"I Think I'm Paranoid" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
You can look but you can't touch
I don't think I like you much
Heaven knows what a girl can do
Heaven knows what you've got to prove

I think I'm paranoid and complicated
I think I'm paranoid, manipulated

Bend me break me
Anyway you need me
All I want is you
Bend me break me
Breaking down is easy
All I want is you

I fall down just to give you a thrill
Prop me up with another pill
If I should fail, if I should fold
I nailed my faith to the sticking pole

I think I'm paranoid, manipulated
I think I'm paranoid, too complicated
Bend me break me
Anyway you need me
All I want is you
Bend me break me
Breaking down is easy
All I want is you

I think I'm paranoid
I think I'm paranoid

Bend me break me
Anyway you need me
All I want is you
Bend me break me
Breaking down is easy
All I want is you

Steal me, deal me, anyway you heal me
Maim me, tame me, you can never change me
Love me, like me, come ahead and fight me
Please me, tease me, go ahead and leave me

Bend me break me
Anyway you need me
As long as I want you baby it's alright
Bend me break me
Anyway you need me
As long as I want you baby it's alright


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"I Think I'm Paranoid" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song seriously is my anthem. i think its about her wanting attention from guys and she changes the way she is and lets them think that they can change her to fit their preferances, but in reality its all an act and she can never be changed inside "maim me, take me you can never change me".. she cant REALLY be changed inside, she just puts on an act 4 them so they want her (hence her thinking shes paranoid)
    Just a Girlon March 06, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"It's about the music business. There's a line: 'If I feel down, prop me up with another pill' which came from a bad day on the road when an associate told Shirley to take a pill to settle down. It didn't work."
    - Butch Vig
    Kryptonite21on June 23, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't know how you can think this song is about a guy. This song is about drugs! I thought that was pretty obvious. Here, I'll decypher it:

    "you CAN (not can't) look but you can't touch
    i don't think i like you much
    heaven knows what a girl can do
    heaven knows what you've got to prove"

    Sometimes drugs will make you high to the point where you feel on top of the world, like you can accomplish anything, and that you're hot and irresistable.

    "i think i'm paranoid
    and complicated
    i think i'm paranoid
    MANIPULATED (not manipulate it)
    bend me,break me
    anyway you need me all i want is you
    bend me break me
    breaking down is easy all i want is you"

    Weed makes you paranoid, anyone who's done it knows that. She's giving in to the high, the drug, telling it to change her (momentarily).

    "i fall down just to give you a thrill
    prop me up with another pill
    if i should fail, if i should fold
    i nailed my faith to the stiking pole"

    She's addressing the person she's getting high with. Many times while getting high with someone, we'll say something like "Oh man, I hope I don't pass out or trip badly. If I do, call soandso, their number is in my phone" or something to that nature. She's saying Cool, let's get hugh some more and if something bad happens, here's what to do.

    Then she goes into the different and various reactions one can have to drugs:

    "steal me, deal me,anyway you heal me
    maim me, take me you can never change me
    love me like me, come ahead and fight me
    please me tease me, go ahead and leave me
    bend me break me, anyway you need me
    as long as i want you baby it's all right"
    RedDollShoeson August 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBend me break me anyway you need me...Shirley's voice sounds so amazing right there...
    o0MyCatharsis0oon May 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think I'm paranoid too.
    SomeGirl_Jadziaon March 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI used to play Gran Turismo 2 for hours every day and this song was part of the soundtrack... I will never get it out of my head, accompanied of images of me slamming a 700hp Nissan Skyline into the barrier at seattle circuit. Awesome song.
    mayorbill11on July 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgran tourismo.....brings me back
    slevletteon October 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshes urning for this guy just to touch her and she will let him do anything if he will just be with her...i love shirley manson....
    silverstaron September 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI *am* paranoid. Relaterelaterelate
    killstaron October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is like my favorite Garbage song. i agree with o0MyCatharsis0o bout her voice there. awsome.

    cheers.
    .nevermindon November 06, 2004   Link

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