Self Esteem

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General Informations

Written by: Self Esteem

Self Esteem is a single by the punk band The Offspring, released in 1994. It reached #4 in the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. Self Esteem is featured in the Smash album, 1994. Evanescence covered the song in 2002 during the New Year’s Eve concert at Nitelife Rocks (a nightclub in Little Rock)[1].

The song is about a boy who loves very passionately a girl, but she often neglets him; the girl, when very drunk, give herself to her "friend" without a problem. The boy tries to use his self-esteem to refuse the woman, but at the end he understands there's nothing to do and accepts the company [2].

Lyrics

The Offspring Version

La la la la la la la la la la

I wrote her off for the tenth time today
And practiced all the things I would say
When she came over I lost my nerve
I took her back and made her dessert
Now I know I'm being used
But that's okay man cause I like the abuse
I know she's playing with me
But that's okay cause I've got no self esteem

Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah
Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah

We make plans go out at night
I wait till 2 then I turn out the light
this rejection’s got me so low
If she keeps it up I just might tell her so

Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah
Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah

When she's saying, oh that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she saying, oh that I'm like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can stand
Well I guess, I should stick 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!

Now I'll relay this little bit
It happens more than I'd like to admit
Late at night, she knocks on my door
She's drunk again and, looking to score
Now I know, I should say no, but
It'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

Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah
Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah

When she's saying, oh that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she's saying, oh that I'm like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can spend
Well I guess, I should stick 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!

Evanescence Version

I wrote her off for the tenth time today
And practiced all the things I would say
When she came over I lost my nerve
I took her back and made her dessert
Now I know I'm being used
But that's okay man cause I like the abuse
I know she's playing with me
But that's okay cause I've got no self esteem

Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah
Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah

We make plans go out at night
I wait till 2 then I turn out the light
this rejection’s got me so low
If she keeps it up I just might tell her so

Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah
Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah

When she's saying, oh that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she saying, oh that I'm like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can stand
Well I guess, I should stick 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!

Now I'll relay this little bit
It happens more than I'd like to admit
Late at night, she knocks on my door
She's drunk again and, looking to score
Now I know, I should say no, but
It'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

Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah
Oh wayo, yeah, yeah
Ohhhhhhh, yeah, yeah

When she's saying, oh that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she's saying, oh that I'm like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can spend
Well I guess, I should stick 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!

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