"The Killing Jar" as written by and Steven Severin Susan Ballion....
Down where this ugly man
Seeks his sustenance
Down in the blue, midnight flare
A glass hand cuts through the water
Scything into his twisted roots
Then from his eyes
Spring fireflies
Breathing life
Into a roaring disguise

Needles & Sins, Sins & Needles
He's gasping for air
In the wishing well
Dust to rust, ashes on gashes
Hand around the killing jar

A soft hoodwink of shadows
The size of make-believe
Punching through his spike of rage
A glass hand cuts through the water
Snuffing out the magic fury
Then from inside
Bolt lightening cries
Swiftly crushed
The final, muffled sighs

Needles & Sins, Sins & Needles
He's gasping for air
In the wishing well

Dust to rust, ashes on gashes
Hand around the killing jar
Hand around the killing jar
Hand around the killing jar


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    General CommentHow does this song have no comments on it yet? Siouxsie and The Banshees are at their best on this song.
    xdarkentrieson August 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAt first, I thought this song was about heroin abuse, and it seemed to make a lot of sense to me, having gone through that myself. I do know however that Siouxsie loathes junkies (referring to them as 'boring' in one interview, if my memeory serves me well), so I kind of doubt that she would write a song about one. I've heard somewhere ( forget where) that it is actually about black magic/witchcraft, although I don't see the connection quite as easily.
    Manntikoson January 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAccording to Siouxsie, the song was inspired by a technique used by butterfly collectors to keep the beauty of the animal.
    Loveless333on February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLoveless your correct. The video was interesting.
    vestasmeon January 16, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningWhen it first came out, I had heard that it's an anti-abortion song but I don't remember where/who I heard this from. The lyrics are so vague that I suppose it can mean that if you are looking for something deeper than the literal interpretation.
    khromeon September 06, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"A killing jar is a device used by butterfly collectors to contain and ultimately kill their specimen. The use of the word killing jar in the song is used as a metaphor for controlled violence. An emotional relationship snuffed out until it is merely a prized possession or keep sake."
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationAll about partying and trying to preserve that precious high...and how ugly that can be. Sins and needles- yes its addiction. The killing jar is for butterflies but its the bottle of beer you're holding!
    xianificenton December 07, 2014   Link

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