Icicle, icicle, where are you going?
Where are you going?

Icicle, icicle, where are you going?
I have a hiding place when spring marches in
Will you keep watch for me? I hear them calling
Gonna lay down
Gonna lay down

Greeting the monster in our Easter dresses
Father says, "Bow your head, like the Good Book says"
Well, I think the Good Book is missing some pages
Gonna lay down
Gonna lay down

And when my hand touches myself
I can finally rest my head
And when they say, "Take of his body"
I think I'll take from mine instead

Getting off, getting off
While they're all downstairs
Singing prayers, sing away
He's in my pumpkin PJ's
Lay your book on my chest
"Feel the Word, feel the Word
Feel the Word, feel the Word
Feel the Word, feel it"

I could have, I should have
I could have flown, you know, well
I could have, I should have
I didn't, so

Icicle, icicle, where are you going?
I have a hiding place when spring marches in
Will you keep watch for me? I hear them calling
Gonna lay down
Gonna lay down
Lay down
Gonna lay down


Lyrics submitted by Novartza, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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  • +4
    General CommentWhen I was in the 6th form, for one class, we had to bring in some songs and talk about the meaning of them. I chose this one. The choice raised a few eye brows at any rate, as did the explanation that I gave.
    I remember reading an interview with Tori in either Q or Vox magazine not long after the 2nd album came out (she was on the front cover in a white vest - a sort of homage to an advert featuring Kate Moss that was around at the time). Anyway, in the interview she talked about this song being about masterbation and how she had a crush on Jesus as a kid, so she used to fantasise about making love to Jesus (it figures - he may have been a strong male presence in her house as a child and he's always drawn to be hansome). That passage of the song seems to talk about how sex seems to be missing from the bible ("I think the good book is missing some pages"), so they are downstairs worshipping Him in one way by taking of his body (i.e. eating the bread/wafer) and she's upstair doing it in her way - taking from her body in his name (i.e. thinking about sex with him).
    The "monster in our Easter dresses" is a refrence to genitals and the way they are demonised (Queens of the Stone Age did a song about a woman who had a "monster in her parasol" - again a similar concept).
    The icicle could be considered phallic, or it just could be that it's something cold or, more probably, a bit of both.
    DjangosCloudson January 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMASTURBATION
    Maverick_Matthewon February 04, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about masturbation. Icicle is the name of the device she is using. C'mon people, this probably the most obvious lyrics she's written.
    3rdeyeon October 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And when they say take from his body
    I think I'll take from mine instead"

    That was my high school quote when I graduated. Only me and 1 other person knew what it really meant.
    Jugendon March 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti did wonder if icicle was a song about molestation as per previously mentioned. perhaps the icicle relates to the coldness of the hand of the molester? not sure if the perp(etrator) is one from the church but i thought that while the perp was on the one hand going on about the wonders of the good book, tori is debating whether the perp's good book is different to her one cos' the one she reads doesn't have anything about molestation being normal? also, the bit about everyone singing downstairs while he's getting in her pumpkin pjs upstairs could be referring to the obliviousness and 'trust' that people may have in religious figures, even though some may not be as holy as they appear cos' he's taking advantage upstairs. and right at the end of the song - she should've/could've flown, but didn't.

    i think the piano bit at the start is a nice preempt to the song cos' it starts all sweet and ends all bitter and off key - is it musically creating the following scenario whereby a man of the cloth takes away the innocence in the most wrong way ever?!

    dunno. it's a deep and well written musically and lyrically song. but then most of tori's stuff is.
    mooshon June 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my real favorites! Winter's leaving & fragile icicles are melting... Tori's always had (& probably has still) interesting discussions about the bible with her father (a priest!). She had a special view on the religion "stuff". "The book surely misses some pages" - just think about the three Eves (nevermind...)! Kind of unconventional to masturbate, when the other's are at mass... But then again: no taboos! I love that line:

    "he's in my pumpkin p.j's
    lay your book on my chest
    feel the word
    feel the word
    feel the word
    feel it" --> Intense!
    Teleluteon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"In Icicle I try to win back the innocence of my childhood. That girl that masturbates to survive, the vulnerable, innocent flower, has always done good things for us. She's had to fence off certain parts of herself to get ahead. Now it's time to light the candle and melt those parts. Who dares to open him- or herself can also forgive themselves for not having stood up for themselves enough."
    merchantpierceon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the way tori Starts The song off with the piano Sounding all perfect and then theres a sudden twist and everything crashes, i think that FIts with the lyrics about how the icicle Survived through winter and the Spring came and every thing died, I also think that Shes stating that every 1 says that if you belive in god every thing will be alright, But that never helped her ..."i think the good book is missing some pages" and "and when they say take from his body I think I'll take from mine instead" obviously shows some sign of trouble b/t tori and faith

    ToRiAmOs23BuTtAfLyon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is simply about how Tori used to masturbate while listening to the great Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, as her parents church group was downstairs... what a great visual!
    Leighon August 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas in Winter, ice and wintry things vs. spring has some reference to the melting of innocence, like winter was inoocense and spring melts the ice of it. isnt "icicle" a very obvious phallic reference?
    enameledcherubson June 28, 2003   Link

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