Album: Version 2.0
Shirley Manson is disappointed in her boyfriend in the prime “Special.”
A liberated guitar opens the single, setting a vindicated tone. No more waiting without anything to show for it. No more making excuses. She figured out what a coward her boyfriend was. She informed her friends and family that they aren’t together and let them know why. She didn’t hold back. She cared for him and was generous with her time for him. However, he wouldn’t step up for her when needed. (“I'm living without you/I know all about you/I have run you down into the ground/Spread disease about you over town/I used to adore you/I couldn't control you/There was nothing that I wouldn't do/To keep myself around and close to you.”)
In the first chorus, she wonders if he ever thinks for himself. Everyone always seems to be doing the talking for him. To her, he was someone she could trust and was proud to talk about his positive attributes. But she’s had enough. (“Do you have an opinion?/A mind of your own?/I thought you were special/I thought you should know/But I've run out of patience/I couldn't care less/Do you have an opinion?/A mind of your own?/I thought you were special/I thought you should know.”)
To him, she was something to boost his ego. She wasn’t ever really present in his life. However, once she left, he suddenly cared. He said he didn’t know she felt hurt and how could he fix it. She told him he had has time. (“I used to amuse you/I knew that I'd lose you/Now you're here and begging for a chance/But there's no way in hell I'd take you back.”)
In the second chorus, she adds she has nothing to left to say. She wants to be able to move on. (“(“Do you have an opinion?/A mind of your own?/I thought you were special/I thought you should know/But I've run out of patience/I've run out of comments/I'm tired of the violence/I couldn't care less.”)
In the final section, she says she’s trying to find a new boyfriend. Someone who will appreciate her. They were the couple to emulate. (“I'm looking for a new/I'm looking for a new/I'm looking for a new/I'm looking for a new/We were the talk of the town/We were the talk of the town/We were the talk of the town/We were the talk of the town/I thought you were special/I thought you were special/I thought you were special/I thought you were special.”)
Manson is disillusioned by what she was thought was real. He turned out to be all talk. It was disheartening, though, that he couldn’t give but he certainly took. She’s already over it, though.
The defined “Special” blends pop and rock, adds some electro in for some seasoning, making for a successful song.