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The Dresden Dolls Bad Habit Lyrics

Last updated: 11/30/2011 10:00:00 AM

Biting keeps your words at bay
Tending to the sores that stay
Happiness is just a gash away
When i open a familiar scar
Pain goes shooting like a star
Comfort hasn't failed to follow so far...

And you might say it's self-indulgent
You might say its self-destructive
But, you see, it's more productive
Than if i were to be healthy

& pens and penknives take the blame
Crane my neck & scratch my name
But the ugly marks
Are worth the momentary gain...
When i jab a sharpened object in
Choirs of angels seem to sing
Hymns of hate in memorandum

And you might say it's self-indulgent
And you might say it's self-destructive
But, you see, it's more productive
Than if i were to be happy

And sappy songs about sex and cheating
Bland accounts of two lovers meeting
Make me want to give mankind a beating

And you might say it's self-destructive
But, you see, i'd kick the bucket
Sixty times before i'd kick the habit

And as the skin rips off i cherish the revolting thought
That even if i quit
There's not a chance in hell i'd stop
And anyone can see the signs
Mittens in the summertime
Thank you for your pity, you are too kind

And you might say its self-inflicted
But you see that's contradictive
Why on earth would anyone practice self destruction?

And pain opinions are sitcom feeding
They dont know that their minds are teething
Makes me want to give mankind a beating

I'm tried bandages and sinking
I've tried gloves and even thinking
I've tried vaseline
I've tried everything
And no-one cares if your back is bleeding
They're concerned with their hair receding
Looking back it was all maltreating
Every thought that occurred misleading

Makes me want to give myself a beating....

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Love to Dresden Dolls | Reviewer: breakherlegs | 11/23/11

Well, interesting. About biting skin around nails, huh? I never would have even guessed people had that sort of a destructive habit. Very interesting.

Regardless, when I first heard it, I thought 'Well, finally, someone has finally written a decent song about cutting".

And it will always appear that way to me.

I mean, the lines:

"Happiness is just a gash away
When i open a familiar scar
Pain goes shooting like a star
Comfort hasn't failed to follow so far..."

Really? The people who were getting upset with people for thinking it was about cutting, can you blame them with a line like that? Besides, Amanda stated that whilst HER habit is skin-biting, she knows people who cut and allowed the lyrics to relate to cutters.

Most real artists don't mind how you interpret their art, and I believe Amanda to be an artist.

Everyone self harms, by the way. Some methods are just more blatant then others. Just because I split my skin with a razor, does that make this habit worse then someone who destroys their liver/mind with alcohol?

I love this song. <3

Not about biting fingernails, Additionally, chill people! | Reviewer: Salaiii | 2/16/11

It's probably already been said, and I hope not to fuel any more belligerence, but this song has been explained, by Amanda, that it is about her habit of biting the skin around her fingernails. It's true that the song is about that, but music can be interpreted many ways, so if you can relate it to a bad habit that you have, that's AWESOME. It's exactly why the Dresdan Dolls make music--to relate to their listeners.

And I find it rather arrogant that some of the listeners can judge others based on their age and actions. You don't have to be an adult to have depression or sadness, and there is definitely no age criteria for bad habits. Everyone has their issues, and the best thing we can do is realize them and help them through it.

So yes, again, for people who don't want to read the whole thing. Be nice to others, and this song is originally about biting the skin around the fingernails (thus becoming painful when the skin is removed), however it is meant to be interpreted by the listener in their own way.

Chill | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/27/10

Right, so thi's happens just about anywhere where a song with good lyrics can be found, and by this I mean people trying to put the other down for not understanding the song or not having the capacity to blah blah blah ...
The reason it is such a good song is because it can relate to everyone individualy, so we shouldnt be pushing out ideas upon others, the reason songs like this are amazing is because it can relate to people from all walks of life, and we don't all have to be the "same" or think the "same" ... The dresden dolls are all about being different and not really giving a shit, so I think the listeners should be proud that they are so different from one another and shouldnt feel the need to conform to the RIGHT idea behind the song.

Lighten up. | Reviewer: FlatteBlack | 1/22/10

What the fuck LOL. thats all I had to say about these reviews, cant we all just enjoy the song for what it is? fair enough looking into meanings and so on, is it fair to say that maybe they've written their songs to be open to interpretation [sp] as for the 14 year old, dude, Im 15 dude, when I was your age I didnt go throwing my opinion around like I was god, get off your goddamn high horse and wake up to yourself. If you'd like to discount my opinion be my guest. As for coin operated boy, if someone wants to believe it's about a vibrator that's up to them, it's what it means to THEM not you, I believe music is an individual journey, apoligies for the lack of order in this paragraph.

I love this!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/30/09

I also assumed this song was about self harm... Biting nails huh? Ive noticed that most of Amandas songs have double meanings tho... Nonetheless, I love it. I have this bad habit too so its comforting.

