"Peeping Tom" as written by William Lloyd, Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steven Hewitt....
I'm careful not to fall
I have to climb your wall
'Cause you're the one
Who makes me feel much taller than you are
I'm just a peeping tom
On my own for far too long
Problems with the booze
Nothing left to lose

I'm weightless, I'm bare
I'm faithless, I'm scared

The face that fills the hole
That stole my broken soul
The one that makes me seem to feel much taller than you are
I'm just a peeping tom
On my own for far too long
Troubles with the gear
Nothing left to fear

I'm weightless, I'm bare
I'm faithless, I'm scared
I'm weightless, I'm bare
I'm faithless, I'm scared

With every bet I lost
And every trick I tossed
You're still the one who makes me feel much taller than you are
I'm just a peeping tom
On my own for far too long
Problems with the booze
Nothing left to lose

I'm weightless, I'm bare
I'm faithless, I'm scared
I'm weightless, I'm bare
I'm faithless, I'm scared
I'm weightless, I'm bare
I'm faithless, I'm scared
I'm scared
I'm scared
I'm scared
I'm scared


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"Peeping Tom" as written by Brian Molko William Lloyd

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    General CommentI think EmilyTheStrange analysis is almost perfect :)

    Brian said once:

    "It's about voyeurism. It's about being a peeping tom. I try in the song to place you inside the head and make you feel the emotions of this voyeur and try and make you feel sympathetic because the only ray of light in this person's life is spying on this one particular person."
    Yishayon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is tragically, tenderly sad. Just that the only time this person feels 'tall' is when they're looking in on the person that they're obsessed with, and the fact that this is all that person has. This song might be less touching and more disturbing and invasive if it wasn't for the

    'I'm weightless... I'm bare
    I'm faithless... I'm scared
    I'm scared '

    lines. Defniately grows on you, see the tour visuals for this if you have the vids DVD.
    Deadcjunkieon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me feel... sorta happy n content, it is kinda sad, do u fink?
    stebugon June 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of when u get all depressed after doin loads of drugs over a long time and u begin to realize that this isn't that path u wanna be walking. You end up spending a lot of time alone and then occasionally going out to raves and partys and taking more drugs and having a "good" time. Then u go back home and just be alone again. Then u start to give into your hope. hence:
    "I'm weightless... I'm bare
    I'm faithless... I'm scared"
    MelonTribeon March 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think its about him always feeling like crap and only feeling good when he is peeping tom on a certain girl.
    nonnycrieson November 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's of course about peeping on someone, either girl or guy but realizing how low you really are. I think he's saying how early on he got on the wrong track and now he has nothing left to do but peep on this one person who seems to make his life feel fuller and he feels better about himself while he is peeping.
    AFInsideon August 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti kind of see this song as the only time he feels good is when he's taking his drug of choice, that that is the only thing he has to turn too

    ...fills the hole
    That stole my broken soul

    *sigh* this song makes me wanna cry though, so so beautiful
    seejackrunon November 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about being obsessed with somebody, and not being able to have them. All they can do is watch the one they want over their wall. Makes me think of the phrase ''so close and yet so far''... I think the person has just got to the point where they just don't have anything left to loose anymore. They have alcohol and drug problems ''Problems with the booze'' ''Problems with the gear'' and they have just kept telling themself that all they need is this one person. In the second verse i think its realisation of how low they have become and that deep down they know that even if they had this person the world wouldn't be a perfect place. Hence why instead of saying '''Cause you're the one Who makes me feel much taller than you are '' (in the first verse) it says ''The one that makes me seem to feel much taller than you are''
    An amazing song...
    EmilyTheStrangeon January 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's a really nice analogy, EmilyTheStrange.
    Sirius1on February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is Beautiful! i think Brians written this from the point of view of some lonely old tramp or lonely old man, who's a bit of a perv peeping tom. What i love about this song is that even though it's about someone that would repel most people it makes you really feel for the man. You see things from his point of view - problems with the booze nothing left to lose - and pity him.

    These sort of songs of Brians are what people who don't like placebo should listen to, they don't seem to realise that there is more to them than Nancy Boy and actually how talented they are. They're missing out on some beauties!
    ashtray girlon May 05, 2006   Link

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