I got a woman
She rules my house with an iron fist
I got a woman
She rules my house with an iron fist
She screams out Jack the Ripper
Every time I try to give that girl a kiss

I got a woman
She strikes me down with a fist of lead
I got a woman
She strikes me down with a fist of lead
We bed in a bucket of butcher's knives
A awake with a hatchet hanging over my head

Well you know the story of the viper
It's long and lean with poison tooth
Yeah, you know the story of the viper
It's long and lean with poison tooth
Well they're hissing under the floorboards
Hanging down in bunches from my roof

I got a woman
She just hollers what she wants from where she is
I got a woman
She just hollers what she wants from where she is
She screams out Jack the Ripper
Every time I try to give that girl a kiss


Lyrics submitted by Girgo, edited by Mellow_Harsher, smallwonderrobot, kenevil83, JudasDenied, JOWNATION

"Jack The Ripper" as written by Barnaby Courtney Benjamin Everest

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commentthis is the most furious sounding song i've ever heard
    lunarseaon August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. Its almost frighteningly evocative of evil and despair.
    DrLorenzoon January 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentErgo, before you move in with her, make sure she's more than just "nice and kind". Especially if she needs your attention badly (i.e. keeps saying so). After a while, we all want more receiving and less giving... For true love, there'll always be great songs around :)
    djontraon March 05, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationOne of the best songs dealing with a toxic relationship. They've deteriorated to the point that they don't touch or kiss and the woman is at least psychologically abusive and may be physically abusive as well. She's definitely a bully. It appears from the singer's tone that the man in the story is getting increasingly angry and frustrated with the situation.
    thirstymuseon March 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI agree, is one of the finest Cave songs.
    One interpretation which comes to my mind is based on the title. Why "Jack The Ripper"? Is it just because a nerdy joke inside of this song? You can say that, but what if this is about THE Jack the Ripper? He himself is the narrator and angry about one of his victims which fits back while he's torturing her. And she fights back with style, with anger and aggression like he himself has.
    So I like both interpretations, the one with that real ugly partnership, and mine here, the worldview from the madman's head.
    Dohleon January 10, 2014   Link

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