"Rattlesnakes" as written by and Lloyd/clark Cole....
Jodie wears a hat, although it hasn't rained for six days.
She says a girl needs a gun these days,
Hey, on account of those rattlesnakes, on account of those rattlesnakes.
She looks like Eve Marie Saint in "On The Waterfront."
She reads Simone de Beauvoir in her American circumstance, hey...

She's less than sure if her heart has come to stay in San Jose.
And her never-born child haunts her now as she speeds down the freeway;
As she tries her luck with the traffic police, out of boredom more than spite.
She never finds no trouble, she tries too hard.
She's oblivious despite herself, hey

She looks like Eve Marie Saint in "On The Waterfront."
She says all she needs is therapy- all you need is, love is all you need... ah-ahh.

Jodie never sleeps 'cause there are always needles in the hay, hey.
She says a girl needs a gun these days,
Hey, on account of the rattlesnakes, hey, on account of the rattlesnakes.
She looks like Eve Marie Saint in "On The Waterfront."
She reads Simone de Beauvoir in her American circumstance.
Her heart's like crazy paving, upside-down and back-to-front.
She says, ooh, it's so hard to love when love was your great disappointment.

On account of those rattlesnakes.
She says a girl needs a gun these days, hey, uht-uh-uh...mmm-hmm.
A girl needs a gun these days,
Hey, on account of the rattlesnakes, yeah, on account of those rattlesnakes.


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"Rattlesnakes" as written by Neil Robert Clark Lloyd Cole

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    General CommentThis is one of the most heart breaking songs I have ever heard. Both the lyricist and Tori Amos have such sympathy with the character.

    I believe rattlesnakes symbolise potential danger but the song itself conveys a story of someone who has got a little lost in the hurts of love and relationships and is left with no conclusion or solution, just a wish to never re experience those pains. The song is not about any immediate danger. She over compensates "Jodie wears a hat although it hasn't rained for six days". We hear the character has become apt at steering away from these situations "Jodie never sleeps cause there are always needles in the hay". I always felt that lyric was contrasting the more playful side of love and romance against the potential for hurt. The needles in the lovers hay stack. I feel the character wanting to cut herself off completely from any pleasure out of fear of pain so much so that "her never born child haunts her now as she speeds down the freeway" completely bored and at a loss with life and herself. She is reading philosophical books for meaning and still finds "she's oblivious despite herself". She acknowledges that love was her great disappointment. When she says all she needs is therapy it is as if a friend is echoing back to her "all you need is love, is all you need". In concert when Tori sings this she pays homage to the Beatles pausing over the lyrics "all you need is love".
    HawaiianHighon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLove this cover, it's amazing. I think it's about a lonely girl. So sad. 'Her never-born child haunts her now as she speeds down the freeway' is such a sad line. I think HawaiianHigh described it really well. It's about a girl who's been so hurt she's afraid to love again - because 'love was her great disappointment'. The rattlesnakes symobolise danger, perhaps just men in general (after all, snake, penis, c'mon.) She's scared of men, scared falling in love and getting hurt again. The 'she reads Simone de Beauvoir in her American circumanstance' line is such a good one, and very telling I think, given de Beavoir is a feminist.
    missmeon March 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentStrange Little Girls further solidifies Tori's placement on the top shelf of the feminist(s) artists/musicians/songwriters archives.

    For me, Tori's entire catalog to this point can be narrowed down to a single line (ironically from a cover). This is what Tori does for me, has been to me and will always remain...

    "She reads Simone de Beauvoir in her American circumstance"

    perfection.
    thomaskindon January 30, 2010   Link

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