"Pearl" as written by and Andrew James Sherriff....
Circle of color
Beautiful girl
Daughter of yellow
Mother of pearl

I used to know her
She gave me the time
Then she just left me
I thought she was mine

On my mind, liquid pearl
Coolest blue, fire world

But I can't seem to
Change her mind

Son of a secret
Sacred child
Daughter of yellow
Mother of pearl

She used to love me
I gave her my soul
Those delicate hours
She lost control

On my mind, liquid pearl
Coolest blue, fire world
But I can't seem to
Change her mind

Son of a pearl
Green deep sea
She knows what she means to me
Will her heart ever burn anymore

Burn me out from the inside
Turn me upside down
I've got to satisfy my soul
Satisfy my soul

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"Pearl" as written by Andrew James Sherriff

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    General CommentOkay, here's my take on it:
    'Mother of pearl' apparently refers to some sort of high quality cocaine, I think 'daughter of yellow' could then be heroin. The whole song describes a high achieved from mixing those substances, a practice known as speedballing.

    Coolest blue, fire world -> the contrast between upper and downer drugs
    Sacred child -> the high resulting from mixing the drugs
    Then she just left me/I thought she was mine -> tolerance buildup made the high lose its appeal

    It's the good old woman/drug metaphor and reminds me of songs like 'There She Goes' by The La's or 'Golden Brown' by The Stranglers.
    I think the last verse is pretty self-explanatory if you keep this theory in mind.
    mentalmysticson March 10, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the most beautiful song I've ever heard.
    feel me loudon May 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed with the previous comment. This song makes me wanna stop time and dance for hour. Very weird sensation, actually.
    As for the meaning, obviously about a girl breaking up with a man. Although he's kinda hurt, he understands her decision.
    AnalogTrashon March 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of my all time favorites. Just saw Chapterhouse play it live a few days ago; life changing.
    Sandrob57on October 11, 2010   Link

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