Jackie hits the streets
she swears that all she sees
is the hunger in their eyes
and the desperation in their speech

Jackie hunts the shadows
with a bowie knife at her elbows
she cuts free those horrible drums
that beat like bats
under their sternums
she wears their fear around her neck

(I heard it all)
(from shady streets)
(she travels light)
(on angel feet)
(best watch your back, if I were you)
(her body's warm)
(???)

Jackie's still on the loose
as the detectives gathered clues
so she tattoos a mustache above her lip
shaves her head
curses god for those hips
that sway when the beat plays
cant give away she ain't no man

and I don�t see what everybody
sees in your sexy body
all I see
is a shallow grave
trapped inside a pretty face

rescue me
is written on your bed
home is where the bullet lands
as it travels through your head
and I believe
that all I need to set me free
is for someone someday somewhere to murder me

and I don�t see what everybody
sees in your sexy body
all I see
is a shallow grave
trapped inside a pretty face

and I walk the same cold streets
overhear the same heartbeats
and I tune my drum just right
so you can come set it off in the night
and I want to be embraced by you
and see our violent paths collide
I want to crawl in your autumn mouth
and feel the crows pick me apart inside
and everything that they said is true
I�m on a downward spiral towards you
and I�ll fight through the positive steps as
I hurl towards my final descent
and I need to get back to you
and lay this heavy head in your lap
cause these days nothing makes more sense
than the dance towards the inevitable end
and I�m wearing virginal white for you
don�t you see
so please come with your sharpened knives
and murder me
and I�m wearing virginal white for you
don�t you see
so please come with your sharpened knives
and murder me
cause I�m wearing virginal white for you
don�t you see
and my eyes are more open now
than they'll ever be

(why's it got to be)
(I heard it all before)
(cause it don�t always end)
(the way it ended before)
(why's it got to be)
(I've heard it all before)
(cause it don�t always end)
(the way it ended before)
There ain�t no god here
(why's it got to be)
as far as I can see
(I�ve heard it all before)
your god of hope and light
(cause it don�t always end)
never did nothing straight by me
(the way it ended before)
There ain�t no god here
(why's it got to be)
as far as I can see
(I�ve heard it all before)
your god of hope and light
(cause it don�t always end)
never did nothing straight by me
(the way it ended before)
There ain�t no god here
(why's it got to be)
as far as I can see
(I�ve heard it all before)
your god of hope and light
(cause it don�t always end)
never did nothing straight by me
(the way it ended before)
There ain�t no god here
(why's it got to be)
as far as I can see
(I�ve heard it all before)
your god of hope and light
(cause it don�t always end)
never did nothing straight by me
(cause it don�t always end)
There ain�t no god here
(cause it don�t always end)
as far as I can see
(cause it don�t always end)
your god of hope and light
(cause it don�t always end)
never did nothing straight by me
(cause it don�t always end)
There ain�t no god here
(cause it don�t always end)
as far as I can see
(cause it don�t always end)
your god of hope and light
(cause it don�t always end)
never did nothing straight by me
(cause it don�t always end)
(cause it don�t always end)
(cause it don�t always end)
(cause it don�t always end)
(cause it don�t always end)


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Poor Jackie song meanings
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  • +1
    General Comment"there ain't no god here
    far as i can see
    your god of hope and life never did nothing straight by me"

    thats my favorite bit off the whole albulm :D except for maybe a few lines from rabbit habbits

    but that sums up how i think perfectly

    i can't tell theirs a god here but if there is one he's doing a pretty shitty job =/

    other then that i and no one else have really commented on hte meaning but o well
    j.kenealyon September 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy literal interpretation of the song goes like this -

    The first half is about a female "jack the ripper", hence the name jackie. She poses as a hooker and cuts out mens hearts (drums). She sees her profile on the news and tries to disguise herself as a man.

    The second half is about a man who hears about jackie and wants to be her victim. He cannot for one reason or another bring himself to commit suicide. He has an infatuation with this woman and sees her as a deliverer. So he goes out to the same streets at night hoping she finds him. In the end he is frustrated because she has already stopped the killings.
    ultrameydaon May 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's:
    "Jackie hunts the shadows"
    "cuts free those horrible drums, that beat like bats under their sternums."
    and
    "i'm wearing virginal white for you"
    thisisjimon April 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's:
    "Jackie hunts the shadows"
    "cuts free those horrible drums, that beat like bats under their sternums."
    and
    "i'm wearing virginal white for you"
    thisisjimon April 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm "haunts the shadows"
    rancadoron April 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"jackie's still on the loose"

    not "jackie stood on the news"
    2008_foreveron April 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's "dead give away she ain't no man"
    Tonjewon April 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like the "i don't see what everybody sees in your sexy body..." part, because it perfectly describes some people that i know. everyone thinks they have good character because they're good looking and charming, but, like honus, "...all is see is a shallow grave trapped inside a pretty face".

    also, i love the sort of breakdown at the end with the girls singing "...there ain't no god here, as far as i can see..." and others in the background. i just enjoy lyrics that question god for some reason.
    willywillywillyon May 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo add to what Fadeskillz said, think about life. Everything bad in the world is a direct result of human selfishness and corruption. How is that in any way God's--in whatever form you can possibly think of Him as--fault? Even if you argue that God created humanity, how could someone or something that created the entire universe in its infinite complexity and beauty, and created this tiny little planet where everything is perfect for life to exist in perfect harmony and balance, purposefully instill selfishness in the one form of organism that knows that it is an organism?

    We were given this perfect place to watch over and prosper, but instead we decided to war and set up petty boundaries so we could destroy the earth and ourselves slowly and painfully. Don't ever say that's God's fault.

    Now, on to my interpretation...

    I think this whole album is about a relationship that Honus or one of the other bandmembers had. It starts out in medias res when the main character (alternately talking in first person and third person) is betrayed when his girlfriend whom he thinks is perfect for him, cheats on him at a party. The situation slowly deteriorates as he forces himself to hold on to the relationship and try to help her become a better person, even though he knows it will probably end badly. "Rabbit Habits" (the song) is when he realizes it is futile for two polar opposite people to try to reconcile themselves in a world as dark and evil as the one we live in, which is why he alludes to the atomic bomb. "Top Drawer" further explains this in the ridiculous striving of modern consumerism, and he finally admits that the girl is only destroying him, thus why she makes him feel like a zombie, and he only feels like a "bratwurst in" her "bun" when they have sex. There is no passion. "Poor Jackie" is the climax, when he finally confesses everything he hates about her, but he knows that she has trapped him and all he can do is concede and live with it because he's made too many mistakes to let it go. "Whalebones" is his reflective lamentation on all of his follies, though he knows it was inevitable anyway.

    The modern human condition explained perfectly. Honus Honus for pres 2012.
    samurai641on December 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment the ??? part near the beginning he says "then that's her queue"
    nannikon January 07, 2011   Link

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