Leave a Scar

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"Leave a Scar"
Leave a Scar cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album The High End of Low
Released May 20, 2009
Recorded March 2008–January 2009 in Los Angeles and Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock
Length 3:54
Label Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Twiggy, Chris Vrenna
Producer Marilyn Manson, Chris Vrenna, Twiggy, Sean Beavan
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"Leave a Scar" is the third track from Marilyn Manson's 2009 release The High End of Low. Its title was revealed on April 7, 2009, in a blog which described both it and eight other songs from the album.[1] Manson told France's Elegy magazine it was written on, "about and for Evan on the day we broke up. Maybe some of the things I say in the song are cruel, but it is how I felt at the time."

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A blog by Metal Hammer describes "Leave a Scar" as "[bursting] open with drums, bass and a swaggering guitar riff with an additional high guitar lick that all subsides before you can grab onto it, as the vocals kick in. The track's mid-tempo 4/4 beats are slow dancefloor fodder and the pleading chorus "whatever doesn't kill you, is gonna leave a scar" are anthemic Manson par excellence. The grating twanging insistent guitar riff comes back with the twinkling and distorted guitar loop that again yield to Manson's vocals. His tone here in the verse is less emotional, but the short middle eight has his signature split harmonies using falsetto and harmony to eerie and evocative effect."[1] The Quietus' John Robb cited that "This one could be the single but I imagine those cowards at er, 'alternative' radio backing off from the heart of darkness that Manson occupies- their boundaries are defined by Coldplay and not stadium acts like Manson."[2]

In his review for Allmusic, Phil Freeman, who was unsatisfied by the album, criticized the song's lyrics "If you touch me I'll be smeared/You'll be stained for the rest of your life" for feeling "like [Manson]'s trying to convince himself as much as the audience."[3]

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    It's not like I made myself a list
    of new and different ways,
    to murder your heart.
    i'm just a painting that's still wet,
    if you touch me I'll be smeared,
    you'll be stained,
    stained for the rest of your life.
    
    so turn around and walk away
    before we confuse the way, we abuse each other
    if your not afraid of getting hurt
    then I am not afraid of how much I hurt you
    
    i'm well aware I'm a danger to myself.
    are you aware I'm a danger to others?
    
    there's a crack in my soul that you thought was a smile.
    
    what ever doesn't kill you is gonna leave a scar
    what ever doesn't kill you is gonna leave a scar
    
    i'm more like a silver bullet,
    than I'm like a gun,
    I'm not easy to hold.
    I'm moving fast and if i stay inside your heart,
    I'm certain that this will be the end of your life
    
    so turn around and walk away
    before we confuse the way, we abuse each other
    if your not afraid of getting hurt
    then I am not afraid of how much I hurt you
    
    i'm well aware I'm a danger to to myself
    are you aware I'm a danger to others?
    
    there's a crack in my soul, you thought was a smile
    
    whatever doesn't kill you is gonna leave a scar
    whatever doesn't kill you is gonna leave a scar
    leave a scar, leave a scar, leave a scar
    what ever doesn't kill you is gonna leave a scar
    
    I should warn you that you may fuck me
    but the chances are, I'm gonna fuck you over
    
    whatever doesn't kill you is gonna leave a scar
    whatever doesn't kill you is gonna leave a scar
    leave a scar, leave a scar, leave a scar
    what ever doesn't kill you is gonna leave a scar

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Marilyn Manson 'High End Of Low' Album Track-By-Track. Metal Hammer. April 7, 2009.
  2. Marilyn Manson's High End Of Low Reviewed Track-By-Track. John Robb. The Quietus. May 12, 2009
  3. The High End of Low. Phil Freeman. Allmusic. May 16, 2009.