"The Nobodies" as written by and Brian/lowery Warner....
Today I'm dirty
And I want to be pretty
Tomorrow, I know I'm just dirt
Today I'm dirty
And I want to be pretty
Tomorrow, I know I'm just dirt

We are the nobodies
Wanna be somebodies
When we're dead
They'll know just who we are
We are the nobodies
Wanna be somebodies
When we're dead
They'll know just who we are

Yesterday I was dirty
Wanted to be pretty
I know now that I'm forever dirt
Yesterday I was dirty
Wanted to be pretty
I know now that I'm forever dirt

We are the nobodies
Wanna be somebodies
When we're dead
They'll know just who we are
We are the nobodies
Wanna be somebodies
When we're dead
They'll know just who we are

Some children died the other day
We fed machines and then we prayed
Puked up and down in morbid faith
You should have seen the ratings that day
Some children died the other day
We fed machines and then we prayed
Puked up and down in morbid faith
You should have seen the ratings that day

We are the nobodies
Wanna be somebodies
When we're dead
They'll know just who we are
We are the nobodies
Wanna be somebodies
When we're dead
They'll know just who we are
We are the nobodies
Wanna be somebodies
When we're dead
They'll know just who we are
We are the nobodies
Wanna be somebodies
When we're dead
They'll know just who we are


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"The Nobodies" as written by Brian/lowery Warner

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  • +5
    General Commentthe "some children died the other day..." line is referring to the way the media handled the columbine incident. america fed the corporate machine then they prayed for the victims, he saying that its all wrong. they shouldnt have faith in the american government. "you should have seen the ratings that day" - showing that america has the wrong approach to tragedies like this. they just plaster it all over TV in order to get the ratings, they dont actually care about the victims, they just want the gory details.
    kellioon May 10, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think hirotheavatar hit it on the head with the meaning of this song. The media has made death very impersonal. Whether it is a school massacre or a suicide, when the nobodies die (for whatever reason it may be) people are shocked,... but then the people just pray for the nobodies and quickly forget them, moving on with their lives as if it was just a bad dream.

    The media plasters it all over the tv in order to increase their ratings... now these tragedies are just another day. People are desensitized now and they may feel sorrow over the nobodies, but it just doesn't hit home. They don't care cause it isn't effecting them... its just another news reel.

    This song actually hits home with me. I can relate to it a lot, cause I was a nobody in high school who was very suicidal. I felt like nobody else understood me and did not see me for who I truly was. I was bullied extremely bad (I mean, kicked down fire escape stares, had books slammed against my head, etc, not just called names and stuff) and was suicidal cause of it. I felt dirtier and dirtier every day that went by.

    I kept thinking to myself, "I bet if I blew out my brains, then these fxckers would finally see me." It's not that I wanted recognition for my death, I just wanted them to see me for what I was (someone in extreme pain), and not who they thought I was (which was just some kid who 'knew they were joking').
    Tenkuhon August 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEXACTLY LOGAN! You hit it on the dot. You are what he is talking about. People who don't care.

    There are so many "nobodies" in the world, no one really cares about them or notices them. They want to be something, to be noticed. They know they are nothing though. When THEY die no one cares, it doesn't effect them. They say some prayers and go on. The only thing people care about when someone dies is if they can get enough coverage of the deaths to get ratings.

    You are a perfect example of a souless person. You don't care and to me that means you feel nothing. I pray for you.
    hirotheavitaron July 21, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell, it kinda pissed me off the fact of that everyone moved inmediatly to the brigde to talk about tha columbine shit, and almost noone took the time to look at the verses

    "Today, i'm dirty
    I want to be pretty
    Tomorrow, i'll know, i'm just dirt

    What i see here, is someone who feels bad about himself, doesn't matter what, and does something to become "pretty", losing with this his humanity, first he was dirty, but then, he lost himself, and only the dirt was left.

    The Bridge it's obviously about television, but not exactly the columbine, i think, even if manson said it was, clever publicity stunt by him, but when we talk about "the kids" we talk about someone young, who's still not corrupted by our shitty society, we talk about something pure, and i guess that's what manson wanted to say.

    Manson is awesome, just awesome <3
    debsakon October 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthat whole columbine thing was dumb. it didn't effect me at all. i didn't really care that it happened. i can't beleive they blamed manson's music for it. fuck em.
    logan_6969on June 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe way he repeats the verses is kinda spooky. Repeating verses is commonly used in nursery ryhmes, most nursery rhymes repeat verses, as it's simple to read and to understand for children.

    I might get a lot of stick for this but Manson is a lyrical genius and his lyrics are highly underrated because of his image. It's sad, because he truly is one of the best, if not THE best lyricist of our generation, along with Eminem (people will debate that too).
    kellioon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf any of you have seen the Guns, God and Government DVD, especially the "Death Parade" short film, you'll remember the concert where he held up a photo of a girl who was "beat up every day, and eventually couldn't take it anymore, so she killed herself"... I'm really not sure that this song, or any along the same lines lyrically, are about specific people, but more like those who are in the same situation, as well as giving recognition to those who do deserve it.

    As has been said, the media took advantage of events like Columbine and September 11th, making them into ratings battles, into a business for sheer sake of profit, and thus making these events really more tragic than they needed to be. The fact that people could EVER use these events for their own ends is just sick, and that's what this song in particular feels like it's touching on more than anything else.
    Vanovon April 13, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like being a nobody i hate the popular crowd
    blackrainbow666on October 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its about not being noticed (or beining nobodies) untill we die, and when we die we are noticed (we are somebodies) and we are missed......... i love manson... this song does kick ass
    Danie_Won December 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't interpret this song anymore because everyone's got basically my ideas.

    But the whole
    "Today I am dirty
    I want to be pretty"
    Thing means, maybe the outcast [obv Dyl & Eric in this case] wanted to be seen as something more than disgusting dirty vermin, and that the "pretty" thing was idk.. Being treated equally? But tomorrow it'll be the same.

    "We are the nobodies
    we wanna be somebodies
    when we're dead,
    they'll know just who we are"
    - Like most say, nobody notices you until you're dead.

    "Yesterday I was dirty
    wanted to be pretty
    I know now that I'm forever dirt"
    - Yesterday I was an outcast, who wanted to be looked at differently, like something pretty, but I know that that's never going to change.

    "Some children died the other day
    we fed machines and then we prayed
    puked up and down in morbid faith
    you should have seen the ratings that day"
    - That's going along with feeding your stories to the media about the Columbine thing [or any school shooting for that example] They fed the media, they prayed for a difference and they're only doing that being of the killings. "Morbid faith" might mean only praying to whatever god there is when someone is killed.


    Idk, it's really late here and my head's a bit jihdfdsljdhkus but yeah. This remains to single handedly be the best Manson song in existence for me. He's been my hero since I was 9 years of age, and I can proudly say that.
    C0m4.Wh1t3on May 25, 2008   Link

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