"Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem" as written by and Statham/murphy....
My mother loved it so she said
Sad eyed pearl and drop lips
Glancing pierce through writer man
Spoke hushed and frailing hips
Her old eyes skim in creasing lids
A tear falls as she describes
Approaching death with a yearning heart
With pride and no despise

Hot tears flow as she recounts
Her favorite worded token
Forgive me please for hurting so
Don't go away heartbroken no

Just wise owl tones no velvet lies
Crush her velvet call
Oh Marlene suffer all the fools
Who write you on the wall
And hold your tongue about your life
Or dead hands will change the plot
Will make your loving sound like snakes
Like you were never hot

Hot tears flow as she recounts
Her favorite worded token
Forgive me please for hurting so
Don't go away heartbroken no

My mother loved it so she said
Sad eyed pearl and drop lips yeah
Glancing pierce through writer man
Spoke hushed and frailing lips yeah
Old eyes skim in creasing lids
A tear falls as she describes
Approaching death with a yearning heart
With pride and no despise

Hot tears flow as she recounts
Her favorite worded token
Forgive me please for hurting so
Don't go away heartbroken no


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    My InterpretationMarlene Dietrich was a diva, who's personal life was kept out of the public view. ("hold your tongue about your life") had many lovers, among them famous writers ("writer man"). There's also a reference to Dietrich's singing style: "Just wise owl tones - no velvet lies crush her velvet call" - who sounded bitterly-"sober", and disenchanted.
    The song describes someone (Marlene?, or the writer's mother?) on her death-bed, remembering a "token" - either used on her, or one that she used (Perhaps a line from one of Dietrich's songs, or a poem she loved?) - "Forgive me please, for hurting (you) so, don't go away heartbroken".
    "the fools who write you on the wall" might refer to ownership in love, either read literally as: To try to own in love is a foolish thing, or ironicly: What a fool was I to give you my heart.
    DavidRefaelion March 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song. Marlene was an actress, I believe, from the 1920's, but I'm not sure what it means.
    toughguybambinoon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song. Marlene was an actress, I believe, from the 1920's, but I'm not sure what it means.
    toughguybambinoon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song. Marlene was an actress, I believe, from the 1920's, but I'm not sure what it means.
    toughguybambinoon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great and beautiful poetic song coupled with peter murphys great voice.
    i think the song is about an old woman who is lying on her deathbed abd telling a bout someone she loved and the story brings up buried tears.it also seems as if she was eternally hurt by this man andhe betrayed her somehow.

    in spite of this, love deeply and passionatly,it may hurt but is the only way to live life to the fullest

    The Philosopher
    the_philosopheron December 05, 2007   Link

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