Self Esteem
The Offspring Lyrics


La, la, la-la-la
La, la, la-la-la

I wrote her off for the tenth time today
And practiced all the things I would say
But she came over, I lost my nerve
I took her back and made her dessert
Now I know I'm being used
That's okay, man, 'cause I like the abuse
I know she's playin' with me
That's okay 'cause I got no self esteem

Oh, hey, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah

We make plans to go out at night
I wait 'til two, then I turn out the light
This rejection's got me so low
If she keeps it up, I just might tell her so

Oh, hey, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah

When she's saying, oh, that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she's saying, oh, that I'm like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can spend
Well, I guess I should stick up for myself
But I really think it's better this way
The more you suffer
The more it shows you really care
Right? Yeah

Now I'll relate this little bit
It happens more than I'd like to admit
Late at night, she knocks on my door
She's drunk again and looking to score
Now I know I should say no
But it's kind of hard when she's ready to go
I may be dumb, but I'm not a dweeb
I'm just a sucker with no self esteem

Oh, hey, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah

When she's saying, oh, that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she's saying, oh, that I'm like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can spend
Well, I guess I should stick up for myself
But I really think it's better this way
The more you suffer
The more it shows you really care
Right? Yeah

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Written by: Bryan Keith Holland

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Manuel Martín Moratín

I wrote her off for the tenth time today
And practiced all the things I would say
But she came over
I lost my nerve
I took her back and made her dessert
Now I know I'm being used
That's okay man cause I like the abuse
I know she's playing with me
That's okay cause I've got no self esteem
We make plans to go out at night
I wait till 2 then I turn out the light
All this rejection's got me so low
If she keeps it up I just might tell her so
When she's saying that she wants only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she's saying that I'm like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can spend
Well I guess I should stick up for myself
But I really think it's better this way
The more you suffer
The more it shows you really care Right?
Now I'll relate this a little bit
That happens more than I'd like to admit
Late at night she knocks on my door
Drunk again and looking to score
Now I know I should say no
But that's kind of hard when she's ready to go
I may be dumb
But I'm not a dweeb
I'm just a sucker with no self esteem



All comments from YouTube:

Michael Carlo

Sometimes I think this song smells even more like teen spirit than that other one.

synthesis1200

@Jesús Herrera Espín The riff is similar, and sounds like some of the same notes and this song was probably inspired by Smells Like Teen Spirit, but played totally differently and Kurt sang with more intensity and vocal fry and scream with vocal chords that must have been superhuman, maybe a little less superhuman than Layne Staley level or Mike Patton's, but still amazing vocals compared to this band, whom put out some cornball music like Pretty Fly for a White Guy and had a total different sound.
Nirvana ended up hating SLTS after it became a hit, so they barely ever played it live. The bass lines are completely different during the verses, but Offspring sounds like they copied the chorus parts/hooks to sound a bit like SLTS, Kurt's chorus's and hooks are completely different, and there was a solo done by Kurt, although he was just playing the same notes he sang, there was still a solo and I don't hear one in this song at all. I'm surprised they aren't wearing Nirvana shirts, but that would give it away too easily, but the guitar player has a Germs tshirt on, which was the band Pat Smear was in right before he became a member of Nirvana by the time In Utero came out. The only thing I can agree with is the rhythm sounds inspired a bit by Nirvana, shorter stabby power chords in SLTS and also played with more sustain in some parts, and same goes Krist Novaselics bass lines in Nirvana's song, and the tempo/BPM's are about the same. I would listen to them closer my friend. I have noticed that a lot of people that didn't grow up during this era or haven't listened to much music from the 90's tend to say a lot of these bands sounded the same, which is understandable, since I never listened to pop Country music and if I turned on the radio most of the songs would sound the same.

synthesis1200

@Vinny V nah, Kurt was a better musician and was already in the process of divorcing Courtney and contacted his lawyer when he died, and yes, I'm saying died because there is still a lot of controversy over the details and many books and documentaries that dig deep into it. Soaked in Bleach being just one decent doc., and many others you can find online... Courtney was that type of woman though, and she left Billy Corgan for Kurt, supposedly cheated on Kurt with Billy but he won't fully admit it in interviews on Stern but he almost got it out of him. Heck, she even dated Gavin Rossdale after Kurt died and he was on a break from dating Gwen Stefani (who he met on tour, same way Courtney met Kurt, and who was definitely a sucker with a whole lot of dirt surrounding him as well, with him denying his homosexual relationship with a man for at least a decade, named Peter something or ot who had a band named Marilyn, and Gavin finally admitted around the time Gwen divorced Gavin after having 3 kids. He said in an interview it being an experimental phase, although it was a five year relationship, and also he had a kid that he was a Godfather of until she was 14, until the mother who was another whacko and was married at the time Gavin slept with had her daughter get a paternity test at age 14, around the time Gavin and Gwen got married, and after going through the courts and all, it revealed that Gavin was the father). Kurt was finally waking up around the time of his death and probably realized he could raise Francis and that Courtney was no good for him.

Some say Green Day and the Offspring made punk go mainstream, but Nirvana was more of a punk band as well as a "grunge" band, and Kurt was a much more intense artist, who could scream and jump head first into a drum set, and nail their unplugged performance also. The Offspring were OK, but put out cheese like Pretty Fly for a White Guy and other silly songs. I don't hear any similarities in their voices or this song to Smells Like Teen Spirit, or any Nirvana song, but I'm sure the Offspring were fans of Nirvana. Notice the guitar player has a Germs t-shirt on, which was Pat Smears band before joining Nirvana to tour and eventually become a member in their short lifespan, and they would cover tons of underground punk songs in their live shows as well.

Jake Kaufman

@Berny Altamirano haha that's some funny shit from you.

You really made my day bro

Cheers Mate 🎸🎸🎸🤘🤘🤘🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲💫💫💫

Berny Altamirano

@Jake Kaufman Sure and the world musical revolution...
And needless to say the musical change in rock music WORLDWIDE ACHIEVEMENT NIRVANA That NIRVANA achieved IN 4 YEARS Q OTHERS NEVER IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER OF 30 YEARS....
I WOULD BLOW MY FUCKING HEAD TOO....

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Judge Jeanine The Alcoholic

There's something about this era of music that just can't be replicated no matter how hard people try. I'm always going to be thankful that I was able to grow up as a kid listening to music that had heart and soul written in it. I'll miss those days...

Nico Brünnet

if you want to hear more music like blink182, sum41,+44... check this new pop-punk band out: https://youtu.be/ahe7c84vGzE

Dries Schreurs

"Cannot be replicated". This is literally a replica of smells like teen spirit.

The_Metalist

This album was recorded in 2 days. It captured everything it needed to in my opinion. Loved it since I was 11 years old!

fincrazydragon

I was in my 30's when this music came out, and I loved it! I still do!

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