GE;TS (01.04): Queens of the Stone Age – You Can’t Quit Me Baby
By Sherv Monday, 20 Apr 2009

“Good-Evil; The Soundtrack” is a weekly feature that showcases an editor’s song pick complete with a small write-up and a YouTube video or streaming version of the song. This week’s selection by Sherv is “Queens of the Stone Age – You Can’t Quit Me Baby”.

Let the bass carry you when you hear this song, especially for the first time; Nick Oliveri did a phenomenal job. Lonely guitars jump in, trying to comfort you…but there’s still emptiness, a hollow resonance….Josh’s vocals emerge, and console you….but you still feel forsaken, betrayed.

“It’s a mistake, but who knows
Followed you home, crawled in your window
‘cuz life is a trip when you’re a psycho in love
And I know…”

Man, do I ever know this. This song spewed volumes of truth before I even realized what it meant during a relationship that was completely off-kilter. Listen to Josh’s forlorn lyrics, and if you were as head-over-heels as I was, then you may realize your own position. But it’s beyond this, it’s a sad, lost friend who doesn’t realize the depth of his obsession…or lust. Yet there’s a self-defeating acknowledgment of “life”, of how relationships evolve and develop, of how they grow and prosper, or wilt and fade.

“Followed your friends
You were not there
Slashed and I cut
And I bled in the sink
Heard what you said
And you’re laughing baby
Slashed and I cut
And I do it for you”

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about me here, but this stanza really hits home in many ways. A self-inflicted sacrifice to enable a greater embodiment of…lust? Desire? Commitment? Love?

“I want you to notice
When I’m not around
Wherever you are…”

We all want this, don’t we? An appreciation for our own quality…a recognition for our existence and devotion. And then it hits…a dizzying, disorienting blow that resonates:

“You’re solid gold
I’ll see you in Hell”

Tears well up and anger burns, but reality sets in and an acknowledgement of what “is” descends during this verse. Vitriol bubbles and despair churns….but those are the last words emitted in the song, four times over, and (a reluctant) acceptance reigns.

This song means so much to me. It creates such a forlorn and desolate landscape with its lyrics and music. A live version of the same song is below.

One Response to “GE;TS (01.04): Queens of the Stone Age – You Can’t Quit Me Baby”

  1. Zach Patterson Says:

    one of the best songs off their first album. i like your take on the lyrics though, i never really paid close attention to what the song was really about.

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