Bite The Hand
Boygenius Lyrics


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I can't hear you, you're too far away
I can't see you, the light is in my face
I can't touch you, I wouldn't if I could

I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
Here's the best part distilled for you
But you want what I can't give to you
Your hands are gravity while my hands are tied

I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to

Who do you think you are?
Who do you think you I am?
What do you wanna say?
What do you think will change?
Maybe I'm afraid of you
Maybe I'm afraid of you

I'll bite the hand that feeds me
Bite the hand that feeds me
Bite the hand
Bite the hand
Bite the hand that needs me
Bite the hand that needs me
Bite the hand
Bite the hand

I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to
I can't love you how you want me to





I can't love you how you want me to

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Boygenius’ song Bite The Hand reflect the complex emotions of a person who is unable to reciprocate someone’s love. The first stanza establishes the physical distance, indicating that the singer is unable to hear, see, or touch the object of their affection. The repetition of the phrase “I can’t love you how you want me to” emphasizes that the singer is aware of the other person’s desire for love, yet finds themselves unable to fulfill those expectations. The second stanza delves deeper into the singer's conflict, as they wonder if fear is the reason behind their inability to love the other person in the way they want. In the chorus, the line “bite the hand that needs me” suggests an aggressive response to a situation where the singer feels helpless and trapped.


The lyrics of this song emphasize the profoundly emotional turmoil of unrequited love. The repetition of the line “I can’t love you how you want me to” reinforces the feeling of helplessness and despair. The lyric “Your hands are gravity while my hands are tied” creates a powerful metaphor, suggesting that the other person's needs and wants exert a powerful pull while the singer feels restrained and unable to act. The lines in the chorus, “Bite the hand that feeds me/Bite the hand that needs me” imply a destructive act; the singer feels powerless in the relationship, which leads to a violent confrontation.


Overall, Bite The Hand is a powerful and evocative song that reflects the pain of unrequited love and the frustration that comes with being unable to reciprocate someone's feelings.


Line by Line Meaning

I can't hear you, you're too far away
The singer can't hear the person they are addressing because they are too far away.


I can't see you, the light is in my face
The singer can't see the person they are addressing because the light is shining in their face.


I can't touch you, I wouldn't if I could
The singer can't touch the person they are addressing and furthermore, they wouldn't want to even if it were possible.


I can't love you how you want me to
The artist acknowledges that they are unable to love the person they are addressing in the way that they desire.


Here's the best part distilled for you
The artist is offering the person they are addressing the most important or crucial part of something, presented in a simplified or refined way.


But you want what I can't give to you
The person they are addressing desires something that the singer is simply incapable of providing.


Your hands are gravity while my hands are tied
The person they are addressing has an irresistible pull or influence over the singer, while the singer feels powerless or restricted in how they are able to respond.


Who do you think you are?
The artist is questioning the identity or nature of the person they are addressing.


Who do you think you I am?
The artist is questioning the identity or nature of themselves, in relation to the person they are addressing.


What do you wanna say?
The artist is inviting the person they are addressing to speak their mind.


What do you think will change?
The singer is questioning the person they are addressing about what they believe will realistically change or improve as a result of their conversation or situation.


Maybe I'm afraid of you
The artist is acknowledging the possibility that they feel scared or intimidated by the person they are addressing.


I'll bite the hand that feeds me
The singer is saying that they will turn against or harm the person or system that provides for them or sustains them, often out of a sense of rebellion or resistance.


Bite the hand that feeds me
The singer repeats their sentiment from the previous line.


Bite the hand
The singer repeats their sentiment using a shortened version.


Bite the hand
The artist repeats their sentiment using a shortened version.


Bite the hand that needs me
The artist is reaffirming that they will turn against or harm the person or system that depends on them, often out of a sense of self-preservation or defiance.


Bite the hand that needs me
The singer repeats their sentiment from the previous line.


Bite the hand
The singer repeats their sentiment using a shortened version.


Bite the hand
The artist repeats their sentiment using a shortened version.


I can't love you how you want me to
The artist repeats once again that they are unable to love the person they are addressing as they desire.




Lyrics © WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC
Written by: Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker

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