"Honeychain" as written by and Tanya Donelly....
My best friend knows this old guy who
Who keeps a picture in his shoe
He takes it out after a spell
Says, see

Shouldn't stare that way so long baby
Stare holes into the walls
My dress hangs here for you to wear out
I walked in beauty too, till I met you

Here hangs this chain
This thing this old girl keeps
We got it easy
So why do you stare that way so long

Stare holes into the walls
We're all honey
Dripping through the honey chain
And lay our lives down

Down and pretty
In the honey chain
Please don't stare that way so hard baby
Stare holes


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"Honeychain" as written by Tanya Donelly

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    General CommentPretty bizarre lyrics
    A bit nostalgic maybe?
    Should of been a classic.
    amongthetreeson June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's one of Tanya Donnelly's songs, off "The Real Ramona". (Another fine TM album, BTW!) I was listening to that particular track a few minutes ago since I was playing the CD, so not having played it in quite a while, I played the song again to get a good listen.
    Even though her half-sister, Kristin Hersh, writes and sings the lion's share of TM's material, it's always nice to hear a Tanya song for a little change of pace. Tanya writes more "pop" sounding, melodically haunting tunes and sings so sweetly innocent to lyrics that are (using Amongthetrees's words) pretty bizarre like warped children's fairy tales or disturbing fantasy stories (imagine if Anne Rice had written those Harry Potter books!).
    Ironically, "Honeychain" sounds a lot like a Belly song, since Tanya left TM right after they finished recording "The Real Ramona" to play on the Breeders' 1st album, "Pod" before starting her own band, Belly. BTW, that 1st. album they did, "Star", is one terrific album. Even though "Feed the Tree" is my favorite Belly tune, I'd have to say the rest of that album, much like the Beatles' "Abbey Road", has great songs straight through--not a bad song in the bunch.
    pharmageekon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti like the "warped children's fairy tales" analogy above.

    this is actually one album where i like the two tanya songs better than the kristen ones. i always loved her songs, but before there would at least be as many kristen songs i loved as much [if not more, of course].

    this is another one of tanya's haunting songs. the image of the old man who misses someone very much [lost love? dead relative?] is something she relates to ["we got it easy" she sings to someone, perhaps in comparison to the old man who has "stared"/longed for many, many years for someone who is obviously gone for good.] i interpret the honey comparison to everyone's life, sweet, messy and sticky.
    RocknRollFunon October 02, 2007   Link

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