You Got Nothing I Want
Cold Chisel Lyrics


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You got nothing I want
You got nothing I need

You got nothing I want
You got nothing I need

You got nothing I want
You got nothing I need



I don't need crying lies
I don't need stupid alibi's
I don't need convertible cars,
And don't think you can push me too far
You got the money, I got the time,
Nothing better to do, so you might just change my mind.

You got nothing I want
You got nothing I need

You got nothing I want
You got nothing I need

I don't want to see you again
I don't want you for a friend
I don't want you hanging around
I don't mind just putting you down.
You got the money, I got the time
Nothing better to do, so I might just change my mind.

You got nothing I want
You got nothing I need

You got nothing I want
You got nothing I need

I don't have to tell you
How that you should do your job,
I don't want to have to be the one to shock your happy home.

You got nothing I want
You got nothing I need.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "You Got Nothing I Want" by Cold Chisel is a declaration of independence from the expectations and demands of a relationship. The refrain's repetition underscores the polarizing determination of the protagonist, who has resolved not to be drawn into a fixed position. The singer is unwilling to be swayed by the promises of the other person or to be manipulated into giving them what they desire. They reject material possessions and superficial gestures, such as flashy cars or false pleadings, insisting on being treated with respect and honesty.


The singer acknowledges that they may change their mind, but only if someone offers something of actual worth or interest. The verses serve as a laundry list of things the singer has no use for, including crying lies, stupid alibis, and friendships with people that have caused them heartache. The singer is aware of their worth and won't settle for anything less. The lines "I don't have to tell you how that you should do your job, I don't want to have to be the one to shock your happy home" is a reminder to their partner that the singer isn't interested in controlling their life or disrupting their existence. Rather, the singer is looking for mutual respect and admiration, without it they have nothing to gain from the relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

You got nothing I want
I do not have any interest in what you have to offer


You got nothing I need
I do not require anything from you


I don't need crying lies
I do not want to hear deceitful words that will make me sad


I don't need stupid alibi's
I do not want to listen to ridiculous excuses


I don't need convertible cars,
I do not have any desire for luxurious automobiles


And don't think you can push me too far
Do not assume that you have control over me


You got the money, I got the time,
Even though you have resources, I have leisure


Nothing better to do, so you might just change my mind.
Since I have no other plans, it could be possible for me to reconsider


I don't want to see you again
I have no desire to have any further interaction with you


I don't want you for a friend
I am not looking for companionship with you


I don't want you hanging around
I do not want you to be present in my vicinity


I don't mind just putting you down.
I have no issue degrading you


I don't have to tell you
I am under no obligation to instruct you


How that you should do your job,
I do not have to provide guidance or direction regarding your work


I don't want to have to be the one to shock your happy home.
I do not wish to be the cause of disrupting your joyful household




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JAMES DIXON BARNES

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Heres another couple of Aussie songs for you,band: Machine Gun Fellatio Songs: Unsent Letter,Mutha F*kka on a Motorcycle.
Melbourne band.
Also check out,band: Powderfinger songs👉My Kind of Scene,Nobody Sees,The Day You Come,These days,Passenger.

And an Aussie singer,Pete Murray and hes song "Better Days".
Oh and the band "The Superjesus" song "Gravity".
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Edit: No it doesnt cover it lol.This last song is unfathomably sad lol like Powderfingers "Nobody Sees".

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All comments from YouTube:

D. 1992

Absolute bloody insult to only have 25k views for a masterpiece like this

Powerage1986

@tanksaresurelydelicious Not me. I own their studio albums. I love all their stuff even outside the hits.

tanksaresurelydelicious

To be fair, pretty sure every Aussie owns the best of album anyway! Haha

Rowan Parmiter

178K in Sept 2021

scott mollan

uncompromisingly pure aussie rock sticking a middle finger to the usa music business. be proud aussies

rselwyn1000

I would never have heard of them had I not spent some years in Australia. The world outside OZ has not heard of them and yet they are so good. Had only heard about Midnight Oil at the time.

Md Robiul Hasan

Simply AWESOME! The louder the better!
Cold Chisel at their ballsy best. No Aussie band could give the finger quite like Chisel. 🤘🖕🤘

L. Lisa Wilson

Cold Chisel at their ballsy best. No Aussie band could give the finger quite like Chisel. 🤘🖕🤘

John 1948

God but it makes my old heart good to take in this clip again and yet again. It's the peak for me of my 80s experience; this is just sheer good fun, exuberant play at its best. There's everything to love and nothing to hate about it. Some people don't like Jimmy screaming. Well, they are wrong. It fits right in there. And the talent of the guys, how they make those instruments work together. Outstanding!

MsSez

I also love the No-frills video in an empty room

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