"Blister in the Sun" as written by and Gordon Gano....
When I'm out walking
I strut my stuff
And I'm so strung out
I'm high as a kite
I just might stop to check you out

[chorus]
Let me go on like I
Blister in the sun
Let me go on
Big hands, I know you're the one

Body and beats,
I stain my sheets
I don't even know why
My girlfriend, she's at the end,
She is starting to cry

Let me go on like I
Blister in the sun
Let me go on
Big hands, I know you're the one

When I'm out walking
I strut my stuff
And I'm so strung out
I'm high as a kite
I just might stop to check you out

When I'm out walking
I strut my stuff
And I'm so strung out
I'm high as a kite
I just might stop to check you out

Body and beats,
I stain my sheets
I don't even know why
My girlfriend, she's at the end,
She is starting to cry

When I'm out walking
I strut my stuff
And I'm so strung out
I'm high as a kite
I just might stop to check you out

[Chorus]


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"Blister in the Sun" as written by Gordon Gano

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is about masturbation, ie: Body and beats I stain my sheet I don't even know why.
    And: Big hands I know you're the one...
    Come on! You can't say you didn't pick that one!
    PunKinDrubliCon February 07, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI always thought this was a song from a penis's point of view...
    seethransomon September 02, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is obviously not about masturbation. You guys are acting like morons. It's not about anything. Gordon Gano didn't write songs with definite purposes like that (with a few exceptions). Like, what's "Add It Up" about? Frustration. "Black Girls"? He's horny. He likes black girls. The guy's not Lou Reed.

    "Blister In The Sun" is about a mood, like a certain kind of feeling. Walking around, struttin' your stuff, not knowing why. Going wild in the sun. That's what it's about.
    theeman0000on February 21, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentin the 6th grade i was with my first girlfriend and we were listening to the radio. this song came on and she went on about how it dosent make any sense. and i didnt want to tell her it was about masturbation cus she was y'know a 12 year old girl, so i said it had a meaning that i didnt want to tell her. so she called me a stuborn liar. and then we started fighting...and that is how my very first realationship ended
    zombiesraftermeon May 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song FactGordon Gano is a clever and intelligent lyricist. You can tell intelligent by the words in his vast vocabulary. And if you didn't know he was also a member of N.H.S. (national honors society)

    Gano was a mere kid when he wrote this self titled Debut album, this song touches base a a couple key elements, he is talking about how he is high on Heroin, this drug, not any other. He's strung out, when they recorded this album, there is a recording of Gordon on an answering machine saying his dad locked him in the basement and he wouldnt be able to make it. They included this recording on the Add it Up album which has different versions of their previous hits, as well as some new tracks mixed in.

    Add it up was put together mostly to meet obligations to their record company at the time, i believe it may have been Rhino but im not positive. Gordon Gano's father would lock him in the basement in an effort to prevent the 17 year old then from obtaining Heroin. (maybe he was 18, I'm doing this from memory and i researched this band many years ago so my facts may be a little of, but they are close enough)

    "let me go on" clearly a refence to complaining, teen angst type shit im sure.
    "like i blister in the sun" you ever have a sun burn with blisters? It's fucking hell! you complain a lot about the pain. maybe Gordon was cleverly using this as a metaphor for being dope sick.

    As for the masturbation reference? "Body and beats /I stain my sheets / I don't even know why / My girlfriend / she's at the end / She is starting to cry"
    Body n beats is whacking off, stain my sheets with cum stains.
    his girlfriends frustrated with him, either because he's shooting up and a junky, or it may be because When you use Heroin it can mess with your sex drive. and he's jerkin off instead of banging his girl. (cum stains on his sheets could have tipped her off possibly, or she thinks hes cheating, maybe he is cheating. He does mention getting high strutting his stuff and possibly, "checking you out"

    i will share this, i personally was addicted to Heroin for 10 years, (clean 5 + now) i would often prefer beating off to having sex with my girlfriend, I would think about how messed up it was, and wonder what was wrong with me, why wouldnt i just have sex with my girlfriend, this could be what Gano was going through,, only he truly can explain. WHICH THE FEMMES DID DO!

    This is where i have to leave it to you to decide what he is saying, The femmes themselves claim it is about a bald woman they saw or maybe knew, im not sure. All they said about its meaning were these exact words "Its about a bald woman"
    They may have been fucking with us or not.

    It could possibly be that she is the blister in the sun and bitching, and Gano used this line to describe the Bald woman. "Going on like a blister in the sun"

    Staining his sheets could be caused from pissing his pants from laughing sooo hard, and his girlfriend's in tears from laughing so hard.and we all know when you are high things are a lot funnier. He might have been "checking out" the Bald woman which they claim this song is about.

    Now, Knowing how clever Gano is and having obsessed over this band since i first started liking music, it could be a safe bet he may have found a clever way for this song to be about all the things i talked about.
    mr1man2on January 25, 2015   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis is how I relate:
    I'm horny as after 3-4 days tweaking and playing with mine and the boyfriends penis but neither of us have blown a load out so my cock is, and myself are strung out, still high, out walking checkin out beats etc. flaunting my semi-hard penis thru revealing clothing and when someone shows interest, I might stop to check them out, and he has Big hands, he prolly has a Big cock too!!
    Daboizon April 01, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno posts on this song? hehe this song reminds me of when i was younger...o well good song rock on
    KDCurly87on January 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, "Blister in the Sun" does rather imply swelling, does it not?

    :)
    tehanuon February 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so about masterbation. You can't deny it. I knew the first time i really listened to the lyrics.
    jermsteadon June 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI originally thought this song was about the singer being attracted to another man. He goes on like he "blisters in the sun" because he won't come out of the closet. He knows 'Big Hands' is the one... his girlfriend is at the end because their relationship isn't real (because he's gay).

    Then someone told me that it was about the singers girlfriend. Apparenlty she came up to him on the street and he said something like "hi there tiny hands"... the song is from her perspective calling him "big hands".
    qbert592on December 07, 2007   Link

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