Do what you want
'Cause I'll do anything
And I'll take the blame

What's mine is yours
You can have all of it
And I'll learn to pay

Oh the boys on the radio
They crash and burn
They fold and fade so slow
In your endless summer night
I'll be on the other side
When you're beautiful and dying
All the world that you've denied
When the water is too deep
You can close your eyes and really sleep tonight
Tonight

I want what's yours
Oh I'd give anything
And I'll take the pain

I wait alone
For what will never come
And I'll throw it all away

Oh the boys on the radio
They crash and burn
They fold and fade so slow
In your endless summer night
I'll be on the other side
When you're beautiful and dying
All the world that you've denied
When the water is too deep
You can close your eyes and really sleep tonight
Your beauty blinds

If I let you in under my skin
And risen every angel slain

He said he'd never, ever, ever go
And heavens, heavens, heavens know
And never, ever, ever go away
Baby, I've gone away

In your endless summer night
I'll be on the other side
When you're beautiful and dying
All the world that you've denied
When the water is too deep
You can close your eyes and really sleep tonight
Your beauty blinds

I know what you are running to
Please come back
Oh, come back again
I hear the truth
It's coming from you
Oh, come back
Won't come back again

In your endless summer night
I'll be on the other side
When the water is too deep
I will ease your suffering
When the glitter fades in morning
Turn away and you will find my empty eyes
Your beauty blinds

I know that you are rotten to the core
I know that you don't love me anymore
I know that you are rotten to the core


Lyrics submitted by onearmedscissor, edited by scottdoesntknow628

Boys On the Radio Lyrics as written by Courtney M. Love Eric T Erlandson

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  • +3
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    courtney love said:

    "It's from our Unplugged days. It started out all peppy and poppy, but then Jeff Buckley died, and it became a homage to Evan [Dando] and Jeff and Brian Wilson. It's all about self-destructive pop boys."

    covetloveron October 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
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    undoubtedly holes best song to date. hopefully courtney love can equal their efforts on her own!!!

    a_virgin_suicideon April 30, 2002   Link
  • +2
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    I know that you are rotten to the core I know that you dont love me anymore I know that you are rotten to the core

    ..love these lines..

    GrungyBeatleon January 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    I don't know what this song is about but i love Hole and this is just another great song of their's. I love Courtney's voice.

    Licion October 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    this is a remake of an old hole song called ''Sugarcoma'' but i love both

    asktheangelson February 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    this is probably my favorite hole song... but i have NO idea what it means which is very frustrating...

    machupicchuon October 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    This song has lyrics which for some reason are hard to find. It's got to be my favorite Hole song, along with Doll Parts and Awful: it's a beautiful piece, yet an evisceral element of hard-edged anger and sense of some kind of betrayal which permenates much of her (Loves') work.

    Major Valoron July 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    It's a really warm song, telling someone they can just relax and they'll be safe:

    'do what you want cos i'll do anything...' 'i'll be on the other side' (i'll be there for you) 'when the water is too deep (when it all gets too much for you) you can close your eyes and really sleep tonight (you can just relax and let go of it all)' 'your beauty blinds (you're beautiful just the way you are)'

    okay so the song obviously isn't all about that, but there is definately a theme of this in there.

    Dreamieon October 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
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    "Do what you want  'Cause I'll do anything  And I'll take the blame"

    I will be judge no matter what I do, and no matter what you do people will love you anyway

    "What's mine is yours  You can have all of it  And I'll learn to pay"

    You will always have credits for what I do good, and for the rest, well it is me who will be blame

    "Oh the boys on the radio  They crash and burn  They fold and fade so slow  In your endless summer night  I'll be on the other side  When you're beautiful and dying  All the world that you've denied  When the water is too deep  You can close your eyes and really sleep tonight  Tonight "

    It is a song about many thing, grief but also double standart men/women, so it's basically : all the men rock star destroys themself because they are fragile

    You were fragile too, so you quited this life, and even if you hated people they will cries for you

    But "You can close your eyes and really sleep tonight" : I love you, I forgive you, rest in peace

    "I wait alone  For what will never come  And I'll throw it all away"

    I will wait for hapiness and as always I will be disapointed

    So basically, like I said for me it is about grief, so a lot of anger, deception, sadness and love/acceptation, and also about the fact that for the public eyes she will always be the ugly bad women. For me the last 2 posts are misoginyst bullshit.

    There is probably a part of the song who reffers to others boyfriends/similar experiences

    Audioowlon March 07, 2020   Link
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    apparently this is about Jeff Buckley....if you think about it, it kinda works....

    Kezon July 09, 2002   Link

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