I've been biting my tongue
Been so subtly kind
I've got to think so selfishly
'Cause you're the face inside of me
I've been biding my days, you see
Evidently it pays
I've been a friend with unbiased views
Then secretly lust after you
So now you feel lusty, you're bored and bemused
You want to do someone else
So you should be by yourself
Instead of here with me
Trying hard to think pure
Bloody hard when I'm raw
You're talking out so sexually
'Bout boys & girls & your friggin' dreams
Now you feel lusty, you're hot and confused
You want to do someone else
So you should be by yourself
Instead of here with me
So now you've been busted, you're caught feeling used
You had to do someone else
You shoulda been by yourself
You had to do someone else
You shoulda been by yourself
Instead of here with me

Lyrics submitted by smellycat, edited by Bannor, Rannug, markydissod

Secretly Lyrics as written by Len Arran Deborah Ann Dyer

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  • +3
    General Commentyeah skin said "this song goes out to anyone who is fucking someone who's their lover and someone else is trying to get to fuck one of the two of you." gorgeous song, i love the solo
    usr_nmeon March 07, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentShit, clicked the button by mistake X_X

    Anyway - guy and girl are a couple, and the second guy is in love with the first, but can't be with him.
    Then at the end of the video, the three of them are sleeping in a motel bed and the second guy is awake, lying next to the couple. The girl gets up and starts to sneak out, and there's a moment where it seems like she knows the other guy is awake. She leaves, and her boyfriend rolls over in his sleep and puts his arm around the other guy.

    Yeah, that was a terrible synopsis, but it's a good video.

    Anyway, the thing is - all through the song, it's very hard to tell who's point of view it's coming from. Is it from the guy looking in on the couple, and wanting to be part of it? Or is it from the girl, who leaves the boys behind, together?

    I realise that the lyrics, written down, make it clear that it's someone on the outside of the relationship, but... I don't know. There's an ambiguity that seems to come through the song that makes it hard to be sure.

    Unless it's just cuz this is being written at 4am.

    Anyway, gorgeous, ambiguous song that sums up where my life is at right now.
    morethanadreamon June 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a gorgeous, lusty, passionate song. Also quite angry.
    About sleeping with someone who's already in a relationship. "You feel lusty, you're hot and confused." She wants him, but she's also angry as he's obviously doing wrong: "You wanna do someone else/so you should be by yourself."
    missmeon December 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've just been watching the video for the song, and it fits into the lyrics (unlike some videos, which are pretty and little else).
    It's kind of like The Doom Generation; a girl and two guys driving around, going to motels and breaking into a swimming pool. All through the video, it's clear that the girl and one guy are together, and the other guy
    morethanadreamon June 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI think this song is about bisexuality. Sounds like Skin is talking about having a relationship with a bisexual woman, but that woman feels uncomfortable and ashamed of being an a relationship with a woman. She'd rather "do someone else", probably meaning a guy, instead of being with a woman "secretly".
    adarmarchon December 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin the cd (the last one) and in a live show, skin says that this song is about a someone making wrong his/her boyf/girlf.
    skunkeron May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh my! this song is one of the most beautiful skunk anansie songs i've heard...

    rahtwinkleon September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favourit Skunk Anansie song...it freaking rocks.
    Very lusty. Dunno what it means, but Skin's voice just sounds amazing.
    Great song. Makes me want to rip my clothes off an have sex with the nearest hot boy.
    Arianrhodon September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song.... alot. I can relate, as most of do with a great song, and just LOVE IT!

    I've felt like sending it to people but what would be the point?

    So passionate this song.... it captures pain, love, joy, desertion and betrayal in one.
    shockdelicaon March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is also about bi-sexuality,i have this from a very reliable source (skin the lead singer is bi-sexual)
    Riot Grrrlon March 30, 2003   Link

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