"Snake Charmer" as written by Travis L Barker, Mark Hoppus and Thomas Delonge....
I felt a stutter and a waiver, cutting like a razor
Like fire through the snow, then straight down to the bone
She creeps up like a spider, then wants you deep inside her
She turns you into stone, a twisted little show

That's how it was all to begin, cause good girls they like to sin
Way back at the starting line, when Eve was on Adam's mind
And he was the first to go, in search of the great unknown
And falling yet again, cause good girls they like to sin

You are a hero and survivor, your eyes are getting tired
There's claw marks up your spine, it happens all the time
Those silent evil daughters, like sirens on the water
You've been the perfect crime, it happens all the time


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"Snake Charmer" as written by Thomas Delonge Travis Barker

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  • +2
    Song MeaningFavorite song off the new record. The song is about falling in love with a girl, and having her toy with you and make you chase her. She loves the chase, and she's giving wrong impressions because she likes to feel loved, even though she has no feelings for the guy. Here's my analysis:

    "I felt a stutter and a waiver, cutting like a razor
    Like fire through the snow, then straight down to the bone"

    The guy knows he likes the girl. She seems to like him back but he's not so sure. Something seems off and she's giving mixed signals. He can feel this "cutting like a razor" straight down to the bone.

    "She creeps up like a spider, then wants you deep inside her
    She turns you into stone, a twisted little show"

    Again with the mixed signals. She gives wrong impressions and teases with you because she likes being chased. She creeps around you like a spider, giving you the impression that she is into you. Then it all comes crashing down right when you think you've got her. She turns you into a twisted little show, a mess and wreck of emotions as you realize she's not into you at all.

    "That's how it was to all begin, cause good girls they like to sin,
    Way back at the starting line, when Eve was on Adam's mind."

    Love this line. This shows you aren't the first guy to fall for this girls trap. This has been going on for all time because this is just what "girls do." Eve was on Adam's mind because they were the only humans alive, so naturally Adam "liked" Eve. You may seem to like "the good girl", but the "sin" is that she loves the chase and may be leading you on.

    "And he was the first to go, in search of the great unknown,
    And falling yet again, cause good girls they like to sin"

    Adam was the first guy to "go" and fall into the girls trap. Even though the story of Adam and Eve isn't a love story, the parallels are eerily beautiful. Adam fell for her, but Eve sinned when she ate the apple. Much like a guy fell for a girl, but she sinned when she led him on. Adam was the first "guy" to fall for this, when he went searching into the great unknown (pursuing a girl).

    "You are a hero and survivor, your eyes are getting tired,
    There's claw marks up your spine, it happens all the time"

    Tom is now speaking to "the guy". You're a hero to the rest of us guys. You fell for a girl but she led you on and broke your heart. But you're still here and alive. A survivor, but you're tired and exhausted from the experience and the "chase". The claw marks are your "battle wounds", and it happens to more people than you think.

    "Those silent evil daughters, like sirens on the water,
    You've been the perfect crime, it happens all the time"

    Eve's "daughters", being the rest of the female population. He compares them to sirens, evil creatures. You, the guy, were the perfect crime. She led you on, felt loved, and then broke your heart. She had it planned perfectly, but you were the victim.

    Love love love this song. Let me know what you guys think.
    darkchronicon September 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hear "I felt a starter and a waiver"
    "she creeps UP like a spider"
    and "a twisted little show."
    It's a good chance that he says "when EVE was on Adam's mind."


    This song is awesome, so catchy. Awesome backing music during the verses. And Tom's extra tom-y voice. haha

    I think this song is clever, obviously about sex. Good girls are not so innocent when it comes to it, and it's been like that since the beginning. Great name, "Snake Charmer" haha
    MisterHendersonon September 16, 2011   Link
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    General Commentperhaps it's "a stutter"... i'm not sure.
    MisterHendersonon September 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell the way i see it, it's something about how what men does all begin with what the girls do/behave. for example,

    When Eve on adam's mind - eve is the one who told adam to eat the illegal fruit before both of them are thrown onto earth. at first, adam don't want to do it when the devil ask him to do so, but when eve told him to do so, he eat it anyway.

