Grandma, my sleep is narrow
Bid you bring me some... strong... drink
Strain out the pulps and set them close outside
For when my belly
For when my little belly speaks

Grandma, there’s air beneath my bed
And it whispers, and it whispers when I rest
Bid hem the skirts in salt and vinegar, vinegar
And hover closely
Oh hover closely under head

Grandma, the water is rising
My boundless hair has gotten green
I’ll be your swimming forest island
Bid you walk safely, safely over me

Grandma, my hands have wandered
And my legs, my little legs are getting weak
Bid lend me your wispy frame
And guard my powers
Guard my precious powers in its cage

Grandma, I’ve been unruly
In my dreams and with my speech
Drill little holes into my eyelids
That I might see you
That I might see you when I...
Sleep

Grandma, the water is rising
My boundless hair has gotten green
I’ll be your swimming forest island
Bid you walk safely safely over me

I’ll be your swimming forest island...


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  • +7
    Lyric CorrectionLyrics as they appear on the sleeve of the LP:

    grandma my sleep is narrow
    bid you bring me some strong drink
    strain out the pulps and set them close outside
    for when my little belly speaks

    grandma there's air beneath my bed
    and it whispers when I rest
    bid hem the skirts in salt and vinegar
    and hover closely under head

    grandma my hands have wandered
    my little legs are getting weak
    bid lend me your wispy frame
    guard my precious powers in its cage

    grandma the water is rising
    my boundless hair has gotten green
    I'll be your swimming forest island
    bid you walk safely over me
    semoss50on July 16, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Commentgod everything purity ring creates is magic~
    dressedindresdenon September 14, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationIn my opinion, this song sounds like it's about a young girl from a poor family. She lives with her grandmother who can no longer afford to take care of her and so, in order to prevent her suffering a painful death of starvation she gives her alcohol ("Grandma, my sleepless know that you bring me some strong drink") so that she will fall asleep/pass out and then she drowns her ("Grandma, the water is rising, by now this hair has gotten green"). Perhaps this child blames herself for what her grandmother did, as children often do and that's why she says "Grandma, I've been unruly in my dreams and with my speech".
    Any other opinions?
    Gaberdineon April 28, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis is a song about intuition. Jung defined intuition as "perception via the unconscious". Essentially it means knowing something in your gut, hence the title belispeak.

    Her is an archetype for Grandma intuitive wisdom, accessible through the (collective) unconscious. ‘My sleep is narrow’ refers to her ability to pinpoint meaning or knowledge in her dreams, or more broadly in the (collective) unconscious. ‘Strain out the pulps’ refers to setting reality aside while she intuitively finds meaning, ‘close outside’ so she can apply this knowledge to the outside world; after her ‘belly speaks’.

    The air beneath her bed that whispers when she rests refers again to the knowledge she derives from intuition, seemingly out of thin air. ‘Bid hem the skirts in salt and vinegar’ means that she feels this intuition with her at all times, ‘closely under head’ or in her gut, specifically.

    ‘The water is rising’ means that she’s drowning in conscious ‘reality’ a reality that distorts true meaning. The appearances of the real world do not represent truth. “I'll be your swimming fodder starlet when you walk safely, safely over me,” means that she can navigate, or find true meaning in, such a reality when her grandma walks on the water above her, or when intuition guides her.

    “Hands wandered” and “legs weak” means she’s swimming, or living in this distorted reality, but is getting tired. She wants to transcend it (“lend me your wispy frame”). Her psyche slips out of consciousness into the collective unconscious (a dream), leaving only her grandma, blind intuition, as a guide for her physical body (‘guard my precious body’).

    Here she sees actual truth, rather than the veil of reality. She’s been liberated, in a sense (‘been unruly in my dreams’) and drills holes into her eyelids so she does not have to wake up (and cease knowing truth) when she returns to consciousness.
    kbell140on January 30, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationKind of sounds like... She is confessing to her Grandma who is no longer with her physically but in spirit.
    Of all the things she says she's done like being "unruly" she may feel like corpse. Not alive..good enough for her grandma to view her. As if her actions were "unruly enough" that she had might as well be dead or dying. Her conscious seems to be getting to her. Her "sleepless know"

    She wants to see her Grandma, "Drill little holes into my eyelids
    that I might see you, that I might see you when I sleep" Whether it be as she walks over her in heaven or in her dreams.

