"Bruise Pristine" as written by Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Robert Schultzberg....
The means are right for taking
Fade to gray
Trying to be ruthless
In the face of beauty
In this matrix
It's plain to see
It's either you or me

Bruise
Pristine
Serene
We were born to lose

Cause 'n' lie with a velvet glove
Reading like an open book
In the hands of love
In this matrix
It's plain to see
It's either you or me

Bruise
Pristine
Serene
We were born to lose

(Encore)

Means are right for taking
Fade to gray
Trying to be ruthless
In the face of beauty
In this matrix
It's plain to see
It's either you or me
Bruise
Pristine
Serene
We were born to lose


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"Bruise Pristine" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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    General CommentI think ''fade to grey'' is like fade into everyone else because you're being abused for being different and yourself. The fact he recorded this naked is just perfect. Heh.
    FalseSmileson December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYes, it's about pressure to conform image-wise. I think the video contains giving each other lovebites because it represents the juxtaposition of the song title. The models in the video are all very beautiful and pristine and bruises (and indeed lovebites) are not very physically becoming.
    Prisoner.I.Wason March 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me, this is a song about the price one pays for beauty/acceptance.
    screen dreamon April 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApparently this song is about being beaten up for what you wear or what you look like. That's why Brian Molko recorded it naked, which I think was very dark and witty.
    palefacedon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI heard Brian recorded it naked too, which only supports this idea of some one judged completely and abused on their clothing. This could lead into placing stereotypes and cliques and reform..its a great song.
    ChirenAndDemetriuson April 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always thought this was about being beaten and abused by someone you love or child abuse
    PLASon October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's interesting that they chose a very different type of bruise for the video, I'm not quite sure why.....any ideas?
    Scandion April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not entirely sure what it's meaning is. I like the theories about being judged on what you wear, but I can't see how it's said in the song.
    Perhaps I'm just stupid with these things.
    asphodelon May 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThese all sound like valid interpretations, so I don't think I can interpret it any further. However, the video shows a lot of interest in hickeys, so I think that might play into it somehow.
    IcarusIncarnateon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm from germany and this song makes me confused. Every one of Placebo's songs do it to me. So can someone explain me what the title of the song means ???
    sweet princeon January 28, 2006   Link

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