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Lyrics: Skinned


Recorded at: Kingways Studios, New Orleans in 1994-1995

 

You know the local made ones would be nice
to see a little Dahmer like you
walking around with a couple of hammers like that
At least Ed Gein would
Ed Gein was a very good fellow you know
I'll make a shoehorn outta your skin
I'll make a lampshade of durable skin
And oh, don't you know that I'm always feelin' able
When I'm sittin' home and I'm carving out your navel
When will I realize that this skin I'm in
Hey, it isn't mine
And when will the kill be too much meat for me to hide on
Hey, I could really use a couple of hands
To complete one hell of a plant stand
Oh, don't you know that I'm caught here in the middle
Making rib cages into coffee tables
And when I realize that this skin I'm in
Hey, it isn't mine
And when will the thrill be too much meat for me to find anymore
Oh, because you know I can't hide
But oh how hard I try
But this is just the shape I'm in, oh yeah
And though you know I can't hide
But oh how hard I try
But this is just the shape I'm in

 


from the Letters From A Porcupine documentary

 

  "...Skinned is a happy, skippy kinda song which my Mom loves. This guy, Ed Gein, used to make full-bodied suits from womenís skin, which heíd dance around in. Heíd also make lampshades and coffee tables from their remains..."
"...Itís disgusting, but the world creates these subjects and Iím just reporting on them.Itís just stuff that fascinates me, even thought it horrifies me at the same time. How do you explain the core of evil that makes people, or even a race of people, wish to perpetrate such acts or barbarism? Itís just tongue in cheek. There are two sides to the same coin, and you canít take Skinned too seriously. After all, it even features a kazoo solo!..."
Shannon Hoon (Kerrang! August 1995) 

 

ď...Shannon has this encyclopedia of serial killers. Heís just fascinated with people who are that freaked out that they feel the need to kill people. Especially the Ed Gein thing. That was bizarre. Heís interested in these kinds of people Ė who are they, what happens to them to make them want to do these things? Itís one thing to kill someone, I guess, and itís quite a deal different to do something like that to them, to make furniture out of their body parts. Thatís unbelievable..."
Glen Graham (Drum Media - 1995)  

 

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