"Peacock Skeleton with Crooked Feathers" as written by and Whitney Johnny Jordan Blilie....
If the sea shakes like an empty maraca
I know [x4]
And she falls in love with the sounds of ships sinking?
I know [x4]

Which peacock is beast? Which peacock is priest?
If the heavens part and nobody, nowhere, nothing,
every apartment is vacant, every home for rent?
Hey Peacock?
What's that?
I just want to know what your feathers are made out of.
Is it bruises or roses or cradles or coffins? (It's all those!)
Which peacock is beast? Which peacock is priest?
If your friends are all crippled, all withered, all wilt,
I know [x4]
and you smile at their pain on your angel bone stilts.
I know [x4]
Which peacock is beast? Which peacock is priest?

If the brick you throw puts a bullet in your skull
and a police boot lands atop your gaping jaw?

Hey Peacock?
What's that?
I just want to know what the babies mouth is full of.
Is it flies or cries or straw?
Which peacock is beast? Which peacock is priest?
Which peacock's police? Which peacock is thief?

If machine guns come knock, knock, knocking
Who's cashing out your bad luck?
If wedding bells sound like death knells baby
is a wealthy groom worth all this gloom?
If tuxedos slither off corpses
and copulate wild on wedding cake
and the priest starts snapping photos?
There's a peacock on your shoulder
pole dancing around your neck
while reciting the Book of Revelation.

So who do you love?
Who do you trust when your friends take a match to your front lawn?
A panicked face makes the peacock proud.
So who do you love? Who do you trust?
Who do you kill when your senator drags out your first born?
A panicked face makes the peacock proud.

If the forests turn to static and the gnarled branches, too?
I know [x4]
Your body starts to fall into a concrete tutu?
I know [x4]
which peacock is beast? which peacock is priest?

If you strike for better wages at the cola factory
and they drink champagne as they kick in your teeth?
Hey Peacock?
What's that?
I just want to know what his blood tasted like.
Was it like sugar or vinegar or whiskey or dirt? (It's all those!)
Which peacock is beast? Which peacock is priest?


If machine guns come knock, knock, knocking
Who's cashing out your bad luck?
If wedding bells sound like death knells baby
is a wealthy groom worth all this gloom?
If tuxedos slither off corpses
and copulate wild on wedding cake
and the priest starts snapping photos?
There's a peacock on your shoulder
pole dancing around your neck
while reciting the Book of Revelation.

Things are never what they seem, the peacocks static melodies.


So who do you love?
Who do you trust when your friends take a match to your front lawn?
A panicked face makes the peacock proud.
So who do you love? Who do you trust?
Who do you kill when your senator drags out your first born?
A panicked face makes the peacock proud.


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"Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers" as written by John Whitney Cody Votolato

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    General CommentI thought the peacocks were The Media... maybe not?
    thy avenged sonon October 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti found while googling symbolism of the peacock:

    "The peacock is symbolic of personal pride."

    "The Chinese equated the peacock with divinity, rank, power, and beauty."

    "Minnesingers thought the peacock represented arrogant pride."

    "The Hindus thought that the peacock looked like an angel, but had the voice of a devil."

    "Peacocks were thought to be vain birds, with bad tempers."

    "A peacock's scream was said to be evil in European lore."

    "The Phoenix and the Peacock both symbolize resurrection and life after death"

    as for the reference to the peacock feathers:

    "the peacock feathers were considered much like the evil eye. They were all seeing."

    (this means that the feathers' significance to the song is us as a society, watching the media, looking for answers....and the peacock being our leader who is doing what's for his best, speaking words of evil for us to follow.)
    quietwaron June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought so too Jinx, thats what I gathered from it.
    Alucardon October 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was looking at live at the apocalyptic cabaret, and i saw that as being about the media. that idea may have rolled into this song too....?
    Jinxon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis may be way off but what the hell.

    if this song is about the media then wouldnt it be about NBC, think about it. nbc uses a peacock as its logo and that whole "Which peacock is beast? Which peacock is priest?" line could be about NBC's affiliates such as MSNBC and CNBC.

    i gave it a shot, although im sure i'm wrong.
    lol is a lieon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems to be more about a wedding than anything else.
    tsucolon October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm thinking this song is about Politics and war.....and with the upcomming election the opposing peacocks may just be Bush and Kerry? hmm i unno im lame anyways...
    Mangoishon October 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim pretty sure its about reality tv shows that plague NBC and such other television networks.
    keyboardon October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe media strings in lovely with the idea. See it makes me think of the indescency of the world. Things that should not be.
    Where do we find out about these things? Right at the media, baby.
    "A panicked face makes a peacock proud"
    decodethemoanson October 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think that it IS about the media. and how people put all their faith in getting their information from these heavily biased networks, which kind of plays into figuring out "which peacock is beast / which peacock is priest?" it also seems to be about how george bush and the media used fear ("a panicked face") to keep people sedated, and keep them from asking questions and learning about things for themselves instead of just trusting the networks. ("things are never what they seem / the peacock static melodies") that's what i thought anyway.
    femmesofrussiaon November 07, 2004   Link

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