First It Giveth
I'm in you
You're in me
I can't tell

You're so cruel
More than me
It is true
That's right

Loyal to
Only you
Up your sleeve

I want some (come on, take it)
of all of you (it's yours)
Trickin me

First it giveth
Then it taketh away

I would beg
I would plead
I would shake

On a hook
Wide awake

I'm so young
And beautiful
(That's right)
(I'm slick)
I'm no fool

Time goes by
Tables turn
All I know

First it giveth
Then it taketh away

Demo lyrics:

The demo lyrics are the same, except "cruel" is changed to "cool"
Available On: Songs for the Deaf (2002)

Alternate Title
This song was called "First It Giveth #1" on the Songs for the Deaf advance.

"'First it Giveth #1' is a muscle car chase scene with helicopters. The progression is sloped and fast and the chorus, although stale vocally, is like a pounding highway, relentless. It's songs like this that make me want to drive into the desert without a look back and there's a moment on the sidewalk where I can't walk fast enough. - from Movie Poop Shoot's Review

Josh: "I think Dave's biggest contribution was the chorus beat of 'First It Giveth'. The other sections of that song were laid in stone, but when he played that, all of our eyes rolled back and we went, 'what the f*** is that?' It's really an amazing beat to play with one foot!" - from

Q: "Isn't it easier to make music on drugs?"
Josh: "Well I think we have a song that about this subject called First they Giveth, then They Taketh away, and I think at first you can draw inspiration and then eventually, it negates any inspiration." - from an Interview with Josh

Josh Homme - vocals, guitar
Nick Oliveri - bass
Dave Grohl - drums
Alain Johannes - flamenco guitar

Guitar Tab [2]

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