Spoken like a souvenir
Touch all of your childhood fears
Keep them at a gentle pace
Closer now to feel their heat

Somebody says, I love you
All those years you never knew
All the things that I could do
I keep them in a hidden place
So I can rub them in your face

Somebody says, Somebody Says, Somebody says
I made you (I made you, I made you)

Breed! Breed on your own!
You're always alone
You suffering clone

Maybe you're not good enough
Good enough to make me blush
So many reasons I can find
To kill this little clone of mine
I hold your grace
Like a broken vase
You've been replaced
'Cause I made you

Somebody says, Somebody says
Breed! Breed on your own
You're always alone
You suffering clone
(I made you)

Breed, breed on your own
You're always alone
You suffering clone
Somebody says, I love you
Somebody says, I love you


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Breed Lyrics as written by Lauren Christy Gary Clark

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    General Comment

    I always saw a parent/child relationship. the 'little clone/souvenir' parable being indicative of someone who grew up to have a child not because they wanted to be a parent but because they were under the social expectations they grew up with to have one.

    The backlash of the song then able to be this child that is trying so very hard to be perfect to please a parent that will never be happy and where perfect is not good enough.

    I agree there is definitely a consistent theme of a relationship where one person is changed to please someone that will never be happy anyways. Maybe it's a metaphor for all manner of relationships like that.

    valaquin10on July 28, 2021   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i think this might mean meeting somebody, and they say I love you, but you dont love them. so you're telling them to fuck off. and maybe liking them at first, then you got to know them, and you didnt like them so you could expose all their secrets they've scared. maybe

    NxDxFanaticon August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    sounds to me like this song is talking about a guy she really liked....wanted to fuck, and people were saying she loved him....people were saying she had influenced him a bunch to turn him into something else "somebody says i made you"

    but she gets rejected, despite all her hidden "talents", and she revels in rubbing her good qualities in his face so he's jealous and realizes what he's turned down. she says "maybe you're not good enough - good enough to make me blush."

    but since the person she's molded into her perfect mate doesn't want her now that they've reached their perfection, she says whatever because she can just make another.

    misskittyon October 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I love this song, I heard this band first years ago and fell in love with them.

    lindzson August 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This is one of my fav songs. The intro is cut from a 'Planet of the Apes' scene. I think the lyrics are two fold. Between two close friends, or between lovers. Normally one would think of a clone as being the same sex, so perhaps a younger sibling, or stalker. I don't think most people show all their cards in a relationship on average.

    iamlemmon April 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning

    Honestly, this may sound sort of sick and twisted but I always thought it was a song about a failed relationship that led to an abortion. That being said, I remember feeling very uncomfortable listening to it for a while. Still a good song though.

    kimop182on February 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    They broke up, she has an idealized image of him inside her that she's still in love with and having a relationship with because she feels alone and is not yet over the relationship.

    Foggypebble2on April 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    I think everyone has it wrong, it’s not about someone she wants to have sex with. It’s about her mother, or parents in general. Constantly stating “I love you” yet a negative tone towards that statement, along with the “I made you.” I think the I made you is meant to be taken literally. “Breed on your own” could be about how the mother would get knocked up and not keep with the father. I think the “Somebody says, I love you” could be them having trouble to properly refer to that person as anything other than a somebody, because their difficult relationship with that parent, yet the parent still says they love them.

    On top of that, she mentions a clone a couple of times, being the broken part of herself that entertains the idea of their parent loving them? Possibly. What a confusing song, i love it!

    tl;dr - the song is talking about the parent who abandons the child and she possibly resents that feeling of any connection towards them.

    Snoigelon November 02, 2022   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I think everyone has it wrong, it’s not about someone she wants to have sex with. It’s about her mother, or parents in general. Constantly stating “I love you” yet a negative tone towards that statement, along with the “I made you.” I think the I made you is meant to be taken literally. “Breed on your own” could be about how the mother would get knocked up and not keep with the father. I think the “Somebody says, I love you” could be them having trouble to properly refer to that person as anything other than a somebody, because their difficult relationship with that parent, yet the parent still says they love them.

    On top of that, she mentions a clone a couple of times, being the broken part of herself that entertains the idea of their parent loving them? Possibly. What a confusing song, i love it!

    tl;dr - the song is talking about the parent who abandons the child and she possibly resents that feeling of any connection towards them.

    Snoigelon November 02, 2022   Link

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