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A boy, beautiful beautiful
Eyes of green

Mouth like the sun
Eyes of green

Mouth burned my tongue
Like a red star
Like a red star
But his eyes were green

Got a strange fascination
I been holdin on the one
For the straight revelation
I been holdin on too long

But I'm sick of waiting
Round this birdhouse
For enough flesh wounds to
Make a kill

I know nothing lasts forever
And if you won't love me
Someone will

Like a red star
Like a bruised scar


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  • +4
    My InterpretationCan't believe there are no comments yet on such a brilliant song! My two cents:

    Thematically consisted with the rest of Past Life Martyred Saints, this song seems to be about a failing, abusive relationship. The red star metaphor is worth paying attention to: a red giant star is a star in old age, that begins to swell massively in size. For example, when our sun enters its red giant phase, it will grow so large that it will envelop the earth (don't worry, billions of years away). The metaphor takes on many different aspects throughout the song, it can represent the intense passion of a budding relationship, the obliteration and destruction of an abusive relationship, and even the swan song of a dying relationship.

    Musically, the song moves through these three phases. The first section deals with EMA falling for this green eyed boy. Calling him a boy suggests a sort of fake innocence, she is unable yet to see what this guy is capable of. His green eyes can represent physical attraction, beautiful eyes drawing her in. In this phase, the red star represents the passionate birth of a relationship, when kissing someone you care for lights that fire in your stomach.

    The second phase of the song seems to be EMA's awakening that this relationship is failing. Oftentimes memory can trick us into believing things have stayed the same when the truth is what was once beautiful is now falling apart. At this point it is unclear if the relationship is just dysfunctional but the last line of the song seems to suggest that it is violent on some level. The 'For enough flesh wounds to make a kill' is somewhat difficult to interpret, I am unsure if it refers to her waiting until she sees a big enough hole in the relationship to make an escape, or interpreted more literally, she is worried that she or her lover will end up killing one or the other over this failing relationship.

    The third section of the song deals with acceptance and moving on. EMA realizes there are better things out there, to find someone who can love her with all the passion and intensity of a red star, but without the death and destruction.

    Anyway, this is just my interpretation, I think she is being cryptic enough that this song could probably be interpreted lots of ways. But thats part of why I am so drawn to her lyrical style.
    astralcompanionon November 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat interpretation!
    rebelbradon August 30, 2012   Link

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