when i saw the blossoms broke after the rain
limp and sodden, when you wrote me again
made me think of spiders i washed down the drain
spiders' ghosts, thrown up and back again

blessing all the birds that died so i could live
be a woman, be a woman
blessing all the birds that died so i could live
be a woman, be a woman
blessing all the birds that died so i could live
be a woman, be a woman
blessing all the birds that died so i could live
be a woman, be a woman

when i see the blossoms broke after the rain
limp and gray, when you wrote me again
made me think of spiders i washed down the drain
be a woman, be a woman


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    General Comment"blessing all the birds that died so I could live"

    this might sound kind of odd but the way I think of it is that the birds are ex-girlfriends who she is half-jokingly thinking of as martyrs who left her boyfriend in his previous relationships so that fate would let her have him.
    precipitateon March 04, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Blessing all the birds that died so I could live."

    That puts an image in my head of an archer who lives in the woods and hunts for all her own food. But she has respect for life, so she appologizes to everything she kills. Of course, she doesn't like killing things, but she understands that you have to do unpleasant things to live, sometimes. That she must "be a woman," and handle these things with maturity, and know that you have to do things that make you uncomfortable, sometimes.

    It's kind of an analogy to how we all have to live, really.

    Does anyone else notice a sort of asian sound to this song? I do, and it makes this song remind me of Princess Mononoke. Same with the similar segment of "Only Skin."
    Atagamay41on July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti seem to have missed this song...
    the creekon July 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou can find a live version of this song as transcribed here on the milkymoon fansite!
    delialon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is the most beautiful heartwrenching song i have ever heard, i thought it would be on Ys but it seems to be a secret song for now. Joanna Newsom can write some great 10 minute songs but the simplicity of this songs lyrics make it so profound and beautiful.
    BabyBritianon September 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis seems to have been incorporated into 'only skin' off the new album. the lyrics are slightly altered, but it's my favourite part.
    spaceron September 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone have the live version of this song? the milkymoon website is down and i don't have it downloaded. anyone of service to me?

    :D
    mailboxon December 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat's a very interesting way of interpreting this song. i like your thinking.
    landomandojandoon March 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe bird line may have to do with the whole dying bird part of only skin. In that song, by providing a bird with some comfort in its final moments, the speaker feels (in one interpretation, one that works with this song) an intense awareness of her own being.
    32414151 four twoon August 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAtagamay41: Indeed. The melody is built on a pentatonic scale, which is used in a lot of Asian music. Guess it maybe adds to the meditative feel?
    meudwenon June 22, 2008   Link

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