I know it, I can't feel it
Well, I know it enough to believe it
And I know it, I can't see it
But I know it enough to believe it
It's bettering you, it's bettering me
My bitter hand has bitten me
It's bettering you, it's bettering me
Sleeping with my enemy
Myself
Myself
The pieces of Jennifer's body
Found pieces of Jennifer's body
Found pieces of Jennifer's body
Just relax, just relax, just go to sleep
Just relax, just relax, just go to sleep

You're hungry, but I'm starving
He cuts you down from the tree
He keeps you in a box by the bed
Alive, but just barely
He said, "I'm your lover, I'm your friend
I'm purity, hit me again"
With a bullet, number one, kill the family, save the son
Himself
Himself
Found pieces of Jennifer's body
Found pieces of Jennifer's body
Found pieces of Jennifer's body
Just relax, just relax, just go to sleep
Just relax, just relax, just go to sleep
Now she's mine...



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Jennifer's Body song meanings
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  • +1
    General Comment:Uh, kristy72, this is SongMeanings, not ghost story night at school camp. That's fucking stupid.

    I think some of you are taking the lyrics too literally - I don't think it's a song about murder. Like Have2mints said - I think it's about spousal abuse, especially with the line, 'my better half has bitten me'.

    'I'm sleeping with the enemy, myself' shows that she (the subject of the song, Courtney Love or some other girl) blames herself in a way for what's happening to her.
    Relapseon January 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:My immediate thoughts about this was about her partner being unfaithful. I don't have any doubts that I'm completely wrong, but here are my ideas anyhow

    "I know it, I can't feel it
    Well, I know it enough to believe it
    And I know it, I can't see it
    But I know it enough to believe it"

    She can tell she's lost him, even if he's acting like everythings back to normal. OR she can tell she's loosing him, and even though she can't see any proof, she knows that he's been with someone else

    "bitter you, bitter me
    My better half has bitten me
    bitter you, bitter me"

    Her boyfriend has thrown everything in her face by sleeping with someone else, and they're now both bitter

    "Sleeping with my enemy
    Myself
    Myself"

    She hates herself for staying with this man

    "The pieces of Jennifer's body
    Found pieces of Jennifer's body
    Found pieces of Jennifer's body"

    This could be about her finding out abuot the girl "Jennifer" he has cheated on her with, or finding clues

    "Just relax, just relax, just go to sleep
    Just relax, just relax, just go to sleep"

    Maybe they are trying to start over, but she can't stop thinking abuot what he did and is trying to stop thinking about it

    "You're hungry, but I'm starving"

    Their relationship may have been strained, and he might have gone to this Jennifer because he was lonely, but she was more lonely

    "He cuts you down from the tree
    He keeps you in a box by the bed
    Alive, but just barely"

    She feels used and alone and her partner keeps her "in a box by the bed" keeps her shut away and doesn't take pride in her

    He said, "I'm your lover, I'm your friend
    I'm purity, hit me again"

    He made her promises, he told her he would be her lover and her friend and be true to her, "pure" and yet when she is angry at him when she finds out about Jennifer he is either arrogant and says he is "pure, hit me again" because it won't matter to him, or that he still loves her, and that he doesn't care if she tries to hurt him

    "With a bullet, number one, kill the family, save the son
    Himself
    Himself"

    He has killed their relationship, but he only cares about himself

    "Just relax, just relax, just go to sleep
    Now you're mine..."

    She is again trying to relax and stop thinking about his betrayal, reminding herself he may have been with someone else but he's her's now, and trying to convince herself she shouldn't worry about it anymore
    annie_4jeffycaton February 03, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:i think that 'he keeps you in a box by the bed' refers more to the fact that jennifer is there at 'his' disposal whenever he wants - he is in a position to control jennifer - ''he cuts you down from the tree''. dont hink this is about jennifer finch, and i dont think it necessary refers to rape/sexual abuse... but who knows with courtney's lyrics???
    machupicchuon October 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:My favorite Hole song. I wouldn't even know where to begin interpreting it, and I'll bet Courtney wouldn't either. Sometimes lyrics just fall out and you don't know what you're saying, but you know exactly what you're feeling. The power in this song is amazing. The mood is desperate and terrified. I don't know. I just love the way it makes me feel.
    pleasebeatme92on February 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Taken from fuckyeahcourtneylove.com/post/3851103298/…

    On Jennifer’s Body.

    There was a girl that worked at SubPop named Jenny Boddy - she thinks the song is about her but its not - it’s about how Kurt had a crush on Julianna Hatfield, and I was hanging around with him and this Blake Babies song called - I cant remember what - Oh yeah - “Girl in A Box” I think was playing and he said “That’s a really good song” and I said “well I can write a good captured girl song” and so I wrote a captured girl song.
    ifallforeveryoneon May 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I always interpreted it to be that a girl's friend (Jennifer) was murdered, brutally, and her fear is being murdered herself and the trauma. The "just relax, just go to sleep" struck me as a boyfriend/husband/significant other trying to calm her down and failing. Maybe the event happened a long time ago, and she's been very scared because there've been more murders since then. The murder is maybe a serial killer?
    blacksnooton October 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:blah
    lookatmycookieson June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:The song is about getting tied up and liking it. :P
    MissWorld556on June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:hm. i guess im just odd...but this is one of my favourite hole songs...
    plastic tiaraon June 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:nah its one of mine too, courtney sings it so well.
    Angel99on June 16, 2002   Link

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