"Sylvia" as written by and Peter Joseph Silberman....
Please, curtains in, start us off
You swing first, sorry
I don't know what I said
But you're crying now again
And that only makes it worse

Let me do my job
Let me do my job

Sylvia, get your head out of the oven
Go back to screaming and cursing
Remind me again how everyone betrayed you
Sylvia, get your head out of the covers
Let me take your temperature
You can throw the thermometer right back at me
If that's what you want to do, okay?

Please, please calm down
Steady out, I'm terrified
Sorry, I want us to ally
But you swing on little knives
They're only sharp on one side

Let me do my job
Let me do my job

Sylvia, get your head out of the oven
Go back to screaming and cursing
Remind me again how everyone betrayed you
Sylvia, get your head out of the covers
Let me take your temperature
You can throw the thermometer right back at me
If that's what you want to do, okay?

Sylvia, can't you see what you are doing?
Can't you see I'm scared to speak
And I hate my voice because it only makes you angry

Sylvia, I only talk when you are sleeping
That's when I tell you everything
And I imagine that somehow you're going to hear me


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"Sylvia" as written by Peter Joseph Silberman

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  • +10
    General CommentI was driving with my mom in the car and this song came on and brought her to tears. My older sister, Silvia, had brain cancer and she didn't want any treatment even though my parents pleaded with her. From what I always hear of her she always use to say she knew where she was going and she was alright with that. If told once again to fight, she would refuse to see anyone. She was eight years old and I was month old when she passed away.

    Anyways, I just recently stumbled upon this CD.
    I'm very glad I did. It helps to understand what people go through.
    mindsawakeon January 05, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentSYYYYYYYLLLLLVIIIIAAAAAAA

    GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE OOOVEEEEEEEEEN
    Cowarton December 09, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is literally about Sylvia Plath the poet, who tried to commit suicide many times, once, by taking sleeping pills and putting her head in an oven

    Sylvia stands as a metaphor for how the main girl, who has cancer feels.
    nninaaon January 21, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAlso enjoy the idea of an oven as a place to build up anger. How it's both unforgivingly, seethingly hot and completely enclosed, with no option of release.
    4squarechampon October 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSuch a powerful song. I definitely agree with lexington on the Plath allusion. I just think this song is about not being able to give someone the help they need, and the frustrations that come with helping someone who isn't able to understand that they need it ( "I only talk to when you are sleeping, that's when I tell you everything")
    pantonecyanon August 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSylvia Plath killed herself by putting her head in the oven, so they probably allude to that.
    I think (generally)the song is about an angry, verbally abusive partner who wont accept the others help even when she is ill (the thermometer reference adding to the "hospital" theme of the album). But the other partner still cares for them even though they cannot say it when they're awake.
    lexingtonseabrookon May 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe whole album is based on the horrifying experience of losing someone against cancer
    xERaon August 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAccording to an interview with Silberman (the songwriter) in The Guardian he's never read The Belljar, and while he was kind of thinking of Plath, the Sylvia the song refers to is from Leonard Michael's novel 'Sylvia'.

    Full article here: guardian.co.uk/music/2010/may/13/…
    SecondFigon May 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSylvia, can't you see what you are doing?
    Can't you see I'm scared to speak
    And I hate my voice because it only makes you angry

    Sylvia, I only talk when you are sleeping
    That's when I tell you everything
    And I imagine that somehow you're going to hear me


    o god Peter, spot on.
    _CARAon February 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis album being about the pains of an emotionally abusive relationship, this is the part where he is able to see all the wrongs and issues he and her have, but when he tries to work it out and talk things over, she just resists and throws everything back at him with a volatile attitude. He only wants to take care of her and love her, but she just won't let him.
    Anilandon December 08, 2012   Link

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