Some say that I will and some say I won't
Victory is an elusive whore
She is as easily mine
as she is yours

Slip and slide my way through this charade
I know all the players and I must say
Do this long enough
you get a taste for it

I'll do this last one and I'll grow me some wine
Leave them troubled boys all behind
What you stole, I would have given freely
Code Red you're staring Code Red staring at me

Well sometimes he do and sometimes he don't
Sometimes I love myself best alone
Do this long enough
you get a taste for it

A six pack of Coke and a bottle of Jack
"whatever you do" he said "look after that," yeah well
being trusted and lusted
it could be worse than that

I'll do this last one and I'll grow me some wine
Leave them troubled boys all behind
What you stole, I would have given freely
Code Red staring Code Red staring

Come on baby I can drink you down
Then I have my job to do and do well
Since you won't give guarantees

I'll be cashing out
I'll do this last one and I'll grow me some wine
Leave them troubled boys all behind
Said I'll do this last one and I'll grow me some wine
Leave them troubled boys all behind

What you stole, I would have given freely
Code Red staring Code Red staring.


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    General CommentI'm with the music industry explanation.

    And I do wish people would stop commenting with "Love this song!". That is not the purpose of this website. You are meant to be debating the meaning, not how cool it is.

    (Brest, I'm not referring to you. Or anyone on this particular thread, actually. Just wanted a side rant. Probably as irrelavant as the thing I'm decrying. Hah. Typical.)
    everworld2662on August 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHahah, everworld made me smile VERY big. Funny.

    Anyway, I'm also sure this is a direct reference to issues with the cheap taste of the record industry.

    A six pack of Coke and a bottle of Jack is nothing compared to some classy wine. The industry is mostly for six packs of coke and bottles of jack, not wine.

    I kept telling my boyfriend when I first heard this song, "This is her last tour or her last record with this label or something, she sounds like she is aggrivated. She wants to write abstract music they wont let her do"

    Hence the line, "I'll do this last one, and I'll grow me some wine."

    And boy has she made wine with Abnormally Attracted to Sin! That is the wine she's talking about.

    I also like the line, "What you stole, I would given freely". Well, the opening of Abnormally Attracted is called Give.




    parasolon September 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSomebody tell me what this song means.. because it has taken the #1 spot as my favourite tori song.
    DeathKnellon April 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about relationships, how crappy people can be to eachother. In this case she is saying she has played all those games before and she is getting warning signs that it is a waste of her time. so now she will eventually settle ' grow some wine'
    not so sure about the stole line though and how it would fit the theory.
    fairycakeon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about her experiences in the music industry, particularly about the difficulties she had at Atlantic. A lot of these lyrics seem to refer to a headspace in which the artist is tempted to "do this last one and then I'll grow me some wine", i.e. to complete the required recordings for a contract and then retire to something personal and relaxing (a vineyard metaphor here - she did find her home in Cornwall and gardening there therapeutic and freeing).

    There is a lot of imagery here about being used, things being "stolen" that she would have given freely - i.e. her talent, her art, etc. All the lyrics about cashing out, about knowing all the people and players in the game, about doing it long enough to know.
    dragonflydamselon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can't decide... it could possibly be about relationships... but the concept about music industry makes sense too... hmm... I think whatever you want to relate to it's ok... that's what makes it brilliant...
    luplikon May 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Deconstructionist in me wants to think that it's a bout *both*: a relationship (maybe with her husband?) and with the music industry (maybe Atlantic?).
    bugoffon June 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlso I'll add that I've heard a theory that it's actually about her relationship with her fans, that she's tired of being everything for them.
    bugoffon June 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is kind of dark and bitter... that, and the text as well make me believe that it is about being raped. "code red" reminds me of something about blood. "staring"- people are staring at her. i do not know if that makes sense.. but there are different meanings in very song and maybe that's at least one
    ninielfuchson June 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCode Red is definitely my favourite from "American Doll Posse". The music is very foreboding, nearly sinister, and sets a very dark tone.
    As with most Tori songs, the lyrics could mean many things and are open to be interpreted individually by each listener.
    Tori puts her heart and soul into the music she makes and I can really feel it in this song. Although the mood of the song seems dark and foreboding, it leaves me feeling uplifted and satisfied.
    Great song!
    Breston July 01, 2007   Link

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