"Thirteen" as written by and Peter Joseph Silberman....
Pull me out
Pull me out
Can't you stop this all from happening?
Close the doors and keep them out

Dig me out
Oh, dig me out
Couldn't you have kept all this from happening?
Dig me out from under our house

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"Thirteen" as written by Peter Joseph Silberman

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  • +8
    General CommentThis probably has something to do with Sylvia Plath's first suicide attempt. She overdosed on sleeping pills and hid herself under her house.
    jklittenon August 27, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentOne, oh my god this album is GREAT.

    The album undeniably makes reference to Sylvia Plath. There's just no way that it doesn't. It alludes to her suicide attempts and in the song Sylvia, the lyrics "Sylvia, get your head out of the oven" clearly makes that unarguable.

    Now I think the album uses Plath and situations with her as well as situations not necessarily associated with her to create this other meaning about a couple and blah blah blah you know the rest.

    I connected this song to Plath's suicide attempts because I was not able to make very specific conclusions about the story with the couple and whatnot, although they are surely there.

    "Pull me out
    Pull me out
    Can't you stop this all from happening?
    Close the doors and keep them out"

    I think the above refers to her suicide, in which she stuck her head in the oven and turned on the gas. She sealed the doors with rags and whatnot so that the gas wouldn't get to her children ("close the doors and keep them out"). It was also speculated that Plath really had just become a cry for help, hence the "pull me out pull me out can't you stop this all from happening"

    The second verse has pretty much already been spoken of. The whole thing with the overdose while being buried under the house and whatnot.
    BiblicallyBeyondRepentanceon June 25, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentjklitten's theory sounds right -- another hint is that in Plath's semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, the attempted suicide happens at the end of the thirteenth chapter.
    jklvion January 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is the dream/nightmare that is mentioned in the next song on the album "two."
    The whole sound of this sound is very wavy and sweeping, with a haunting female vocal. It would be cool if it was anyways, thats my interpretation
    lexingtonseabrookon January 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy theory here: silenskit.wordpress.com/
    SKsilenskiton March 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe's dying of cancer and begging to be pulled out of the downward spiral.
    laertimeon August 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe's dying of cancer and begging to be pulled out of the downward spiral.
    laertimeon August 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI agree wholeheartedly with BiblicallyBeyondRepentance (great user name, by the way!)

    The only thing I would add is that, for me, this song is one of the most crucial unifying factors for the various layers of this album.

    For the top layer, (the surface story), it is a cancer patient begging for help that no one can give her.

    For the second layer, (the emotionally abusive relationship), it is the abusive partner in one of her moments of depression. This bit only really makes sense when you listen to epilogue and get a very clear glimpse at the nature of the relationship.. she was clearly a depressive with lots of outbursts.

    The next part, and probably my favorite layer of Hospice, is Slyvia Plath. Here we see the reference to her early suicide attempt and her final act of shutting the kids out of the kitchen. BiblicallyBeyondRepentance already did a great job of covering these aspects, and I agree that the main intention of this song was to capture her silent scream for the help that never came.

    I do love how understated and simple this song is, all while being so VERY important to the album. I have heard it said that Slyvia Plath's entire life was an unanswered cry for help. The clarity of the connection to the other layers of the album is really striking to me here... because who can help a terminally ill cancer patient?
    nebulouscwon July 03, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think this is just the wife asking, "couldn't you have stopped this from happening".

    The album isn't about Sylvia Plath, its about a couple dealing with a cancer death
    R-Dot-Yungon September 25, 2009   Link

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