It is for she that the cherry bleeds
That the moon is steeped in milk and blood
That I steal like a robber
From her altar of love
O money lender! O cloven gender!
I am the fiend hid in her skirts
And it's as hot as hell in here
Coming at her as I am from above
Hard on for love hard on for love
Hard on for love hard on for love

Well, I swear I seen that girl before
Like she walked straight outa the book of Leveticus
But they can stone me with stones I don't care

Just as long as I can get to kiss
Those gypsy lips! Gypsy lips!
My aim is to hit this Miss
And I'm moving in (I'm moving in)
Coming at her like Lazarus from above
Hard on for love hard on for love
Hard on for love hard on for love

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want
But he leadeth me like a lamb to the lips
Of the mouth of the valley of the shadow of death
I am his rod and his staff
I am his sceptre and shaft
And she is heaven and hell
At whose gates I ain't been delivered
I'm gonna give the gates a shove
Hard on for love hard on for love
Hard on for love hard on for love

And her breasts rise and fall
Breast rise and fall
Breast rise and fall
Breast rise and fall
And just when I'm about to get my hands on her
Just when I'm about to get my hands on her
Just when I'm about to get my hands on her
Just when I'm about to get my hands on her
You are beautiful! O dove!
Hard on for love hard on for love
Hard on for love hard on for love

Just when I'm about to get my hands on her
Just when I'm about to get my hands on her

Her breasts rise and fall
Her breasts rise and fall

Just when I'm about to get my hands on her
Just when I'm about to get my hands on her

Hard on for love hard on for love
Hard on for love hard on for love


Lyrics submitted by Girgo, edited by Mellow_Harsher, smallwonderrobot

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  • +4
    General CommentI tend tot hink:
    not just rape, not just sex...

    I didn't like this song at first, or pretty much any of "Your Funeral..." It freaking grew on me, damnit, with that heartbeat rhythm and candor so typical of our dear poet Nick.
    I wouldn't say that rape is central to the song, though the first verses seem to spell out something dark and non-concensual (non-"conSensual"? heh..)
    The speaker "steals" this blood and milk. I might translate that as a lover's feeling _as if_ it were theft, in the heat of passion and personal, _shared eros which can include mutual rape fantasies, like bondage or situational role play.
    The obvious biblical references have all been turned into highly erotic suggestions and underscore the otherworldly nature of our human views of love and sex. Cave revels in this arena. Smudging the edges between friendly love, romantic/erotic love, and divine love.

    I particularly get a literary kick out of "He leadeth me like lamb to the Lips of the Mouth of the valley of the shadow of death..." I think we all know where that valley is... It's a playful and candid way of describing the helplessness felt in the throes of passion where woman's sex is some geography in a valley formed by softly curving calves and mountain-peak knees. Led there by the divine, like a lamb, with no choice in the matter. Again, playful and serious in the same mix. It's also parodying from the Lord's Prayer which may offend some, but I believe no disrespect was intended.

    As usual, go Nick...
    -Phase
    warmPhaseon August 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCertainly this is about rape, right? Maybe it's the violent music, but it feels way too malevolent and dark to be just about sex.
    ratanxon July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems a wee bit like it, considering "I steal like a robber from her altar of love"
    feel me loudon June 15, 2008   Link

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