Many people tell you that they're your friend
You believe them
You need them
For what's round the river bend
Make sure that you're receiving the signals they send
'Cause brother, you've only got two hands to lend

Maybe there's someone who makes you weep
And some nights loom up ahead
When you're asleep
Some days there's things on your mind you should keep
Sometimes, it's tougher to look than to leap

(Ooh-ooh) better watch out for the skin deep
(Ooh-ooh) better watch out for the skin deep
(Brother, watch out) watch out for the skin deep
(Brother, watch out) watch out for the skin deep
Better watch out for the skin deep

One day, the track that you're climbing gets steep
Your emotions are frayed
And your nerves are starting to creep
Just remember the days
As long as the time that you keep
Brother, you better watch out for the skin deep

(Ooh-ooh) better watch out for the skin deep
(Ooh-ooh) better watch out for the skin deep
(Brother, watch out) watch out for the skin deep
(Brother, watch out) watch out for the skin deep
Better watch out for the skin deep

(Brother, watch out) watch out for the skin deep
(Brother, watch out) watch out for the skin deep
Better watch out for the skin deep


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Skin Deep Lyrics as written by Hugh Alan Cornwell Jean Jacques Burnel

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +3
    General CommentI always thought, as a kid that they were singing "better watch out for the skindee"... Wtf a skindee is i'll never know... but that's what I thought..
    Tricky1979on October 17, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it speaks to friendship and how some friendships are just skin deep. You have to make sure you know which ones are only skin deep so you know who you can rely on in time of crisis.
    lighthumoron March 03, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWatch out for the shallow, superficial so-called sophisticates trying to monopolize your valuable time. Stand up to the machine, don,t let it roll over you.
    Markomatic3000on March 27, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is a very profound song. We all suffer disappointment sometime in life when we find we're let down by someone we thought we could trust.

    To me, this song is a caution, but at the same it's quite optimistic - recognises that sometimes we'll all feel low, sometimes we all need other people and human companionship, and that's good - just be careful that the friends and people we draw close to us are genuine.
    HTUKon December 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are not quite right. These are the correct lyrics:

    Many people tell you that they're your friend
    You believe them
    You need them
    For what's round the river bend
    Make sure that you're receiving the signals they send
    Cos brother, you've only got two hands to lend

    Maybe there's someone who makes you weep
    And some nights loom up ahead
    When you're asleep
    Some days, there's things on your mind you should keep
    Sometimes, it's tougher to look than to leap

    Better watch out for the skin deep
    Better watch out for the skin deep
    (Brother watch out) Watch out for the skin deep
    (Brother watch out) Watch out for the skin deep
    Better watch out for the skin deep

    One day the track that you're climbing gets steep
    Your emotions are frayed
    And your nerves starting to creep
    Just remember the day's
    As long as the time that you keep
    Brother, you better watch out for the skin deep

    Better watch out for the skin deep
    Better watch out for the skin deep
    (Brother watch out) Watch out for the skin deep
    (Brother watch out) Watch out for the skin deep
    Better watch out for the skin deep

    (Brother watch out) Watch out for the skin deep
    (Brother watch out) Watch out for the skin deep
    Better watch out for the skin deep

    DD
    DongDingon May 01, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought he was saying better watch out for the scooby. I wasn't even close
    gravethief13on September 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was “better watch out for the schoolys (school-ease)”
    Plarockson November 24, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's also a caution to us in how we are to others too, I think - lines like "Brother you've only got two hands to lend". Also "there's things on your mind you should keep" and "tougher to look than to leap" suggest to me that sometimes being a real friend to someone takes more than just the easy options. Sometimes we have to do the "tougher" thing and hold back from saying what we might want to, or think carefully before we act in a friendship or relationship (or "leap").
    HTUKon December 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOL I feel better now. For years I thought it was "better watch out for the goonies" Had me earses cleaned since...
    diggy10373on July 09, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn this world of Social Media this song is so apt.
    mike118312on July 13, 2021   Link

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