I had wrists donning slits
Flowing constantly
My broken body in a wreck
I wrapped around a tree
A crosswalk hit and run
The finish line for me
People clutter in the gutter
Take a look and see

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth
No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth

My blood flows through the streets
Deluge from the wounds
Empty jars of sleeping pills
On the dresser in my room
My wet brain neighbor cranes
His neck to see
In time, the white lights, a train
Bearing down on me

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth
No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth

I won't feel the hurt
I'm not trash any longer
That that doesn't kill me
Only makes me stronger
I need a ride to the morgue
That's what 911 is for
So, tag my toe and don't forget
Ooh, to close the drawer

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth
No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth


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    General Comment

    MTV flipped when they saw the lyrics to 'Skin O'My Teeth' because they thought I was promoting committing suicide. It has taken us a long enough time to get our relationship politically correct with MTV. So I don't want to go out and film a video about a song that they are going to look at and say, 'You're nuts.' and if they say, 'Hey Dave, we're going to play your song, as radical as it is, but you have to go on there and say the song is not about suicide,' I'll say it. 'Hey, this song is not about suicide'. –Dave Mustaine, 1992

    That's about people who want to end it and just can't get it together. You know, they cut their wrist; it's just not deep enough. Or they decide to get hit by a car and it just breaks their leg or something. –Mustaine, 1992

    Mathos22on May 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    so happy

    gundamjunkieon May 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    well gumdamjunkie, ur one weird person, but i am here to tell yous all that this song is sbout Dave trying to kill himself but never sucseeding in doing.

    Warhammeron June 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Well then, looks like you two have something in common then :)

    NickQon June 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This is about SongMeanings not to express your fantasies. Get a life.

    And it does seem like an attempted suicide song hence he's hanging on by the "skin o' my teeth"

    sTkon August 21, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    Faust your a fukin dickheads, not everybody loves what you love

    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon September 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Yeah, It's hard to kill yourself when you're high.

    The riff reminds me of 2 Minutes to Midnight, partially because it uses the same penatonic minor riffing.

    MetalTrooperon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    on the video for this at the start he say something like "this is about how times i tried to kill myself but just couldnt get the fuckin' job done, skin o' my teeth!"

    iamthelawon January 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    FUCKING UNDERRATED!!! This song is easily the best song off of Countdown To Extinction. The solos rule, and it has a kickass riff. It's about Mustaine's numerous failed attempts at suicide.

    Thrash Metal Rulezon December 18, 2006   Link
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    Song Comparison

    The riff is pretty similar to one of the riffs from The Prince by Diamondhead.

    Haguson July 28, 2016   Link

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