I am, I am, I am
I said I wanna get next to you
I said I'm gonna get close to you
You wouldn't want me have to hurt you too
Hurt you too

I ain't, I ain't, I ain't
A buyin' into your apathy
I'm gonna learn, you my philosophy
You wanna know about atrocity
Atrocity

I know you want what's on my mind
I know you like what's on my mind
I know it eats you up inside
I know you know, you know, you know

I am a man, a man
I'll give you something that you won't forget
I said you shouldn't have worn that dress
I said you shouldn't have worn that dress
Worn that dress

I know you want what's on my mind
I know you like what's on my mind
I know it eats you up inside
I know you know, you know, you know

Here I come, I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come

I am, I am, I am
I said I wanna get next to you
I said I gonna get close to you
You wouldn't want me have to hurt you too
Hurt you too

I know you want what's on my mind
I know you like what's on my mind
I know it eats you up inside
I know you know, you know, you know

I know you want what's on my mind
I know you like what's on my mind
I know it eats you up inside
I know you know, you know, you know

Here I come, I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come, I come


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Sex Type Thing Lyrics as written by Robert Emile Deleo Dean Deleo

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  • +8
    General Comment

    I saw/read (I don't remember which) an interview with Weiland in which he said it was about the way guys generally view women sexually, not necessarily rape.

    SgtBakeron June 24, 2004   Link
  • +7
    General Comment

    This is a song about rape and how our society deals with it. A lot of the time, the victim is blamed. Hence the lyric, "I said ya shouldn't have worn that dress."

    psychogroupieon May 28, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    I think it is def. about rape, but i dont think the line "you shouldnt have worn that dress" refers to how society deals with it. I think that last part of the song is from the rapists point of view and says that just as he says "I'll give you something that you wont forget." Just my take on it though.

    scorchoon August 23, 2002   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation

    I think it's not about rape, but rather about how a lot of pig headed men approach sex. Like, "btch likes me staring at her, that's why she's wearing that dress. She wants to get fcked" That sort of mentality. An abusive approach to sex, but not necessarily rape.

    BrewingInBrooklynon May 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Hmm makes sense.. I've always thought it was of the sexual nature..but never thought it was about rape

    pheebgirlon August 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is the only STP song that is completely obvious when it comes to the meaning. It's definately about rape, and definately coming from the rapist's point of view. Simple.. but still freakin' awesome!

    WinterOnyxon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I agree with what SgtBaker is saying totally.. I could see how it could be about rape too tho...

    I have Sex Type Thing tattooed on my arse ;)

    SexTypeThingon October 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Just the abuse of sexual power.

    HatchbackMustangon June 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    Well here's the thing about this song. It can easily be about rape, but it could also simply be about seduction. If sung with the right feeling, it's more or less very cocky and arrogant seduction. And as far as the "hurt you too" part, well, if someone's that cocky and arrogant about this matter, he probably has a reason to be that way. Well endowed... or just damn good at it, and there is a lot of satisfaction in a little bit of pain

    endarklighton February 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Is it fucked up that upon hearing this song as a 14 yr old girl, I thought this song was supposed to be sexy? Never once occurred to me it was about rape. I thought this animalistic sexual behavior was just what guys did, and I dreamed that one day a guy would "want me" as much as the guy in this song.

    I am 32 and just finding out the rapey meaning of this song. It's blowing my mind with how fucked up a society we live in that my 14 yr old girl self sincerely thought all those things.

    Mendalusa77on December 05, 2015   Link

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