    Good girls who like to sin- i believe that it's something like when girls behave so good toward guys that they always succeeded on pursuing the guys to do bad things. which in return the consequences only effect the guys.

    You've been the perfect crime It happens all the time- the girls are the perfect crime because they are the one that creep into mind and influence the guys to do bad things.

    well, i don't know if my take on this song make sense or not, but i think there is a truth to it.

    cheers guys. =)
    Ferzaeron September 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFavorite song on this album, very unique but at the same time something about it reminds me of so doc their older stuff.

    I don't think this is about any particular story. I think it goes back to some of their older themes where they talk about girls from the point of view of average boy or young man. Girls are almost these mystical or angelic beings while the boy feels like a stupid idiot. This is a bit of a more grown up version of that. The girl is a woman she is a tempest that will bring the wants the guy to please her (sexually and otherwise) but will leave him ruined (of course she always appears as the good girl). Of course still being the dumb boy the guy will follow her to his ruin.

    We see this with the "sirens on the water" the weird a of Greek mythology enticing sailors to their death. Then of course Adam literally followed eve to his ruin by being enticed by her and eating of the fruit which got him kicked out of paradise.

    The "hero and survivor" part is about those who have been dragged down that path and have made it out. But of course they don't make it with out scares and after effects. "Claw marks down your spine" of course refers to the after effect of dorm really awesome sex but also the emotional/mental marks she left on him. "Your eyes are getting tired" she has exhausted him emotionally and mentally. Anyone who has been with a girl like that I think could understand that.
    Vipckon July 15, 2016   Link
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    General CommentIt is so awesome how the intro could directly come from The Cure's DISINTEGRATION (btw one of the most awesomestest albums ever). That's a nice tribute and I guess it's intentional.
    fabsn182on September 17, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionInstead of "I felt a starter at a waiver" it is "I felt a stutter and a waiver"

    Instead of "Last night, it was to all begin" it is "That's how it was to all begin"

    Instead of "cause good girls, they like to sin" it is "Cause good girls who like to sin"
    toowenson September 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttoowens has the correct lyrics up there ^

    But yeah, I think this song is clever. For essentially writing a song partly about Adam and Eve fucking, blink did it so well. haha
    I like how the original title of this song was "Genesis," as in The Book of Genesis. I'm not extremely familiar with the story of Adam and Eve, but I believe it was satan who disguised himself as a snake and convinced the two to sin and eat the forbidden fruit. So I think 'Snake Charmer' is an obvious reference to that, and, what at least I like to think, somewhat a sexual pun as well.
    MisterHendersonon September 30, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationGah, the best song.

    Personally, I feel it's about the corrupting influence sex can have on men, especially when used by women as a weapon. Guys just can’t resist the ladies - even if they do feel “a stutter and a waver", they still succumb to womanly wiles.

    Women, on the other hand, are construed as cunning. They creep like "a spider" (who, significantly, kill the male after mating), and their ability to turn men "into stone" is comparable to that of the mythical Medusa. Similarly, women (the “evil daughters” of Eve) are like "sirens on the water", who infamously lured sailors to their deaths.

    The metaphorical implications are pretty blatant - with beauty and sex, “even good girls” can’t help but lead men to their own destruction. They like to exercise the immense sexual power they hold over men. This has been apparent since the very beginning, where Eve tempted Adam to eat the apple; he was the first to give up goodness for a woman, and for “the great unknown” ie sex.

    Anyway, loving this so much. A feminist reading would be interesting, though...
    s1ackerbitchon October 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe main idea is definitely about Adam and Eve. Everything is up to the listener really. But everything here is valid and sounds believable.
    saintjimmy35on October 27, 2011   Link

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