"She Bathed Herself in A Bath of Bleach" as written by James Bradfield, Richard Edwards, Nicholas Jones and Sean Moore....
She'd walk on broken glass for love
She thought burnt skin would please her lover
To keep love alive and lust beside
Kind people should never be treated like

Empty arms and naked heart
The love she sought through faltering thought
Table for two, such a sweet delight
Whispers "I love you my darling" tonight

Love bathed her in a bath of bleach
"I brought you here, no one else will"
Don't hurt her anymore, stop now
But salmon pink skin memories took care of

Empty arms and naked heart
The love she sought through faltering thought
A table for two - such a sweet delight
Whispers "I love you my darling" tonight


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"She Bathed Herself in a Bath of Bleach" as written by Nicholas Jones James Bradfield

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    General CommentBeautifully written song.

    To me it's about Domestic Violence, "she thought burnt skin would please her lover, to keep love alive and lust aside." I.e. she'll take anything from him just so the love remains and the sexual side of it is put off.

    "The love she sought through faltering thought"... lovely line and shows that she's looking for this love that isn't even there.
    Owen999on May 23, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI read somewhere that this song (and some others that Richey wrote around this time) were about other patients he got to know at the mental health facilties he spent time in in 94/95
    Yer_Maon June 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBest song of the album.

    I think it's about a naive girl/woman that's so blindly in love with a man that doesn't see that he threads her like garbage.

    "Table for two, such a sweet delight
    Whispers "I love you my darling" tonight"

    these lyrics might point out that when he gone too far he just makes it up with a dinner and sex to make her forgive/forget everything that happened
    entropy125on May 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA lot of lyrics on JFPL deal with the imagery of bad relationships as torture. This definitely fits into that mold. It doesn’t have the religious imagery to go along with the suffering theme as other songs do, but it definitely equates emotional torture to physical.
    MBlackon June 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'Loved bathed her in a bath of bleach'

    The use of 'bathed' suggests caring, considerate caresses- therefore there is irony in the fact the water is something as corrosive, destructive and poisonous as bleach.
    manic4manicson February 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a failed relationship without any romance on his half, and the girl keeps herself in it because she still loves him. Also possibly domestic violence..

    And maybe, if as Yer Ma says, it's about someone he knew at mental hospital, it's someone who was so domestically abused that she was driven to insanity? Love bathed her in a bath of bleach?
    musicizmylifeon June 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAre these the right lyrics? Only by what others have written and what I can hear, it sounds more like:

    'The love she sought through faltering thought' -> 'Violence a sad truth followed with a' (works with the next lines)

    'I brought you here' -> 'I'll brush your hair' (possessivness through seemingly kind, loving acts)

    'But salmon pink skinned memories took care of' -> 'But salmon pink skinned Mary's still caring' (religious reference to the omnibenevolent Virgin Mary perhaps, seen as some sort of holy protector?)

    Aside from that, the salmon pink skin could be about the raw, dark pink way beaten or burnt skin looks, going back to the domestic violence and the harmful bleach. Perhaps the abused women looks to female religious symbols for some kind of guidance or solace?
    manic4manicson June 18, 2013   Link

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