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Celebrity Skin
Hole Lyrics


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Oh, make me over
I'm all I want to be
A walking study
In demonology

Hey, so glad you could make it
Yeah, now you really made it
Hey, so glad you could make it now

Oh, look at my face
My name is might have been
My name is never was
My name's forgotten

Hey, so glad you could make it
Yeah, now you really made it
Hey, there's only us left now

When I wake up in my makeup
It's too early for that dress
Wilted and faded somewhere in Hollywood
I'm glad I came here
With your pound of flesh
No second billing 'cause you're a star now
Oh, Cinderella
They aren't sluts like you
Beautiful garbage, beautiful dresses
Can you stand up or will you
Just fall down

You better watch out
What you wish for
It better be worth it
So much to die for

Hey, so glad you could make it
Yeah, now you really made it
Hey, there's only us left now

When I wake up in my makeup
Have you ever felt so used up as this?
It's all so sugarless
Hooker, waitress, model, actress
Oh, just go nameless
Honeysuckle, she's full of poison
She obliterated everything she kissed
Now she's fading
Somewhere in Hollywood
I'm glad I came here
With your pound of flesh

You want a part of me
Well, I'm not selling cheap
No, I'm not selling cheap

Overall Meaning

The song "Celebrity Skin" by Hole presents a scathing critique of the superficiality and pressures of fame, as well as the desire to be desired by society. The lyrics begin by expressing a desire to be transformed into someone more interesting, a "walking study in demonology." This persona is part of the celebrity machine, and those who strive to become famous go through a process of losing their true identity in order to manufacture a more sensational image. It's only when they "make it" that they feel worthy of attention.


The chorus repeats the line "Hey, so glad you could make it, yeah, now you really made it," sarcastically welcoming people into the world of fame. The lyrics depict an industry that churns out stars and then discards them once they're no longer relevant. The singer repeats the line "When I wake up in my makeup," suggesting that the glamour is all for show, and that beneath the glitter people are still the same flawed individuals. They feel used up and disposable, as they are pushed to present themselves in a certain way to appease society's standards.


The last lines of the song emphasize the singer's unwillingness to compromise her integrity and sell herself out for fame. She won't be a part of the industry's machinations, and won't give in to cheap requests. In conclusion, "Celebrity Skin" is a commentary on the price of fame and the dehumanizing aspects of the entertainment business.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, make me over
Please transform me into something new and exciting


I'm all I want to be
I am seeking to embrace a new identity


A walking study
I am an exhibit to be studied and admired


In demonology
I am exploring the dark side of fame and celebrity


Hey, so glad you could make it
I am pleased that you have arrived


Yeah, now you really made it
Your presence means that the event is truly successful and noteworthy


Hey, so glad you could make it now
I am so happy that you could finally join us


Oh, look at my face
I am feeling embarrassed and insecure about my appearance


My name is might have been
In my past, I could have been someone great, but I missed my chance


My name is never was
I have never been able to achieve lasting recognition or fame


My name's forgotten
Even if I had a moment of fame, it has long been forgotten


Hey, so glad you could make it
I am happy that you were able to come


Yeah, now you really made it
Your presence validates my achievement


Hey, there's only us left now
We are the only ones remaining after everyone else has left


When I wake up in my makeup
I feel trapped in this persona that I have created for myself


It's too early for that dress
I am always on stage, even when I am not ready or prepared for it


Wilted and faded somewhere in Hollywood
My true self is withering away and being replaced by a facsimile of a Hollywood celebrity


I'm glad I came here
Despite the challenges, I still value the opportunities that Hollywood provides


With your pound of flesh
I am constantly being exploited for others' profit and gain


No second billing 'cause you're a star now
As a celebrity, I am always the center of attention and cannot share the spotlight


Oh, Cinderella
I feel like an icon in a fairy tale but I am also a prisoner of my own image


They aren't sluts like you
I am judged more harshly than male celebrities for my sexual behavior and choices


Beautiful garbage, beautiful dresses
I embody both the beauty and the ugliness of fame and celebrity


Can you stand up or will you
Will I be able to survive the pressures and scrutiny of celebrity life


Just fall down
I am at risk of collapsing under the weight of my own image and expectations


