I wear my patent leather shoes

And my golden fleeces,

A feather in my hair for you

And then I fall to pieces



At your celebration (oh-oh, oh-oh)

Celebration (Oh-oh, Oh-oh)

Celebration (Oh-oh, Oh-oh)

Celebration (Oh-oh, Oh, oh)

Celebrate you.



We're quiet as two mannequins

Feasting on silences.

We wait for Christmas to begin

To see the cracking faces.

I tip my glass a toast to you,

The blood spills on the carpet



At your celebration (oh-oh, oh-oh)

Celebration (Oh-oh, Oh-oh)

Celebration (Oh-oh, Oh-oh)

Celebrate you.



And in the dream you held a gun;

You killed off all who hurt you

And left me there the only one

Who would not dare desert you.

I'm safe here growing in the shade,

Away from all the brightness.

I lost my innocence today

When I learned how to write this.



Tonight my nightgown is in knots.

I toss and turn in your honor.

I'll never know just what I've got

As long as you're my father.

And I'll keep searching here for you,

I'll clean out every corner.



It's not my fault.

It's not my fault. (celebrate you)

It's not my fault. (celebrate you)

It's not my fault. (celebrate you)

It's not my fault.


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    General Commenti love VERUCA SALT>>>
    swindler123on July 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI wish someone would comment on these songs. Big fans probably know more about what they mean than I do. But is this about sexual abuse? The last two verses mainly make me think that...
    EyesOnlyon March 31, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about losing a friend or a lover. Not literally losing them but having them drift away or break up with you.
    have2mintson December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think not every song is about a friend or lover. Musician had an interview back in the day... the interviewer said this song was about "the price of female self-denial in the face of the male sense of entitlement", backed up by what Louise Post said in the interview:

    "I've seen all those kids having a hard time deciding what to do with their lives, or having problems with drugs, feeling worthless," Post adds. "I don't feel confident or competent in this world." That's what "Celebrate You" is about: "It started with my father and extended to the other men in my life," she says. "I spent so much time celebrating them that I sort of neglected to celebrate myself or even acknowledge myself in that way."
    androgybunnyon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI feel like the first two verses start off about a girl who's not longer with her lover and she goes to a party of his, all dressed up to show him what he's missing. But she misses him too much and she starts cracking up. The last two verses shift to something much darker, and I'm not sure exactly what they're about.
    OAMMon August 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"And in the dream you held a gun/You killed off all who hurt you/And left me there the only one/Who would not dare desert you."

    "I'm safe here growing in the shade/Away from all the brightness/I lost my innocence today/When I learned how to write this."

    Perfect lyrics. Wish I could write like this.
    Aquarius121on September 13, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's definitely a feminist anthem of sorts. Just about being overshadowed by men in general. It's chock full of sarcasm.
    Numberoneblindon August 20, 2014   Link

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