"Clean" as written by Brandon Charles/einziger Boyd and Alex/pasillas Katunich....
Today, everything was fine
Until roundabout, quarter to nine
I suddenly found myself in a bind
Was it something I said?
Something I read and manifested that's getting you down

Don't you dare come to bed with that ambiguous look in your eye
I'd sooner sleep by an open fire and wake up fried

Say what you will
Say what you mean
You could never offend
Your dirty words come out clean

Tomorrow, what price will I pay?
Could I make it all up to you by serving coffee for two in bed?
Would you then gimme the time of day?

I need a map of your head
Translated into English
So I can learn not to make you frown
You'd feel better if you'd vent
Put your frustrations into four letter words
And let them out on mine
The most weathered ears in town

So say what you will
Say what you mean
You could never offend
Your dirty words come out clean

Lyrics submitted by Idan

"Clean" as written by Brandon Boyd Alex Katunich

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    General Commenti agree with you harry i love how this song builds up.
    Tomorrow, what price will I pay?
    "Could I make it all up to you
    by serving coffee for two in bed?
    Would you then gimme the time of day?
    I need a map of your head, translated into English
    so I can learn to not make you frown. "

    i love that line. anybody who has every gotten into a fight with their girlfriend knows what this is like. the morning after a big fight u feel you have to do anything and everything to make it all up to her, even if you dont know why you got into a fight in the first place. I wouldn't say it was the best on MY but easily one of the top 3
    LiveUrLifeon May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It completely describes one of my pet peeves. People will tell you everything's fine and then sit around seething while you don't know what you did wrong. You want them to just lash out and just scream at you so that everything is out in the open, but they just want to sit in silence. "You'd feel better if you'd vent/put your frustrations into four letter words/and let them out on mine, the most weathered ears in town." That's exactly what I've wanted to say to so many different people.

    Men always gripe that women do this all the time. They ask what's wrong and we say "fine" even when everything is not at all fine. I heard this song and that's what I thought of right away, and so I've promised myself I'll never do that!!!
    Incubion June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has personal meaning to me, because the first line basically describes my life. Everything is going great, and then suddenly, one little thing messes everything up. I think people live through music more than they know and we sould all recognize the importance of any music we listen to. This song is just a great compilation of true life. Listen and feel.
    mo0stahon January 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, just the way he says clean gives me chills, and i love it..and itdoes have personal meaning, and there is this person that i know, and whatever he says, it never seems to hurt...its clean...and i agree we all live thorugh music, definatly, i know that i do
    hoobagurl36on January 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the way this song builds up from the bongo to the full band. This song is the best on Make yourself, no questions asked
    Harry Manbackon February 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite from make yourself
    incubus421on May 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthoobagurl36, your right in some cases. I had a girl that I liked. But then she heard this song and said it sounded like shit. That's when everything she said sounded everything else BUT clean. So in some cases, depending on what subject, things do come out dirty. Even in out of the mouth of someone your CRAZY about.
    darkwingon May 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone heard the acoustic version from the DVD? It rules! :D:
    Harry Manbackon June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song

    i do this, say everything is fine when its not... after i heard this song i decided maybe to try and stop...when i do vent i so put my frustrations into 4 letter words

    i love brandons voice
    jimmysavedmydayon July 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitely one of my top 3 from Make Yourself. how creative to use the bongos in the beginning! It adds a lot of feeling, the way it builds up. I kinda feel how moostah feels about it. It happens to me all the time!! Your day is going fine, and then just one little thing that should barely even aggravate you just pisses you off like you can't believe!! All of a sudden, your day has gone to crap... but you refuse to scream about it. If you did, it would release allll that frustration!! But no.

    I realize the song's about a fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend, but I think you can relate it to your personal life too
    intellirockeron July 22, 2002   Link

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