"Pearl" as written by and Kristin Hersh....
Hot hands
Move things
I write in his wall
I have no mind at all

Hot things
Move him
I write on his wall
I have no heart at all

I think she's a pretty little fool
She holds me down, she flows
She has a back like Marie
I think he's a crazy bastard

Drives me home, he goes
You have a back like Marie
You have pearls in your eyes
And you use your burning to wrap yourself in

And you use your fever to hide yourself away
And you use sweating to keep me down
And you use your heat to have me
And you use your fire to be stronger than me

And you use your flame against me
I won't come back like Marie
The pearls on my eyes
These pearls on my eyes

They make me blind
I write on your wall
I have no eyes at all
I write on your wall

I have no eyes at all


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"Pearl" as written by Kristin Hersh

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    General CommentI would give anything to know the true meaning of this song - I love it!!
    All I know is that it makes me feel incredibly sad - it's like Krisitn is de-humanising herself in it but thats as far as I can get - I REALLY love though!!
    Snoon January 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIf this helps, I've performed this as a duet, and these are the parts that we have a man and woman sing:

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    W: Hot hands ... move things. I write on his wall; I have no mind at all. Hot things ... move him. I write on his wall; I have no heart at all.

    M: I think she's a pretty little fool. She holds me down, she flows ... she has a back like Marie.

    W: I think he's a crazy bastard, he drives me home, he goes "You have a back, like Marie!" (simultaneously with M).

    M: You have a back like Marie ... You have pearls in your eyes, and you use your burning to wrap yourself in, and you use your fever to hide yourself away, and you use sweating to keep me down, and you use your heat to have me, and you use your fire to be stronger than me, and you use your flame against me!

    W: I won't come back like Marie... The pearls on my eyes - these pearls on my eyes, they make me blind! I write on your wall, I have no eyes at all ... I write on your wall, I have no eyes at all....

    (I've corrected a couple errors in the posted song)

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    And this is what the Pearls are a reference to:

    Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
    Nothing of him that doth fade
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.
    Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell

    Aeriel, The Tempest

    Aeriel, an androgynous spirit, was imprisoned in a split in a pine tree for 12 years for being too delicate a spirit to perform Ariel's mistress's horrible duties. Ariel was freed with the death of Sycorax but then had a new, but gentler master, Prospero.

    Shakespeare probably derived the fairy's name and tone from Isaiah 29:

    Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel. And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.

    I think all of that is in the song. And, as usual, the relationship implications could hardly be worse.
    MarionDelgadoon September 24, 2010   Link

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