I can’t laugh too hard, I’m on a diet
I’m trying to lose myself, you ought to try it
Just starve for six days straight, oh it’s a riot
Every Sunday night

I binge and I barf cause I carry
The scars of an eight-year-old
Whose mother applied the same rules
To a kid's body as her own

I think you’ll leave me soon though I’ve no proof of it
But I’ll make it easier for you by being a little bitch
And this is just the fear but I think the reason
Why I’m scared you broke is

The only male influence I had
After daddy up and left
Were my mother’s weekend lovers
And their alcoholic breaths

I’ll tell you what caused it
If you handle the effects (the effects, the effects)...

I can’t laugh too hard, I’m on a diet
I’m trying to lose myself, you ought to try it
Just starve for six days straight, oh it’s a riot
Every Sunday night


Lyrics submitted by Siri_, edited by amy589

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    General CommentIncredible song, can really relate.

    "I can't laugh too hard I'm on a diet, I'm trying to lose myself" To me this is about how having a disordered relationship with food and diet takes the joy out of you, and you don't really laugh or just play as much. It's also about trying to run away from yourself or problems in your life, you make food into the biggest problem, but it's really just a distraction.

    The 2nd verse makes a lot of sense to me, so many times I've pushed people away, convinced they won't stick around anyways.

    I really love how she sings this one, very powerful :)

    prettyinpunk8177on March 28, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwoah.

    her life.
    and its effects.

    simple.
    jackattack9109on November 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHello,
    I think I made this account in 04 or 05, so they might have changed the amount of characters allowed since then :)
    prettyinpunk8177on April 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHello,
    I think I made this account in 04 or 05, so they might have changed the amount of characters allowed since then :)
    prettyinpunk8177on April 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think that this is a therapy session. "I'll tell you what caused it if you'll handle the effects." I picture her in a shrinks office, pouring her heart out to try and get a handle on the emotional damage her past has caused. And I think I read somewhere that it was in therapy Maria Mena started writing poems (which eventually became songs) in the first place, so it makes sense.
    superfedoraon July 19, 2010   Link

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