Wrapped in Plastic

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"Wrapped in Plastic"
Wrapped in Plastic cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Portrait of an American Family
Released July 19, 1994
Recorded August–December 1993 at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California, The Village Recorder and Pig
Genre Alternative rock
Length 5:35
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Daisy Berkowitz
Producer Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor
Media

"Wrapped in Plastic" is the eighth track on the 1994 release Portrait of an American Family. The earliest recording of this song dates back to the band's Refrigerator cassette tape, released in 1993. The song is an overt reference to the TV series Twin Peaks. It recycles lyrics from another Manson song, "I.V.-T.V.".

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Versions[edit]


Refrigerator version


Refrigerator Version[edit]

At around 40 seconds into the Refrigerator version of "Wrapped in Plastic" there is a subliminal message which reads just the first two lines of the song backwards:

    guilt is a snake we beat with a rake
    to grow in our kitchen in the pies we bake

Lyrics[edit]

    guilt is a snake we beat with a rake
    to grow in our kitchen in the pies we bake
    feed it to us to squirm in our bellies
    twisting our guts make our spines to jelly
    stay, don't want to go now
    drove the children from their chores
    handcrafted housewives into whores
    fear of the beast is calling it near
    creating what we're hating, it's only fear that is here
    stay, don't want to go now
    come into our home, won't you stay?
    I know the steak is cold but its wrapped in plastic
    come into our home, won't you stay?
    I know the steak is cold but its wrapped in plastic
    I'm only as deep as the self that I dig
    I'm only as sick as the stick in the pig
    "thin and so white, thin and so white"
    daddy tells the daughter
    while mommy's sleeping at night
    to wash away sin you must take off your skin
    the righteous father wears the yellowest grin
    "don't wanna go now"
    stay, don't wanna go now, stay, don't wanna go now
    come into our home, won't you stay?
    I know the steak is cold but its wrapped in plastic

Trivia[edit]

  • The screams and garbled voices at the beginning of "Wrapped in Plastic" are sampled from the final episode of Twin Peaks.
  • Manson has stated that the song is an indirect reference for the false personalities families put on when guests arrive in their homes.