Hey I am not in your way
Hey no need to push me again
I know it\'s your day in the sun
Last time I checked he came to light the lamp for everyone
\"relax Love\" he said before he left
\"take those hands away from your eyes
from where I stand you\'re in my sky

you must go must flee
for they will hunt you down
you and your unborn seed
in all of Gaul is there safety?

Les Saint Marie de la Mer
you will dance the ring
Marys of the Sea
the lost bride weeps
Les Saint Marie de la Mer
We will dance your ring

Hey there\'s a new Jerusalem
Hey you built a rock that\'s on sand
For now you have hijacked the Son
Last time I checked he came to light the lamp for everyone

\"relax Love\" he said before he left
\"take those hands away from your eyes
from where I stand you\'re in my sky

I hear a voice and it says
\"the red of the red rose is its own
and something no man can divide\"
so St. Jermaine hear the prayer
of this supplicant
for two Scarlet women, Black Madonna

Les Saint Marie de la Mer
you will dance the ring
Marys of the Sea
the lost bride weeps
Les Saint Marie de la Mer
We will dance your ring

Hey I am not in your way
Hey no need to push me again
I know it\'s your day in the sun
I know it\'s your day in the sun
Hey I am not in your way
Hey no need to push me again
Oh, I know it\'s your day in the sun
Last time I checked he came to light the lamp for everyone




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Marys of the Sea song meanings
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    General CommentNot DaVinci Code, but Amos's freaking neverending obsession with Mary Magdalene, and Holy Blood, Holy Grail. (Other examples: Past the Mission, Muhammed My Friend, and Mary, for god's sake). At least she's helping to keep interesting mythology alive. It's a good song.
    androgybunnyon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe first verse references how christianity has different interpretations and how the writer feels her views are not the accepted version, but how its universal.
    the second verse references how the three marys surrounding christ { the three women who discovered him out of his tomb after his death}escaped to southern france {gaull} to a town called le st marie de la mer or the town of the marys by the sea. the unborn seed probably references the child of christ in mary magdelines womb, later in her life to be called the black madonna. dance the ring is a jewish wedding dance. mary magdeline and christ
    now you have hyjacked the son, clearly means taken over the message of christ.
    relax love paragraph is what he has said to mary. red of a rose is something no man can divide, means love is indivisible the same as trying to remove the red from a rose. St Jermaine {germaine} is the person who has lived many lives, staging deaths, has god like powers, escapes the confines of mortality
    tchgrifon February 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWell, one of the few songs The Beekeeper is worth of. Really nice musical structure, both rhythmic and harmonical.

    But, what about the lyrics? The only reference I found is at aimeemann.com/messageboard/… towards the end. I hope that "Mary Magelane" is "Mary Magdalene" (in Italian we say only "Maria Maddalena"... so...?). In this key, the song is about a love story between Jesus and her:

    Hey I am not in your way
    Hey no need to push me again
    I know it's your day in the sun

    I think it talks to the persons who want to chase her since she's a sinner.

    Last time I checked he came to light the lamp for everyone

    Talks about Jesus; the parallel is between the sun and the lamp lighted up. So, does it mean perhaps that Jesus tries to give a "day in the sun" for everyone, and, perhaps, if he can't give so much, at least he "lights a lamp"?

    "relax Love" he said before he left
    "take those hands away from your eyes
    from where I stand you're in my sky"

    So, that would clearly be about their relationship. Jesus tells her to relax (perhaps because he has given her forgiveness for her sins too?) and to take "those hands away" (it's about the men she was in affairs with?), and says that she's in "my sky" (the heaven, I think).

    you must go must flee
    for they will hunt you down
    you and your unborn seed
    in all of Gaul is there safety?

    Uh, hot stuff in here. Says that people will hunt her (as in fact it will happen), talking about her and her unborn seed - so, she has a child, perhaps Jesus' one? But I have not the slightest idea of what (where?) Gaul is and what it refers too. It doesn't come as a surprise - I'm agnostic and know the Bible very little. Oh, yeah, and I'm bad at geography too :-)

    Les Saint Marie de la Mer
    you will dance the ring
    Marys of the Sea
    the lost bride weeps
    Les Saint Marie de la Mer
    We will dance your ring

    Ok. So, why does Tori call her "Les Saint Marie de la Mer"? What does mean that she will "dance the ring"? The "lost bride" perhaps is about the fact that she and Jesus will never get married? :-/

    Hey there's a new Jerusalem
    Hey you built a rock that's on sand
    For now you have hijacked the Son
    Last time I checked he came to light the lamp for everyone

    Again, I admit I have no big clues about this. Any idea?

    Obviously, this is simply my opinion, and the very fundamental idea can be perfectly wrong :-)
    RedGlowon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, just a little piece about Gaul I found digging the web (at greatdreams.com/…):

    The Holy Grail Bloodline

    So, in September AD 33, the first child of Jesus and Mary Magdalene was born, and Jesus duly entered the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no reference to this child being a son (as there is for the two subsequent births), and given that Jesus returned three years later, in AD 36, we know that Mary must have had a daughter.

    It was to Gaul that Mary was said to have carried the Sangréal (the Blood Royal, the Holy Grail); and it was in Gaul that the famous line of Jesus and Mary's immediate descendant heirs, the Fisher Kings, flourished for 300 years.

    nexusmagazine.com/…
    RedGlowon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOk, I got it, in Italian "Gaul" is "Gallia", which is France nowadays. What a stupid I am :-P. So, perhaps, is it all dated later than the famous events about Mary Magdalene we all know about, and here Tori talks about when she goes to France and starts the myth?
    RedGlowon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Les Saint Marie de la Mer" - that's the place where she had gone in France.
    RedGlowon April 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDaVinci code anyone?
    findsomepeaceon July 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn Non-denominational character: "It's like in every song she's throwing a golden apple around! Why isn't anyone shutting her up?!?!?!" All kidding aside, I think this is one of Ms. Amos' most passionate songs.
    -Nick
    vogonjron March 24, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song can also be interpreted about slavery and voodoo. (She does like voodoo too.)

    When slaves were brought to the Americas they were forced to give up their religion and adopt Christianity, specifically Catholicism by the Spaniards. Since you can't actually force someone to give up their beliefs the slaves gave their gods corresponding saints, and the Virgin Mary became Mami Wata, the female god who is shaped like a mermaid and rules the sea. I think she could very easily be called a "Mary of the sea"

    Anyway, some of the other verses can fit very easily as well - for example being hunted down, along with any babies you will have.

    After reading tchgrif's comment I think that is what Tori meant it to be about, but until I thought to that other Mary it all seemed to fit for me.
    dartishaon December 08, 2012   Link

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