Song Analysis – Don’t Trust Me – 3OH!3

Black dress with the tights underneath,

I got the breath of the last cigarette on my teeth,

And she’s an actress (actress),

But she ain’t got no need.

She’s got money from her parents in a trust fund back east.

T-t-t-tongues always pressed to your cheeks,

While my tongue is on the inside of some other girls teeth,

T-tell your boyfriend if he says he’s got beef,

That I’m a vegetarian and I ain’t f*&king scared of him.

 

[A trust fund is a legal instrument designed to protect assets in the case of death or in the case of a spendthrift tending to spend money unwisely. Some trust funds prevent minors from being able to use money that has been set aside for them until they reach a specified age.

 

People really love this bit about beef. It’s a clever little pun here playing on the two meanings of “beef.” A beef can be a conflict between people, but it can also be the meat of a cow.]  

 

She wants to touch me (Woah),

She wants to love me (Woah),

She’ll never leave me (Woah, woah, oh, oh),

Don’t trust a ho,

Never trust a ho,

Won’t trust a ho, (cause a ho)

Won’t trust me.(whole part x2)

 

 

X’s on the back of your hands,

Wash them in the bathroom to drink like the bands.

And your setlist (setlist),

You stole off the stage,

Had red and purple lipstick all over the page.

B-b-b-bruises cover your arms,

Shaking in the fingers with the bottle in your palm.

And the best is (best is),

No one knows who you are,

Just another girl alone at the bar.

 

[Purple lipstick seems to be a symbol of being a Goth. One website I looked at sells purple lipsticks called “Wicked” and even “Apocalypse.”

 

I’ve seen two different interpretations for the symbology of the X’s on the hands. The more common one is that the X’s are a symbol of the Straight Edge movement – a group that strives to live clean, i.e. without drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. Washing off the X would show that one does not want to appear as a hypocrite when drinking. Another interpretation is that at concerts, security will mark the hands of underage youth to indicate they should not be allowed to purchase alcohol.

 

The shaking of the fingers could refer to DT’s or delirium tremens, a condition associated with drinking, although these usually occur after a long period of drinking rather than during it.]

 

She wants to touch me (Woah),

She wants to love me (Woah),

She’ll never leave me (Woah, woah, oh, oh),

Don’t trust a ho,

Never trust a ho,

Won’t trust a ho, (cause a ho)

Won’t trust me.(whole part x2)

 

Shush girl, shut your lips,

Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips.

I said, Shush girl, shut your lips,

Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips.

I said, Shush girl, shut your lips,

Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips…

 

[People either think the reference to Helen Keller here is incredibly funny or incredibly offensive. There’s not a lot of middle ground here. Helen Keller was an author and a political activist with Socialist views. She has a quite fascinating page on Wikipedia that I would recommend checking out. Of course what most people remember about Keller is that she was deaf and blind. She was mute in her childhood, but did eventually learn to speak.]

 

Woah, woah, woah, Woah, woah, oh, oh, Woah, woah, woah

 

She wants to touch me (Woah),

She wants to love me (Woah),

She’ll never leave me (Woah, woah, oh, oh),

Don’t trust a ho,

Never trust a ho,

Won’t trust a ho, (cause a ho)

Won’t trust me.(whole part x2)

 [FYI, the band takes their name from the telephone area code of their home town,  Boulder, Colorado.]

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  1. #1 by Cute Linda on July 5, 2009 - 4:34 pm

    Nice site. Very professional looking. Thanks!

  2. #2 by joe on July 10, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    ok one problem the X’s is definatly the drinking interpretation because in the next 2 lines it talks about bottle in hand sooo that and i think you may have gotton the lipstick part wrong to sorry (; …. im a big 3oh!3 fan

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