When she walks down the street
She knows there's people watching
The building fronts are just fronts
To hide the people watching her

But she once fell through the street
Down a manhole in that bad way
The underground drip
Was just like her scuba days

Days
Daze
Days
Daze

She was all right because the sea was so airtight, she broke away
She was all right because the sea was so airtight, she broke away
She is all right but she can't come out tonight, she broke away
She was all right, yeah, the sea was so tight, airtight
She broke away, broke away

At the bottom of the ocean she dwells
At the bottom of the ocean she dwells
Her caresses caressed by fingers
And fat blue serpent swells
Stella, Stella, oh Stella
Stella I love you, Stella I love you, Stella I love you

She was all right because the sea was so airtight, she broke away
She was all right because the sea was so airtight, she broke away
She is all right but she can't come out tonight, she broke away
She was all right, yeah, the sea was so tight, airtight
She broke away, broke away

Well, she was my catatonic sex toy, love-joy diver
Well, she was my catatonic sex toy, love drug diver
She went down, down, down there into the sea,
Yeah, she went down, down, down there
Down there for me, right on

So good, oh yeah, right on

(There's something that's invisible,
There's some things you can't hide
Try detect you when I'm sleeping
In a wave you say goodbye . . .)


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Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down song meanings
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    General CommentI think this song is about a woman the singer loved so much that he killed her and drowned her as this was the only way he could put himself at ease. some of us are familiar with the phrase "I LOVE IT SO MUCH I WANT IT TO DIE" and i thing this is what this song deals with.

    the man in love with Stella is not evil, just unbalanced by his love for someone he cannot attain. "she knows there's people watching her" tells us that she is aware of her beauty and indicates the singer is out of her leauge so to speak.

    "She cant come out tonight, cause the sea was so airtight", "bottom of the ocean she dwells" point towards him drowning her.

    THE SONGS CLIMAX - IT'S MEANING

    She went down down down there into the sea,
    Yeah she went down down down there, down there for me, right on

    So good, oh yeah, right on
    For me this is the man recollecting the way her dead body sank to the ocean floor, and how he was satisfied and found peace. I know this is a morbid interpretation but i believe with aman as complex as Paul Banks and band as 'Dark' as interpol it is feasible that the characters in these song's are not all innocent lovers, save that for pop music. Interpols lyrics if they can teach us anything (they are, let's be honest fairly ambiguous) teach us that love is not for a select group of society, and perhaps the things we do for love are not always wholsome or traditonally good, such is it's nature.

    Shakespeare described his tragic hero Othello as "One that lov'd not wisely but too well." Othello loved his wife so much that he was blinded by it and killed her in vain. Interpols hero in this song however doe's not regret his killing, perhaps it is his way of showing love. who knows. hehe.

    peace drama and skateboarding!! o(-<]:
    joefoxon October 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOk. I believe i have the actual interpretation for this song:
    I was talking to my friend at work about how this was my favorite Interpol song, and we started discussing its meaning. One of his favorite books is the Illuminatus! Trilogy. It was a sort of eureka moment for both of us. He mentioned how one of the main characters in the book has sex with a girl named Stella. It's on a submarine under the ocean, named the Leif Erikson. Coincidence? I don't think so. My friend highly recommended this book, so I'm going to give it a read and possibly post back, as the information I've posted here has been garnered from a synopsis and what my friend said.
    I'm staggered at the fact that nobody has made this connection yet. I'm pretty sure this is a valid assessment, with the title of another song on this album being another reference to this book.
    CliffLighton August 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe pitchfork interview w/ interpol says:

    Pitchfork: Who's Stella, if anybody? I was wondering if it was a reference to, or was inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire.

    Paul: Which is one of my favorite movies. It's not, and I don't know when we wrote that if I had really seen it. I probably had seen it, but no, it's not. I love the name. I went through a phase where I was fixated on girls names that, for me, kind of represented something. So in "Precipitate", Daphne is the character. It was actually more to do with certain female names that were really interesting to me. I had another song about a girl named Kat, too, but no, I don't know [a Stella] and it's not directly related to that film, even though I love that film.
    artbloton March 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a chick he only uses for oral sex. But maybe I'm just dense.
    Gren901on April 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe last relationship i was involved in reminds me alot of this song. it was with someone who was and is basically a sociopath. he dosen't really posess feelings, though i think the closest he came was with me. one day, we were lying on the sofa hooking up, and listening to this song, and he asked me to go down on him, which seems ridiculously ironic. i didn't do it that day, however when i finally did, he broke up with me the next day. it's so illogical, and yet so heartbreaking for me. at the end, when he's saying "right on," and "so good," it reminds me of the noises some guys make when they are recieveing oral sex. this song is ALL ABOUT a girl he used for oral sex. the funny thing is, when i was performing "it" on him, he kept telling me he loved me. often, males can become carried away in the moment when they are recieveing oral sex. this is a perfect example of that.
    venusvsariadneon July 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree, at first I thought Stella was a whore, but I think she is more like the "town bicycle", everyones had a ride. He used her for oral sex, but he doesnt feel bad. Instead, he shows appreciation, which may bring up her self-esteem.

    The question is: does he actually love her? Or does he love what she does? I think it started out as loving the oral sex, but by the end he related sex and love and thought he was in love with her. But everytime they did it, she would leave during the night. He wants to keep her for himself, but she keeps "breaking away".
    GoldenXon September 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou guys do know that Stella is Paul Bank's favorite ale, right? ^___^

    yeah. this is about alcohol. "dive"...bar. "down", "bottom of the sea"... drunk, depressant.

    sorry, romantics. <3
    spacecatazon November 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe final lines in brackets remind me of the poem Not Waving But Drowning by Stevie Smith
    Jodamuon November 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI know this song has a strong sexual theme, but there are several lines that remind me of the tale of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen:

    "She was all right because the sea was so airtight, she broke away"
    -The little mermaid broke away from her castle at the bottom of the sea to be with the prince.

    "Her caresses caressed by fingers
    And fat blue serpent swells"
    -Fat water snakes are mentioned in the tale. They live near the witch's house.

    "Well, she was my catatonic sex toy, love-joy diver"
    -In the story, the little mermaid is allowed to become human by sacrificing her voice, she then spends a lot of time with the prince, she is allowed to sleep at his bedroom and the prince love her but not in the way she wants. He simply treats her as his favorite slave. Also the state of catatonia commonly causes muteness (catatonic sex toy).

    "Try detect you when I'm sleeping
    In a wave you say goodbye..."
    -When the prince's ship sunk, the little mermaid rescued him and placed him ashore. Before he woke up, she disappears but he later mentioned he remembered a beautiful girl rescuing him although he ignores it was the little mermaid.

    I'm just saying...
    fabian5003on January 28, 2013   Link
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    General Commentwell she was my catatonic sex toy love drug diver
    she went down down down there into the sea
    she went down down down there down there for me


    Haha. Sexy.
    impacton October 14, 2002   Link

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