"Hold Your Tongue" as written by and Francis Edward Turner....
Been pretty since the day you were born
So the roots of your beautiful hair
Drew all the water that your body could hold
So when your soul needed water
No water was there

You shed words like so much dead skin
They gather up like dust against walls
They kick up when someone comes in
So if they're looking for something they find nothing at all

So hold your goddamn tongue
You forget yourself
How could I be the one?
If you're wrapped round someone else?

And I really don't know which feels worse
To be a fool or be with a liar
I just know that her heart once soaked and cursed
Is that much harder to set on fire
But I won't let this die
Til I have seen you cry
A single tear to show
There's water in your soul


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    General Comment"I just know that her heart once soaked and cursed
    Is that much harder to set on fire"

    I think she's been hurt by someone else so badly before that she's incapable of loving him the way that he loves her. He says the things and means them, she says them but there's no real feeling behind it. Maybe she wants to mean them but her past experiences mean she just can't? I think this shows in the lines "How could I be the one? If you're wrapped round someone else?" - she's not necessarily wrapped around another person, more what they did to her. It's made her unable to feel the same way about him.

    I think the first 2 verses show how, since her damaging experience, she's relied on her looks to get her by romantically. I think she's also a nice person- people are drawn to her and fall for her, yet when they try and find some mutual feeling they just can't. Like her heart's been left cold and, as Frank says, can't be set on fire.

    It doesn't seem that he's simply angry with her, he feels sad for her. I interpret the last 4 lines of the song as meaning that he kinda wants to make sure she's human... that even beyond her damaging experiences she hasn't been completely destroyed and is capable of feeling remorse for the way he cheated on her. Even though he doesn't like her for what she's done, I think he can kinda see why she did it... she feels she same kind of hurt he does, except she feels it all the time and it's taken it's toll on her, leaving her desensitized to other peoples' pain.
    alisauruson January 02, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation"Been pretty since the day you were born
    Sow the roots of your beautiful hair"
    - She's spent her whole life with the notion that being pretty defines her and she 'sowed the roots' of this notion in that she invested all her efforts into bettering herself physically.

    "Drew all the water that your body could hold
    So when your soul needed water
    No water was there"
    - Continues the plant metaphor and notes that her focus on her external features meant that the internal features (her soul) were neglected.

    "You shed words like so much dead skin
    They gather up like dust against walls
    They kick up when someone comes in
    So if they're looking for something they find nothing at all"
    - She doesn't see the value of meaningful/intellectual conversation because she grew up with such shallow ideals. So while people all adore her at first, if anyone actually 'comes in' (ie get inside her mind/soul) they find nothing, she has nothing unique or interesting about her, internally.

    "So hold your goddamn tongue
    You forget yourself
    How could I be the one?
    If you're wrapped round someone else?"
    - Brings new meaning to the 'shed words' and 'when someone comes in' from the last part, as we find that she's actually been caught in bed wrapped around someone else, and is 'shedding words' of explanation. Frank (or the persona) is saying 'Hold your goddamn tongue', as in 'how dare you even try to justify yourself.. or tell me I'm the one!'.
    [Open to interpretation, 'wrapped round' could just mean an infatuation]

    "And I really don't know which feels worse
    To be a fool or be with a liar"
    - He's questioning whether he would've preferred to have found out that she was cheating or not. Finding out makes him feel like 'a fool', but if he'd not found out then he'd be happy, but with 'a liar'.

    "I just know that her heart once soaked and cursed
    Is that much harder to set on fire"
    - Here he's not talking about her, but him. He's saying that even though finding out might have been for the best, he's now been so damaged by the revelation that he's not sure if he'll ever trust another girl enough to fall in love again (have his heart 'set on fire').

    "But I won't let this die
    Til I have seen you cry
    A single tear to show
    There's water in your soul"
    - Even after all they've been through and with all the pain she's now caused him, he's never seen her show any depth, never seen her show true emotion, not 'a single tear', which reflects that she's still just completely shallow and superficial. He finishes by returning to the plant metaphor and implying that a tear would show that her soul has had at least *some* growth through her life, that it even exists.
    Enthused_punkon April 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAnd I really don't know which feels worse
    To be a fool or be with a liar
    I just know that her heart once soaked and cursed
    Is that much harder to set on fire
    But I won't let this die
    Til I have seen you cry
    A single tear to show
    There's water in your soul
    mcfarlanerdon March 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentClear what this songs means, I think..


    The girl he was with led him on and told him all these things, like he was the one for her, but then cheated on him. He hates himself, but cant decide which is worse, being cheated on by her, or for trusting her.




    Thats the way I see it. Lol
    Chrisbrfcon April 26, 2009   Link

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