"Holey Dime" as written by Polly Jean Harvey, Alain Johannes, Joseph William Castillo and Jeordie White....
Salty wounds or lemonade
That's more like it
A flooded road to daily life
Oh I love it
Weight that crushes all the bones
See who standing
A plan that disappears in smoke
You deserve it

Heel and you hoe and you've fallen behind
A handful of knowledge that weakens your mind
A heart full of truth and it's making you blind
Ohhh, holey dime

Sent to hell on paper wings
They're all laughing
A drone that permeates all things
Now you're tone deaf
A stitch in time and it's your tongue
Chew on rubber
The nectar falls into your mouth
And turns to gravel

Heel and you hoe and you've fallen behind
A handful of knowledge that weakens your mind
A heart full truth that is making you blind
Ohhh, holey dime

Lyrics submitted by detrockcity3

"Holey Dime" as written by P.j. Harvey Alain Johannes

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI think this song is about problems in life...I could and most probably am wrong.
    Qotsa-in-my-bloodon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI had no idea what to make of the lyrics, but I read your interpretation and kind of agree with you. It might be about dealing with information that has dramatic consequences and makes you upset: "A handful of knowledge that weakens your mind" and later "Sent to hell on paper wings"(the information is on paper), a bit far-fetched maybe..

    "Flooded road to daily life", think this is pretty straight forward, a big problem that really interferes with your life.

    Love the song!
    henrikhenrikon February 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think maybe it's about how some people just can't seem to get a break, no matter what opportunities they might SEEM to have. I think the phrase "holey dime" means something of apparent value with no real value. An empty opportunity.

    I think it also could be about people that can't seem to see any worth in life. In that case "holey dime" would mean something more like "valuable to others, but no value to me". That could also explain some of the self-hatred themes like "A plan that disappears in smoke/You deserve it". Like, the person feels that their miserableness is their fault.
    i8luigion June 06, 2010   Link

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