"Speak in Tongues" as written by Steve Forrest, William Lloyd, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal....
Kitty came back home from on the island
But kitty came on home without a name
She and me's a history for violence
So I long, I burn to touch her just the same

So we both can both can speak in tongues
So we both can both can speak in tongues

Every single sense in me is heightened
There's nothing left inside to rearrange
Like a slave to history and science
I long, I burn to touch you just the same

So we both can both can speak in tongues
So we both can both can speak in tongues

Until the universe is done
And the course of time has run
So we both can both can speak in tongues

Don't let them get their way
Don't let them have their way
You're beautiful and so blase
So please don't let them have their way
Don't fall back into the decay
There is no law we must obey
So please don't let them have their way
Don't give in to yesterday

We can build a new tomorrow, today
We can build a new tomorrow, today
We can build a new tomorrow, today
We can build a new tomorrow, today


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"Speak in Tongues" as written by William Lloyd Steve Forrest

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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs on the album, I have a few thought on it:

    In response to Sylvie12,

    The term "speak in tongues" is from the New Testament. It is when a person can speak their own language and be understood by someone who does not normally speak the same language. It would be considered a miracle, for example if I am speaking English and someone from Japan completely understands what I am saying even though they do not speak English.

    (Note: If I am wrong, please don't quote any scriptures)

    Still, other people say that "speaking in tongues" means that you are speaking complete nonsense that no one can understand.

    But, I think that in this song, "speak in tongues" just means that the speaker of the songs desperately wants to be understood, and if he/she can be a better listener and communicator, then the possibilities are endless and "we can build a new tomorrow, today"


    In response to hadar,

    I think you are correct about the drag queen reference. this song could be about a man coming to terms with himself as a woman, and not letting people tell her she can't be who she really wants to be.

    "Don't let them have their way
    You're beautiful and so blasé
    So please don't let them have their way
    Don't fall back into the decay
    There is no law we must obey"
    Rem89on September 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentKitty was the Diary of Anne Frank.... Anne give the name Kitty to her diary so it became a private friend to here and it came on home wit out a name (was a gift for her birth day june 12 of 1942)... and to the island that is the Netherlands where Amsterdam is...she never gave up and constantly tried to build a new tomorrow with the things she got in hand and her sister Margot Frank.... she starts writing the book in Amsterdam( the Island) hided in small rooms with her family and some friends because of the nazi party that was trying to kill all the Jude people as all of you may know :( then she is transported to Bergen-Belsen ( product of a treason) and sadly she died there with her sister... Victim of violence and science, for all the experiments the nazi did on people over there, ... then the book came home, to Amsterdam because her dad survived, rescued the diary and made it public... So both speak in tongues, for the world ( the diary has been translated in almost every language in the world)... Anne and Kitty

    Daniel
    nielito80on June 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's Brian's favourite track...
    teenagewifeon May 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song.I think its amazing.
    And I loved the new album the minute I heard it.Anyone else?
    Reminds me of WYIN but with more upbeat songs :D
    Ashtraygirl3on June 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commentdon't really care what or who Brian wrote this song about) dor me it's just a beautiful song about re-union after long separation..
    Zapon June 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyeah & mine too :D
    imalwaysrighton June 14, 2009   Link
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    General Comment
    "A few minutes alone with me darling and you will be speaking in tongues."
    - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    laurelinwyntreon July 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe doesn't want she changes, he likes old-one-her.

    what means "blase"?
    Namendson July 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat does it mean "speak in tongues"? English isn't my original language - I just don't get it :) Or it doesnt have any specific meaning?
    Sylvie12on July 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNo one mentioned the Lou Reed reference:
    "Kitty came back home from on the island"
    is based on
    "Candy came from out on the island"
    from Walk on The Wild Side.
    I don't think there's a deeper reference here, like this Kitty girl is a drag queen or something, but maybe it does bring some dirt and sleaziness to this relationship, Brian likes that, as much he likes referring other great songs in his lyrics.
    hadaron July 14, 2009   Link

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