"The Crystal Skull" as written by and Ryan Adams....
I make reservations at the Crystal Skull for me...
For me, and Scarlet, and a a friend of hers
I'm not gonna lie to you it only gets worse
She gets so disconnected when her glass is too full

And Scarlet gets bombed
And Scarlet gets high and she breaks into song
Scarlet gets loud, Scarlet gets lost
And the gloves come off
And she's like this every night...
Down at the Crystal Skull
The Crystal Skull is open all night

I think I was ready for a quiet night...
A quiet night of talking we ended up...
Ended up, ended up downtown
'Cause Scarlet's thirsty inside
She's a fisherman who drains the ocean first...
And then decides

And Scarlet gets bombed
And Scarlet gets high and she breaks into song
Scarlet gets loud, Scarlet gets angry
And Scarlet is so tired...
She's been swimming for awhile...
Nobody reaches shore riding the crimson tide

Down at the Crystal Skull...
The Crystal Skull
The Crystal Skull
The Crystal Skull is open all night...
Is open all night

And Scarlet's ready to go out tonight
Go out tonight
Go out tonight
Scarlet's ready to go out...
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Scarlet's ready to go out...
Tonight


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"The Crystal Skull" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentI think this song is about someone, "Scarlet," who drinks too much and too often and also uses methamphetamine, often referred to as "Crystal", or at least some form of speed. The "Crystal Skull" perhaps represents the brain on speed. You could assume that Scarlet is the speaker's girlfriend. The friend of Scarlet's addressed in the first verse is alcohol. "She gets so disconnected when her glass is too full" could mean that she gets too drunk when she's on speed, and it is common knowledge that any form of amphetamine allows its user to drink more alcohol than they would normally be able to. Scarlet is described as a "fisherman who drains the ocean first and then decides." I can't speak for everyone but I have heard that drinking on speed allows you to "drink like a fish." If this is what Ryan Adams was referring to than Scarlet draining the ocean would clearly mean that she drinks too much when she's high on speed.
    The fourth verse reads "Scarlet is so tired... She's been swimming for a while." This probably means that Scarlet is strung out on speed and been drinking too much, too often.
    The lyric "The Crystal Skull is open all night" that appears frequently throughout the song probably refers to the fact that being high on any form of amphetamine keeps you awake all night, and sometimes, consecutive days and nights.
    That's my take on the song. I'd love to read some other interpretations as I am open to other people's opinions on the the meaning of the song.
    GJon July 04, 2013   Link

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