"Number Nine" as written by and Greg Dulli....
Devil, sweet talking fly on the wall
Blackberry belle of the ball
Just like you told me
I'm gonna crawl

You trouble me
And I ain't myself anymore
I'm crawlin' around like a whore
And you love me there on the floor

Come on, boy, don't be such a baby
And maybe, I'll bail you out
One more time
You got number nine starin' at ya

Get back, boy, or I'll make you blind
You fucker, this here's where we settle up
One last sweet drink from you cup
Hand it over, slowly
I'm gone

Come on boy, don't be such a baby
And maybe, I'll sell you out
One more time
You at the foot of the master
I'm faster, but I'm gonna take
My time, and I'm gonna make you blind


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"Number Nine" as written by Greg Dulli

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    General CommentGreg Dulli has stated in interviews that the narrative of Blackberry Belle begins with a suicide, and then flashes back to the events leading up to that suicide. "Number Nine" is the narrative of what unfolds right before the suicide.

    My surmise beyond this is that both of the voices in this song belong to the same character. One is his basic personality, another is the devil that lives in his head. Not talking about psychosis here, but a more universal sort of mental battle. Lanegan's voice gives the part of the exhausted man ready to hang it up. Dulli's voice taunts Lanegan but Lanegan's narrator has already given up. Dulli's voice is the Devil, the embodiment of the hard living and despair that ultimately destroy the album's protagonist, as voiced here by Lanegan.
    nobody_on February 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI haven't got a clue what this is about, but it's the best Twilight Singers song. Absolutely brilliant.

    It starts off with Lanegan singing seemingly about being crazy over a woman and then Dhulli scolding him for acting like a child. Who knows, the end when Lanegan is repeating the first verse is brilliant.
    xdvron August 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"One more time
    You got number nine staring at'cha"
    "Hand it over, slowly"

    These lines (and the title) are probably references to a 9mm handgun. So the character in the song must be in some sort of recurring trouble with dangerous people. Possibly drug dealers, as it's a Twilight Singers song! The line "This here’s where we settle up" could mean there's money involved, or maybe just revenge I suppose.

    Great song, one of Twilight Singers very best. And one of Mark Lanegan's greatest vocal performances. I never get tired of hearing it.
    dogfaceon August 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is New Orleans distilled into a song. the danger, romance, seediness.. very rarely does a song completely transport me to a place as this one does. i live in Taiwan now, but when I hear it I can feel that city like I'm there. its incredible
    stevenmuzikon April 07, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's obvious about drugs.
    imselfon February 06, 2008   Link

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