"Golden Bear" as written by and Alejandro Escovedo Charles Prophet....
There's a creature in my body
There's a creature in my blood
Don't know how long he's been there
Or why he's after us

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Oh why me (gold bear's running down)
Oh why me (gold bear's running down)
Oh why me (gold bear's running down)
Oh why me (gold bear's running down)

But I'm as stubborn as a tree trunk
A screen door in the breeze
And like a wildcat in the summertime
The sun can't hide from me

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Last night as I lay dreaming
Caught an endless wave
My brothers battled out behind me
And formed a circle round my grave

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    My InterpretationI think Golden Bear is a euphemism for Hepatitis C. That's the creature that's in his blood. He doesn't know when he contracted it - or why the disease wants to make its hosts gravely ill.

    Escovedo is a fighter (stubborn as a tree trunk) and he survived the disease. Yet, he's not free from the memory that he could have died. He dreams about it.

    The last verse could be his lingering fear of the disease. Or the dream could be an acknowledgement to those who helped him while he was ill. (My brothers battled out behind me and formed a circle 'round my grave.)

    I picture the brothers forming a circle with their backs to the grave to keep danger out and protect him from death.
    zelifiaon February 08, 2014   Link

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