"Annalisa" as written by Keith Levene, John Wardle, John Lydon and James Walker....
Think I'm proud to be your enemy
Take your hands off of me
You're worse than the thing that possessed me
They way they were
The way they should have been
Annalisa

Annalisa was 15 years
Stole her soul
But I hear no tears
Ever been alone
And heard the voice
Not your own
I've seen those fears
Annalisa

Somehow you used ignorance for sense
Melodrama in your eyes
All concern rests with the dead
Annalisa

Annalisa had no escape
Starved to death in a waiting room
Cheap concern and rosary beads
Did not solve screaming needs
Annalisa

Annalisa
Annalisa was 15 years
Stole her soul
But I hear no tears
Ever been alone
And heard the voice
Not your own
I've seen those fears
Annalisa
Annalisa

Think I'm proud to be your enemy
Take your hands off of me
You're worse than the thing that possessed me
They way they were
The way they should have been
Annalisa

Somehow you used ignorance for sense
Melodrama in your eyes
All concern rests with the dead

Annalisa
Annalisa
Annalisa

Crawl like rabid dog
Annalisa (repeat)



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"Annalisa" as written by John Lydon Keith Levene

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    Song MeaningThis is a song based on a true story of a young Bavarian woman named Anneliese Michel who was medically diagnosed with epilepsy but spiritually diagnosed as being possessed. Multiple exorcisms did not help her improve and instead of getting better, she died of malnutrition and dehydration. More information at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/….

    It was one of John Lydon's explosive rants against Catholicism.
    gregorybrianon June 07, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI love this song, but John Lydon skewed some details about Anneliese's background. She wasn't fifteen years old when she died -- she was twenty-three. Her first epileptic seizure happened when she was sixteen, and the "demonic possession" allegations didn't happen until years later. There's also speculation that she was schizophrenic (she hallucinated often). Given the neurological link between schizophrenia and epilepsy, this isn't too surprising. This woman was mentally ill, and suffered at the hands of religious propaganda because of it, which unfortunately is commonplace throughout history.

    My favorite line was: "Think I'm proud to be your enemy / Take your hands off of me / You're worse than the thing that possessed me."

    That was Lydon's jab against the exorcists, who basically killed her with negligence. He was pointing out the irony of the people supposedly "helping" her being ultimately responsible for her death. They were oppressing her, treating her like a spiritual criminal, instead of giving her the medical help she needed. Furthermore, they were more delusional than Anneliese. Because of them, this woman died. "Think I'm proud to be your enemy" reveals that -- how can you align yourself with an organization capable of such cruelty? There's no benevolence in this level of malevolence.

    "Somehow you used ignorance for sense / Melodrama in your eyes / All concern rests with the dead."

    This was another shot against the people complicit in her death. Instead of considering a rational explanation behind Anneliese's behavior, they used the spiritual. Then of course, when she dies after suffering, they can proclaim, "Oh, isn't this a tragedy!" Apparently they didn't realize their ethical obligation until the woman died. I remember an interview with Lydon where he explained the absolute tragedy behind this story.
    omnislashedon April 15, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about Anne Frank (Annelies "Anne" Marie Frank).
    It is written in part as a first-person narrative ("think I'm proud to be your enemy").
    Anne died in Bergen-Belsen at age 15 from exhaustion and starvation ("starved to death in a waiting room").
    The line "Take your hands off of me,
    you’'re worse than the thing that possessed me" refers to her nazi tormenters, which she associates with scabies, a skin disease that Anne contracted in the camp.
    "Somehow you used ignorance for sense" speaks about Anne's ability to transform ugliness and absurdity into the most beautiful thoughts : "Inspite of everything, I still believe that people are truly good at heart!”.
    dkopytkoon December 26, 2013   Link
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    General CommentNirvana's "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" (unintentionally?) borrows a lot from this song.
    Tristax!on June 14, 2007   Link

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