    OR this could be just another great song. :)
    MsRogueAngelon September 05, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationShe's pregnant, her baby is growing inside of her, she's worried, her grandma is trying to help, she's dying.
    alteHaason April 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing
    tastycake23on January 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't know the meaning of this song but it totally relates to me in some weird twisted way. My grandma died when I was like 10, and I stopped swimming competitively cuz, well, I felt really depressed. But in high school, that's when I restarted and my view of my grandma changed when my mom told me what kind of woman she really was, which was a judgmental woman, with all due respect. So everything changed and I really tried so hard to get back on track to swimming and restarting myself, but her memory still haunted me. I finally get a sense that she's in heaven watching me do a buncha these inappropriate things she would have disapproved of. So I still continue training for numerous hours a day in the pool with my hair getting all dry and ugly but thankfully not green! My legs get tired and I get weak and stronger at the same time. Finally on Prelims day, before my event, I pray and when I competed. I felt her kinda walking over me like how Jesus walked over water.
    really weird i know :3
    Chaelion November 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it's about a girl who lives with and is abused by her grandmother, who ultimately drowns her in a pool. Despite this abuse, she has been brainwashed to be loyal and see her grandma as a role model and she feels guilty when she has thoughts of suicide, running away or harming her grandma.

    The girl is malnourished and gets fed only with kitchen scraps(pulps) when she is very hungry or when her stomach grumbles ("belly speaks"). The grandmother gives her alcohol to put her to sleep when she is kept awake by hunger.

    "bid you bring me some strong drink
    strain out the pulps and set them close outside
    for when my little belly speaks"

    She has contemplated suicide and has had dreams of running away, but feels guilty for it and things she has said to her grandmother in the past. Despite being abused, she is loyal to her grandmother and wants to spend every moment seeing her.

    "Grandma, my hands have wondered"--implying her hands have a mind that has thought about killing her.

    "Grandma, I've been unruly
    in my dreams
    and with my speech
    Drill little holes into my eyelids
    that I might see you
    that I might see you when I sleep"

    Unable to care for her, the grandma eventually drowns her in the pool by luring her out there by saying something encouraging that grandmother's commonly say: "You'll be my swimming starlet." The reference to hair turning green is what commonly happens to blond hair in chlorinated water. "The water is rising"-- the grandma is pushing her deeper and then walks safely along the edge of the pool as the girl starts dying,
    Kappajosaon April 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe lyrics remind me of a twisted version of Little Red Riding Hood, where the wolf and Little Red's mother are both played by the "Grandma", who is threatening if not abusive toward her, she's the villain, while she's still Little Red's only guardian.

    And Little Red flees from her situation, tries to escape from the woods (grandma my hands have wandered / my little legs are getting weak), after thinking of it so many times (I’ve been unruly / in my dreams and with my speech).

    It sounds ridiculous but I think she falls in a pond, and she's too exhausted to struggle, so she lets herself drown and her corpse rots in the water (the water is rising / my boundless hair has gotten green / I'll be your swimming forest island).

    I think the whole song is about her being a spirit and telling her Grandma that she forgives her behaviour. Her sleep is narrow, because her soul isn't at peace. She's a part of the forest now that she died in it, that's why she says that her Grandma walks safely over her. She's soil, so the holes her Grandma "drills into her eyelids" are just holes she digs in the earth for her vegetables or whatever.

    And the "strong drink" and the "pulps" her Grandma sets outside remind me of the food we put outside when a pet runaways, hoping it will come back to eat it. So maybe the Grandma still thinks Little Red isn't dead.

    Now that I've written it down it sounds a bit absurd and incomplete, but that's how I interpret this song. (Oh, and sorry if I made unforgivable grammar mistakes, I'm French!)
    pudroneon April 12, 2014   Link

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