Do you have love for human-kind?

Hoarse and hollow
I tried to swallow
Pistols, night shade, ghost and gallow
All you fellows climbed me like a staircase
Wore me down
Smooth from footfall
Wore me down

Do you have love for humankind?

So long sweet thing my old man
Left me grieving black and blue and tan
I've the feeling you'll be kneeling
When the day turns forever into night

Hope for healing if you're willing
Do you have love for human-kind?

Orphan girl
Child sing along
Stop the slaughter of our daughters
Poisoning the water

Heart strings broken
Wearily tuned to the moon
Bastard widows born marooned
Nameless, faceless black-eyed soul
Slave to sorrow, find your way home

Hope for healing if you’re willing
Do you have love for human-kind?



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Tears for Animals song meanings
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    General CommentI love this song. Antony is fantastic. And everyone is fantastic. And this single is fantastic. <3
    ambulatorterraeon June 05, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis song is incredible; I can't stop listening to it.
    to me, it seems to be a jab at people who care more about animal abuse, etc, than about the actual horrors faced by people around the world. you know, the PETA types. I read the title "Tears for Animals" as kind of condescending toward people like that.
    catilieuon July 10, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI totally agree with catilieu!
    I love CocoRosie so much because their lyrics are full of meaning if you delve deep enough.

    Definitely "Tears for Animals" is calling out all of those people who care more about the suffering of animals than the suffering of people. CocoRosie can especially speak to this since they were abused by their father and had such difficult lives.

    The line "stop the slaughter of our daughters" could have many different interpretations. Most likely, they're referring to crimes against women worldwide (rape, femicide, etc.) or more specifically the fact that millions of infant females are killed every year at birth. The word "slaughter" evokes a slaughterhouse - people care deeply about the slaughter of cows for the meat industry, but the bigger problem is the fact that we slaughter our own kind (and even our own daughters).

    They speak more about their suffering when they say "my old man/ Left me black and blue and tan", clearly refering to physical abuse. When they say "I've the feeling you'll be kneeling/ When the day turns forever into night", I think they're saying that people who are obsessed with animal rights will likely one day have their "day turn into night" and experience human suffering, and "kneel" i.e. beg for mercy.
    jayjay5531on April 01, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWhen I hear 'I've a feeling you'll be kneeling, when the day turns forever into night' I don't think it has anything to do with animal rights people. The verse is aimed at 'my old man' so I'm guessing either her father or an old lover. The day turning forever into night could be a personal end I.e death or it could be the end of the world which is something of a theme in the album. So him kneeling at this point might be to beg forgiveness for his life or to seek relief from a god. It sounds mocking.

    Besides the recurring love for human kind line there's not much in here about animals. The first verse reminds me of 'not for sale'/'animals': a hit back at all the men from her past. The rest I'm not sure about. Who are the bastard widows born marooned? Must be pretty lonely and for.orn whoever they are
    morrisgumpon November 13, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationMy Interpretation: this song is not about animals but about people. "Tears for animals" has similar meanig as "love for human kind". With "animals" they mean people, because people are animals too and this fits in cocorosie´s views about human beings as part of our nature. So the title could basically also be "tears for humans".
    I also believe the lyrics are possibly partly autobiographical but mainly about global human and earth issues like abuse of women or ruinig the planet.
    Karina_anton March 15, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIf this is a jab at people who care about animal abuse I would be very dissapointed. Humans ARE animals in the end. I don't see how you can feel sorrow for humankind for bad things happening while at the same time making fun of people who care for other species (where the same bad things, if not worse, is happening).
    Beefeston March 19, 2017   Link

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