"Swimsuit Issue" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
I'm just here for dictation, I don't want to be a sensation
Bein' on Sixty Minutes, was it worth your fifteen minutes?

Don't touch my breast, I'm just working at my desk
Don't put me to the test, I'm just doing my best

Shopping at Max Fields, power for you to wield
Dreams of going to the Grammies, 'till you poked me with your whammy

You spined the disc, now you're moving your wrist
I'm just from Encino, why are you so meano

I'm just here for dictation and not your summer vacation
You really like to shmooze, well now you're on the news

I'm from Sherman Oaks, just a wheel with spokes
But I ain't giving you head in a Sunset bungalow

Roshumba, Judith, Paulina, Cathy, Vendella, Naomi,
Ashley, Angie, Stacey, Gail
Ice women
Ice women
Ice women


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"Swimsuit Issue" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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  • +1
    General CommentThe lyric at the end is definitely "I'm swimmin'". The correct lyrics are up on the SY website.

    It seems pretty clear that this song is a rebellion against the image of the modern woman as a means and not an end in herself, as an object and not a person.
    sygirl10on March 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the lyric at the end is "US woman", not "ICE women". To me, it's about sexual harassment... she's working an office job and her boss is feeling her up and propositioning her for sex. The "us women" part at the end is a declaration of solidarity.
    vaguelyhumanoidon August 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAccording to the David Browne bio, this is about a sexual harassment case at Geffen Records where a top executive made a secretary watch him masturbate.
    megasmackyon September 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think at the end Kim is either saying "Us woman" or "I'm swimming." I can't tell but that is the point 'cause Sonic Youth is one of the best bands ever. Even better than (dare I say it) Nirvana. Gasp! Actually I love Nirvana but Sonic Youth is so amazingly underrated.
    PeaceFrog33on December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with peacefrog.
    This song is great. Kim is amazing.
    I love the whole feminist thing behind it.
    YoungxForxEternityon March 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFUCK YEAH POWER TO THE WOMEN!
    quietwaron September 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell yeah i'm all with you guys kim is fantastic and this song is great but for some reason i find it kinda sexy which means i'm missing the point ha ha because it's about womens right to not be always looked at as if they were for sex and sex only. it makes me sad i dont see it in the right light. i'm sorry kim, if youre out there... ha ha
    hazzamatazzaon July 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti am not sure but sonic youth lyrics are mostly about drugs i think swimmsuit issue for swimming in the drugs?
    greatbeyoundon October 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyric at the end is definitely "I'm swimmin'". The correct lyrics are up on the SY website.

    It seems pretty clear that this song is a rebellion against the image of the modern woman as a means and not an end in herself, as an object and not a person.
    sygirl10on March 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationKim's making it clear to a guy that she isn't just a typical fuck-around-with-me-anytime girl. She isn't any of those girls.
    V1NYLon May 19, 2009   Link

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