"Milk" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
I am milk
I am red hot kitchen
And I am cool
Cool as the deep blue ocean

I am lost
So I am cruel
But I'd be love and sweetness
If I had you
I'm waiting
I'm waiting
For you

I'm waiting
I'm waiting
For you

I am weak
But I am strong
I can use my tears to
Bring you home
I'm waiting
I'm waiting
For you

I'm waiting
I'm waiting
For you

I'm waiting
I'm waiting
For you

I am milk
I am red hot kitchen
I am cool
Cool as the deep blue ocean

I'm waiting
I'm waiting
For you

I'm waiting
I'm waiting
For you

I'm waiting
I'm waiting
For you

I'm aching for you
I'm aching for you

I'm waiting
I'm waiting
I'm waiting
For you


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

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  • +1
    General CommentI really love this song. It's intense but there's something eerily lovely about it.
    elleceeon August 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis was garbage at there best im not a real fan of their newer stuff this will always be my favorite
    Niamon June 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about manipulating someone else, especially a woman who is acting weak and dependent in order to "make" someone else come back to them. The most obvious example of this is "I am weak/But I am strong /I can use my tears to/Bring you home," where she is saying that by crying and appearing weak she can make the other person come back to her. When she says "I'm waiting for you...," she is also demonstrating the same theme because it implies that the girl cannot live without the other person; that her life is on hold until the other person returns to her. Unfortunately I'm not exactly sure what the references to milk, red hot kitchens, or oceans has to do with the song. The kitchen part makes me think of a homemaker and the red hot part makes me think of a prostitute. What I make of this is once again, a girl is acting weak and dependent (stereotypical stay-at-home wife) but is seductive because of this supposed passive/submissive nature. The "I am lost/So I am cruel/But I'd be love and sweetness/If I had you" line once again is an example of manipulation. The girl's life has no meaning ("I am lost" without the other person and she is justifying her cruelness or negativity by blaming it on the person, saying she'd be sweet if he or she returned.
    kilihilaon December 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentdid anybody listen to the massive attack remix of this song? you'll be like OH MY GOD, the triphop sound fits perfectly in the background!
    eakcoraon February 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTheir saddest song, its also the most bare and straightforward, its just utter loneliness and pure sadness. Its an abosolutely heartbreaking note to end the album on, but i love it!
    King of Some Islandon February 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSometimes I think its the drug talking; it is luring and crying and seducing and pining for the abuser and it can be intense like a red hot kitchen or calm and soothing like a deep blue ocean. And sometimes it appears weak so the abuser will feel he can handle it, but then it is strong and keeps him in its grasp. When lost (out of the abuser's system) it brings the cruel withdrawal syndrome promises sweetness if it could just reunite with the user... And heroin is white like milk.
    Beolineon July 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, a red hot kitchen, could be an allusion to Hell? She's in Hell because she's waiting and aching for that someone to come back to her.
    Btw, this is the best song ever... so haunting but pure.
    delindelon March 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIn my opinion, this song is about unrequited love. It's very haunting and melancholic. It's one of the saddest songs I've ever heard. This first verse shows the distinct juxtaposition of her emotions, the "red hot kitchen/ketchup" lyric representative of her burning desire for the object of her affections. She is in love with the subject to the point where she doesn't want to live without him. The milk and ocean metaphors are symbols of the "cool" and slightly aloof exterior she must fake to hide these complex emotions she has, so she's cruel and manipulative (i.e. using her tears to bring him home) All she wants is him and for him to love her back and she will use her fragility to make him fall for her despite her flawed and undying passion for him. She feels lost in the vast sea of emotions towards him. He might not even know she exists. What she's waiting for is for him to reciprocate which results in her gentle, delicate facade deteriorating. She is filled with an aching longing as she desperately anticipates him to return his emotions and she is transparently shattered, infinitely waiting for someone to complete her endless and contrasting spectrum of infatuation, to dilute her capricious emotions. She doesn't want to be so polarized, she just wants to feel a more simple type of love that they both share, but she doesn't know and that's what's breaking her.

    I think about all of this because I'm feeling the exact same way now. It may not be what it's about, but I feel this song to the bone. It gives me shivers because it describes me so well.
    blownawishon November 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds a bit like a love song, but I saw Garbage in concert a couple of years ago, and I remeber Shirley saying that the song was about a close friend of hers who had a serious drug dependency ( herion I'm guessing) and how it affected the friend and those around her.
    Madon July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds a bit like a love song, but I saw Garbage in concert a couple of years ago, and I remeber Shirley saying that the song was about a close friend of hers who had a serious drug dependency ( herion I'm guessing) and how it affected the friend and those around her.
    Madon July 24, 2002   Link

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