"Savory" as written by and James/barbot Robbins....
Hey angel, consider your position
Afraid to be consumed
Savory
Savory, your sympathy

Hey angel, fly over and bless me
See you feign surprise
And I'm all eyes
And you're all you need to be

Hey angel, whatever position
We consider fit to put you in
Your protest, your complicity

Easy now

One hand will wash the other
One hand will wash the other

Hey angel, fly over and bless me
See you feign surprise
And I'm all eyes
And we're all we need to be, need to be

Easy now

One hand will wash the other
One hand will wash the other


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"Savory" as written by James/barbot Robbins

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    General CommentFrom the de Soto FYOSS vinyl re-release lyrics sheet:

    After the "one hand will wash the other" there's another short verse:

    "Hey angel
    fly over and bless me
    see you feign surprise
    that I'm all eyes
    and we're all we need
    to be easy now.

    One hand will wash the other
    One hand will wash the other."
    DevMinoron January 05, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is definitely about the objectification of women. The speaker in this song is a guy who is exploiting a girl (he has power over her, as seen when he says "consider your position"). And even though he very obviously remarks on her physical appearance and the effect she has on people ("see you feign surprise/that I'm all eyes/and you're all you"), he attempts to make her feel just as guilty ("one hand will wash the other", or "you'll protest your complicity").

    This could also be about using sex as a product. While the woman here is being objectified and seemingly sold as product, the speaker implies that she knew this beforehand and she's just as guilty as he is for this outcome. While the song definitely explores thoughts on the objectification of women, it also deals with the guilt in living in such a culture and contributing to it.
    DevMinoron January 05, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningNow that I think of it, "one hand will wash the other" could also mean something like "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours", or that he'll do her a favor if she'll do him a sexual one.
    DevMinoron January 07, 2011   Link
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    General Commentone of the greatest rock songs of all time, hands down.
    cdconnon March 27, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. amazing.
    idiotgirlon March 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's an awesome song from an album that was one of the best in '94
    patrickdronon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnot to defame/reduce or detract from what a classic and great song this is, but doesn't it seem like these lyrics could be about mutual oral sex or ménage à trois? my mind is not always in the gutter , but i've long noticed the possible connotation.
    erron August 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought the song was about objectification of women, but I could be wrong.
    ratanxon November 16, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI always thought the song was about a couple who either was on the way to breaking up or already had and having some post break up sex.

    Hey angel, consider your position (her position being she wants to break up)
    Afraid to be consumed (doesn't want to get carried away)
    Savory
    Savory, your sympathy (her sympathy for him is what wins over

    Hey angel, fly over and bless me
    See you feign surprise (Now here is where my dirty mind sees
    And I'm all eyes her (gasp of surprise) as he's all eyes ie:
    And you're all you need to be going down on her

    Hey angel, whatever position (can mean sexual position or emotional
    We consider fit to put you in she's protesting yet complying with what
    Your protest, your complicity is happening.

    I don't see objectification of women, more so the opposite. She knows she has him right where she wants to.

    This is one of my favorite songs, brings me right back to my freshman year in college!
    ache19on October 04, 2012   Link

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