"Kiss Off" as written by and Gordon Gano....
I need someone a person to talk to
Someone who'd care to love
Could it be you could it be you
Situation gets rough then I start to panic

It's not enough it's just a habit
Hey kid your sick well darling this is it
You can all just kiss off into the air
Behind my back I can see them stare

They'll hurt me bad but I won't mind
They'll hurt me bad they do it all the time
Yeah yeah they do it all the time
I hope you know this will go down

On your permanent record
Oh yeah well don't get so distressed
Did I happen to mention that I'm impressed

I take one one one cause you left me and
Two two two for my family and
Three three three for my heartache and
Four four four for my headaches and
Five five five for my lonely and
Six six six for my sorrow and
Seven seven for no tomorrow and
Eight eight I forget what eight was for and
Nine nine nine for a lost god and
Ten ten ten ten for everything

Everything everything everything


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"Kiss Off" as written by Gordon Gano

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    General Commentthis is such a bizzare song.. it's wonderful
    thepangeon May 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe Violent femmes...they bring all their equipment on the bus. An you can't f*** with the Violent Femmes...You cannot f**** with this band.
    They are just the ultimate alternative band, perhaps the first real alternative band of the 80's.
    Anyways, this song is about suicide. The person singing it says "I need someone, a person to talk to...someone to care, to love...could it be you..." He is pining for a love unrequited. The counting lines is him counting the pills he is taking to OD and giving the reason for taking each pill.. He is telling the world to "kiss off" because he thinks he will show everybody by killing himself.
    flatline_7on May 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI always felt this song wasn't necessarily about suicide. If you look at the lyrics, it could just as easily be about drug addiction, using pills to plug a hole in your life. "They'll hurt me bad but I won't mind
    They'll hurt me bad, they do it all the time " that line just always stuck in me as being about drugs, but I guess it could be a guy who attempts suicide often (don't laugh, I know people who've tried MANY times).
    ubermaxon July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the line was "Nine for... I lost count" just because it went along with the whole "I forget what eight is for" thing. A friend gave me the cd, but not the jewel case, so I don't know if it ever had the lyrics in there or what., so don't bite my head off if it actually says that in the liner notes. Innywho, I really love this song, the first time I heard it I thought he was just yelling at some girl that broke his heart. I didn't listen to the lyrics very well, but it reminded me of the old saying of "One for the money, two for the show..." etc. So I did'nt really associate it with actually, phyisically taking anything. It's strange because this song is just so energetic, listening to it always makes me happy, yet the lyrics are so sad. I guess there are quite a few songs like that though...
    Sheepmaster3000on September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI started to listen to this song right after my first real love dumped me, i kinda feel that the counting is lining up the shots before drinking them... And seeking oblivion from memories by drinking and such stuff, so i can se the sense in it being pills instead of shots...
    And the part whit:
    You can all just kiss off into the air
    Behind my back I can see them stare
    They'll hurt me bad but I won't mind
    They'll hurt me bad, they do it all the time
    I could also relate to at the time as almost all my freinds i had met trhu her, and now they wouldn't talk to me anymore...
    Darkraton March 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI could be wrong, but I think it's "5 for my loneliness", not "lonely and".
    rwiggumon June 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought this song was about struggling with depression. Self-medicating with recreation drugs and/or alcohol. A suicide attempt/drug overdose.

    I believe this song is out of chronological order, for me it's easier to see the meaning of the story in this order.

    "I need someone a person to talk to, someone who'd care to love
    Could it be you could it be you?"
    This is his cry for help. He's in such a deep state of depression that he will attach himself to anyone that shows him the slightest bit of attention, hoping that they will be his savior, prove him wrong that there's still someone out there that's worth sticking around for.

    "The situation is rough & I start to panic, it's not enough, it's just a habit.
    Hey kid you're sick, well darling this is it."
    Referring to self-medicating anxiety and depression, which many do, though often it's not enough to help and after all you end up developing an addiction. It just ends up making things worse. He realizes that it's just a temporary fix for all of his problems. He chooses to finally just end his life, goodbye, "this is it."

    "I take one cause you left me and two for my family and three for my heartache and four for my headaches and five for my lonely and six for my sorrow and seven for no tomorrow and eight I forget what eight was for and nine for a lost god and ten for everything"
    Pretty self-explanatory, he gave each pill a reason for why he's taking it to make it easier to swallow.

    "I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record,"
    Often having suicide attempts and/or drug overdoses in your history will haunt you & be on your permanent medical records.

    "Well don't get so distressed, did I happen to mention that I'm impressed."
    People are reacting to his suicide attempt and/or drug overdose, he's telling them not to pretend like they care & he makes a joke of it saying that he's impressed that he actually survived after having taken so many pills.

    "You can all just kiss off into the air, behind my back I can see them stare
    They'll hurt me bad but I won't mind, they'll hurt me bad they do it all the time"
    After overdosing, he's telling all the people who had pushed him to that point, criticized him, talked about his nasty habits, his overdose, etc., that they can all basically just go screw themselves. He's done caring about what they think, letting them affect him. He's finally just become numb to it all.
    pyroannieon November 01, 2013   Link
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    My Opinion1. Sweet boy looking for a friend however when he gets nervous/anxious he becomes a compulsive masterbater.
    2. This behavior doesn't go over well in public and as a consequence he frequently gets beaten up but he is used to it.
    3. He gets sent to the principle's office. It turns out the principle is a child molester and he rapes the boy in his office.
    4. His tragic life is more than he can take so he overdoses on pills
    Dasmuleon January 26, 2014   Link
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    General Commentit's a super good song. and the parts "You can all just kiss off into the air
    Behind my back I can see them stare
    They'll hurt me bad but I won't mind
    They'll hurt me bad, they do it all the time" are something I could be saying
    Chiisushion May 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentViolent Femmes are the shiznit. Awesome, they are.

    "I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record
    Oh yeah?
    Well don't get so distressed;
    Did I happen to mention that I'm impressed?"

    Best lines. For me anyways. :)
    anna118kon May 21, 2002   Link

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