I Hate Myself

(Rick Springfield/Matt Bissonette)

My so-called friends all quit without a kiss goodbye
Everybody thinks I'm a creep (and so do I) 
I think they all think that I'm insane
You're the weak link in my chain
I'll climb on your cross,
Go ahead and crucify me

Because I hate myself
'Cos I want you
I hate myself
I'm a one-man wrecking crew

You're so bad for me, I'm like a dead man walking
So let's connect real soon and get ´┐Żem all talking
We'll circle the wagons around your bed
And prove I'm right with everything I said

I hate myself
'Cos I want you
I hate myself
I'm a one-man wrecking crew

Damn the danger, the scandal too
Burn me down, I'm black and blue
I hate myself
But I want you

I hate myself
(I hate myself)
I hate myself
(I hate myself)

Because I hate myself
'Cos I want you
I hate myself
I'm a one-man wrecking crew

You're bad for me, I'm bad for you
My big breakdown, your big breakthrough
I hate myself
But I want you

 

 

According to US

II thought it was funny what Rick said about this song at our recent live show. He said he'd written a song a lot like this many years ago...meaning Jessie's Girl...and this was the new version of that song. I love this song and that usual Rick tongue-in-cheek vibe of it. This would be in my top "half" of favorites from this CD. For me it has the feel of a classic RS self-deprecating song with an underlying humor. It's one of the songwriting traits that appeals to me the most about Rick. One thing no one can ever say about him is that he's afraid to admit he has faults and makes a lot of mistakes. It's a theme within his music.
I thought it was awesome Rick and his team set it up for the fans voices to be blended into the chorus. How unique!
I really like every part of this song...the music and how it just kicks in at the start, along with a beat you can't help but tap your foot to. Then there's the lyrics, which are comical and edgy and point blame at himself for having issues with self-control. "Everybody thinks I'm a creep (and so do I). I think they all think that I'm insane, you're the weak link in my chain." And then of course, a classic Rick-religious-reference - "I'll climb on your cross, go ahead and crucify me."
For me, Rick's voice is very cool in this song. The way he does the high note when he says "soon" reminds me of some of his earlier work when his voice was young and high notes were not a problem. I especially like his slight chuckle after the verse, "so let's connect real soon, and get 'em all talking." Like I said, at least he knows he has a problem, right? "We'll circle the wagons around your bed. And prove I'm right with everything I said." Yes, I would say he might be right, judging by what he's admitted about his past and his ongoing problems, that he is a "one man wrecking crew." I like him anyway, even with his faults. His songwriting has amazed me for the biggest portion of my life and still continues to do so.
I like the lines, "Damn the danger, the scandal too. Burn me down, I'm black and blue." Most of Rick's fans know that he has been the victim of some interesting "press" over the course of his career. And any indiscretions on his part would definitely be cause for scandal, I'm sure.
This song has some cool guitar riffs and drum beats. It's definitely a tune that gets stuck in my head all day if I hear even one snippet of it. I Hate Myself is also pretty fun as a live song with the audience participation. The message is kind of dark but the music and beat are fun.
Overall, this is one of my top favorite songs on the new CD. Kelley Pearson

I love that it's got a great beat and hook and sounds kind of classic rock-ish.
I think it's interesting the words he chose that refer to his lifetime of self loathing but at the same time he sings it with a sense of humor almost as if he's laughing at himself. I don't care for the thousands of fan voices that were submitted- cute idea but I think it ruins the integrity of the song. Either way, it's one of my favorites and I still love it. - Lori Adams

This song represents, in my mind, The Good - The Bad - and The Ugly. Here's why:
The Good:
He thrilled many fans when he opened up the opportunity to record yourself singing 'I Hate Myself' and submit it for a special rendition of the song. It also puts a celebrity in a human light when they can admit a human fault or weakness.
The Bad:
I didn't mind the song, melodically speaking, the first time I hear the final cut. That was the only time I liked it. I do not care for the melody. Some of the lyrics are hints of his clever writing skills, but in my opinion it is a message of wrong doing that he confesses over and over, as if it makes everything right and absolves him of sinful actions and thoughts. It is like, with any song, it was founded based on a thought...but all my ears hear are that same thought being said over and over versus a transition into the type of genius song that I am accustomed to, coming from him.
The Ugly:
When he was first hinting at this song and mentioned that despite hearing 'I Hate Myself', that it was a 'positive song', I looked forward to hearing the song and the rational behind it being sold as a positive song. WHAT??? Imagine my disappointment to see no positive anything in this song (aside from the previously mentioned participation opportunity for willing fans). I have a hard enough time stopping my own self from telling myself that I hate myself. Never would I think to ask others to sing it and embrace it. I know...it was not a serious thing...but it almost strikes me as a puppet master move- 'Watch this...I'm going to make them think these words are positive and get the puppets to sing it and believe it. haha I am a genius'. What's that? In his own words...he's a 'one-man wrecking crew'. Nicely played, Springfield.
When it comes to this particular song, I left the puppet show early.
Kat Mendelin

The first time I heard this song was when he debuted it in Milwaukee before the CD was released. It was catchy enough, but I certainly didn't walk away thinking "OMG, this song is so great". Someone had posted the video to Youtube, so we played it over and over and wrote down the words (and brought them with us to the performance he did for the fans that was also broadcast), so we knew the song pretty well after that. Then as time went by, I came to realize how much I use that phrase. Apparently I say that to myself all the time. Especially when I get on the scale. Even to the point where I like to sing "I hate myself, cause I want food" Its funny how after you hear a phrase in a song, that you don't think you are all that familiar with, that you realize you hear it/use it more than you think (kind of like It's Always Something)
Also, during some past explosions of some friendships, I was very in tune with the phrase "so called friends" because I used that a lot too. So I slowly realized how much I identified with a lot of the feeling in this song, even though maybe for different reasons.
Also, I've always thought this song was written about the reaction he had after his biography came out. Especially since I found a certain chapter a little "creepy" myself and that is the exact word I used to describe it.
Once again, I think the lyrics are very poetic. He definitely has a way with words, can make some really great rhymes while still be able to tell a story. "Burn me down, I'm black and blue" - I take that to mean he's pretty beat up, by other people, but mostly by himself. I totally get the feeling of knowing you should resist, shouldn't spend the money, shouldn't like something that is bad for you, but not being able to resist, even though you keep living the bad consequences over and over.
I do think it is odd that this is the song/line that the fans got to participate in. And yea, that whole "this is a positive song" thing. He said the same exact thing about Jesus Saves, and neither are positive at all. I take that to be sarcasm. - rlh