"The Crawl" as written by Marco E. Beltrami and Buck Henry Sanders....
It takes the pain away
That could not make you stay
It's way to broke to fix
No glue, no bag of tricks

Lay me down, the lie will unfurl
Lay me down to crawl.

Your smile would make me sneeze
When we were Siamese
Amazing grace in here
I'd pay to have you near.

Lay me down, the lie will unfurl
Lay me down to crawl.

Don't go and lose your face
At some stranger's place
And don't forget to breathe
And pay before you leave

Lay me down, the lie will unfurl
Lay me down to crawl.
Lay me down, the lie will unfurl
Lay me down to crawl.


Lyrics submitted by Ice

"The Crawl" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is the ultimate breakup song...
    The lines "don't go and lose your face at some strangers place" relates to the tendency to fall into a rebound-type situation or to just go and have a one night stand after a difficult breakup.
    LadyShadeson October 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about someone who has just lost the very thing he lived for. now he doesnt want anything anymore, he just wants to dissapear
    FalleN-AngeLon July 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthat's the song that made me fall in love with placebo, really. there's something completely amoral, obsessive and sexual about it.. a loveful hate or hateful love, and dependency, need. it's amazing.
    the thing that takes the pain away is obviously the drugs.. which probably turned this person he loved/hated away. they had no bond, no glue anymore, they're distant now, and he has no more tricks to makes her/him stay. but still.. the person lays him down and makes him crawl and beg for his/her attention and love. it's a bit like he's submitting his personallity for this person's love/sex.
    they were too tight, or siamese, for their own good, and got sick of each other. allergic to each other. it also gives the impression that the person pretends to be holy, when he/she isn't any of it. and brian's obssessive, and would even pay to have the person near, he'd do anything.
    the don't go and lose your face thing is like.. his identity lies with brian, and the person knows that. so if the person leaves him for someone else, it's like losing his/her identity, and stop breathing. and paying before he/she leaves, because he/she feels guilty.. like sex for him/her now feels like prostitution, or something to feel guilty about, without brian.
    so lay him down and let his lies go on, lay him down to start over again, to beg again.
    so brian starts the song as the poor guy.. but the tables turn, and he know what lies with him now.
    jubarbosaon August 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song a lot. I learned to play this on my guitar and I already knew the words... coincidencely (I think that may be a word) my friend had passed away soon after. I never played the same song as many times I did this one in my life. This song is very pretty.
    Vivica_Unknownon March 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, it's a perfect end to such an amazingly good album.
    My favourite line in the song is 'Your smile would make me sneeze when we were siamese'. Although I'm not sure whether I've put the right meaning to it, my interpretation is that when he was with the person he loved before they left ('...when we were siamese'), their smile was like a ray of sun ('Your smile would make me sneeze'). Because the sun makes you sneeze, right?

    Anyway, good song. No matter how my music tastes change, I always have a soft spot and a lot of respect for Placebo.
    save pelamaron May 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, this is almost certainly a breakup song.

    The music is fucking CREEPY. The candences make me shiver.
    archagonon November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, archagon. this song is delighfully creepy. it's beautiful, though, it gives me the shivers as well.
    miss catastropheon January 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Brian said once that 'smile would make me sneeze' was a reference to really disliking someone to the point where you were allergic to them, and, it seems, even their expressions
    Scandion April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that this song is one of their best...isn't it?
    ileana_floydfanon May 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it has something to do with a one-night stand maybe with a virgin maybe not. I'm thinking it'd be a virgin because he says, "don't lose your face." So I think maybe he convinced her to sleep with him and then later he is telling her what a mistake she made and he only wanted her for sex. Another totally contrary thought is that it might be about prostitution though I'm not too convinced with this idea.
    AFInsideon August 19, 2005   Link

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