"Backlash" as written by Paul Westerberg and Joan Jett....
I had it made, I never strayed
From a course that somebody else laid
I clenched my fists, I never miss
One night (one night) you find that ya can't turn back
So it's goodbye to the past
Here it comes, here it comes feel it comin'
Backlash, backlash, backlash
Oh yea, it's too bad now it's a backlash
Your time ain't long you don't belong
Maybe so but you hope that they're wrong
Thin skin gets thick it happens quick
Like a baby turn her very first trick
Hold tight (hold tight) hold tight for the ride of your life
And the lovers go by so fast
Here it comes, here it comes feel it comin'
Backlash, backlash, backlash
Used to love me used to care (do you care?) used to want me
Here it comes, here it comes I guess that's fair
Now, do you love me, do you care, do you want me
One night (one night) we find we're outta, outta time
Here it comes, here it comes here it comes a see'mon
Backlash, backlash, backlash

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"Backlash" as written by Paul Westerberg Joan Jett

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    General CommentI love this song, and I didn't really know what it was about until I just read the lyrics. Sounds like it's describing some sort of great feeling or experience. Either the feeling of love, or an orgasm. I love Joan Jett, and wouldn't be surprised if it's about the latter. That's just what I deciphered quickly. But I could be wrong.
    TheCranberriesLoveron April 28, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationOwing to the music video and its time of release, I believe this song is about the music from the past coming back because of Nirvana's supposed 'end' to the glam-metal of the late '80s.
    Some lines are about how she never 'sold out' to that genre of music: "Thin skin gets thick, it happens quick", whilst others are about the glam-metal lifestyle: "I never strayed from a course that somebody else laid".
    "Your time ain't long you don't belong," is taunting those that play that type of music, and the backlash is the past - although the line: "So it's goodbye to the past" is about the past of the glam-metal hay-day.
    Unfortunately, most artists are very vague, and so the song could be about anything from my interpretation to sex to even (unlikely) hating Nirvana and telling them to stop bringing back the old, edgy rock music.
    theejdavieson April 17, 2014   Link

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