"Hysterical Strength" as written by and Anne Erin Clark....
Hey it's your blood
That makes my veins run
It's true, so I tried to give it back to you

Young one, look at me
It's not your beast to leash
Oh don't hold more than you can stand to carry

Must have been the case
Hysterical strength
To stand up while the room moved off its axis

Old man look at me
Through the teeth of your grief
Oh don't grab more than you can stand to carry

'Cause you went off to see what no one else could see
And left more than we could stand to bury

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"Hysterical Strength" as written by Anne Erin Clark

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    General CommentI've been hearing "no, it ain't, it ain't, it ain't, it ain't, it ain't on you" for the last part.
    eriafreon November 03, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think she's referring to a suicide on this one.

    On the first part the person is talking to a relative (a parent) "it's your blood and I tried to give it back to you"

    On the second she's talking to a younger version of herself, as if trying to warn her of the mistakes she made "don't hold more than you can stand to carry" maybe she means of repressed feelings being too heavy a load.

    She then describes something that people who has suffered of depression can relate to. Sometimes just standing up, getting yourself out of bed, just keeping the routine requires some of that 'hysterical strength'

    The last lines could be a last message to someone she blames for her despair. Someone who kept pushing her, and trying to control her life (maybe the same guy she sang about on Marrow) and she blames him for getting her to that point of misery.

    I'm not very articulate, but there's my two cents.
    zitoon December 26, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm not sure but it sounds like a story about a husband/father leaving and the aftermath of it.

    "Hey it's your blood
    That makes my veins run
    It's true, so I tried to give it back to you"

    Here she's pointing out that it's her father's blood that makes her veins run. family... blood relative, but she doesn't want to be related to him.

    "Young one, look at me
    It's not your beast to leash
    Oh don't hold more than you can stand to carry"

    This is either her talking to a younger sibling or her mom telling her that it's not her problem and she shouldn't worry about it. "it's not your beast to leash... don't hold more than you can stand to carry"...

    "Must have been the case
    Hysterical strength
    To stand up while the room moved off its axis"

    Here she's saying she didn't listen. It "must have been the case" that she held more than she could stand to carry, because it took a lot of strength to stand up with her world turned upside down (off it's axis).

    "Old man look at me
    Through the teeth of your grief
    Oh don't grab more than you can stand to carry"

    And here she talks to her father, and sarcastically tells him the same advice. "Please, don't go out of your way to take this burden on"

    "'Cause you went off to see what no one else could see
    And left more than we could stand to bury"

    And here she tells the old man why she hates him. He went off to live a life without them and left them with all these problems that they aren't able to rid them selves of.

    I could be wrong... but that's what i hear.
    JasonElise1983on November 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think I have a few corrections...
    Hey it's your blood that makes my veins run.

    Young one, look at me.

    Cause you went off to seize what no one else could see

    Oh baby hate it, hate it, day to day to day oh no? Not sure if that last part is right.
    smallatomicbombon September 10, 2011   Link

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