My Skin Song Lyrics

Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant Ophelia cover art
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Take a look at my body
Look at my hands
There's so much here that I don't understand
Your face-saving promises
Whispered like prayers
I don't need them
'Cause I've been treated so wrong,
I've been treated so long
As if I'm becoming untouchable
Well, contempt loves the silence, it thrives in the dark
With fine winding tendrils that strangle the heart
They say that promises sweeten the blow
But I don't need them, no I don't need them
I've been treated so wrong,
I've been treated so long
As if I'm becoming untouchable
I'm a slow-dying flower
In the frost-killing hour
Sweet turning sour and untouchable
I need the darkness, the sweetness, the sadness, the weakness
Oh I need this
I need a lullaby, a kiss goodnight, angel, sweet love of my life
Oh I need this
I'm a slow-dying flower
Frost-killing hour
The sweet turning sour and untouchable
Do you remember the way that you touched me before
All the trembling sweetness I loved and adored
Your face-saving promises
Whispered liked prayers
I don't need them
I need the darkness, the sweetness, the sadness, the weakness
Oh, I need this
I need a lullaby, a kiss goodnight, angel, sweet love of my life
Oh, I need this
Well is it dark enough
Can you see me
Do you want me
Can you reach me
Oh, I'm leaving
Better shut your mouth, and hold your breath
You kiss me now, you catch your death
Oh, I mean this
Oh, I mean this

Track Listing


HDCD 1
  • 1 Ophelia
  • 2 Life Is Sweet
  • 3 Kind & Generous
  • 4 Frozen Charlotte
  • 5 My Skin
  • 6 Break Your Heart
  • 7 King of May
  • 8 Thick as Thieves
  • 9 Effigy
  • 10 The Living
  • 11 When They Ring the Golden Bells


  • credits


    publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Cat Stevens
    album: Track 5 in album Ophelia
    release date: 1998-5-19
    popularity : 93 users have visited this page.
    genres: Pop Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
    length: 5:33
    drums: Peter Yanowitz
    piano: Natalie Merchant
    vocal: Natalie Merchant
    mixer: Jim Scott
    engineer: Todd Vos
    acoustic guitar: Craig Ross
    cello: Michelle Kinney
    acoustic bass guitar: Jay Brunga
    assistant mixer: Mike Scotella
    composer: Natalie Merchant
    lyricist: Natalie Merchant

    Album Information

    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: HDCD
    barcode: 075596219624
    script: Latin