"Mark Bowen" as written by Michael Andrew Bordin, Roddy Christopher Bottum, Bill David Gould, Jim B. Martin and Charles Henry Iii Mosley....
Love, it's a beginning
A justifiable means to an end
And happiness, that triumphant feeling
Only comes from within
But, you'll never make the grade
No you'll never, ever reach that plateau
You're down below
And it's where your soul will forever glow
But it's not that ray of sunshine that feels so warm
It's just that bottomless inferno

You're in the depths of hell
And I think that's swell
And I hope you get well

Well done, fried in and out
Burned to a crisp, if that's what I wish
I didn't write the rules
I just follow them to a tee
Cause that's me, I'm evil
I'm hateful, I'm sinful, forgetful, mistrustful
I'm diseased and contagious
I'm suicide, homicide, genocide, pesticide

I'm a human bomb
I'll kill anyone
And so are you, so don't be coy
Cause you too can destroy me like a toy
Not like Mark Bowen
He never done nothin' to no one
That didn't deserve it

Lyrics submitted by walnutbutt

"Mark Bowen" as written by Charles Henry Iii Mosley Bill David Gould

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., COHEN AND COHEN

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    General CommentJust gonna say this is not about an angry relationship between one of the band members, it's merely a clever twist to a dramatically spiteful song. All the power is built up in a negative way throughout the song, and by the end, when you get the twist, "Not like Mark Bowen..." all that powerful negativity is reversed to reflect him in a positive light. One thing I like about Faith No More is there's actually poetic power in the lyrics, even before Mike Patton joined the band. I gotta admit some of the songs I'm working on lyrically draw on FNM inspiration. "You're in the depths of hell/And I think that's swell/And I hope you get well". These lines have such happy-go-luckiness with undertones of horror and hatred... I love it.
    germandeathkittiezon April 09, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning of the song according to Mark Bowen himself -

    "The truth behind "the Mark Bowen" song, is that prior to having a permanent singer, the band named their songs after persons, places, or things that were around when the music was formulated, rather than naming them song A or song B, etc. There were no lyrics and therefore no real song name. When the boys sent a tape to LA, so that Chuck could write some lyrics for his upcoming stint as singer, he made up lyrics for the song that was labeled as, "Mark Bowen". I had spent a day or so with Chuck prior to that, but he did not really know me. He just made up a song. I'm happy to have my 15 minutes of fame from that, ha!"
    godddamon March 08, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAny one know who was Mark Bowen or what this song is all about?
    wyvron March 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMark Bowen was one of the guitarists FNM had before Jim Martin. The lyrics give me the feeling of an angry end to a relationship or friendship.
    javier138on March 21, 2011   Link

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