Girlie dress and making her best
She makes up her hair for the 90s
Dirty shoes and hiding her blues
She's dying to lose what she's finding

So easy to leave it or take it in stride
So easy to read when she's faking her smile
She likes surprises, she likes surprises
Anything in colorful disguises

Lips and thighs abused by our eyes
Acting surprised that she likes it
Chocolate cream, an amphetamine
Torn at the seams, she's crying

So easy to leave it or take it in stride
So easy to read when she's faking her smile
She likes surprises, she likes surprises
Anything in colorful disguises

She gets a little I guess
She gets it more or less
She likes surprises
Anything in colorful disguises

So easy to leave it or take it in stride
So easy to read when she's faking her smile
She like surprises, she likes surprises
Anything in colorful disguises


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  • +2
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    Its about a girl who isn't really connected with reality. She just kinda floats from experience to experience, nothing really effecting her either in a good way or a bad way. Just going along with everyone else.

    sillybillyon March 28, 2005   Link
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    silly billy,

    Yeah. I agree...sort of. But I like your interpretation, it makes sense. I always was under the perception it was about a girl who would just use men for diamonds and such. Hence, the bit;

    "She likes suprirses, she likes suprises Anything in colorful disguises"

    And, she would just give men what they want (sex) and then take her share (diamonds, materials etc.). And;

    "So easy to leave it or take it in stride So easy to read when she's faking her smile"

    Means that she really doesen't love these men and she tries to act like she does. She tries to put on a smile like she actually loves these men, but she doesen't, and it's easy to read.

    "Dirty shoes and hiding her blues She's dying to lose what she's finding"

    Perhaps this girl has caught an STD or has gotten pregnant from living the way she does?

    "Lips and thighs abused by our eyes Acting surprised that she likes it"

    The guys look at her, and she acts suprised on purpose to get their attention. Hard to explain, she sort of pretends to enjoy men looking at her, even though this may be a thing that happens often as long as she gets what she wants.

    "Chocolate cream, an amphetamine Torn at the seams, she's crying"

    Not so sure on this bit. Perhaps by amphetamine Cornell is implying that she is dependant on chocolate to keep her happy, and she gets chocolate from the men she dates. I think that that Torn at the seams, she's crying is just a way of saying that she's severely depressed from living the way she does.

    "Girlie dress and making her best She makes up her hair for the 90s"

    Girlie dress implies that it's something revealing, like a mini skirt, just to attract attention from men. The second line just basically says that she keeps up with fashion, taking into account that this song was made in the 90's of course.

    "She gets a little I guess She gets it more or less"

    Basically saying that she gets sex. Except not saying it outright.

    Alright, I'm done now. Sorry if it was confusing because I just took out random bits from the song out, thoughts were just popping up outta nowhere and I kind of took out bits that came to me easily first. Don't hesitate to comment if you think there's anything you wish to ask me about on my post, thanks!

    Tredmondon March 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    awesome song. it should have definitely been released on the main version of Superunknown (it was only put on the Australian version as a bonus track).

    the above descriptions are spot on, so i have nothing more to add.

    JoNNieS Kon June 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Such brilliant guitar work..priceless

    Agnostikumon February 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i kind of agree with both of the above, but can't think of anything to add, really. any new findings anyone?

    Lepra Messiason April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    JoNNieS K i have the Uk version and its on the main version of it.

    alowishuson June 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The surprises in colorful surprises are penises. The era of colored condoms...

    Jayceekon February 18, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    I might be reading way too much into this, but i think it might be a critique of consumerism. The girlie dress is a reference to how people spend absurd amounts of money on trendy clothes, and the surprises in colorful disguises are supposed to reference all the random products (surprises) we spend money on that we don't need

    el10140357on April 19, 2021   Link

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