"Personal Holloway" as written by and Gavin Rossdale....
Tune my weaker eye
Spit white
Hold the world up all day paracetamol
She's blue in the face again
Sleep the darkness all away
And drinking kitchen paint to dye the winter
I hope we'll never see again

Deaf and dumb with the lights on
Deaf and dumb with the lights on
Married by signs
Married by signs

Personal holloway
Six month linen
It's safe to say we are alone
Suburban suicide
Watching night come amber
It's all so temporary

Deaf and dumb with the lights on
Deaf and dumb with the lights on
Deaf and dumb with the lights on
Married by signs
Married by signs
Married by signs

Move a little way forward
Move a little way now
Move a little way forward
Move a little way now

Bleed life
Breath life
Could be a better plan
Could be a better plan
Could be a better plan


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"Personal Holloway" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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  • +1
    My InterpretationApparently Holloway Prison is a women's jail, used for both genders until early 20thC, in London.

    I can think of 2 interperetations...

    Sounds like the prison in the story is this woman's deafness. Her partner has to fight to keep her stable ('Tune my weaker eye, spit white, hold the world up all day, She's blue in the face again, paracetamol, sleep the darkness all away') and is troubled by the communication barrier ('married by signs'). There seem to be a lot of references to visual stimuli, like maybe she knows that her sight is the only way she can communicate with her partner ('Drinking kitchen paint to dye the winter', 'deaf and dumb with the lights on', watching night come amber', 'blue in the face'). Following it through, it sounds like she loses the fight ('suburban suicide') and he has trouble getting over it ('six months' [unwashed] linen').

    The other idea is that maybe she's alone and 'married by signs' suggests that her deafness has led her to lead a lonely life - hence, married to her condition.
    GotMeNowon November 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi honestly believe this is about a strained relationship with a girl, perhaps with a (depressed/suicidal?) girl who has let her condition get in the way of their relationship. And in the end, he decides to end all this bullshit and make himself happy, even if that means cutting this girl off.

    "She's blue in the face again, paracetamol, sleep the darkness all away" a method the girl uses to drown her sorrow, unhealthily.

    "And drinking kitchen paint to dye the winter I hope we'll never see again" kitchen paint can be alcohol to make sure the winter, as we all know is the most depressing season of the year, is not as depressing as last time.

    "Deaf and dumb with the lights on" they or she chooses to be ignorant of the status of their relationship, even when it is clear as day.

    "Married by signs" he feels as though it's his obligation to stick with her through these obvious signs of her depression.

    "A personal holloway, six months linen, it's safe to say we are alone" even though he's in a relationship he feels as though he's living in Holloway Prison, alone as ever.

    "Move a little way forward, move a little way now" here the singer makes a little progress and shows the audience that he's thinking of something in his mind.

    "Bleed life, breathe life" he is suggesting that maybe letting the relationship die is the best way to make himself feel alive again.

    "Could it be a better plan" but here we see that the singer can't go through with the plan. he is only stuck contemplating doing what is best for himself.
    zenmasterkarmaon November 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother song by Bush that makes absolutly no sense to me...drinking Kitchen Paint what is the diffrence between "kitchen paint" and real paint? Also Could what be a better plan I see no plan in this song....Deaf and Dumb with the lights on is the only part that makes any bit of sense
    ChibiGodon July 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure, but maybe it's about a couple who are depressed but find some comfort in life with each other.

    Or maybe it's about a relationship with a suicidal girl. Just about how she doesn't want to live, but he can't do anything to help her.

    "Deaf and dumb with the lights on" is a cool lyric
    sillybillyon March 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonal Holloway ---> His Own Personal Jail
    The Narrator does everything in his power to keep things level but "she" is still sick. He drinks it all away praying not to wake to suck sadness and pain.

    "Deaf and dumb with the lights on" -- willing yet not able
    russellhg13on May 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song just rocks, plain and simple. The opening lines are perfect "Tune my weaker eye, spit white, hold the world up all day
    She's blue in the face again, paracetamol," i mean, come on...

    I also like the lyric "suburban suicide, watching night burn amber." I guess i get the sense of what gavin means by "servents of our formulaic ways" as stated in Greedy Fly...the next song...
    gmazcaon July 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA personal holloway, six months linen - i always thought he said six month livin' which would make it sound more like drug themed which is what i thought it was kinda about ,but if its linen the meaning sorta is different, idk it could go either way
    bobolsonon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbecause it seems that the couple try to hide their pain away with drugs, as shown by the first line "blue in the face again, paracetemol", which suggests that she is addictedto painkillers and then with "six month living" as that lyric it would suggest that they live trying to be sober but cant.
    bobolsonon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about going into your mind to contain yourself and keep yourself closed in from the world. You try to see in rose colored glasses to alter the way you see things and ways to make yourself feel better. In trying to move forward, you become deaf and dumb like people around you, but inside you still feel alone and jailed.
    Greg_on December 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with GotMeNow's interpretation, but I can't figure out what the dog at the start has anything to do with.
    feminist92on October 23, 2010   Link

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