I've been contemplating suicide
But it really doesn't suit my style
So I think I'll just act bored instead
And contain the blood I would've shed

She makes me feel so ill at ease
My heart is really on its knees
But I keep the poker face so well
That even mother couldn't tell

But my baby's so vain, she is almost a mirror
And the sound of her name sends a, a nervous shiver
Down my spine..
Down my spine..

I keep her photograph against my heart
For, in my life, she plays the starring part
All alcohol and cigarettes
There is no room for cheap regrets

She makes me feel so ill at ease
My heart is really on its knees
But I keep the poker face so well
That even mother couldn't tell

But my baby's so vain, she is almost a mirror
And the sound of her name sends a, a nervous shiver
Down my spine..
(A nervous shiver)
Down my spine..
Down my spine..
Down my spine..

Down my spine


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    This song has a pretty straightforward meaning, I'd say -- the boy is tormented by a girl who is vain and self-obsessed. He cares for her enough to keep her picture by his heart, but just the sound of her name makes him feel sick and ill at ease, knowing the impossibility of their relationship. He probably wishes he didn't love her; he can obviously see all the problems with her personality... but that doesn't change the involuntary shiver he feels when he thinks about her.

    I think the "she's almost a mirror" line is sort of interesting, since a mirror reflects everything around it. It's probably just supposed to mean that she looks in the mirror so often that she could basically be one, but it could maybe mean that her vanity forces him to look at his own reflection and judge himself based on her standards. Just a thought.

    Anyway... I've heard critiques that say this song is sort of corny. And it sort of is. But I still love it. Youtube the live Boys Next Door version of it... Nick Cave is so young & adorable & genuine in it. Lovely.


    So yeah, corny or not, this song still sends shivers down my spy-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-ine. =)
    porcupinegloveson February 04, 2008   Link

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