You're just like a dog with your begging bone
You're always chasing psychos down those rabbit holes
You like them the best 'cause they are dangerous
And they get off on you and your subservience

What can I do can't make a monkey out of you
I can't keep you wild and loose,
Can't lock you in your room
I can't make you pay for dreams, suspicious of the world
And can't teach you lessons that you never want to learn

You started to believe that you're completely unlovable
Which makes us want to laugh 'cause you're adorable
You say you've been depressed but no doubt you'll get over it
And get back on your feet just like a pugilist

What can I do can't make a monkey out of you
I can't keep you wild and loose,
Can't lock you in your room
I can't make you pay for dreams, suspicious of the world
And can't teach you lessons that you never want to learn

It's okay to be afraid of what's inside another mind
An invitation to discover and explore the other side
It's okay to be afraid of finding out you really care
Like a hammer crashing down between the clouds out of the air

Pray that they come true, of course they never do. X4
Of course they never do. X5



Lyrics submitted by merchantpierce

"Begging Bone [*]" as written by Douglas Elwin Erickson, Shirley Ann Manson, Steve W. Marker, Bryan David Vig

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General Comment:I think that this song is about trying to control and tame someone (like a dog), but you just can't because they're too wild!
    Rikoon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Possibly one of my favorite Garbage songs ever...I really love this verse, especially:
    "It's okay to be afraid of what's inside another mind
    An invitation to discover and explore the other side
    It's okay to be afraid of finding out you really care
    Like a hammer crashing down between the clouds out of the air"
    It sort of reminds me of someone who is apathetic and afraid to care, and then the person Shirley is singing as trying to reassure them that it'll be OK in the end.
    AliceInVelveton September 29, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:This song's fantastic
    "You started to believe that you're completely unlovable
    Which makes us want to laugh 'cause you're adorable
    You say you've been depressed but no doubt you'll get over it
    And get back on your feet just like a pugilist"
    I really like this bit
    Nowhere_Girlon October 14, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Nowhere Girl:
    *Agreed*. It's my favorite part too! And the way she sings it... *Falls off chair*
    Gwirleybeeon March 29, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:When I first bought Androgyny I was never taken by it but know I think it's one of the best b-sides from that era.

    Reason I fell in love with it was the lyrics really caught me when I properly listened to them.
    It's like a letter to a beloved friend or relative warning them to be less reckless and carefree but we should all be allowed to make our own mistakes.
    I think its also reassuring them - we love you for who you are, don't be afraid to know people out there are looking out for you.

    I too love the lines:

    "You started to believe that you're completely unlovable
    Which makes us want to laugh 'cause you're adorable
    You say you've been depressed but no doubt you'll get over it
    And get back on your feet just like a pugilist"

    And ....

    "It's okay to be afraid of what's inside another mind
    An invitation to discover and explore the other side
    It's okay to be afraid of finding out you really care
    Like a hammer crashing down between the clouds out of the air"


    darkling85on January 07, 2009   Link

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