"Grow Grow Grow" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
I sowed a seed
Underneath the oak tree
I trod it in
With my boots I trampled it down

Grow
Grow
Grow

I sowed a rose
Underneath the oak grove
With my boots on the ground
Into the earth I trampled it down

Grow
Grow
Grow

Teach me how to...
Teach me how to...

Teach me, Mommy
How to grow
How to catch someone's fancy
Underneath the twisted oak grove


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"Grow Grow Grow" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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  • +1
    General CommentHoly shit this new album is beautiful!
    GamiGumbyon September 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've heard a lot of debate about the themes of abortion or lost children on the white chalk album, but actually i tend to think there is truth to it. Pj does an incredible job of cryptic lyric writing, which is why i adore her. You can also read into it in incredibly varying ways, so I realize this may just be my interpretation. My personal analysis would say that the "seed" is in fact the child that was not able to be born. You bury a seed of a person much like you bury a plant seed, under ground, so she buries the seed (the abortion or miscarriage). Since the child couldn't live she plants another "seed" (the actual rose) next to it and it represents the growth that would have been the child's. this flower or plant would be marked in time by it's growth just as her child would have. She can pass it later on and see it having bloomed into something beautiful, and almost see the child as the rose. the rose is then personafied as her daughter in

    "Teach me mummy
    How to grow
    How to catch someone's fancy
    Underneath the twisted oak grove."

    The rose will "learn" to catch someone's eye the more it blooms and grows, much like her daughter would have. But it's a sad and beautiful truth that this is what has become of her.

    Jenettamoonon March 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFrustration with her inability to fall in love. She is showing her irritation with love.
    She planted the seeds, she's even saying she forced them hostile into the ground - but still nothing.
    fishbellyfaceon April 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's really beautiful song...
    tsugumion September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis version tramples the album version hand down:

    youtube.com/…
    missmeon October 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmissme, thank you SO much for that video. It is definitely better than the album version--- and this is coming from someone who is not a huge fan of live stuff. Though I saw her live once and she's breahtaking.
    stentorianon November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI actually like the album version better than the French TV one (both are great) but I think the album version has a more desperate, creepy mood. Its example of how PJ can create such a strong atmosphere with a simple song.
    deepsalth20on June 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTrue, but the French TV one is more beautiful which is why I prefer it.
    missmeon February 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about nature growing

    (people and plants)
    Alotofsleazeon August 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn John Evelyn's 1775 opus on Britain's trees, Sylva, he states that if a bastard child is born under the shade of an oak tree, the mother and child will be forgiven.
    Mendalusa77on June 23, 2014   Link

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