"Bittersweet" as written by Frederik Nordsoe Schjoldan, Burhan Genc and Charlie Brown....
Seven sins of wantonness and
everything that's good is gone
Sell it all for glory from the peers
Silicone priestess scratch the back and
twists the knife to bone
Kick against the pricks and scrape the shins

I'm the enemy in the enemies now

Swallowed the pill
Drank to the fill
All these things I carry now
In this bittersweet, in this bittersweet now

Try to hold the wrold there sinking,
swimming in a paper cup
Try to own the one beneath the skin
Held up to the flame 'till singeing
skin begins to draw and tuck
Never told there's a chance to win

What couldn't be, wouldn't be now

Swallowed the pill
Drank to the fill
All these things I carry now
In this bittersweet, in this bittersweet now

Hold your hands up to the sky and try
so hard to rise above
But everything is beating down

Swallowed the pill
Drank to the fill
All these things I carry now
In this bittersweet, in this bittersweet now


Lyrics submitted by sawg

"Bittersweet" as written by Carl William Bell

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentGod this song is SO underrated! I think this is their top 3 best overall songs. It's a very haunting song about making a decision you'd rather forget and regret. However, this song does have some rather obscure lyrics that are hard to decipher. Good song though! I love the rugged, bouncy guitar on the verses!
    tigertour02on September 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a really good song
    Horndog728on April 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about selling out in life. Once you realize what is happenning, its too late to do anything about it. I wonder if it is autobiographical to someone in the group in reference to their success. Where are they now?
    FuriousDon June 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell I wasn't sure what wantonness meant so i looked it up and sure enough there were sevon definitions
    1.
    Immoral or unchaste; lewd.
    2.
    Gratuitously cruel; merciless.
    Marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; capricious and unjust: wanton destruction.
    3.
    Unrestrainedly excessive: wanton extravagance; wanton depletion of oil reserves.
    4.
    Luxuriant; overabundant: wanton tresses.
    5.
    Frolicsome; playful.
    6.
    Undisciplined; spoiled.
    7.
    Obsolete. Rebellious; refractory.

    I think its how furiousD said with selling out but i also think its about how everyone was trying to hold "them" back.
    kz308on June 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would have to agree that this is one of Fuels best songs that is highly under rated, I love it. I would love if Fuel makes a new album.
    paintbunnyon February 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell Ive only heard of this song by Fuel so I cant judge the band. But I love this song, and I think its about realizing how much shit you've gotten yourself into and not being able to do anything about it, but commit suicide.
    Randomhugson March 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song and this band, they are both awesome
    sandonhelmon May 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSeven sins of wantonness and
    everything that's good is gone

    - after commiting "the seven deadly sins" the narrator notices that everything that he once had placed value in is gone.
    - possibly "everything thats good" is in reference to giving up on something you strongly believe in such as (but not nessicarily) religion/beliefs. also the "good" could be a reference to the opposite of a sin. for example he may have lost a girlfriend, friends or money to lust; health to gluttony, etc.

    Sell it all for glory from the peers

    - this line seems to be about selling out. giving up your beliefs for the admiration of people around you.


    Silicone priestess scratch the back and
    twists the knife to bone

    - "silicone priestess" is likely a reference to a girl with implants/plastic surgery. scratch the back would be a reference to sleeping with someone, most likely sleeping with someone for their looks, and fake looks at that. "twists the knife to bone" would be a reference to the hurt that comes from sleeping with someone who doesnt really love you. again a repetition of the lust/selling out theme.

    Kick against the pricks and scrape the shins

    - "pricks" may be slang for "assholes" or a reference to something that hurts physically. "kick against the pricks" would be to fight against something that either emotionally or physically hurts you, but "scrape the shins" suggests that it only hurts one more to fight it.
    mazion July 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdude i think that this song is all about him not being sure if he is gay or not and so he does drugs. Also in end of the song he kills himself
    themeatbeaton May 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentamazing song
    altf4on September 18, 2007   Link

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