You come here to my work
You come here every day
To make sure I'm still here
You look at me that way

Rings on my fingers
And bows in my hair
You think I'm your present
You'll unwrap me here

Is this a bad dream
Is this really my life
Well you wanna know
You'll show me tonight

I have this one face
And i only check out
It gets so far think it's time

Not for sale
Not your girl
Not your thing

I'm here on the counter
With no money down
For nine ninety nine
You're taking me home

A dozen red roses
A cute little house
A cheap little ring
The deal is cut, now

Something is messed up here
Something isn't right
We're supposed to be free
I'm supposed to be mine
This part of my body
That you're pricing now
I'm cutting it off
I'm throwing it out

Not for sale
Not your girl
Not your thing

Got me mixed up with somebody else
Got me mixed up with somebody else

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Taking Me Home song meanings
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    General CommentThe message here is very representative of a lot of early Sleater-Kinney songs. She just isn't ready to settle down yet, and is such a strong and independent woman that she realizes she can't continue to be in this apparently stifling relationship.
    StephNJon May 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this song has anything to do with the woman not wanting to settle down. This song is mainly about a woman's relationship with a very messed-up man. He treats her as a commodity, like chattel; he tells her how to dress and decorates her with rings and bows like she's a child.

    The narrator of the song feels like a beast (or perhaps like a slave) on the auction block, being sold to the highest bidder who then has the right to take her home. At the conclusion, then, she's "cutting... off" those parts of herself that he colonized, in order to be rid of him entirely.
    stephon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti doubt it, shes a lesbian.
    dc_sleeps_aloneon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentumm.. no.. she's not a lesbian. and if she were, it wouldnt mean that this song couldn't be about a woman's messed up relationship with a man.
    okokayokon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentha.ha. i think its kinda both of being independent
    and having a lame ass man. that wasnt really
    grammatically correct was it..?
    the_modest_jerkon June 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcarrie is a lesbian. corin and janet aren't (except that corin and carrie were together in the beginning of s-k) if i'm not mistaken(which i could be) i believe that carrie writes the lyrics, or the majority of them anyways...
    infanitygirlon June 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's basically about the objectification of women, and how some men think they can own them.
    have2mintson August 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn addition to just the general objectification of women, I also take this song in a literal sense to. Having worked many reatil/customer service jobs, I am very familiar with male customers feeling like they can say any inappropriate thing to you that they want, as if you were one of the things for sale.
    oraklaron December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's not about not wanting to settle down, and most likely not even about her own personal relationship.
    It's just a general statement against itemizing women; oftentimes women get treated by men as though they are just a trophy or an item that someone can put a price on--Sleater-Kinney's just trying to say how wrong and fucked up that is and they won't be those kind of girls who let it happen.
    lixie13on January 08, 2009   Link

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