Pour shame all over us
Harden into a crust
Forget the glamour and
Mumble a jackhammer
---under your breath---

Hide your face in the curtains
Better unsaid so close
And it rolls off the tongue

The world expects a pose
Perfectly natural
---loosen up---
Smearing wet concrete and
Swearing you'll never be

At your weakest, etched in stone
And we're frozen here, peeking

ALMOST, sweet talk, CAFFEINE

Make contact
Up to my neck
I confess in quicksand

"But it's so easy for you"
"Yeah, there's always one thing"
"Do you have something to tell me?"
"Say something"

I'm warning you
I'm warning you
I'm fucking you
I'm warning you

"It's just a phase"
"You'll grow out of it"

Believe anything anyone ever tells you

It's not funny anymore
It's the thing you hate the most
The thing you hate the most
The thing you hate ALMOST

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  • +2
    General CommentLike someone said before Mike was in a kind of experiment about lack of sleep, just abusing of caffeine, that's almost the whole lyrics. One night he went to a bar (or something like that) and just stared at the people who was in the place, heard their conversations like:

    "But it's so easy for you"
    "Yeah, there's always one thing"
    "Do you have something to tell me?"
    "Say something"

    This explanation was on a interview.
    belanoon August 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment@MattJ, the meaning of the song is more than just the context in which it was written. Sure, the band wants us to hear these lines as something written under sleep deprivation, but that doesn't necessarily mean the lines are meaningless. They're meant to evoke. For some they evoke gay storylines, and I can see why. For me these lyrics evoke addiction - not caffeine addiction, but any kind of shameful behavior that you do but hate yourself for doing. Caffeine and sleep deprivation may be nothing more than images that may evoke various interpretations in different listeners.
    balshanon December 03, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA Caffeine addicts dream song.
    Calculator Joseon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe biggest mistake that any Faith No More fan can make is to demand that any of their songs be 'about' anything. Patton has said that he often chooses words based on the way they sound, not what they mean. The result is an enigmatic song like this one. It functions as an enigmatic pastiche of images, ideas, dialogue, and satire. If you want a band with clear 'meanings,' listen to a band like Linkin Park: every song is about how the guy's mom grounded him, he's trapped and confused, life sucks, etc. Faith No More is so much more subtle and playful, which is why they are the best band of all time, ever, period, end of argument.
    danredding.comon November 18, 2004   Link
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    Song MeaningI'm confused about why further interpretations are being offered if the meaning of the song has already been established by the band? It has already been mentioned several times above; Mike Patton was partaking in a sleep deprivation experiment and wrote this song, along with Land Of Sunshine. There is no deep meaning regarding masturbation, being gay, etc. It's a stream-of-consciousness song written while delirious from lack of sleep while being over-caffeinated. I'm all about people interpreting songs for themselves, but when the band tells you what it's about, it's time to defer to them.
    MattJHon July 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI need some more Coke, god damnit my mom has got some sainsburies crap
    bet it aint got half the caffeine coca cola has in it
    and oh yeah i forgot to mention
    Mike wrote this song when on a 3 day sleep depriviation experiment
    and also land of sunshine was as mike was watchin a load of late night self improvement programs
    writing an absurdly positive song
    Calculator Joseon May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove Mike's screams. "I'm fucking you'
    Aneurysm1985on March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dun get this song anyone actually got an idea what its about
    Caralho Ricocheton April 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like after staying up for 3 days he was having an inner argument dialog with himself.
    nimrod123on December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor danredding.com :
    Then I quess LP's next crappy poppy chorus is "But it's so easy for you...Yeah, there's always one thing".

    Good Lord, thank you for me being troubled 13 years old teenager when this album came out, so I had better things on my mind then to think "that in the end, it doesn't really matter..."
    Forget the glamour and mumble jackhammer - it makes sense... quess this song is a recipe for itself.
    Mr.TreeUpsidedownon July 18, 2005   Link

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