You better watch out
Be careful what you wish for, it may come with a price


What you wish for
The things we desire and strive for come with their own set of challenges and obstacles


It better be worth it
Success and recognition come with a high cost, so we must make sure it is worth the sacrifice


So much to die for
The pressure to succeed and maintain fame can be overwhelming and even deadly


Have you ever felt so used up as this?
Do you know what it feels like to be completely depleted and exploited as a celebrity


It's all so sugarless
Fame and success can be empty and unsatisfying


Hooker, waitress, model, actress
Society continues to objectify and exploit women in these professions


Oh, just go nameless
Sometimes it's better to remain anonymous and avoid the pitfalls of celebrity life


Honeysuckle, she's full of poison
Even the sweetest things in life can be toxic and destructive


She obliterated everything she kissed
The intoxicating power of celebrity can destroy everything in its path


Now she's fading
The fleeting nature of fame and success


Somewhere in Hollywood
The place where all Hollywood dreams are made and shattered


You want a part of me
People are always trying to claim a piece of my identity and success


Well, I'm not selling cheap
I am not willing to give away my identity and success easily or cheaply


No, I'm not selling cheap
I am determined to maintain my integrity and self-worth, even in the face of fame and success




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: William Patrick Corgan, Courtney M. Love, Eric Erlandson

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@CeceliaAngel

Oh, make me over
I'm all I want to be
A walking study
In demonology

Hey, so glad you could make it
Yeah, now you really made it
Hey, so glad you could make it now

Oh, look at my face
My name is might have been
My name is never was
My name's forgotten

Hey, so glad you could make it
Yeah, now you really made it
Hey, there's only us left now

When I wake up in my makeup
It's too early for that dress
Wilted and faded somewhere in Hollywood
I'm glad I came here
With your pound of flesh
No second billing 'cause you're a star now
Oh, Cinderella
They aren't sluts like you
Beautiful garbage, beautiful dresses
Can you stand up or will you
Just fall down

You better watch out
What you wish for
It better be worth it
So much to die for

Hey, so glad you could make it
Yeah, now you really made it
Hey, there's only us left now

When I wake up in my makeup
Have you ever felt so used up as this?
It's all so sugarless
Hooker, waitress, model, actress
Oh, just go nameless
Honeysuckle, she's full of poison
She obliterated everything she kissed
Now she's fading
Somewhere in Hollywood
I'm glad I came here
With your pound of flesh

You want a part of me
Well, I'm not selling cheap
No, I'm not selling cheap



@alinazaranska9135

Jeszcze mam coś takiego -
do osoby Courtney Love:

zaczęłam w końcu pisać swoje
komentarze na YouTube


posłuchałam sobie piosenki
,Walking on a wire" zespołu BOKKA~

patrzyłam też na teledysk

i w końcu zaczęłam płakać. .%


a dla mnie to znaczy wiele_


następnie posłuchałam piosenki
zespołu GUESS WHY ,Blind belief"


i zaczęłam o niej myśleć


napisałam: Czy to jest prawda ?


no i to się zaczęło ciągnąć..


poczułam się złą osobą,

która czegoś nie docenia



Bóg tak wiele dla mnie zrobił

a ja tego nie chcę uszanować


oczywiście tak jest nadal

- ja tego nie umiem zmienić


czasem trochę próbuję

ale nie wiem czy to wystarczy



@alinazaranska9135

ja już naprawdę nie mam siły

dostałam trochę natchnienia

ale jestem bardzo zmęczona


i nie mogę niczego robić


a ja tu mam obowiązki

muszę chyba po raz 40 pojechać

do szpitala psychiatrycznego


to jest naprawdę okropne



All comments from YouTube:

@blakematthews9694

That opening riff is iconic. I miss the 90s

@Jaylinrxse

Doja cat just released her cover maybe give it a shot ?

@bluebird4805

It might be Billy Corgan’s? Just reading about this now… 😊

@farmoone7418

@@JJ-tz1gr Doja is shitty singer

@GuitarCT87

🍻

@AntonioCrashMusic

It's a Billy Corgan riff.

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@JC-wc9lk

Out of all the songs Doja could’ve picked to cover, this is the last one I would’ve guessed she’d picked

@l0vec7nt

best believe it

@laura-dp1zm

She did well❤

@ayooandy

Then u dk doja

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