"She's Hearing Voices" as written by and Kele/lissack Okereke....
She's hearing voices call her
She's hearing voices warn her
She just can't sleep in her bed,
She just can't sleep
She's falling down the stairs
She's tearing out her hair
She's screaming my name, in the night
To keep her warm

She got a red pill blue pill
Red pill blue pill
Red pill blue pill
Red pill blue pill
Milk of amnesia

Hey hey hey hey
C'mon I know that you want it
There's nothing, nothing to shout about
So jump, jump back in

She got a red pill blue pill
Red pill blue pill
Red pill blue pill
Red pill blue pill
She got a red pill blue pill
Red pill blue pill
Red pill blue pill
Red pill blue pill
Milk of amnesia

She's scared of the blacks and she's scared of the Jews
She is always out there, she is yesterday's news
She screams out my name in the dead of the night
She is leaving my room, she is crying on her side
Walking on eggshells, walking on glass,
Burnt by the mirror, burnt the light
Feeling rejection I'm going to burn down your house
Tearing down posters I was never alive


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"She's Hearing Voices" as written by Gordon Moakes Russell Lissack

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  • +2
    General CommentThe girl in the song has borderline personality disorder. key clues to this is:

    "I am walking on eggshells" -a famous expression used with those who care about a person w/ BPD. It's also a title of a book about BPD.

    "I'm feeling rejection" -a common effect people with BPD have on their loved ones.

    "She got a red pill, a blue pill" -could be drug addiction which is typical w/ someone w/ BPD.

    also, it says she's calling out for him, yet she leaves his room. Sounds like the typical push a person away to make the person come closer paradox that plagues those with BPD.

    ...but I could be wrong.
    zooey42on April 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust so You Know the 'red pill blue pill' part isn't associated to the Matrix In any way!!!
    thedeparturefreakon August 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've a impression it's about someone (probably the narrator himself!) who is getting out of control (bad trip) after using too much of some psychedelics, and starts feeling some uncontrollable fear, remembers earlier warns from friends, etc, is having signs something is going wrong ("She's hearing voices call her, She's hearing voices warn her"), and took a lot of it:

    "She got a red pill, blue pill
    Red pill, blue pill" (x14)

    in the last part, there's some confusion between "she" and "I", maybe a reference to some dissociative (despersonalization) effect of the drug, maybe he couldn't remember who he/she was ("milk of amnesia", a reminiscence of his 'sober' consciousness telling him what could help him put it away "milk of magnesia", a laxative, but he couldnt figure it out during the bad trip). The confusion of mind progresses and at the very last he doesn't know even if he's alive ("I'm tearing down posters, I was never ever alive.")
    beitbeon June 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment<3 this song :D the lyrics to this are abit weird, so i dont really know what it means ?
    dricamboon November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm guessing it's a sort of ex-girlfriend going a bit cuckoo & hurting him kind of thing...
    the song is wonderful, but could they get anymore joy division if they tried?!
    killtheoldon November 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits nuffin to do wit the Matrix just incase anyone thought it was....kele sed in NME its about mental illness and the things that go on in the dark and having to leave someone with a mental illness......weird eh??
    lidzon February 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe mental illness does fit it actually. the 1st verse is o about the characoristics of what ever she has. the bit in the middles is on about the answer is to stuf her full of pills "red pill, Blue pill"
    and then the drugs dont really cure anything just makes teh situation worse and more awkward
    silver_headed_monkon March 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think a big part of this song is the narrator's discontent -- maybe even desperation -- in his own situation. he only really mentions his own feelings at the end, after he explains her sort of crazy behavior, and i think he considers everything she does and realizes that it's a little too much for him to take.

    and i agree, it's a joy division throwback, big time.
    yourtwowinterson March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone else think this sounds REALLY like old new order...so joy division stuffs i guess teehee cracking song!
    Debzypipon May 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoo just read past comments, yeah i guess people do agree with me :D
    Debzypipon May 16, 2005   Link

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