"Saline the Salt Lake Queen" as written by and Melora Creager....
In a prehistoric dried-up lake
A million years after the last earthquake
There lived a little girl who loved to bake
The only thing she made was cake

And all she used was salt
That's all she had - it's not her fault
Saline, the salt lake queen

She used a rudimental substance for
An ingredient that she could pour
Into a chalice she carved out of stone
Her only friend, it was a big black crow

That flew with love
He would fly high above
Then look back at her below

Oh Saline
Only seventeen
Swollen up with pride

Oh Saline
Under desert skies
She's a bromide
She makes green fire in a tunnel of thorns
And she's got yellow eyes

She cook alone amid a brutal ruin
It's hard to tell exactly what she's doin'
An incantation then the crow flew in

OOO-oo-oo

And then she took a taste
The black crow looked into her fact
Saline the salt lake queen

Oh Saline
Only seventeen
Swollen up with pride

Oh Saline
Under desert skies
She's a bromide
She makes green fire in a tunnel of thorns
And she's got yellow eyes


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"Saline the Salt Lake Queen" as written by Melora Creager

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    General CommentI love this song, this is probably my favorite song off Frustration Plantation next to If Your Kisses Won't Can't Hold The Man You Love... To lyrics are following and wstrange, yet thought-provoking and the cello is amazingly distorted. I heard this and thought of the Smashing Pumkins. =P haha... Go Rasputina!
    mg16on December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA bromide also refers to a boring person, but your interpretation makes more sense, SiouxsieKitten. The lyrics *are* quite like a strange dream.
    freakishfaeon February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe black crow looked into her face

    Great song
    dejavulaon March 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBromide can also mean ideal picture of a woman.
    pelcuruson February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat I've always gotten from this song is the picture of a spoiled girl. She's seventeen and "swollen up with pride." The salt lake is her tears that she cries to get what she wants. When she "takes a taste," it means she's gotten older and has to deal with reality, and just like a cake made of nothing but salt, it's bitter. She's been nothing but a spoiled brat her whole life, building up a lake of tears and baking worthless sustenance from it, and she doesn't know how to live. BUT it's not her fault, cause her parents shouldn't have raised her to be that way. A wacky interpretation I know :)
    BalisongAbraxason May 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI had heard about saline abortions which are used for late term abortions and the idea was disturbing to me so stayed in my mind for many years. When I heard Saline the Salt Lake Queen, I it immediately came to my mind, and after reading the lyrics I think it kind of fits. The mention of a "chalice" sometimes is symbolic of a womb and crows are associated with death. Also, "swollen up with pride" makes me think of being in a late term pregnancy. I was curious and did a little more research and found that a famous case of a saline aborted fetus ended up living. Her name is Gianna Jessen and her mother was 17 when she had the abortion. Hmmm...
    Rhodaon July 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFirst attempt, sorry if it's bad. ^^; The past few comments got me thinking. Salt can also mean lustful. Thank you, Dictionary.com :D

    "She used a rudimental substance for
    An ingredient that she could pour
    Into a chalice she carved out of stone"
    Rudimental substance: Her base instincts, like mating (or the act of)
    Chalice: Women's reproductive parts.
    'into a chalice she carved out of stone', her woman-parts were, er...Tough, from use.

    'Her only friend, it was a big black crow
    That flew with love'
    Crows can mean death, or misfortune. Her escape was with misfortune and mating, as it's what she felt safest with (Her only friend).

    She is young (17), and with youth comes pride. Like pelcurus said, bromide could mean the ideal image of a woman.
    'Under desert skies, she's a bromide' Desert, empty, not known well. She's an ideal image to her lover (the crow who stands for both her lover and misfortune?).

    'She makes green fire in a tunnel of thorns
    And she's got yellow eyes' Green fire in a tunnel of thorns could be yet another metaphor for mating, and yellow could mean jealous. So she is a jealous person.

    'And then she took a taste
    The black crow looked into her fact
    Saline the salt lake queen; Oh Saline
    Only seventeen
    Swollen up with pride' She 'took a taste' of her lover, the crow/misfortune; Got pregnant (Only seventeen, swollen up with pride).

    Summary: Teen pregnancy out of lust and jealousy?
    DirgeOfPunkon November 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPersonally, both SiouxsieKitten's interpretation and the interpretation regarding Gianna Jessen make sense. Perhaps if you put them together, what you might get is a song that involves a teenage girl who is pregnant and is in a state of disbelief; therefore, a bad dream. And then of course the whole saline abortion features in.
    clickclickon March 27, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"big black crow"

    BBC

    might be alluding to something else there...
    nihilisticalon August 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the songs that confused me at first. I think a lot of Melora's lyrics are very subjective, and she writes them especially like that. As a true performer, I believe she writes a song that inspires cryptic thought in her fans without giving too much mystery away about the thoughts that inspire her lyrics.

    However, I also believe most of her songs tie to a certain central theme that may not be easily discerned without looking at certain symbolism. In a lot of Melora's songs, I believe she draws inspiration from real life events, without being specific.

    Considering however that most of the lyrics seen above are actually wrong though, I don't think I have to necessarily put too much thought into my interpretation if that is the standard I have to follow.

    I think this song could possibly be about abortion, as others have mentioned above. This song could possibly be inspired by Gianna Jessens situation, or otherwise from the history of instillation abortions, and, this is going out on a limb, but possibly under the influence of the catholic church, in which many young women who fell pregnant were forced to have abortios against their will. There's simply too many references to this for me to think this song is about otherwise. I'll explain my thoughts below.

    -"There lived a little girl who loved to bake / the only thing she made was cake" - A bun in the oven perhaps?

    -"She used a rudimentary substance for / An ingredient that she could pour / Into a chalice she carved out of stone / Her only friend, it was a big black crow / That flew with love / He would fly high above / Look back at her below" - Salt is a basic substance found commonly in nature - the chalice is her womb, and her "only friend" is a big black crow, My mother, and a lot of other women around her age who went to catholic schools would often report of the nuns whisking away the girls who would perform "immoral" acts such as insubordination, sex, and pregnancy into solitude to "council and help" these girls into making the right decisions in the eyes of the lord and the outside world.

    Nuns would often be referred to as crows because of their black and white habits and savagery. "Flying with love" could refer to the traditional contradiction of the whole "God is Love" quote that was prominently displayed in many schools above the blackboards in a classroom; the same room where nuns would whip the students who were not learning to their satisfaction with a cane.
    The crow flying "high above" could reference the spiritual superiority of a nun making the decision over a 17 year old girl having an abortion and her feeling of powerlessness about the whole situation. I mean, a girl of the church bringing up a baby until adulthood without a father is much more shameful than a girl disappearing for a couple of months, and coming back a broken shell of a human, with a void in her abdomen in which life was growing before.

    "Only 17 and swollen up with pride" - pride being the consequence of a sexual act leading to pregnancy...

    "She makes green fire in a tunnel of thorns" - Well, you got the lyrics wrong up there... Fire in a tunnel in the woods? Listen to the song again. Thorns and woods are two separate words. But seriously - the tunnel of thorns must be the womb, and the fire must be the saline solution. I've read that a saline solution "burns" the foetus from the inside and out.

    But, as I said before, the lyrics are subjective. This is just my interpretation.

    Gross, huh? :-P
    Feabdomenon May 10, 2013   Link

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