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Everything's Ruined Lyrics

Artist: Faith No More
Album: Angel Dust

Things worked out better than we had planned
Capital from boy, woman and man
We were like ink and paper
Numbers on a calculator
Knew arithmetic so well
Working overtime completed what was assigned
We had to multiply ourselves
A bouncing little baby
A shiny copper penny
And he spent himself
Would not listen to us
But when he lost his appetite
He lost his weight in friends
Baby became a fat nickel so fast
Then came puberty
Soon our boy became a million
People loved him so
And helped him to grow
Everyone knew the thing that was best
Of course, he must invest
A penny won't do
But he made us proud
He made us rich
But how were we to know
He's counterfeit
Now everything's ruined


by Anonymous on 10/15/2008 3:51am
Well the meaning is obvious...
by Me? on 1/19/2009 3:23pm
I agree with the above comment.. unless i'm at top now... in that case i agree with the below comment.
by KS on 3/27/2009 11:27am
What is the meaning ?
by Jeff Beyer on 4/14/2009 9:58am
Well, those are some pretty sarcastic answers. Maybe you haven't understood the meaning of the song afterall.
by JD on 5/8/2009 3:28pm
Its about the Federal Reserve! Hehe J/K ;)
by Sergio on 8/2/2009 12:27am
Intento cantarla pero esshh imposhiible jajajja, canta re bien Patton.
by CodyMac on 2/1/2010 10:29am
When Stalin ruled russia.
by pfft on 2/3/2010 2:25pm
like anyone can understand, patton has told everyone already that most of his songs are filled with words for the feel and sound of them, the connotations and denotations are secondary.
by Robyn Fetzer on 2/22/2010 9:18pm
What a beautiful thing! Only Faith No More GLORIOUS song about everything being ruined.
by The New BB on 5/5/2010 6:46pm
This is an amazing song with amazing lyrics. If you don't get how the lyrics perfectly crystalize a family's dissapointment in someone gone wrong you're missing the great metaphor there. I could probably recite the words to this song from memory but I googled this page so I could read them again. Mike Patton is a genius.
by lllandrum on 5/29/2010 12:37am
Word up! Mike is a genius!
by Leigh2704 on 6/13/2010 9:28pm
I always thought this was about the guys going against the whole Epic thing, going against theis success. Well, it's all interpretation, I guess.
by Martin on 6/19/2010 10:09pm
I first heard this song yeas gone by. i saw the video and was completely shocked at how mesmerizing it was and still is. The video is bizarre, cheesy, tacky, and the most brilliant thing i had ever seen. its like cocaine for my eyes, till this day i am shocked at how amazing this song is. I could listen to this song for the rest of my life and i would never get tired of it. If you don't like "everything's ruined" by Faith No More, I don't trust you.
by Dan on 7/1/2010 12:45pm
Hooray to see the love for this incredible song. I think it's one of the most amazing tracks of the last 20 years!
by k on 7/15/2010 7:48pm
I wish it had more verse parts like the first two lines

Things-worked out / bet-ter than / we had planned...
Cap-i-tal / from boy, wo-man and man"

That part is like orgasmic to me. I'll replay the song several times just to hear that bit. haha

I do the same thing with King for a Day.
by Gasoel on 12/25/2010 10:59pm
Amazing song.
by maxi on 4/19/2011 9:32pm
Una de las mejores canciones del mundo!!!
by Deadpool on 6/15/2011 10:45am
IMHO it's arguably the best track on Angel Dust, and trust me, I argue with myself about it every time I listen to the album. Half of my brain is screaming Crack Hitler and another half is screaming A Small Victory at me right now.
by BigJoeL1987 on 6/20/2011 8:14am
One of the best songs of the 90's, or probbably one of the best songs of all time. FNM!! NOW EVERYTHING'S IS RUINED!!
by deadbeat dad on 3/19/2012 11:26pm
one of the best albums of all time...
by Luna on 4/12/2012 7:31pm
It's about what we are to the government. I don't see how some people can miss it.
by yew on 7/22/2012 6:24pm
remember the government isnt one entity, its a big retarded octopus that doesnt know what all its tentacles are doing - the ppl that have influence over the most powerful tentacles are the ones this is about mayb
by anton on 9/30/2012 2:41pm
Amazing song.....Yeah!
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by Sean on 1/20/2013 2:01pm
I think it may be a sort of figurative biography about their successes as a band - the coins, perhaps symbolic of record sales, or perhaps something less concrete, like market popularity, or a hybrid, such as any of those *and* their actual work as musicians.

"Pretty simple" :) ?
by Jim on 6/5/2013 3:55pm
The first time I heard my favorite line in this song (But when he lost his appetite, he lost his weight in friends), I thought he was singing 'He lost his weed and friends'. If you lose your friends AND your weed. Then surely Everything's Ruined.
by douglas bubbletrousers on 8/1/2013 10:30pm
It's about the economic collapse and decline in global influence the USA has experienced since the turn of the millenium. Somehow they saw it all coming in the early 90's
by Matt Winkler on 3/1/2014 2:47pm
Mike is an under rated song writer for sure!
by Joe on 7/3/2014 12:23pm
I'm seeing them tomorrow night, when they play this I will f'n lose it
by Fabien on 8/25/2014 1:35pm
Everybody claims the meaning is obvious yet people explain them differently... Accordez vos violons !

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