"CRUCIFY YOUR MIND" as written by and Sixto Diaz Rodriguez....
Was it a huntsman or a player
That made you pay the cost
That now assumes relaxed positions
And prostitutes your loss?
Were you tortured by your own thirst
In those pleasures that you seek
That made you Tom the curious
That makes you James the weak?

And you claim you got something going
Something you call unique
But I've seen your self-pity showing
As the tears rolled down your cheeks

Soon you know I'll leave you
And I'll never look behind
'Cos I was born for the purpose
That crucifies your mind
So con, convince your mirror
As you've always done before
Giving substance to shadows
Giving substance ever more

And you assume you got something to offer
Secrets shiny and new
But how much of you is repetition
That you didn't whisper to him too


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"Crucify Your Mind" as written by Sixto Diaz Rodriguez

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  • +6
    General CommentTo me this song is all about Ego. The lyrics are genius. By Huntsman or player I think Rodriguez is referring to the people we dream of becoming. However, the large majority of us do not become the person we dream of and are "tortured by your own thirst in those pleasures that you seek." Those of us with Ego's, assume we have something to offer, "secret shiny and new". But in the end, your ego will only make you unhappy especially when you do not acquire the things you dreamed of. The song is called crucify your mind because Rodriguez wants to make it apparent to us that we are not living in reality "con, convince your mirror"..."giving substance to the shadows" because our ego's are clouding our vision. I just nailed this m@therf*cker. #AndyOut
    amg156on March 05, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song means a lot to me- so does the story of Rodriguez.
    I feel that this song is about a girl who doesn't have a lot to offer, but keeps Dating the same sort of "player" over and over, expecting a different outcome Each time (This sort of like Einstein's definition of insanity!).
    I tried to transpose this tune like a poem and this is what I came up with:

    Was He a predator or a player
    Who made you care for him then he left you
    Assumes it all meant nothing
    Only every saw you as sex (prostitutes = sell for inferior purpose)

    Were you tortured by your own thirst
    In those pleasures that you seek (affection, love, sex)
    That originally made you curious
    That now has made you week

    You Say you're special
    You say you're unique
    But you know inside that your not special
    As the tear roll down you cheeks

    (now we're a little back in time - from the point of view from guy)
    Soon you know I'll leave you
    And I'll never look behind
    It's just my nature
    To tear up your heart/mind

    Go convince your mirror that your special
    as you've always done before
    Giving substance to a vague image of how you'd like to be seen (Shadows is used because you cannot define a shape from its shadow, therefore it has no full "substance")
    Giving substance as you've done before

    You assume you have something that will make this relationship different from past loves
    Secrets shiny and new
    How much of was is the same?
    Was there anything different?
    karoshion March 30, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is on par with the lyrical genius of Leonard Cohen. It's unbelievable that he didn't achieve similar renown...
    prettybirdon February 16, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI got stoned and thought about this alot. I think it's about a girl who lost her virginity to a player/bad guy and now keeps dating the same type of person and having the same meaningless relationships

    Here's how i break it down.




    Was it a huntsman or a player
    - This bit of the verse is talking about the time the girl first fell in love and had sex. "Huntsman or player" - What type of man was it? (i guess huntsman means predator as someone else said, and player means cheater).

    That made you pay the cost - "Cost" refers to the girl's virginity.

    That now assumes relaxed positions - 'Relaxed positions' means sex (the man is now having sex with her).

    And prostitutes your loss? - So the "loss" is the girl's virginity and remember it's the "hunter/player" who's prostituting it. If you prostitute something you make money or benefit from it. So the man is benefitting off the girl's virginity(cause he gets to have sex/pleasure)


    Were you tortured by your own thirst - You couldn't stop yourself....

    In those pleasures that you seek - From seeking love/affection.....
    That made you Tom the curious - That made you curious
    That makes you James the weak? - That now makes you weak

    And you claim you got something going - You're telling me you have a good relationship going now with a new person

    Something you call unique - You think the relationship/love is unique and new, not like your previously bad relationship

    But I've seen your self-pity showing - But i've seen the reality. This relationship is bad like the others and you're feeling sorry for yourself.

    And the tears rolled down your cheeks.

    Soon you know I'll leave you - We've moved ahead in time. Switched to the perspective of her current boyfriend. He's gonna leave her like all the ones before.

    And I'll never look behind - He doesn't care.
    'Cos I was born for the purpose
    That crucifies your mind. - Because guys like him are players/predators, and they will always hurt girls like her.

    So con, convince your mirror - Convince yourself
    As you've always done before - Like you always do
    Giving substance to shadows - That our current relationship (the shadow) is meaningful
    Giving substance ever more. - And keep on doing this with all other guys you meet.

    And you assume you got something to offer - You say you have some good things to offer men.

    Secrets shiny and new - You have new ideas to make your next relationship work

    But how much of you is repetition - These next two lines are pretty important as it doesnt make much sense at first. But imo he's saying your life is just repetition. Your making the same mistakes with each relationship...

    That you didn't whisper to him too - ...And you didn't tell the last guy about this problem, just like you didn't tell me.
    papercuptreeon May 25, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a great song.

    to me it says this:

    Who was it that broke your heart?

    was it your own needs that made it happen?

    You pretend you are over it but clearly you are not.

    Now I'm going to do the same as all the others and it will repeat once more.

    Then you will think you've found the answer but it will just repeat once more.
    golfg60gtion January 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about infidelity.

    Apparently,Sixto really sees through this woman,who is nothing,substanceless !

    This could also be an allegory for modern,superficial meaningless life...

    These lyrics make you think - Right On Sixto !!!
    beaudreauxon February 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe someone as vapid as Lady Gaga or Britney Spears or whoever, has more comments on one song than Rodriguez has with all his songs combined. It's mindboggling to me.

    This is one of my all-time favourite songs, it's beautiful.

    I'm pretty sure that this song isn't directed at any one specific person, but to society as a whole. How we all think we're so unique, and our thoughts are so original, but they are not our thoughts at all, just drummed into us by countless religions, governments and organisations.
    GoodbyeBlueon January 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favourite song of all time & it is absolutely Beautiful.

    This song speaks to me on very personal level.
    The words are so powerful & it is a DAMN shame that no one really knows of Rodriguez

    CharlieCaneon November 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI became a big Rodriguez fan overnight after watching Searching for Sugar Man. I love this song and wonder what it means. I'd like to read some interpretations.
    Duststormon September 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seems about a prostitute or hookers life... he makes mentions thru many of his songs about "sluts/hookers/prostitues", I think he is imagining how she must feel

    -huntsman or player(in the old days"vikings"/woodsmen, etc went for prositutes as did the men of 60's and 70's, "players" etc
    -con, convince the mirror- obviously these women are cons and also convince the mirror daily that what they do is ok and they look good enough to feel confidence
    -most use "substances" cocaine/amphetamines, etc, you could only IMAGINE what hooker street life might have been in late 60's, in detroit.
    -think of the repeition it must be to tell different men daily the same thing, or act out in sex, and would "whisper to" all the others
    TheGrnManon February 05, 2013   Link

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