"Ventura" as written by and Lucinda Williams....
Decide I'm gonna make myself
A little something to eat
Get can down off the shelf
Maybe a little something sweet

Haven't spoken to no one
Haven't been in the mood
Pour some soup, get a spoon and
Stir it up real good

I go out with a friend
Maybe a little music might help
But I can't pretend
I wish I was somewhere else

I wanna watch the ocean bend
the edges of the sun then
I wanna get swallowed up in
An ocean of love

Put on my coat
Go out into the street
Get a lump in my throat
And look down at my feet

Take the long way home
So I can ride around
Put Neil Young on
And turn up the sound

Drive up the coastline
Maybe Ventura
Watch the waves make signs
Out on the water


Stand in the shower
Clean this dirty mess
Give me back my power
And drown this unholiness

Lean over the toilet bowl
And throw up my confession
Cleanse my soul
Of this hidden obsession

[Chorus: x2]

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    General CommentThis song is incredible and it is a damn shame that no one has commented on it.
    themostbrianon January 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song! I wonder if it's about an unwanted pregnancy. No hard evidence for that, but there's lack of appetite except for maybe "something sweet". The protagonist throws up her "confession", this could be morning sickness as the only giveaway of her condition. "Cleanse my soul of this hidden obsession" could be a reference to wanting to abort the foetus. Most of this could be about being hungover, depressed or just sick, but there is definitely a sense that she is wanted to escape something...
    Spurioon October 30, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that this song was about the ocean itself. Like her 'hidden obsession' was with the ocean. She needs to leave the land and see the sea again; she wishes so much she was 'somewhere else.' When I was having a hard time in my life, I became totally obsessed with the ocean and 'haven't spoken to no one,' just like in the song. I wouldn't let my friends in and became convinced that only the waves could make me me again. That's probably not what Lucinda meant as she wrote, but that's what it means to me.
    Viking23on April 05, 2015   Link

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