"The Words That Maketh Murder" as written by and Polly / Harvey....
I've seen and done things I want to forget;
I've seen soldiers fall like lumps of meat,
Blown and shot out beyond belief.
Arms and legs were in the trees.

I've seen and done things I want to forget;
Coming from an unearthly place,
Longing to see a woman's face
Instead of the words that gather pace

The words that maketh murder.
These, these, these are the words
The words that maketh murder.
These, these, these are the words
The words that maketh murder.
These, these, these are the words
Murder

These, these, these are the words
The words that maketh murder.
These, these, these are the words
The words that maketh murder.

I've seen and done things I want to forget;
I've seen a corporal whose nerves were shot
Climbing behind the fierce, gone sun,
I've seen flies swarming everyone,
Soldiers fell like lumps of meat.
These are the words, the words are these.

Death lingering, stunk,
Flies swarming everyone,
Over the whole summit peak,
Flesh quivering in the heat.
This was something else again.
I fear it cannot explain.
The words that make, the words that make
Murder.

What if I take my problem to the United Nations?
What if I take my problem to the United Nations?
What if I take my problem to the United Nations?
What if I take my problem to the United Nations?
What if I take my problem to the United Nations?
What if I take my problem to the United Nations?
What if I take my what if I take my problem to the United Nations?


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"The Words That Maketh Murder" as written by Polly / Harvey

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  • +5
    General Comment"The Words That Maketh Murder" is referring to the act of documenting the atrocities, bringing them to light. The concept of justice - like a war tribunal, that investigates "war crimes", judges them and calls them murder. Until this happens they are just acts committed in war, on the battlefield. It's very literal and such a sharp concept. Brilliant song. A gem of an album.
    Daphne84on February 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song that is really timely. P.J. juxtaposes a great beat with horrific images of war.
    befuddledon February 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPeople should remember that "maketh" is archaic English for the SINGULAR third-person of "make," not the plural. It can therefore only refer to "murder," not "words. The modern English equivalent of the phrase is "The words that murder makes."

    That should make it much easier to understand ("I've seen and done things I want to forget").
    Veillantifon July 09, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentMy first interpretation was simply that the "words that make murder" are the last line of the song. But Daphne's interpretation is a bit more interesting. I guess that doesn't necessarily make it right... anyone have words from the horse's mouth?
    sibilationon August 10, 2011   Link

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