"Chinese Burn" as written by Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia....
She burns friends like a piece of wood
And she's jealous of me because she never could
Hold herself up without a spine
And she'll look me up when she's doing fine

Because the rage it burns like Chinese torture
She's just someone's favourite daughter
Spoilt and ugly as she willingly slaughters
Friends and enemies they're all the same
They'll burn her name
And crush her fame

She'll break a promise as a matter of course
Because she thinks it's fun to have no remorse
She gets what she wants and then walks away
And she doesn't give a fuck what you might say

Because it cuts her up like Irish mortar
Mother's pride is what we taught her
Soiled and petty as we happily taunt her
Friend or enemy we're all to blame

She'll burn us bad
She'll flaunt her flame
She'll make us remember, remember her name

If she sits still like she knows she could
She could win this game and be the queen for good
Save herself up for the cream of the crop
Then she'll look us up when she's ready to stop

Because the rage it burns like Chinese torture
She's just someone's favourite daughter
Spoiled and ugly as she willingly slaughters
Friends and enemies are all that came
To burn her name
Crush her flame
We're all to blame


Lyrics submitted by Gwen Stefani

"Chinese Burn" as written by Toni Halliday Dean Garcia

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    General CommentIt's something along the lines of battling with one's inner self. I think. The woman Toni is talking about in the song is meant to be inside her own mind, or something. I just remember reading something along those lines once upon a time.
    Artificial Idioton February 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningi think i read an interview with toni that indicated this song is about herself from a third-person point of view.
    iomusikon February 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a typical, trifling, girl who thinks she's posh but has as much substance or nerve as a wet tissue. Friends are only friends when it's convenient. She's petty and a backstabber but ultimately will pay the price. And from the sound of it, probably at the hands of Toni.

    What's weird is the video for this song. It's her and Dean waiting to make an ersatz drug deal with shady characters. Except the deal isn't over drugs, they're scoring a synthesizer. The deal goes bad and they are killed presumably shot and left for dead in the sewer tunnel..
    Endymion2013on December 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe title is chinese buring people... -sigh- Well, I doubt anyone needs help to figure out the meaning.
    indignityon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWait.... or maybe it's not. Maybe I'm insane.
    indignityon March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's Chinese Burn... and i doubt your insanity.
    girl, suicideon April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It was in Buffy and is great.
    closeureyeson January 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta Chinese Burn in the UK = an Indian Burn in the US

    I remember this song first appearing in a Sony minidisc advert. I rushed out and bought it as soon it was released (the song not the minidisc player).
    futwickon December 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe irony of someone calling themselves Gwen Stefani adding these lyrics is too much... Ha ha ha...

    Definitely get the internal struggle vibe.
    xdvron September 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds more like someone who was tortured as a child (you know, someone who was taunted and teased... everyone's experienced it) and she's ready to prove that she's better than everyone. "She could win this game and be the queen for good."

    Probably not right, but that's what I picture it as.

    Although, an internal struggle... well, that takes some wild swings of the imagination, but I guess that could work, too.
    Dierdraon November 11, 2009   Link

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