"My Medea" as written by and Vienna Teng....
inside the labyrinth walls
there lies a tiny child who sleeps alone
and as the daylight falls
the wind becomes so wild across the stone

for I have made her prison be
her every step away from me
and this child I would destroy
if you tried to set her free

so come to me my love
I'll tap into your strength and drain it dry
can never have enough
for you I'd burn the length and breadth of sky

for it's my thoughts that bind me here
it's this love that I most fear
and this child I would destroy
for I hold her pain most dear

no haven for this heart
no shelter for this child in mazes lost
heaven keep us apart
a curse for every mile of ocean crossed

for I must die for what I've done
a twist of fate a desert sun
for I see what I destroy
sweet reflection knife into me
for I see what I destroy
I can see what I've begun

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    General CommentIn Greek legend, Medea was a sorceress who helped Jason obtain the Golden Fleece. The pair settle down and have two children, but Jason betrays Medea by marrying Glauce, the daughter of King Creon. Medea seeks her revenge by killing Glauce, Creon and her own children.

    Don't know what Vienna's reason was in writing this song, but there's a definate angry tone to it. The music sounds like a web being spun. This is one pissed off woman, and a dangerous one. Oddly enough, she seems to get caught in her own web. She's so hurt and afraid of anyone touching he "inner child", she's set up a maze of walls to suck that person dry and destroy them before they even get in.
    Arbiteron December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSorry to bust the bubble, but the song is not about abortion. At least, not to its author. Vienna herself gave a partial explanation in a live performance in 2003 ( youtube.com/… ).

    Vienna Teng sees Medea as a "person that lives in her head", and she wrong the song from Medea's point of view as a way of dealing with this person. She describes Medea as "not very friendly, and does not have my best interests in mind."

    Accepting the author at her word, there are some aspects of the song that are open to interpretation - such as "who is the child", and "what does xxxxxxx symbolize?" Personally, I feel that the child is Vienna herself, because of how threatened she feels by Medea. At the end of the song, Medea says "Sweet reflection, knife into me." I think by saying this, Vienna is trying to kill Medea, in a manner of speaking.

    Watch the performance.
    Knautiluson September 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwow this song takes my breath away. Her voice and the accompanying piano is so powerful. I think Arbiter has the meaning right on.
    Museicalinon June 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentInteresting, the beauty of the song belies the incredibly complex and painful message.

    the citation of Medea is to illustrate and make tragic the idea of abortion.

    "My" Medea makes it personal, we're seeing the singer's thought on abortion through the lens of greek tragedy, through Medea's choice to kill her children.

    The line that makes it clear to me is

    And this child I would destroy
    If you tried to set her free

    Set free= birth/allow to live?

    Anyway, this song is amazing even if one doesn't listen to the lyrics. It's tempting to do so, I know I've done it enough.

    I really appreciate this song and 'Passage'- intense, but quiet and allows thinking about the subjects at hand, rather than a build to a climax and a twist, you know?

    (well, at least I think it is about abortion. Y'all are free, of course, to disagree.)
    EmilyPlayon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentor perhaps the song is from Jason's point of view?

    That almost makes sense.
    EmilyPlayon October 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, if you search for her on You Tube, you get the actual story. Apparently, this is about a problematic voice in her head, and she wrote it for her.

    kasuinoon March 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the abortion connection is a bit of a stretch, but Medea is definitely symbolic of destroying some sort of child, be it literal or symbolic. I'm more inclined to say it's about an inner child or muse.
    AthenAltenaon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think That I would like to stress the line, "I can see what i destroy, sweet reflection knife into me" which if taken seperatly says i've seen what i've done and i am stabbing myself over it, but more poetically she is seeing what see destroys, in her reflection, herself.
    Tachikomason September 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe idea this song is about abortion doesn't sit well with me, because then it would sound a little...propogandic.

    For me, I have an issue with letting ideas come into flourish because I'm terrified of other peoples' opinions. I think this song could be about that.
    sheela_lon November 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't really like the idea of it being about abortion. But it got me thinking... what if the child is her? Though I may not be able to make a lot of connections, but the reflection bit fits. Plus for this part "And this child I would destroy, if you tried to set her free" it could be that if you try to reach out to her she will pull away more...
    bluepandaon March 15, 2008   Link

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