"The Girl Who Wanted To Be God" as written by and Bradfield/edwards/jones/moore....
There are no sunsets just silence
You could see that she was true and faithless
But see through the future and forget all the lies
Black out the words for the blind have eyes

I am the girl who wanted to be God
I am the girl who wanted to be God

There are times when you feel hopeless
Just for once for no-one else we are blameless
The dawn is still breaking it's heaven is so high
She told the truth, told the truth and then she lied

I am the girl who wanted to be God
I am the girl who wanted to be God

Hold me she said love me to death


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    General CommentI've asked myself who this girl could be, that wanted to be god. A girl who was at the same time true (to a man) and faithless (to God), a girl who first told the truth and after the event (about which I will say nothing now) she lied. A girl who thinks about a possible different future (a godlike future) and who denies the words which have been said she doesn't believe, because she believes that blind people can see (blind = ignorant; see = get to know), a girl who has been blamed for what she's done, but who believes she can be seen as blameless in love. And finally, a girl who has seen that, at the dawn of the new day, heaven is so high (= far away, impossible to get to), and only love remains, love to death. So far I've tried to say only what the song says, and here is my interpretation: Eve wanted to be God by eating the apple (I am the girl who wanted to be God), we assume she was true to Adam and always has been, but not to God, as she didn't believe God's warning about the apple's effects (You could see that she was true and faithless), she discarded God's words because she wanted to "see" by eating the apple and change her (and Adam's) own future see through the future and forget all the lies
    Black out the words for the blind have eyes). She was forever blamed after eating the apple but she finds she and Adam (we) can be blameless to each other (Just for once for no-one else we are blameless), but they will have to live far away out of the garden of Eden (The dawn is still breaking it's heaven is so high, she never told lies before eating the apple, but then, when God asked them about the apple they denied the truth (She told the truth, told the truth and then she lied). What is left now? the love she can share with Adam and death (Hold me she said love me to death). Should I be right, this is a very peculiar, human portrait of our rebel and day-dreaming mother Eve, the girl who wanted to be God.
    thestampon July 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLike a lot of the Manics songs this has a Sylvia Plath reference, she wrote a poem of the same name.
    dennis77on March 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe entire thing is about her. Sylvia Plath is the "girl who wanted to be God".
    the kittenesson November 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentto me at least it has a sort of Pulp-ish feel to it. even if i'm wrong it is undeniably slightly funky.
    pumkinhedon December 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthello again. does anyone notice the 'mongous contrast between this song and "Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky?"
    pumkinhedon January 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere are perhaps two people in the world who know what this song is about: Nicky Wire and Richey Edwards.

    Nicky said even he didn't really know what this one was about, but I think the "there are times when you feel hopeless" line is beautiful and has helped get me through many a sad time...
    Smart Alexon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is about Sylvia Plath but the title isn't one of her poems, it's a reference to a line she wrote about herself - "I think I would like to call myself "the girl who wanted to be God."
    Yet if I were not in this body, where would I be - perhaps I am destined to be classified and qualified. But, oh, I cry out against it.
    "
    tuckyon January 28, 2007   Link

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