"Glory" as written by and Phair....
He's got a really big tongue
It rolls way out
Snaking around in the club
It slicks you down
Scratching his face like a bum
He pulls you back
Circa nineteen-eighty-one
He pulls you back

You are, you are shining some glory
You are, you are shining some glory
On me, on me
You are, you are shining some glory
You are, you are shining some glory

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"Glory" as written by Liz Phair

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    Song MeaningWell maybe I'm way off base, but the first thing that came to my mind was Mick Jagger, and the second was Jabba the Hutt licking Princess Leia around his headquarters/club (although that was 1983, not 1981).

    "Snaking around the club" doesn't sound like a dog, or really like oral sex, for that matter, at least not directly. And what is the 1981 angle, under these theories?

    Now back to Mick versus Albini or whatever. Jagger's got the really big tongue that rolls way out. If you imagine him pursuing a woman around a club, and her thinking him sleazy and not being interested, there you go with "slicks you down", kind of like "I've been slimed!" (I realize women often throw themselves at him, but perhaps at some point he got tired of easy and enjoyed the challenge more.) With her whole Guyville-as-response-to-Exile bit (regardless of whether you believe that explanation), she certainly got some reflected glory, or at least benefitted from publicly making the claim. As for 1981, this is a stretch, but one could argue that Tattoo You from 1981 was the last of the Stones' really noteworthy albums, although I'm sure that there is a big range of opinion on that.

    Maybe I'm way off base. But it struck me as an interesting theory/reconstruction.
    NAwlinsContrarianon December 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhoa...how has no one commented on this song? It's a really short, simple song, but it's very effective. It''s obviously about cunnilingus--but it's in a very nonsexual way. I really like this song--as well as the rest of the album.

    Do you think a guy could write a song about fellatio? I doubt it.
    butterboyon February 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI meant "a song as good as this one", of course?
    butterboyon February 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow i LOVE it- this is the best song to make out to. you guys should try it! seriously..haa
    beautiful.disasteron March 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a dog she had.
    shuttrrbugon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOral sex oh yes.
    missmeon March 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGet your minds out of the gutter. According to LP, this song is about Steve Albini, and obviously a statement about the Chicago music scene aka "Guyville" . She is in the audience at a Big Black show and mocking him: "You are shining some glory on me".
    eyedecreeon September 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLiz Phair would have been around fourteen years old in nineteen eighty-one, so I always imagine it's about the first time you experience oral sex & you're blown away.
    goldlionsfireon February 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAgghh! You guys! Obviously the whole album was a retort. That was the whole point of the album!

    However, this very sweet, simple song is about a young girl in a club or bar. She doesn't belong there. She's met an older guy. He likely thinks she's older but can see she's innocent, too. She is swept up in making out with this hot, older guy. They're just having fun. Til he scratches his face with his stubble at 1am and she realizes just how old he is, and how he's likely done this with every new face that walks in. He's 'shining some glory' by teaching her something new, whether it be this new experience for a young girl in a club, or that looks can be deceiving and it's all a part of growing up.

    This song is so short and to the point. It's hard to interpret it as anything else.
    swinginbeckyon November 20, 2013   Link

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