"You Look So Fine" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
You look so fine
I want to break your heart
And give you mine
You're taking me over

It's so insane
You've got me tethered and chained
I hear your name
And I'm falling over

I'm not like all the other girls
I can't take it like the other girls
I won't share it like the other girls
That you used to know

You look so fine

Knocked down
Cried out
Been down just to find out
I'm through living for you

I'm open wide
I want to take you home
We're wasting time
You're the only one for me

You look so fine
I'm like the desert tonight
Leave her behind
If you want to show me

I'm not like all the other girls
I won't take it like the other girls
I won't fake it like the other girls
That you used to know

You're taking me over
Over and over
I'm falling over
Over and over

Loving me one more time
Hide inside me tonight
Do what you want to do
Just pretend happy end
Let me know let it show
Ending with letting go (three times)
Let's pretend happy end (four times)


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"You Look So Fine" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis is my favourite Garbage song and it always has been. The way I see it: she's madly in love with someone, but he doesn't love her back. They probably have a sexual relationship, but that's it to him. She likes to pretend there's more than that.
    Freyjaon December 16, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe song of embittered would be lovers everywhere. Which is why i listen to it so damn much. But ultimately its about knowing when to give up on something that you know can't happen. "Im through, bleeding for you".
    Charming_bobon March 14, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think the genius of this song is how on a surface level, it seems like a confession of undying love, but when you dig deeper there's so much pain, desperation and sorrow in the lyrics. The repetition of "you look so fine" is so beautiful and fascinating to me; she suffers so much over this guy, but it seems like she's in awe of his ability to make it all okay (I think this could refer to her life in general, too, not just her relationship troubles). It's almost like looking up to him for his lack of pain, maybe by him being so fine she feels like he could put a stop to her troubles too.

    "I'm through bleeding for you" - people have been saying this means Shirley's been through so much that she's finally done with it and she's giving up. I disagree -- I think she's saying that she's been hurt so much it's impossible for her to hurt anymore, so she's going to take the plunge and go after this guy (hence the sexual references in the last part).

    The chorus is also interesting to me -- it's weird that to set herself apart from the other girls, she tells him "I can't take it". I'm not sure exactly what it means, but I think she's saying she's weak, unstable, can't handle a lot; it's significant that she points out her flaws instead of why she's better than the other girls.

    This is my favorite song by far...hoping Garbage comes out with new material soon.
    SnowWhiteQueenon January 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite garbage songs. But anyway, I interpret it as a song about love, like she loves this guy that doesn't care especially for her. She is all crazy for him and loves him but he can't see she is different from other girls. He cares somewhat for her, but their relationship is never quite what she wants, so she's like "I'm done being emotionally dragged around by you" like she's waited too long and been ignored (knocked down, through bleeding for you) and finally she just has to completely let go of the relationship. I don't really know.
    skapunkemoon May 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentone of my Garbage favorite songs, Shirley sounds so sensitive, emotional and tender.
    tommibon July 17, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentVery beautiful.

    From what I see: It's about being really in love with this guy, who does not want you. They're too busy dating all the other girls. (Maybe because they're cool? Who knows.) When you obvious see all those other girls are just pretending to like him ( "I won't fake it like all the other girls") when she really loves him. And obvious, as mentioned above, "I'm through, bleeding for you" means it can never happened.

    Welp that's my five cents.
    Kippixinon June 12, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's abeautiful song...shirley just sounds so emotionally vulnerable and fragile it's beautiful...
    Kezon June 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShirley Is Amazing Like This; She Can Have A Grunge-Piss-Off Tone & Attitude. But She Can Also Have The Help-Me-I'm-Such-A-Delicate-Flower Tone Which Is Beautiful. U Gotta Love Her
    jkdudeon August 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta very beautiful song.. she's head over heels on him, but he has another girl. she's completely empty w/out him that's y she wants him desperately (im like the desert tonite, leave her behind). she wants him to realize she's no ordinary girl.. she hates d situation coz whatever she tries to do, she cant hav him..and still, "he looks so fine" as if there's not a slight of burden in him. "Knocked down, cried out, been down just to find out, I'm through bleeding for you"... she had been through all these crap so now, she cant be hurt less..so what she wanna happen is still to hav him..thats it..whether he truly loves her or not. it doesnt matter anymore (lets pretend happy end)
    |mesh|on August 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentheh, I don't think she goes to such extreme as to killing him. The last verses give it away. It's completely over, but she, or both pretend its a happy end.

    Although, the last verse is almost conveying that even though the relationship is a shame, she still lets him f*ck her. Hear me out first:

    "You're taking me over
    Drown in me one more time
    Hide inside me tonight
    Do what you want to do
    Just pretend happy end"

    "drown in me... hide in me.. do what you want to do" kind of like is she still sleeps with him. But that's just a theory.
    c0nstantineon July 31, 2007   Link

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