Posted by: Rob | November 20, 2008

Song Lyric Thursday – November 20 2008

The first song I ever heard by the alternative rock band The Offspring was “Self Esteem“.  I was instantly captivated.  I remember being on a business trip to Texas sometime in 2000.  I was driving up I-45, the Gulf Coast Freeway, from Galveston to Houston when “Self Esteem” came on the radio.  I cranked the radio up to max and rocked out.

When a song becomes an “ear worm” of sorts for me, in a positive sense, I have to listen to it over and over.  I managed to record a fair bit of the song from the car radio into a .wav file on my notebook pc using the condenser mic.  It was poor quality, but it didn’t matter.  As long as I could hear those guitar riffs and those cool lyrics.

The single was released from the album* titled “Smash“.  As it was released in 1994, it took a little while to find a copy of the CD in local music stores around home.  But I eventually got it and I’ve treasured it since.  I found out that there really aren’t any bad songs** on the whole CD.  What a bonus.

So, today’s presentation of Song Lyric Thursday is an old favourite.  “Self Esteem” by The Offspring.

La la la la la la la la la la
I wrote her off for the tenth time today
And practiced all the things I would say
When she came over I lost my nerve
I took her back and made her dessert
Now I know I’m being used
But that’s okay man cause I like the abuse
I know she’s playing with me
But that’s okay cause I’ve got no self esteem

chorus:
Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah (Repeat three times)

We make plans to go out at night
I wait ’til 2 then I turn out the light
this rejection’s got me so low
If she keeps it up I just might tell her so

Chorus

When she’s sayin’, oh that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she’s sayin’, oh that I’m like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can stand
Well I guess I should stick up for myself
But I really think it’s better this way
The more you suffer
The more it shows you really care
Right? Yeah!

Now I’ll relate this little bit
It happens more than I’d like to admit
Late at night she knocks on my door
She’s drunk again and looking to score
Now I know I should say no but
It’s kind of hard when she’s ready to go
I may be dumb, I’m not a dweeb
I’m just a sucker with no self esteem

Chorus

When she’s sayin’, oh that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she’s sayin’, oh that I’m like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can spend
Well I guess I should stick up for myself
But I really think it’s better this way
The more you suffer
The more it shows you really care
Right? Yeah!

There are several offerings of the song on youtube, but I opted for this live version.  Give it a listen!

* Album. Isn’t that a quaint old word?

** Remember the good old days when the record companies had total power?  And they would release albums that were shite save for one or two hit singles?  And charge you full price for it?  No wonder downloading became such a huge phenomenon.

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Responses

  1. That boy needs help. That is all.

  2. Oh, shit! I forgot all about that song! I don’t know ANYBODY like that. What kind of loser would allow himself to be…

    Okay. That was me at 23. How dare they read my secret personal journals and turn it into a song. Bastards.

  3. “album”? my kids once asked what the big black CDs were for…

    love the song… do the same thing with a positive ear worm. beat it into my head until i know it cold. have even googled lyrics while driving (bad, bad driver…)

  4. My late husband once told me this song summed up his dating life before he met me.


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