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suede you always felt like suede
there are days i feel your twin
peekaboo hiding underneath your skin
jets are revving yes revving
and this has power over me not because
you feel something
or don't feel something for me
but because mass so big
it can swallow swallow her whole star intact
call me 'evil' call me
'tide is on your side' anything that you want
anybody knows you can conjure anything
by the dark side of the moon boy and if
you keep your silence silencer on
you'll talk yourself right into a job
out of a hole into my bayou
i'm sure that you've been briefed my
absorption lines they are frayed and i fear
my fear is greater than my faith
but i walk the missionary way
you always felt like suede
there are days i am your twin
peekaboo hiding underneath your skin
jets are revving yes revving from
an ether twist
call me 'evil' little sister i guess
i'd do the same little sister
you'll forgive me one day


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    General CommentThis particular song spoke to me, and still does when I hear it.
    I feel this duality that she is talking about. I have felt that other person inside of me, too, "hiding underneath the skin." This slick, suede, person that is different from what you usually consider to be "yourself." And this person is just as much part of you as they are foreign to you. (Like in Cruel, also by Tori) But sometimes this other persona just seems to take over, (mass so big it can swallow her whole star intact) and can make you wonder where the line is between yourself and this other persona that pops up from time to time and confuses things (my absorption lines are frayed).

    Now I see how this sounds like a schizo, the dual personalities thing, but everytime I have ever encountered this "alternate me" is when I find I have done or I am in the act of doing something that I didn't think I was capable of doing. Usually it was all bad stuff... like in the song, "call me 'evil', call me 'tide is on your side', anything you want. anybody knows you can conjure anything by the dark of the moon." Like anybody knows you can get into just about anything when the sun goes down. In my 20s I did some weird sneaking around type stuff- it was weird - and I remember physically saying out loud to myself, "What are you doing?!" But something had a hold on me... and I couldn't talk myself into just stopping.

    But when I go through these spells - it never lasts too long. and in the end it all kind of washes out, and I want to just separate myself from myself! Worn out and ragged... what is left over, what is left after all the drama is over, is just heartbroken. And that's where the song really sings - "Oh little sister, I hoped you wouldn't feel that way. Oh little sister, you'll forgive me one day."
    -Suede.
    And it does take time before you can forgive yourself for the things you've done that you can't believe you were capable of doing. Some people would think of it as a bad memory and leave it at that. But I remember my actions as deliberate, and there was a wildness to me, something feral, something primal, something different. And Tori calls hers Suede. I don't know what to call mine. I think Suede will suffice. And I hope Suede doesn't show up again too soon.

    I know someone out there knows what I mean.
    ericacmilleron July 10, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"There's this moment in 'Suede' where [the narrator's] being called 'evil' by this other person because of whatever she's done to them in their minds. But there's this side of obsession and passion where one party thinks the other party is doing something to them--and sometimes people aren't always looking at their part in something. In 'Suede,' she knows what she's up to, she knows what she's been doing."
    [Tori Amos; A.P. Magazine, Oct99]

    merchantpierceon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThose Lyrics that are up there are not completely right . They are missing some line in there so here are the proper ones.

    suede
    you always felt like suede
    there are days i feel your twin
    peekaboo
    hiding underneath your skin
    jets
    are revving yes revving
    from a central source and this
    has power over me
    not because you feel something
    or don't feel something for me
    but because
    mass. is so big
    it can swallow swallow her whole star intact
    call me 'evil' call me 'tide is on your side'
    anything that you want

    anybody knows you can conjure
    anything by the dark of the moon

    boy
    and if you keep your silence
    silencer on you'll talk yourself right into a job
    out of a hole
    into my bayou

    i'm sure that you've been briefed
    my absorbtion lines
    they are frayed
    and i fear
    my fear is greater than my faith
    but i walk the missionary way
    you always felt like suede
    there are days i am your twin
    peekaboo
    hiding underneath your skin
    jets
    are revving yes revving from
    an ether twist
    call me 'evil'
    call me 'tide is on your side'
    anything you want

    anybody knows you can conjure
    anything by the dark of the moon

    boy
    and if you keep your silence
    silencer on you'll talk yourself right into a job
    out of a hole
    and into my bayou
    into my, my bayou
    suede

    oh little sister, i hope you didn't feel that way
    oh little sister, i'm glad you came, and i said
    oh little sister, i hoped you wouldn't feel that way
    oh little sister, oh again, and i said
    oh little sister, i hope you didn't feel that way
    oh little sister, i'm still glad you came, i said
    oh little sister, i wish you didn't feel that way, and
    oh little sister, said, i'd do the same, do the same
    oh little sister, i hoped you wouldn't feel that way
    oh, i said, i wish
    oh little sister, can you forgive me one day
    can you forgive me
    suede

    Much Better!!
    StarFuckerLoveron May 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI must say that I now feel like a total dweeb because I honestly thought it said "everybody knows you CAN'T conjure anything by the dark of the moon". And I thought that because it was what made sense to me.....since conjuring is normally done at the full moon and the dark moon is reserved for banishing. However, I looked at the lyrics again in the CD insert and the "can" is correct. Which means she is speaking of dark or black magic. Good to know! Now I am wondering if I'm the only one that was so mistaken on that, even though I do see why I had it wrong.
    Belle47on July 27, 2013   Link

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