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Miserable Bastard
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

I use love like fuel
The pain it drives my engine
It's a source without renewal
Without environmental protection

I said I'll strip mine into your heart
I drill deep and sap you dry
Break you down and sell the parts
For what money just can't buy

Because I use love like fuel
The pain it drives my engine
I use love like fuel
I use love like fuel

I need to feel rejection
To feel anything at all
It grants me worldwide connection
With all things great and small

The anguish gives me vision
I can't say how long it lasts
But the more I have collisions
The more I want to drive fast

Because I use love like fuel
The pain it drives my engine
I use love like fuel
I use love like fuel

Send me up for murder
And I'd feel like I was free
Because I never wanted to hurt her
But it came so easily

Unaware of what I'm taking
I can effortlessly crush
It's only when our hearts are breaking
That I'm nourished by the rush

'Cause I use love like fuel
The pain it drives my engine
I use love like fuel
I use love like fuel
Oooh love like fuel
I use love like fuel

1999 John Popper

First release: Zygote
Released: 09/09/1999
Earliest time played: 09/04/1999
Last time played: 11/10/1999
Playing frequency:
  28 plays (see all shows)
  1.51% of shows in the database
  2.91% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  This song was the first single released off of Zygote and is subtitled "Love Like Fuel" for radio stations that could not say the real title on the air.

Other recordings of "Miserable Bastard":
  Miserable Bastard, 1999
  Headliners II, 1999
  Album Network Rock Tuneup #204, 1999
  KFOG: Live from the Archives 7, 2000


I'll strip mine into your heart
Strip mining is perhaps the most destructive form of mining there is - a layer of earth is simply stripped off the top and processed.
I drill deep and sap you dry
A reference to drilling for oil, in keeping with the fossil fuel motif.
all things great and small
A line from a common church hymn:
All things bright and beautiful
All things great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all
TiM_Beam> John -- what was your inspiration for "Miserable Bastard" is it about anyone?? is there a "miserable bastard" somewhere out there?

JohnPopper> Yes there is. He lurks inside of me. The song was - and I know what you were thinking, I don't go around exposing myself to little old ladies - anyway, the song was about my ability to manipulate personal relationships. With merciless aplomb. I think that I've learned a whole lot these last couple years. "Miserable Bastard" represents a part of myself that I am perhaps not too proud of. I like to think there is a little miserable bastard inside all of us. The Machiavelli in me is alive and well.