"Winter On The Weekend" as written by and Julia Stone....
He's a dog
But he's dressed up like a sheep
Got bones all through the backyard
But he likes to drink tea

We play scrabble on the weekend
And he talks about the weather most of the time
I thought my sacred body with him
It would be fine

And I walked into the doorway
He slid across the room
My heart, it started racing
I just didn't know what to do

And he laid me on the floor
And my screams they go unheard
The lady living next door
Well, she's 6 feet under the dirt

Daddy, why don't you protect me?
Someone's gonna hurt me, there's nothing I can do
Daddy, why don't you protect me?
Someone's gonna hurt me, there's nothing I can do

He's a dog
But he's dressed up like a sheep
He's got bones all through the backyard
But he likes to fool me

And I travel through the doorway
I thought I'd be fine
But it's not the way it's gonna go
This time

Daddy, why don't you protect me?
Someone's gonna hurt me, there's nothing I can do
Daddy, why don't you protect me?
Somebody is going to hurt me, there's nothing I can do

And all this time I needed you
And all this time I wanted you
You can't hear me now, can't hear me now
Like you do

Daddy, why don't you protect me?
Someone's gonna hurt me, there's nothing I can do
Daddy, why don't you protect me?
Somebody is going to hurt me, there's nothing I, I can do


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"Winter on the Weekend" as written by Julia Stone

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  • +6
    General CommentI definitely think this song is about rape. Not only about rape, but murder as well. I feel like it's about a girl who places her trust in a man who comes across as someone harmless (he's a dog but he's dressed up like a sheep). He has had other victims (bones all through the back yard) literally in his back yard, and figuratively as secrets or deceiving.
    "And I walked into the doorway, He slid across the room. My heart, it started racing,I just didn't know what to do. And he laid me on the floor,And my screams they go unheard.The lady living next door,Well she's 6 feet under the dirt"--I think this entire section speaks for itself; about the rape.

    This song reminds me so much of the book/movie "the lovely bones". Which is about a young girl who gets raped and murdered by a man who she thought was harmless. Once she has passed, she revisits her father whom desperately wishes he could have protected her, and reflects upon her murder/rape.
    gladiatorthumbon March 21, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationDoes anyone else think this song may be about rape?
    DigitalArtistAUon March 06, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHe's a dog
    But he's dressed up like a sheep
    Got bones all through the backyard
    But he likes to drink tea

    We play scrabble on the weekend
    And he talks about the weather most of the time
    I thought my sacred body
    With him it would be fine

    And I walked into the doorway
    He slid across the room
    My heart, it started racing
    I just didn't know what to do
    And he laid me on the floor
    And my screams they go unheard
    The lady living next door
    Well she's six feet under the dirt

    Daddy, why don't you protect me
    Someone's gonna hurt me
    There's nothing I can do
    Daddy, why don't you protect me
    Someone's gonna hurt me
    There's nothing I can do

    He's a dog
    But he's dressed up like a sheep
    He's got bones all through the backyard
    But he likes to fool me
    And I travel through the doorway
    I thought I'd be fine
    But it's not the way it's gonna go this time

    Daddy, why don't you protect me
    Someone's gonna hurt me
    There's nothing I can do
    Daddy, why don't you protect me
    Somebody is going to hurt me
    There's nothing I can do

    And all this time I needed you
    And all this time I wanted you
    You can't hear me now
    Can't hear me now
    Like you do

    Daddy, why don't you protect me
    Someone's gonna hurt me
    There's nothing I can do
    Daddy, why don't you protect me
    Somebody is going to hurt me
    There's nothing I, I can do

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    My favorite of her solo career (thus far), but a very sad song. Haven't decided if this is about father/daughter incest or sexual abuse of another kind. Julia's voice is perfect for this song....so innocent sounding like a young child's. Regardless of what this song is about, one thing for sure is it is about some kind of victimhood and loss of innocence.
    TurnMeOnon November 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about a girl who is caught in the dilemma's of bad relationship.
    'he is a dog,but he's dressed up like a sheep', pretty straight forward, the person who she is singing about is obviously concealing themselves behind innocence (sheep), and she has found out that he has a bad history/is a bad person (bones all through the backyard - hidden secrets)
    Sometimes when i listen to it i think she is singing about a serial killer or a murderer(The lady living next door Well she's 6 feet under the dirt) but i think she has just used this as a metaphor for a person she has been messed up in with.

    The part when she is talking about her dad could be referring to how she is seeking guidance, safety from this bad relationship, but like all of us we grow up and our parents need to stop protecting us, i think its based around that concept.
    neopolitan92on February 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes I completely agree with you!! lovely song though!
    Mer83on August 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song IS about a rape and murder, but think it's not what she wanted to say us with the lyrics. I think that the real message is that she doesn't believe in mans anymore and if something seems to be very good, she starts searching for something bad, like the secrets he don't wanna tell her, but nothing of that's real. She just invents it all. And the part with the daddy - Dad is normally the one who protects his daughter and now, when she lives her own life without the family, she's missing the protection. Maybe it's a way of expresing it.
    Svanaon November 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAhhhhhhhhhhhhh....no additional comments. This is perhaps Julia's BEST. Come on, People! Lend your ears...
    spinachsaladon December 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCompletely agree with every word gladiatorthumb had said. It is extremely similar to lovely bones. Well it is indeed a sad song and not one that I would necessarily get excited about, but rather a little bit teary. Nevertheless it is utterly brilliant.
    EscapeToWonderlandon June 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningMeaning 1.

    Julia Stone wrote this song off of rape that she put her trust into a man.

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    And I walked into the doorway
    He slid across the room
    My heart, it started racing
    I just didn't know what to do
    And he laid me on the floor
    And my screams they go unheard
    The lady living next door
    Well she's six feet under the dirt
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    He had murdered the woman next door to him and the bones in his backyard were his previous victims that he had raped and murdered. He acts innocent like a sheep when he is actually a dog(wolf). Thus the expression, A wolf in she eps clothing.

    Her father wished he had protected her from the rape and murder that his daughter had gone through.

    Meaning 2.

    Her father has raped her previously and he has killed and raped victims before.

    •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
    Daddy, why don't you protect me
    Someone's gonna hurt me
    There's nothing I can do
    Daddy, why don't you protect me
    Somebody is going to hurt me
    There's nothing I can do
    •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

    He had raped his daughter previously and has abused her as well. She called out for help to her father who was too far gone to save her. She wanted her daddy to come back and to stop doing the horrible things he's done to her before.
    Tea-and-Loveon March 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI agree with the interpretation that this song is about rape, but I also wondered the possibility of the lyrics

    "I thought my sacred body
    With him it would be fine"

    referring to a priest as a rapist and the backyard being a cemetery because I kind of thought about why she trusted this man so much and it would also explain the bones.

    But it could also be an acquaintance or a father who's a murderer as well, though rape is pretty much an emotional murder too.
    EwiePainon May 20, 2014   Link

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