual feeling, of love/hate yet they can't live without one another and treat each other badly. Love is like a drug, you feel like you are near death without it and abuse it when you do have it. Shirley's voice provokes an orgasm like feeling in my ears. Garbage rocks!
    MoThR930206on August 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't think this is a song about revenge...at least not in the context you all are saying. The opening line of the song says it all, "I Can't Use What I can't Abuse..." If anything she seems to be the coldhearted one in this story. It sounds like she's a woman that goes from one meaningless shag to another until she finds this person who has completely swept her off her feet...in a GOOD way. I think she's using strong references to herself as being "burned" and "crucified" because of her self destructive behavior. "I nearly died..." refers to something so wonderful and NEW that she couldn't accept it. Love in HER world is viewed as something evil hence using such negative language to describe her situation. She's usually in control but this person has sunk beneath her skin. She HATES it! So...like any self destructive person she's going to do everything she can to destroy what could be the best thing to happen in her life. Or at least thats what she hopes to accomplish to avoid any sort of submission on her part to be involved in a loving relationship. Anyways, thats how the song comes to me.
    chain2fateon February 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's more about lovers, but I'de love to sing this song to some people. The beginning is just great. And of course, here comes Shirley Manson with her wonderful vocals.
    Kippixinon April 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou know, it's weird, to me the lyrics say one thing, but the music says totally another. True, the lyrics are about revenge on someone--but the music has sort of a happy twist. the beginning is still that revengeful, evil person, but by the time you get to the first "I nearly died", it's almost as if her opinion about this individual has completely flipped. And in the chorus, the words are "I /came/" being past-tense. I /was/ going to get revenge on you, but I changed my mind. and in the instrumental part, it's their whole making up passionately time. just my opinion ;]
    thepuppydog26on January 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthmmm that "I nearly died" bit was reminiscent of No Reply by the Beatles...I've noticed that Garbage likes to borrow lines from lots of old classic rock songs, but then again maybe its all a coincidence :/
    KimberleeJamezon May 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about revenge on an ex-lover.....yeah, i totally get that....all the horrible things you'd like to do to them when they treat you like crap and then dump you....
    Kezon June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts ALL about the revenge. Ex lovers, jilted lovers, people who generally treated you like dirt. I totally see that.
    Charming_bobon September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome track - twisted and about revenge on ppl who have treated u badly.
    Trashazonon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomfg the guitars in this are awesome. Its about revenge not drug addiction elbay, butch even said so himself. I love the way Shirle says "Like Joan of Arc coming back for more"
    Dressed2Depresson August 17, 2006   Link

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