Take a look at my body
Look at my hands
There's so much here that I don't understand
Your face-saving promises
Whispered like prayers
I don't need them

Because I've been treated so wrong
I've been treated so long
As if I'm becoming untouchable
Well, contempt loves the silence
It thrives in the dark
With fine winding tendrils
That strangle the heart
They say that promises sweeten the blow
But I don't need them, no
I don't need them

I've been treated so wrong
I've been treated so long
As if I'm becoming untouchable
I'm the slow dying flower
In the frost killing hour
Sweet turning sour anduntouchable

Oh, I need the darkness
The sweetness
The sadness
The weakness
Oh, I need this
I need a lullaby
A kiss good night
Angel sweet love of my life
Oh, I need this

I'm the slow dying flower
In the frost killing hour
Sweet turning sour anduntouchable
Do you remember the way that you touched me before
All the trembling sweetness I loved and adored
Your face-saving promises whispered like prayers
I don't need them

Oh, I need the darkness
The sweetness
The sadness
The weakness
Oh, I need this
I need a lullaby
A kiss good night
Angel sweet love of my life
Oh, I need this

Well is it dark enough
Can you see me
Do you want me
Can you reach me
Oh, I'm leaving
You better shut your mouth
And hold your breath
And kiss me now
And catch your death
Oh, I mean this
Oh, I mean this


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  • +4
    General Commentwhen you love with your hands and love with your body, you give it your all. your worth and your being encrested into one single instrument of life. then the promises are broken and you don't know wha to think. you look at yourself and nothing seems to make sense anymore. you're on the brink of non-existence. reality as you knew it ceases and nothing seems true anymore.. you are wilting, you are dying away.
    lz2108on January 29, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think anyone can relate to this song.
    this song means a sick person or person that has been sheltered and medicated and shut in.
    "I've been treated so wrong, I've been treated so long, as if I'm becoming untouchable".
    The speaker has a disease perhaps lerprcy,, aids, cancer. etc.. "Take a look at my body, look at my hands there's so much here that I don't understand."
    "Face saving promise" i take as a doctor explaining to the speaker "you will get better" and the speaker has heard that before and doesn't need any more empty promises. What she needs is to love, be loved, and find a love in their different forms instead of being treated in a hospital, or crazyhouse.

    "Do you remember the way that you touched me before" At one point she was received well and now she is pittied, treated, and talked to as if she was a patient instead of a living breathing human being.


    *Glad I could clear that up for ya*
    luminous1on January 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it means that people don't appreciate her body
    and that they should love her for the inside, too and not just the outside
    eatbrainstewon June 01, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song makes me cry.
    i think its about a woman who has some kind of disease, but its terminal. she wants her lover to love her like he used to, and she wants him to make love to her one last time (the last verse), but he cant do it.
    its haunting.
    _something_pretty_on September 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"They say that promises sweeten the blow. But I don't need them, no I dont need them". I think that she means that shes sick of everyone saying that its going to be ok, when she knows that it isnt going to be alright. Shes sick of them promising/praying for her when its a holpless cause.
    _Selene_on April 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEverytime I hear this song, I think of the commercial on Animal Planet.
    i can relate this song to animal abuse and how animals are so innocent. And, all they want is to love. And, mean people trick them into thinking they are going to be safe in the beginning and over time, that changes to the point the animal becomes so afraid. But, the animal still holds onto the thought of how it used to be when it was loved.
    babyduck22on December 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can relate because I am sick too, going through this, it is all about tired of being lied to,promises are just words with no truth behind them. Having to give up everything because of sickness....its depressing but true.
    nickyjoneson January 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHonestly, I think this is a song the mostly only women will be able to relate to.

    When a woman goes through many emotional struggles, particularly in the area of romantic relationships, she is often seen as being irrevocably damaged, cold, and even frigid.

    I think the song explores this idea, and also the idea that the narrator wants to feel the warmth of love--physically and emotionally.
    kenzieron June 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure I read somewhere that it's about a woman who is dying of cancer. She wants her lover to touch her the way he used to, and just stop with the empty promises. She knows she's dying, she doesn't need to hear that. She just doesn't want to feel like she's untouchable.
    chocodashon February 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh and to the ones who believe this song is about cancer survivors... Natalies mother I believe passed from cancer. The song "Beloved Wife" was a song about her mothers death from her fathers prespective.
    kaitiemarieon August 20, 2007   Link

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