"Drowning By Numbers" as written by and Molko/olsdal/schultzberg....
Open up your heart, let me slip inside.
Such determination always tries to turn the tide.
Open up your arms, let me dive into the big, big blue.

Try losing this chromosome,It's my choosing down to the bone
Open up your heart, let me slip inside.
Such imagination always helps the feeling slide.
Open up your soul, folding back into, the big, big blue.

Try losing this chromosome,It's my choosing down to the bone.
Blood(dive in)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(dive in)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(dive in)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(dive in)
Blood

Open up your heart let me slip inside.
Auto Flagellation allways helps the ghost to hide.
Open up your arms let me dive into the, big, big blue.

Try losing this chromosome, It's my choosing down to the bone.
Blood(dive in)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(dive in)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(dive in)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(dive in)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(dive in)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(dive in)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(drowning)
Blood(drowning)


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    General Commentmh, I'm a bit clueless here

    "try losing this chromosome" reminds me of men having XY and women XX. Maybe he's in love with a man for the first time and doesn't really want to realize it and wishes that his guy could lose the Y chromosome and be a woman.

    "such imagination always helps the feeling slide" could mean that it's easier for him to love his guy when he imagines he's a woman...
    :-/ sick interpretation

    anyway.... did anyone realize that the part "such imagination always helps the feeling slide" is almost exactly like in "Without you I'm nothing"??? --> "such imagination seems to help the feeling slide"???
    Luna_lunaticon May 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti guess this song has something to do with greenaway film with the same title.
    vadmacskaon August 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite part is when he's singing drowning, it's sooooooo gooooooood :D
    title_track_loveon October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite part is when he's singing drowning, it's sooooooo gooooooood :D
    title_track_loveon October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman...bo one's commented on what this song means just yet....its been up for 3 years! well I personally don't quite know what brians trying to say here but I *think* it might be about love and drowning in the emotions and sacrifices towards love......thats just my thought.......anyways yeah....more poeple should comment cause this is an awesome song and Placebo and Brian Molko ROCK!! :D
    _In_Joy_And_Sorrow_on December 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyer Brian re-used the lyrics. (similarly in Kitsch Object to Peeping Tom).

    i agree, the best part of the song is when he's saying 'drowning'
    zodinon June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHm, I really like this song, but I'm not too sure what it means. Maybe the 'big, big blue' is like the gene pool, and he wants to come back as a woman... or genderless... or maybe the person he speaks of he wants this to happen to. A song about changing peoples minds and perceptions of the roles of genders? Hell I don't know, but I really like the
    'Open up your heart, let me slip inside. part.
    Great song
    Auto-flagellation always helps the ghost to hide.'
    ladydominionon December 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Such determination always tries to turn the tide"
    "Such imagination always helps the feeling slide."
    i just love those lyrics so much. & i think everyone can relate to them tbh, we've all been in that situation where the person we're craving just aint interested & we've still kept trying, ignoring the fact they're not.
    mm. agree with Luna about the rest of the song.
    ehlinxon February 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Try losing, this chromosome.
    It's my choosing, down to the bone."
    he was veeery androgynous when he wrote this song... maybe it means like the XY chromosones, losing one of them, becoming female, more androgynous... how it was his choice alone...
    Imaginaryboyon July 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love how 'such imagination always help the feeling slide' is sung in Without You I'm Nothing as well.
    shellboyon July 30, 2009   Link

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