Old hope, got stuck in your throat
Wound its way round your neck, and caused you to choke
That old hope, made of rope,
Held you tight as the chair legs broke

When they found you hanging in the wood
You said, "At least, now, I don't have to be kind or good,
I'll be cruel, and I'll be obscene,
Tear out my tongue, cos I've been redeemed"

When they found you hanging in the wood
You said, "At least, now, I don't have to be kind or good,
I'll be cruel, and I'll be obscene,
Tear out my tongue, cos I've been redeemed"

Save my blushes for the grave,
No shy glance, no coy restraint,
And I won't hang my head, and I won't repent,
Won't face the wall and count to ten

Five, six, seven, eight, nine... ten

Well they tore you down, and they tore out your tongue,
And they made you kneel for all the things that you done
But you wouldn't cry, and you wouldn't beg,
You just grinned, and tore out your teeth instead

And when they found you hanging in the wood
You said, "At least, now, I don't have to be kind or good,
I'll be cruel, and I'll be obscene,
Tear out my tongue, cos I've been redeemed"


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  • +1
    General Commentmake that 'Tear Out MY Tongue' haha

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    florencefanon May 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's another recording with a violin and less heavy on the drums (known as 'Tear Out My Tongue') inwhich at the end she sings 'I don't have to sit down and behave because my darling I've been saved'.
    ambrielon January 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyric is : "When they found you hanging in the wood."
    lokken85on April 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know if there is a way of changing this, but this song is now called 'Tear Out Your Tongue'

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    florencefanon May 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's the whole "tear off your nose to spite your face" mentality here as well as in many of her others but WOW...she has such a way to describe it! Like no other! Also, "redeemed" simply means since she's already "choked," she'd rather rather "go down in flames." There is such a brilliant level of self-defense she implores in many of her songs!

    However, it's very late and I am very drunk and am an atheist, so "redeemed" makes no sense to me. Oh, and instead of bite my tongue, I'll tear out my teeth instead...

    Ye Olde Hope...makes a devil of us all. Unless, you are a devout christian (or catholic/redeemer lutheren) who looks down upon the entire god-forsaken world, knocking the legs out form under my seat. Well, at least now I know. I get it! I don't have to be kind or good...not here!
    driftingdreameron April 02, 2012   Link

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