One, two, three

She's a real left winger 'cause she's been down south
And held possums in her arms, she said
"I could tell you stories that could make you cry, what about you?"
I said, "Me too, I could tell you a story that would make you cry"
And she sighed, "Ah"

I said, "I wanna be a singer like Lou Reed"
"I like Lou Reed," she said, sticking her tongue in my ear
"Let's go, let's sit, let's talk, politics goes so good with beer
And while we're at it, baby
Why don't you tell me one of your biggest fears?"
I said, "Losing my penis to a whore with disease"
"Just kidding"
I said, "Losing my life to a whore with disease"
She said, "Excuse me, please?"
I said, "Losing my life to a horrible disease"
She said, "Please"

Well, I'm a humble guy with healthy desire
Don't give me no shit because

I've been tired, I've been tired, I've been tired
I've been tired, I've been tired, I've been tired

I told the tale of a girl but I call her a woman
She's a little bit older than me
Strong legs, strong face, voice like milk breasts like a cluster of grapes
I can't escape her ways she raised me

She make me feel like Solomon
Beware your babies even if you have no one
And while we're at it baby
Why don't you tell me one of your biggest fears?
You don't want to sleep after setting my loins on fire
Well, that's okay because

I've been tired, I've been tired, I've been tired
I've been tired, I've been tired, I've been tired
I've been tired, I've been tired, I've been tired
I've been tired, I've been tired, I've been tired
I've been tired, I've been tired, I've been tired

T I are E D spells it, spells it, spells it, spells it



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I've Been Tired Lyrics as written by Charles Thompson

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  • +4
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    The reference to the Solomon is pretty obvious--"breasts like a cluster of grapes" is a quotation from the Song of Solomon, one of the greatest pieces of erotic poetry in the Hebrew Testament.

    One of the things I love about Francis is the way he shift so easily and seamlessly between lo-fi punk and hi-culture references like this. Lot's of examples. Nimrod's Son; also my fave, "Uriah hit the crapper, the crapper" from "Dead," which is based on David and Bathsheba; not to mention Gouge Away, and a few others. Boy's a friggin genius.

    DrBBon April 18, 2005   Link
  • +3
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    This song, alone, proves that Frank Black is the musical equivalent of Jesus.

    Ramagammaon January 01, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    you skipped the part after he says, "losing my lfe to a whore with disease" where the girl says "excuse me, pleeeeeaase?"

    pleaseon October 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    I love this song, I don't think I really need to interpret the meaning, as it is pretty easily understood... it's just a conversation between a boy and a girl. But it's just so funny and brilliantly written. and contains one of my favourite lines ever: "Losing my penis to a whore with disease..." only Black Francis could have come up with that line... genius!

    zoton July 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    I really find this song hilarious... especially the 'losing my penis to a whore disease...' part. And could any of you smart folks tell me about solomon?

    muchthanmoreon November 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    I think this really skanky girl is really attracted to the singer but not the reverse. He's trying everything he can think of to lose her, such as insulting her, trying to say he's too tired for sex, but he can't shake her.

    @robertretro86 Down south can refer to South America too. The earth doesn't end at America's borders, y'know.

    RedTuttleon August 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
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    wow this song is great, makes me laugh every time i listen to it

    DuTcHoVeNon February 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    This song is very much Loud Reed-esque... Well that's probably why he mentioned his name.

    Eatcarpeton March 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    What can I say except that this guy is a fucking genius! How does he come up with those lyrics? A top top choon! Frank Black....I Love You!

    Sweet Lollion April 04, 2005   Link
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    "Breasts like a cluster of grapes" is not a particularly nice image in my opinion. Sounds like multiple bulbous growths hanging out of a woman's chest or something!

    ReActoron September 18, 2005   Link

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