I was born on Snake Hill
And that's where I'll probably die
Because I don't like to kill
But I've got poison in my bite

Well, I feel safe to say
That I should probably stay upon Snake Hill

My mother told me, "Son, you've got strychnine in your blood
It comes from pedigree ancestory"
She warned me not to grieve
Said my concience was too deep
That when I bite
It would hurt mostly me

For many many years
I stayed up on that hill
Occasionaly I'd go down to the edge
To see what I could see
So curiousty got the best of me

Its a big world and it's not fair to me
To stay up there when there's so much to see
I want to play with others that I need to meet

Poison will be poison until it's through
Soon I hit the world
I discovered that a girl
Was what my mother tried to hide from me
She could make you feel alive
She could make you want to die
And that's exactly what she did to me

And it was only self defense
And I coiled up and I bit
I let my venom run into her veins
And I sat and watched her die
Then I realized I was born on Snake Hill
And that's where I'll probably die
Because I don't like to kill
But I've got poison in my bite
Well, I feel safe to say
That I should probably stay upon Snake Hill
And it's a big world and it's not fair to me
To have to stay when there's so much to see
I want to play with others that I need to meet

And poison will be poison until it's through
Poison will be poison until it's through
Poison will be poison until it's through
Poison will be poison until it's through


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    General CommentI wonder if this is a reference to Kerouac's on the road where he wrote:

    "I told her about the big snake of the world that was coiled in the earth like a worm in an apple and would someday nudge up a hill to be thereafter known as Snake Hill and fold out upon the plain a hundred miles long and devouring as it went along. I told her this snake was Satan."
    SadEyedLady01on July 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a really great song
    smokeoberston April 10, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationis he maybe talking about.. making a girl fall in love with him and all he does is break hearts?? i dunno, i suck at songmeanings obviously
    entiretyon April 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNot far off, imo, entirety... This song is about how damaging words can be... particularly the words exchanged in a relationship.
    bathosdrifton May 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentany relationship based on falsities usually finds the man looking like a snake, while most women are genuine about their feelings. the inevitable hurt that comes with those hurtful times when she is realizing his true nature usually kill her in his eyes, but her trust for men thereafter.
    dkboogieon May 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTHIS SONG IS WRITTEN BY TAYLOR HOLLINGSWORTH (myspace.com/…) of the mystic valley band, and NOT CONOR OBERST of the same band.
    brendandesdeon June 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAfter listening to this song a few times, I got the idea that maybe it was about AIDS. The line about self-defense doesnt really support this idea, but the rest could. I could be way off, but i think it could be.
    AirRaeon June 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the dangers of love, and how love is lethal to both the giver and the receiver. It's a metaphor, the poison is the passion.
    ilikeyourshoeson February 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think its about a guy who got his heart broken once so now when he feels like he's falling for some one he breaks her heart then he leaves back to snake hill being his loneliness.
    Romanticiston September 21, 2010   Link

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