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“Self - Esteem” by The Offspring

from: Motivated Lifestyle - Archive Material

“Self-Esteem” by The Offspring is the second single released from the 1994 hit album appropriately named “Smash”. This album, considered by many to be the band’s greatest achievement has sold eight million copies and has set the record for the higest sales form an independent label. “Smash” is produced by Epitaph Records owned by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz.

However, this was not the band’s first album. It is believed that their first recorded album was "The Offspring" produced by Thom Wilson in 1989. Followed by “Ignition” which was released by Epitaph Records in 1991. This was shortly followed by a tour that covered the span of two years. The band from Orange County, California went on tour with bigger-named artists such as No Doubt, Pennywise and Voodoo Glow Skulls.

The album’s success is primarily attirbuted to the hit singles “Gotta Get Away”, “Self-Esteem” and “Come Out and Play”.

The band is led by Bryan “Dexter” Holland on vocals and rhythm guitar, Greg Kriesel or Greg K on bass guitar, Kevin Wasserman or “Noodle” on lead guitar and Atom Willard on drums. They are primarily considered a punk rock or alternative rock group and cites their main influences as Bad Religion, Social Distortion, TSOL and Circle Jerks.

“Self Esteem” by The Offspring’s success may have been brought about by its straight and uncomplicated words, both served as a means to get the thought across in a direct manner.

It speaks of holding on to a dysfunctional relationship and being fully aware that one is being used but at the same time, the abused partner is weakened by a low self-esteem that effectively traps him in that relationship.

The lyrics of the song are as follows:-

Self - Esteem (By: “The Offspring”)

I wrote her off for the tenth time today
And practice all the things I would say
But she came over
I lost my nerve
I took her back and made her dessert

Now I know I’m being used
That’s okay man cause I like the abuse
I know she’s playing with me
That’s okay cause I got no self esteem

We make plans to go out at night
I wait till 2 then I turn out the light
All this rejection’s got me so low
If she keeps it up I just might tell her no

Chorus
When she’s saying that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she’s saying that I’m like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can spend
Well I guess I should speak 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 yeah yeah

Now I’ll relate this little bit
That happens more than I’d like to admit
Late at night she knocks on my door
Drunk again and looking to score

Now I know I should say no
But that’s kind of hard when she’s ready to go
I may be dumb
But I’m not a dweeb
I’m just a sucker with no self esteem

Chorus
When she’s saying that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she’s saying that I’m like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can spend
Well I guess I should speak 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 yeah yeah



 

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