I Get All My Bad Habits From Watching You | Reviewer: L | 4/13/09

Well, let's try and ignore the fact that I've just used lyrics from a different song as my title (I've been listening to that particular song for a couple of days and it seems to fit at the moment), and go into my comment =].

I'm 17, just to let you all know. It really doesn't matter, but hey - age seems to be a big factor in most of the comments written. Oh - and to that 11 year old grammar freak ... I think I'm in love. Not in the creepy pedophilia way, just ... well, I'm a grammar freak too! I get so annoyed when people write comments and insult people all the while making themselves look like complete idiots because they suck at grammar. So kudos to you ^_^.

And this song ... It may not be about cutting, but people who have experienced it are going to interpret it that way, and people who bite the skin around their nails will interpret it in relation to that. Art is all about interpretation ^_^. I myself relate it to self mutilation (I'm not 'emo' at all, just to let you know ... and I was also 11 when I started that too, so really age has nothing to do with it - everyone has their reasons ... although I couldn't really find a reason -__-. To this day I'm not sure what it was that made me wake up some days and just be completely down and disconnected. I'd like to point out that I'm 7 months 'clean' though!) ... geez, long bracket. I apologise. I like the 'anonymous' factor of this commenting thing ^_^.

I've always love the Amanda's lyrics, and this song is no exception =].

same emoteen time, same emoteen place | Reviewer: i am emoteen, hear me roar | 2/16/09


"as for that eleven year old, you're just plain emo! and don't express your love for a royal class music such as this if you don't even understand it. i suppose with you're brain capacity i should put it this way, shut the hell up!"

Lovely. I am sorry that we cannot all be as "royal class" as you are you little *insertbadwordhere* . Way to go, insult the "emo" eleven-year-olds brain capacity, with people like you why does anyone even bother offer their opinion?
If you fail to realize how a preteen could have such good taste I wonder what kind of eleven-year-old you were? Still in diapers and watching barney, perhaps?

*being a grammar nerd i cannot help but notice your misuse of the word "you're", being the 'o incredibly smart and royal class person that you are.*

a hormone-fueled rant on all you snobby old people | Reviewer: i am emoteen, hear me roar | 2/16/09

Just reading the reviews...personally I love this song, but being 13 I guess that it is too COMPLICATED for me to understand, way over my head.

I started listening to the Dresden Dolls when I was 11, if you have problems with preteens listening to something that is not the popular crap off the radio then you obviously think that everyone was just as stupid a teenager as you were. Hey, maybe you wouldn't of understood this song as an 11 year old and maybe some other 11 year olds DO understand it, (isnt that an amazing idea!) you don't have to be so snobby about it.

I bet you are the same people that think Coin Operated Boy is about a sex toy and think that it is WAY too mature a topic for 11 year olds.
Lots of people misunderstand this song, no matter how old they are.

Let the young un's have their crappy pop music...

*just letting my emo teen spirit out on and hide, everyone! its the emooooooooooooooooooteeeeeeeeeen*

Come On People | Reviewer: Schplynthia | 5/19/08

I don't usually post on these things but some of the responses I'm reading are really making me angry.
This song is not about cutting yourself...nor is it even melodramatic when you really THINK about it. It is about self-destruction. Everyone self-destructs. Everyone does something to numb themselves, whether it is cutting, biting your nails, singing until your throat is sore, drugs, alcohol, sex, or even watching TV. We all do something to distract ourselves from real life. This song is about the fact that we live in a self-destructive society that encourages self-destruction on an individual level. We live in a society in which it is necessary for us to turn ourselves off in order to function. We are surrounded by a media that constantly tells us that we are not good enough.
For the love of god, if someone feels bad enough about themselves to commit physical self-harm, have a bit of empathy and do not add to their troubles by telling them once more that they are stupid for doing so...I'm sure they already know it.

Personally, I'll be choosing the literal interpretation... | Reviewer: Georgiana | 11/27/07

Damn, I've just read the reviews pointing out that it's NOT expressly about self-harm.

Obviously, I'm really really glad to hear that Amanda isn't in that state herself, but...

...I was kind of hoping someone had finally written a GOOD song about self-harm! One that really sums up what it's like. There's so many frankly bloody awful ones out there that are so personal, they only make sense to the person writing them. They're usually melodramatic, unitelligent and largely incoherent and ok, they probably helped the person writing to let out a lot of their feelings - but they're AWFUL to listen to!

So...I think personally I'm going to choose to continue to interpret them that way, because although I wish I didn't know any self-harmers and self-harm didn't exist, it still undeniably DOES and I need a song that helps me articulate and deal with it.

(And just for the record, I'm a 22-year old perfectly normal-looking Scottish University student. People from ALL walks of life have contact with self-harm, you know.)