"Boys On The Radio" as written by Courtney M Love, Melissa Auf De Maur and Eric T. Erlandson....
Do what you want
'Cause I'll do anything
And I'll take the blame

What's mine is yours
You can have all of it
And I'll learn to pay

Oh the boys on the radio
They crash and burn
They fold and fade so slow
In your endless summer night
I'll be on the other side
When you're beautiful and dying
All the world that you've denied
When the water is too deep
You can close your eyes and really sleep tonight
Tonight

I want what's yours
Oh I'd give anything
And I'll take the pain

I wait alone
For what will never come
And I'll throw it all away

Oh the boys on the radio
They crash and burn
They fold and fade so slow
In your endless summer night
I'll be on the other side
When you're beautiful and dying
All the world that you've denied
When the water is too deep
You can close your eyes and really sleep tonight
Your beauty blinds

If I let you in under my skin
And risen every angel slain

He said he'd never, ever, ever go
And heavens, heavens, heavens know
And never, ever, ever go away
Baby, I've gone away

In your endless summer night
I'll be on the other side
When you're beautiful and dying
All the world that you've denied
When the water is too deep
You can close your eyes and really sleep tonight
Your beauty blinds

I know what you are running to
Please come back
Oh, come back again
I hear the truth
It's coming from you
Oh, come back
Won't come back again

In your endless summer night
I'll be on the other side
When the water is too deep
I will ease your suffering
When the glitter fades in morning
Turn away and you will find my empty eyes
Your beauty blinds

I know that you are rotten to the core
I know that you don't love me anymore
I know that you are rotten to the core


Lyrics submitted by onearmedscissor, edited by scottdoesntknow628

"Boys on the Radio" as written by Courtney M. Love Eric T Erlandson

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  • +2
    General Commentcourtney love said:

    "It's from our Unplugged days. It started out all peppy and poppy, but then Jeff Buckley died, and it became a homage to Evan [Dando] and Jeff and Brian Wilson. It's all about self-destructive pop boys."
    covetloveron October 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentundoubtedly holes best song to date. hopefully courtney love can equal their efforts on her own!!!
    a_virgin_suicideon April 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a remake of an old hole song called ''Sugarcoma'' but i love both
    asktheangelson February 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has lyrics which for some reason are hard to find.
    It's got to be my favorite Hole song, along with Doll Parts and Awful: it's a beautiful piece, yet an evisceral element of hard-edged anger and sense of some kind of betrayal which permenates much of her (Loves') work.
    Major Valoron July 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know that you are rotten to the core
    I know that you dont love me anymore
    I know that you are rotten to the core

    ..love these lines..
    GrungyBeatleon January 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a really warm song, telling someone they can just relax and they'll be safe:

    'do what you want cos i'll do anything...'
    'i'll be on the other side' (i'll be there for you)
    'when the water is too deep (when it all gets too much for you) you can close your eyes and really sleep tonight (you can just relax and let go of it all)'
    'your beauty blinds (you're beautiful just the way you are)'

    okay so the song obviously isn't all about that, but there is definately a theme of this in there.
    Dreamieon October 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentapparently this is about Jeff Buckley....if you think about it, it kinda works....
    Kezon July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics dont go with the song
    AnAhiEMon August 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of my favorite songs, hole and otherwise.It could mean a lot of things.It is about death and how someone who is dead keeps watch over a loved one on earth ''I'll be on the other side''or ''empty eyes''.Thus, it could be about Kurt Cobain, if you interpret it that way. However, that's not very likely the real meaning of it. But it could mean this.This song is about fading, rotting and being rotten.It is about rotting towards death, or in death. It is also about the music industry, and how that is rotten.It is a great song!
    summer graceon July 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what this song is about but i love Hole and this is just another great song of their's. I love Courtney's voice.
    Licion October 13, 2004   Link

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