Do you believe in the Signs of the Zodiac?
Haven't you found that the systems for
Planning always fall?

Can you avoid what gave Daddy his heart attack?
Have you tried everything, anything
All to no avail?

I know what you need.
This will really work.
In ancient times, if you were sick
They make you bleed.
Oh, honey I know it hurts.

Look all around you and notice you're not alone.
We want to give you the courage to
Go a different way.
Think of the love and attention we all have shown.
What did we do when we heard, well, we
All came right away.

I know what you need.
This will really work.
In ancient times, if you were sick
They make you bleed.
Oh, honey I know it hurts.

Do you believe in the Signs of the Zodiac?

I know what you need.
This will really work.
In ancient times, if you were sick
They make you bleed.
Oh, honey I know it hurts.

Do you believe in the Signs of the Zodiac?


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    My InterpretationIt's interesting that people have interpreted this song both as supporting unscientific medicine (astrology, bleeding, etc.) and as a renunciation of it. I think that kind of gets to the heart of the matter as this is a really ambivalent song. The line, "Haven't you found that the systems for planning always fail?" seems to indicate a skepticism about the existence of intelligible order in the universe, which the system of astrology takes for granted. But then, what was the unavoidable entity that gave daddy his heart attack? I'm assuming the expected answer is not obesity or heart disease. That question seems to imply a fatalistic mindset in which there IS order in the universe, and which WOULD allow for a predictive system like astrology to make sense.

    The speaker then introduces the idea of blood-letting as a form of medieval medicine, inhabiting an ancient motherly persona: "Oh, honey I know it hurts." Does she really think "this will really work"? Or is this another jab at outdated attempts to understand and control our environment?

    I could see a reading which reduces the whole thing to a sarcastic tirade against (specifically bogus) human atempts to understand the world, the "systems for planning" which inevitably fail; but I think the line, "Can you avoid what gave daddy his heart attack?" seriously undermines this reading.
    tommythecat42on April 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti can't believe no one has commented on this song..

    without explaining everything i mean, i feel that this song is about a general someone who is upset about a general problem and the narrator thinks they should chill out (the chorus) because you can't control everything in life.
    artoseybycyon June 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is like suicide sadnes....
    slinkstersarson July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song in my opinion comments shows alot of skepticism about superstition brought into a stronger visual, kind of saying don't just believe what everyone tells you, search the facts out for yourself! I may be wrong but I'd say that's a fair assesment!
    ibacunninglinguiston February 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about someone who self-mutilates.

    "I know what you need.
    This will really work.
    In ancient times, if you were sick
    They make you bleed.
    Oh, honey I know it hurts. "

    it's also trying to show the person that they're cared about. maybe also trying to encourage the person to stop

    "Look all around you and notice you're not alone.
    We want to give you the courage to
    Go a different way.
    Think of the love and attention we all have shown."

    it also tries to show the person that some things are unavoidable.

    "Can you avoid what gave Daddy his heart attack?"

    it's a wonderful song and i love it mucho
    gingerbreadmanon April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGod, this song is amazing. Prehaps the song could be analyzed as a questioning of conventional methods, as they used to leech people of their blood as a cure in olden days. Then the person questions the estoreric, as in "do you believe in the signs of the Zodiac?"

    The song could also be about someone introducing someone to the method of self-injury, or bleeding.
    PreiSamhainon July 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentForsure this song is about a coven of sorts- shun orthodox medicine and "go a different way" they say, temping the subject into taking up the olde ways to aid her plight. Leeches and blood-letting were used "in ancient times when you were sick"; the idea that the illness was in the blood and these act would purify.

    During the 14th and 15th centuries, astrology played a vital role in the medical practice. Patients would be positioned on a phlebotomy (bloodletting) table designed to show the relation of each body part to the signs of the zodiac. Surgical procedures and bloodletting were only performed when the planets were in a certain position. Therefore, bloodletting would only be performed at certain times for certain body parts.
    ithinkyourcrazyon May 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about a naive person always getting their way with people but hurt everyone in the process. Someone who thinks that no one loves them when in reality everyone is worried about them all the time and wishes they'd be ok. That's why i think she says "Look all around you and notice you're not alone.
    We want to give you the courage to
    Go a different way.
    Think of the love and attention we all have shown.
    What did we do when we heard, well, we
    All came right away."

    I could truly relate because i have someone in my family who is exactly like this.

    "In ancient times if you were sick they make you bleed"
    Meaning that there are people who have had it alot worse.
    BellaImmortelleon January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's definitely not about self-mutilation in any way. It seems like a pretty direct reference of bloodletting to cool the body of a fever, like they did in medieval times...
    technoon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like this song is challenging conventional ideas about treating illnesses; instead of looking to supernatural cures, try using natural remedies.
    arahilaon November 17, 2007   Link

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