Song of the Day #3,781: ‘Automatic Systematic Habit’ – Garbage

‘Automatic Systemaitc Habit’ is the lead track on Garbage’s 2012 album Not Your Kind of People, their first record after a seven-year hiatus.

Garbage is very much a late 90s band, with their first three (and best three) albums coming out between 1995 and 2001. 2005’s Bleed Like Me was a misstep and for a while seemed like the end of the band. But this album showed a renewed spirit and a sound very much like the one they mastered back in the day.

The album didn’t sell well, though, becoming their first record not to crack 100,000 copies in America. The music industry changed a lot during those seven years, and so did the predominant pop music sound.

[Verse 1]
Lies lies lies
You love those lies
You tell them straight
Straight to my face
They feel so right
They keep you safe

[Pre-Chorus 1]
And you’re so good at it
Oh, it comes automatic
Lies more lies
I can tell they’re lies
I can see right through
You have see-through eyes

[Chorus]
Knocked down drag your name out all across the town
I won’t be your dirty little secret
Not for you, not for me, not for your other lover
I won’t be your dirty little secret

[Verse 2]
Oh men like you
Keep me up at night
You want your women at home
And your bid on the side
You’ve got a telephone girl that you carry around
In your jean back pocket with her very own sound

[Pre-Chorus 2]
And you’re so sly about it
Oh, it comes automatic
Yeah, you’re so good at it
A systematic habit
Sly about it, oh it comes automatic
Yeah, you’re so good at it
A systematic habit

[Chorus 2]
Knocked down drag your name out all across the town
I won’t be your dirty little secret
Tell your mother, tell your brother, tell your friends, tell your teacher
I won’t be your dirty little secret
I won’t be your dirty little secret

[Bridge]
Automatic systematic habit
Automatic systematic habit
Automatic systematic habit
Automatic systematic habit
Automatic systematic habit
Automatic systematic habit
Automatic systematic habit
Automatic systematic habit
Automatic systematic habit
Automatic systematic habit

[Chorus]
Knocked down drag your name out all across the town
I won’t be your dirty little secret
Not for you, not for me, not for your other lover
I won’t be your dirty little secret

Knocked down drag your name out all across the town
I won’t be your dirty little secret
Tell your mother, tell your brother, tell your friends, tell your teacher
I won’t be your dirty little secret
I won’t be your dirty little secret

[Outro]
I won’t be, I won’t
I won’t be, I won’t
I won’t, I won’t
I won’t be knocked down

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,781: ‘Automatic Systematic Habit’ – Garbage

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Still not a fan of their sound.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    I may have asked this before why would anyone name their band Garbage?

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