I’m helplessly needless, and needless to say I owe you
I’m helplessly needless, and needless to say I owe you

Well I’d wait ten thousand picks for just one more chance
Just one more chance to see your face again

Well I’d pull, teeter away, at the earth with my teeth
The earth with my teeth to touch your face alive

You
Lie
Helplessly still
As your face falls apart
You
Lie
Helplessly still
As your face falls apart

With wax and wires and hair from the back of your head
With wax and wires and hair from the back of your head

Well I can make your face brand new
Well I can make your face brand new

You are warm
You are warm

Come take my hand and I’ll take your hand
And I will bring you out
Come take the line and I’ll take the line
And I will pull you out
In the sun.



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    My Interpretation:This song is about more than death. It is about the beautification of death movement in the mortuary sciences. If you look at historical archeology and forensic anthropology books about mortuary behaviors of different societies you will notice a trend starting in the mid 19th century where people start to beautify their dead. In a sense they are making them look alive when they are actually dead to make it easier on their loved ones. When they refer to wax they are referring to the wax that they apply to the body to help preserve the skin until burial and to reduce foul odors...they apply makeup after the wax to make it look natural. The wire parts are because you have to wire the deceased's jaw shut as the jaw generally naturally drops at some point after death...depending on the perimortem position of the body. As for the hair from the back of the neck I have heard of morticians using hair from other parts of the body to fill in eyebrows. All of this is done by the person singing the song so he can make the persons face brand new.
    Iroll20son December 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning:I think it's pretty obvious this song is about death, and the desire to bring back a loved one.

    DanteRahlon November 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I agree on that. But it can surely be transfered to a serious dispute between two people...
    bibopon December 14, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation:(I realize I'm late on all these comments for this song, but I just joined this site today. a little background to my interpretation.. my wife and I had a miscarraige about two months before I first heard this song.) I found the musical composition to shift from a somewhat muted somber to an incredibly uplifting hope.. and the words I found to be more instrumental than anything. I see after reading the lyrics more thoroughly I fully understand this song is about death (which may have been why I was originally drawn to it), and Ritchie may be very well singing about putting a loved one under the Earth - but in my opinion, he's not necessarily mourning the death of the subject of the song, but more so of the the "person" he misses. As I said my wife miscarried around 11 weeks just before we were to see the sex, and it was hell. Honestly, it still is. We've gotten a lot better and we are trying again, but over the last several months she had been very aloof and it got to a point like nothing was wrong.. makeup. hair back. pulled tight.. while I knew on the inside she was falling apart. - I guess to summarize, my perspective of the song is this: I'm a guy, and while I was excited and happy to be a dad, when we lost the child, I moved on more quickly than she did. Maybe because I can't relate to being a mom because I'm a man, or maybe because I forced myself to compartmentalize. Either way I knew I had the upper hand emotionally, and owed her every bit of confidence I could reinstill her with. I realized that my strength had to bring her back from a place of darkness where she kept herself cold, closed, shutoff. And not that she was gone, but that she just needed to take my hand, and I'd take her hand, and I would pull her out... into the sun again.
    waufon November 25, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:I've come to terms with the fact that this song is about death... But, has anyone thought that there may be a religious feel near the end of the song? To me, the line "Well I can make your face brand new" can represent that rebirth given in a religious afterlife, in lieu of looking at it from a mortuary science standpoint. Also,"Come take my hand, and I'll take your hand. And I will bring you out. Come take the line, and I'll take the line. And I will pull you out. In the Sun...", all of this seems to reflect that same motif... The symbolic grasping of the hands, the beautiful yet powerful sun, that uplifting presence. Perhaps it's not religious, per se, but I feel there is more beauty than just that sadness and fear... That's just some food for thought.
    ConorOon November 25, 2011   Link

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