And I'd love you to notice
I'm devoted
To destroy for no one
Now it's that time again to take revenge
On all the debutantes and their friends
The bitter charlemagnes so self-absorbed
The bodily remains such a bore

Hey, yeah
Was I good enough to break you
Hey, yeah

And all I see is empty
'Cause now I'm one of them
So adored
The slink of impotence
That money can afford
We know who you are and where you live
Is your innocence all that you can give

Hey, yeah
Was I good enough to break you
Hey, yeah

In the back of the car
The angel dust was given back to the stars

Hey, yeah
Was I good enough to break you
Hey, yeah

And in this fall from grace
We'll meet again
Another time another place
I've been down deep in you and me
Let's see where we can go
Yeah yeah yeah
Angels, Barbe


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    I tnink that this song is about Marquis De Sade and his philosiphies and what he did in his life. As you can see Marquis is in the title and also is about rape or taking a girl virginity to humiliate them.

    mtw397on May 18, 2004   Link
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    My favorite part of this song is how you can tell Billy has a cold while singing it.

    srsomedayon October 25, 2007   Link
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    I love this song, nice and heartfelt but not a quiet song.
    There's a 'fuck you' spoken at the beginning, but I didn't put it in.

    56on May 22, 2002   Link
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    this song is about taking some girls virginity just to make her look stupid. making her look idiotic to her friends for falling for some guy who secretly hates her...so good! anyways, that's what i think...

    xpankfrisston April 06, 2003   Link
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    i must agree, its something to do with telling rich people to fuck off, I like this song cause if your broke you just hate the fuck out of those who have. I can also see it ties into becoming somthing that your not, like now that you have seen both sides of the fence, people with the greener grass try to have the higher class.I have friends who are like that

    samREDmonstalkeron May 14, 2004   Link
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    I tnink that this song is about Marquis De Sade and his philosiphies and what he did in his life. As you can see Marquis is in the title and also is about rape or taking a girl virginity to humiliate them.

    mtw397on May 18, 2004   Link
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    This has got to be one of the best Pumpkins songs never to be released on an album.

    I agree with the above, it seems to be basically about a protagonist who hates those people who try to act like they have class, who aspire to a certain type of behaviour etc. - the 'debutantes and their friends'.

    There's a bit more to it though. I think there are three parts to the song - first, the protagonist hates the rich pretenders, second he becomes part of their group, third, he takes advantage of this girl (I don't think it's rape though) and together they both escape the whole game to a new place, which is raw and free ('angels, barbed wire, fuck you, desire').

    You have to love the aggression of the guitar... written in the most prolific period of BCs songwriting arc with the Pumpkins.

    caitsith01on September 29, 2004   Link
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    "In the back of the car The angel dust was given back to the stars"

    id have to agree with caitsith01 - if you cant beat 'em, join 'em, and then have sex in the back of a car with 'em.

    atthedrive-inon November 24, 2004   Link
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    I think this song is about getting back at women

    buwhahaon December 15, 2004   Link
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    This is a very powerful song. I always felt it was about Billy rejecting the notion of being becoming self-involved and shallow because you've become rich.

    Seems to me that the song is written as though he's speaking to a woman that wanted him to get involved in that lifestyle with her and he's rejecting her.

    QWMaineon January 12, 2005   Link

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