"Walking Zero" as written by Liam Coverdale-howe, Chris Corner and Ian Pickering....
Sacrifice my vanity, kick off my heels
A careless weight on your hatred,
Understand it's so simple, a simple please
To keep the faithful on a wounded knee,

To the madness I do confess
I never see myself as blessed
Confused, unaddressed,
Like a saviour I do caress,

The truth is boredom more or less
Unused, obsessed, my time is only given to you,
Too much to choose, it's not mine to contemplate
If I can lose, with this blood on my shoes

Compromise in full extreme, cut off my heels,
Name a price on what's sacred
Guaranteed I've got something,
A royal disease, take a flood to clean these streets

To the madness I do confess, forever see myself as blessed
Immune, obsessed, like a saviour I do caress
The truth is boredom, it's excess
Take more, give less, My time is only given up to you

Too much to choose, it's not mine to contemplate if I can lose
With this blood on my shoes.


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"Walking Zero" as written by Ian Pickering Chris Corner

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    General Commentok people this song is for all those dumb girls out there like me who scrafise them selves to stay with some one that doesnt appreciate them! and they stay not to be alone!!
    skystaron December 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song has one of the best beats i've ever heard! i love it!
    to me it sounds as if the speaker felt as if she was a 'walking zero' because she gave her whole self to this person that, like jdoodles said, didn't appreciate the devotion at all. it's a bad relationship in which one side takes more while the other gives. by the end of the song she resolves to be the one taking more.
    playgroundloveon January 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's told from the perspective of a girl who either is or feels like a whore. she's literally walking zero.
    ThatGouletKidon July 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSacrifice my vanity, kick off my heels
    A careless weight on your hatred
    I understand it's so simple; a simple "please"
    To keep the faithful on a wounded knee.

    To the madness I do confess:
    I never see myself as blessed
    (Confused, unaddressed)
    Like a saviour I do caress,
    The truth is boredom more or less
    (Unused, obsessed)

    My time is only given to you
    Too much to choose
    It's not mine to contemplate If I can lose
    This blood on my shoes.

    Compromise in full extreme, cut off my heels
    Name a price on what's sacred
    Guaranteed I've got something;
    A royal disease
    Take a flood to clean these streets

    To the madness I do confess: forever see myself as blessed
    (Immune, obsessed)
    like a saviour I do caress
    The truth is boredom, it's excess
    (Take more, give less)
    My time is only given up to you
    Too much to choose
    It's not mine to contemplate if I can lose
    With this blood on my shoes...

    (I think the punctuation may be important in extracting the proper context)

    I would say that most of the previous posters are right, but, given the arc of the whole album from start to finish, there's a certain context that can be gleaned. Tracks like "Tesko Suicide" very cleanly comment on a resurgent "female empowerment" trend: women (and with them, girls) taking the reins of a hitherto exclusively masculine sexual role that, according to Sneaker Pimps, is ultimately empty.

    At this point in the narrative (that is, the album "Becoming X"), the spokeswoman is describing the painful disparity between how women's emotional priorities and this newly flexed sexual dominance do not, in fact, align.

    Great album, seminal trip-hop work.
    myislanduniverseon December 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't get what she's talking about. this is one of my favorite songs. PLEASE someone explain!! anyone know of any good sneaker pimp fansites?
    boomerstyleon August 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about doing everything for another person and them not appreciating it and ignoring you.
    jdoodleson August 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod, I love this song! I'm not quite sure what it means but I guess that's why I like it.
    SisTer_SaTanon September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOne of the reasons why i adore the Sneaker Pimps is because of their deep lyrics, although i don't always understand them but like Sister Satan said "that's why i like it"... The mood is what captivates me
    Sambanovaon September 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthehe, thats pretty good sambanova. "i really love them because their lyrics go way over my head". either way, i think the sneaker pimps' lyrics arent so much about the meaning behind the words. sometimes lyrics are more for mood, they put you in a certain place, spiritually ...personally... aerodynamically.
    orangetomorrowon April 07, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Compromise in full extreme, cut off my heels,
    Name a price on what's sacred"

    I love this line! But yeah, I don't really know why either. Don't really get the lyrics, but I do agree with jdoodles for some reason...
    FeyTHon October 10, 2004   Link

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