I snatched you away from the jaws of the world
But I drank up her oceans and dried up her pearls.
I acted reprehensibly.
I acted like she was sent here for me.
Gold in the water, and under the water
And the richer man gave his lovely daughter
for lack of decency.
She robbed a thief like me.

I would saw off my limbs for a little bit more.
I would trust you,. but trust is such a dirty word.
I would saw off my limbs for a little bit more.
I loved you, but love is like a dirty whore.

Aah-oooh. Aah-oooh. Aah-ooh. Aah-oooooh.

Well I snatched her away from the jaws of the world
But I drank up her diamonds and I dried up her pearls.
I acted reprehensibly.
I acted like she was made for me.
And now into the water. And under the water.
I'm baptized with the neighbor's daughter for a life of decency.
She saved a wretch like me.

I would saw off my limbs for a little bit more.
I would trust you, but trust is such a dirty word.
I would saw off my limbs for a little bit more.
Oh, I loved you, but love is like a dirty whore.

Aah-oooh. Aaah-oooh. Aah-ooh.
Aah-oooooooooooooh.


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    General CommentHm. There are things about this song that remind me of part of the story of "Everything is Illuminated", written by Jonathan Safran Foer... there is a part where Safran, his grandfather, has a long love affair with a (completely unsuitable) Gypsy girl but is engaged to his rich neighbour. He becomes happily married, his lover commits suicide. Now this may not be much by itself, but:
    a) Safran the character has a dead arm that he uses to pleasure the majority of the population of the village - which he's willing to give away to see his lover again - "I would saw off..."
    b) there is a tradition in the village where men must dive for sackfuls of gold - as in "gold in the water, and under the water"
    c) he decides to go for "a life of decency" with his wife rather than run away with his love, never to return.
    d) Love is like a dirty whore - subdued to the conveniences of society, essentially.
    lilithinlondonon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like you're explination. I like his voice on this song too.
    pennycrayolaon November 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentjonathan safran-foer is one of my favourite writers. "Everything is illuminated" is my all time favourite novel. but i never connected it to this song. interesting.
    the chorus is such a downer. it's brilliant! but it's so true, and it makes me sad. love is like a dirty whore.
    i really like the cycle, how he was greedy for gold and pearls, then he was saved by the neighbour's daughter, who then leaves and falls in love with someone else (she robbed a thief like me). that's what i always thought of when i listened to this song.
    luey_babyon January 20, 2008   Link

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