"Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" as written by Greg A. Gilmore, Andrew Wood, Bruce Ian Fairweather, Stone C. Gossard and Jeffrey Allen Ament....
Chloe don't know better
Chloe just like me, only beautiful
A couple of years of difference
But those lessons never learned
Chloe danced the tables in the french quarter
She always been given so I can't always make her laugh
But I'm proud to say
And I won't forget
Time spent laying by her side
Time spent laying by her side
And dreams like this must die
And dreams like this must die
And dreams like this must

You ever heard the story of Mr.Faded Glory?
Say he who rides a pony must someday fall
Been talkin' to my alter
Say life is what you make it
And if you make it death well then rest your soul away
Away away yeah child
It's a broken kind of feeling
She'd have to tie me to the ceiling
A bad moon's a comin' better say your prayers, child
I want to tell her that I love you
But does it really matter?
I just can't stand to see you dragging down Again
Again
My baby again, oh, yeah

So I'm singing
And this is my kinda love
It's the kind that moves on
It's unkind and leaves me alone
Yes it does

And this is my kinda love
It's the kind that moves on
It's unkind that leaves me alone

I uses to treat you like a lady
Now you're a substitute teacher
This bottle's not a pretty, not a pretty sight
I owe the man some money so I'm turnin' over honey
You see Mr.Faded Glory is once again doin' time, oh yeah

And this is my kinda love
It's the kind that moves on
It's the kind the leaves me alone
Yes, it does
And this is my kinda love
It's the kind that moves on
It's the kind that, it's the kind that
It leaves me alone, yeah

Like a crown of thorns
It's all who you know, yeah
So don't burn your bridges woman
'Cause someday, yeah

Kick it, oh yeah

And this is my kinda love
It's the kind that moves on
It's the kind that leaves me alone, yeah

This is my kinda love
It's the kind that moves on
It's the kind that, it's the kind that, yeah, yeah

Baby
I said com' on, com' on, com' on com' on yeah
I said baby
Don't burn your bridges, woman
Don't come back here
I said good times, tu tu tu
Tu tu tu
I said tu tu tu


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"Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" as written by Bruce Ian Fairweather Andrew Wood

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  • +6
    Song MeaningI meant to post this as a general comment and not a reply. Sorry, I am new this site and how it works...apologies.

    There is a great blog about Andy Wood and MLB that has a lot of wonderful stories and anecdotes by an author know as DKING. D met Andy in the mid 80's when Andy applied for a job at a store that D owned on the gulf coast of Texas. The two eventually became close friends and Andy ended up living with D for a period of time.

    D had known a woman that he became close to. He was in a band and wanted this woman to be the lead guitarist of the band. She was murdered...and this left D with a huge void in his life. One day, Andy came walking through the door of the store, just like this woman had earlier, and D felt like he was having a "flashback". As the two became close to one another, the talk of this woman came up. D was having dreams at night where this woman was appearing to him. After talking with Andy, he was having similar dreams, with a woman of the same description. She was also contacting him with subjects such as an early and untimely demise. The two became convinced that Andy and the deceased woman were spiritual twins and Andy came into D's life to fulfill a purpose. Andy referred to this woman as his "Capricorn Sister"...his twin soul. When Andy wrote the song about this woman he used the name Chloe because it meant a woman of mystery in the Scripture. This song is not about a prostitute, a stripper, or a person that influenced Andy into drug addiction.

    When the line says "Chloe danced the tables in the French Quarter..." it referred to something that D did to come in conatact with Chloe's spirit. He said that he would go to the nightclubs in Galveston, TX and look for Chloe's soul, and after a few drinks he would chase her from tabletop to tabletop (literally), trying to catch her. Andy actually told D one night that he could see her sprit jumping from table to table just ahead of him. D asked Andy why he changed the setting in the song from Galveston to New Orleans and Andy told him that Galveston already had a popular song and that New Orleans was "sexier".

    The original draft of the song ended with "Dreams Like This Must Die". D told Andy that the song cannot end like that because Chloe is still alive in his heart...and that he could never forgive him if he let the song end like that. Andy added the line "Dreams Like This Must..." to the end of the song saying that the interpretation could be left up to the listener.

    I hope that this clears up some meaning of the song.
    lellyon June 21, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthis band could have fucking made it
    bugmenot123on April 01, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGreat song.
    I was named after this song.

    Named after a stripper...
    ChloeAntionetteon August 05, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about Andrew loving stripper and he couldn't afford to keep going to see her and to pay for his drugs, and in the end he picked drugs.

    'I owe the man some money, so I'm turnin' over honey'
    He owes drug money so he is 'turning over' and not going to see her anymore.

    'Don't burn your bridges woman
    Gonna come back to you '
    This could be like don't burn me away i will come back just give me time.

    It's a tragic story relly.
    howdy349on February 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs EVER. I love the piano intro and it's a shame andrew had to die; Drugs claim yet another amazing artist. anny way, i really have no idea what the song could really mean, but without reading between the lines and stuff, i take it Chloe is a young stripper. Then I think she died from a drug over dose, beacuse it says shes just like him (andrew the singer), who was also into drugs, and it says she never learned the lessons, which i think are the lessons not to use drugs. But ya, I'm probably, wrong, it probably has a deeper meaning or seomthign, but either way an awsome song.
    Nirvana182on April 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChloe is a prostitute whom he sees regularly. He's a drug. He can't afford to keep buying drugs and going to see Chloe, so he has a decision to make. And we know which way he goes...
    Songmeaningsuseron September 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's

    "Life is what you make it...and if you make it death well then rest your soul."
    SludgeGarden13on September 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is JUST Chloe Dancer.
    DistillaTruanton April 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdon't drugs suck? good song, anyway. grunge is as good as any classic rock.
    grungemonkey1990on December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favourite song ever. andy said that the crown of thorns part was about him breaking up with his girlfriend because of his drug addiction and realising that he was hurting her. he decided to kick but obvously he couldn't stay clean
    layne1012on January 19, 2006   Link

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