"Skinny" as written by Richard Michael Patrick and Geno Lenardo....
So here you are in your small little world
Kept up like a little precious virgin girl
To hear 'bout your grace and your silly face
Wrapped up like a knot in a ball of shoelace
And everytime I talk to you
It sounds like you're caught in a psychological flu

Don't ever let them see you cheat
Don't ever let them see you bleed
Don't ever let them shake your hand
Don't ever let them believe that scam

Skinny
And it will make you cry
Skinny
And it will make you lie
Skinny
And if it makes you soft inside
Skinny
At least you will not die

And if you take a good look at them
All caught up in their graciousless win
Every sin is their seamless smile
Will go on for a countless while
And just because they think they won
It just means that the shit has just begun

Don't ever let them see you cheat
Don't ever let them see you beat
Don't ever let them shake your hand
Don't ever let them believe that scam

Skinny
And it will make you cry
Skinny
And it will make you lie
Skinny
And if it makes you soft inside
Skinny
At least you will not die

Yeah, skinny, skinny, huh
Yeah, skinny, skinny, huh
Yeah, skinny, skinny, huh
Yeah, skinny, skinny, huh

Yeah, skinny, skinny, huh
Yeah, skinny, skinny, huh
Yeah, skinny, skinny, huh
Yeah, skinny, skinny, huh


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"Skinny" as written by Richard Michael Patrick Geno Lenardo

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    General CommentIf you replace the word "Skinny" with "Nagger" it makes all sense.
    arbeitseinheiton October 24, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis is such an amazing song. this is one of those songs that i just blast on my cd player and lay on my floor to listen to. I love the lines, "and just because they think they won, it just means that their shit has just begun." how very true....
    chorts29on June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about anorexia and eating disorders. As someone who has an ED, the lyrics definitely apply. "small little world"= the world, the life, anorexia creates.
    "it will make you cry, it will make you lie"-that is what an eating disorder does to you. Constant lies to avoid food, as well as lies to yourself.
    "when they think they won it just means that the shit has just begun"- here they are talking about how people with ED's think they're winning by not eating and avoiding any temptaions, etc, but in truth they are just sinking deeper into more problems.
    "don't ever let them see you cheat"- that is what the anorexia voice demands, it's basically a mortal sin to let anyone see you eating or out of normal habits.
    futileexistenceon July 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song. Couldn't have said it better futileexistence. *Nods*
    Gypsy_bluezon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWow, I would have never guessed it, yet it's so straightforward in the lyrics.
    rtilon December 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to deal with someone being picked on who is mentally sick, or has a "psychological flu." They are encouraged not to show any weakness, and to never give up even when all looks lost. The skinny chorus of the song could mean skinny as in the truth, or skinny as in just being called skinny.
    This is why songs are so great, you can always interpret a song how you want to. I could see why someone with a ED would see it that way.
    kmk_natashaon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI understand the whole eating disorder thing, that's the first thing I thought of when I heard this song. But this is what I read.

    "*This song is about a lawsuit Rich was faced with after a female fan alleged that she was injured by a beer can Rich threw into the crowd at a concert. For those of you who have been to a Filter concert, you know what a pitching arm Rich has, but you also know to throw out your hand to catch the flying water bottles or duck for cover (wimp).*"
    schaqeron August 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentschager, what you're referring to is the inspiration for "Welcome to the Fold", not "Skinny".
    scarron November 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti fell like the song is about the press, and dodging all the shit they like to say

    as in we've got the "skinny" on filter
    bhamfan63on February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome. My first thoughts were also that this is about someone with an eating disorder.
    Lateralus518on May 25, 2007   Link

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