Skin O' My Teeth
Megadeth Lyrics


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I had wrists donning slits
Flowing constantly
My broken body in a wreck
I wrapped around a tree
A crosswalk hit and run
The finish line for me
People clutter in the gutter
Take a look and see

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth
No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth

My blood flows through the streets
Deluge from the wounds
Empty jars of sleeping pills
On the dresser in my room
My wet brain neighbor cranes
His neck to see
In time, the white lights, a train
Bearing down on me

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth
No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth

I won't feel the hurt
I'm not trash any longer
That that doesn't kill me
Only makes me stronger
I need a ride to the morgue
That's what 911 is for
So, tag my toe and don't forget
Ooh, to close the drawer

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth
No escaping pain
You belong to me




Clingin' on to life
By the skin o' my teeth

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Megadeth's song Skin O' My Teeth describe a person who has survived a suicide attempt and a severe car accident. The lyrics allude to the theme of pain and the fragility of life. In the first verse, the singer of the song has attempted to commit suicide by slitting their wrists but has survived the attempt. They then proceed to get into a car accident, wrapping themselves around a tree, and barely survive the crash. The second verse speaks about the aftermath of the crash, the blood flowing through the streets, and empty jars of sleeping pills scattered in the room. The singer contemplates death and decides to give up. However, at the end of the song, the singer decides that they will not give up and will continue to cling onto life.


The song speaks to the fragility of life and recognizes that no matter what happens, we are all clinging on to life by the skin of our teeth. We are but a moment away from death, and we must recognize the importance of life and the value it holds. The song also highlights the theme of pain and is a reflection of the emotional state of lead singer Dave Mustaine, who had been struggling with addiction and contemplating suicide at the time of the song's release.


Line by Line Meaning

I had wrists donning slits
I had cut my wrists before


Flowing constantly
Blood was flowing out constantly


My broken body in a wreck
I was in a car accident that left me severely injured


I wrapped around a tree
My car crashed into a tree and I was wrapped around it


A crosswalk hit and run
I was hit by a car at a crosswalk and the driver escaped


The finish line for me
That was the end of my life


People clutter in the gutter
People gathered around on the street


Take a look and see
Witness what happened to me


No escaping pain
Pain is inevitable


You belong to me
I have control over you


Clingin' on to life
Trying to survive


By the skin o' my teeth
By a very narrow margin


My blood flows through the streets
Due to my severe injuries, my blood is flowing down the street


Deluge from the wounds
A flood of blood is coming out of my wounds


Empty jars of sleeping pills
I had emptied jars of sleeping pills


On the dresser in my room
The sleeping pill jars were on my dresser


My wet brain neighbor cranes
My neighbor with a drinking problem is trying to get a better look


His neck to see
He is craning his neck to get a better look at me


In time, the white lights, a train
Eventually, an ambulance arrived with flashing white lights, like a train


Bearing down on me
It was speeding towards me to save my life


I won't feel the hurt
I'm not feeling the pain anymore


I'm not trash any longer
I'm no longer worthless


That that doesn't kill me
What doesn't kill me (physically) makes me stronger (mentally)


Only makes me stronger
I've grown stronger because of the trauma


I need a ride to the morgue
My dead body needs to be taken to the morgue


That's what 911 is for
Call 911 for an ambulance to transport me to the morgue


So, tag my toe and don't forget
Put a tag on my toe to identify me and don't forget to close the drawer


Ooh, to close the drawer
Closing my drawer signifies the end of my life




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Dave Mustaine

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