"Long Snake Moan" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
Dunk you under deep salt water
Bring me lover
All your power
I'll be no hell
Out of your spell
Over under die of pleasure

Hear my dreaming
You'll be drowning
Hell's no God above
All drunk on my love
You ought to hear my long snake moan
You ought to see me from my throne

Dunk you under deep salt water
In my dreaming
You'll be drowning
Raise me up Lord
Call me Lazarus
Hey lord help me
Make me my fail

You ought to hear my long snake moan
You ought to see me from my throne
It's my voodoo working
It's my voodoo working
It's my voodoo working
It's my voodoo working

Moan
Moan
Moan
Moan
Ooh!
Moan
Moan
Moan


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"Long Snake Moan" as written by Polly Harvey

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  • +3
    General CommentI definitely think it's sexual, too...yes. A lot of her songs seem to be about taking on a male sexual persona in order to get power (particularly on Rid Of Me). I think this is one of them.
    missmeon February 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the line is "Duck you under" and not "Dark hue undone"
    pumkinhedon February 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe album "To Bring You My Love" was very dark/haunting. a lot of religion is discussed in her songs on there... well, thats what i think. is this about baptisim?... at first it seems shes all for this baptism... then theres the line about drowning. signifying a lack of belief? Snakes are commonly evil symbols. Voodoo is for sure work of the devil.
    Moaning is not really an angelic sound. lol.
    I love it, i just wish i understood.
    am i on the right track at all?
    forcetenhurricaneon October 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor me...this song is about power exchange in a relationship...she wants to drown her lover in sexual pleasure to the point that she is able to absorb his physical power over her and turn it back on him...that's why she says "hear my long snake moan"....this is symbolic of the penis and male physical power...she uses all her "voodoo" to make the exchange happen
    musicatokcon July 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is a little too dark I think...hahah.

    I always thought of the last line as a question, instead of a statement: "Is my voodoo working?" It seems to fit much better in what I believe is the meaning of the song.

    I agree, she wants to somehow "drown" her lover in her "sea" of passion, (Dunk you / under / deep salt / water) to the point in which he'll "die of pleasure." But by the line "No hell / Out of Your spell" I think she means it as a revenge, for making her suffer for him to the point of madness, a recurrent theme in pj, men driving her absolutely insane. (When she finally puts out her suffering by consummating the sexual act, she'll finally be "out of his spell.") The desperate screams in the chorus make it nothing related to a sweet longing for love, it's almost a threat, or a promise that she will turn the "spell" back to him. It's a very disturbing song, everything explicity sexual, there is no hint of any hope or romanticism. (Nowhere in the album, actually.. )

    But i think it's even darker, because there is that hint of esoterism everywhere. God, Lazarus, spells. She seems to be invocing some dark power of God, using witchcraft, hence all the "voodoo." Instead of singing, it almost seems like she's chanting. The snake is always depicted as an evil creature, but i think the snake is actually HER. The snake is the cause for all evil in the world, because it tempted Eve. Here, Pj is the temptation in itself, she turns into a snake, or so to say, and «moans» with pleasure.

    That”s why she asks «Is my voodoo working?» like asking «do you feel it now?»
    APerfectDayEliseon October 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"It's my voodoo working "
    I love that line
    Bambooon December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh and it's "raise me up lord" not "race me of lord"
    pumkinhedon February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcorrections:

    "Dunk you under"

    "die of pleasure"

    "in my dreaming"
    SWRJoneson March 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn unholy baptism.
    fishbellyfaceon April 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationDo you think maybe its something to do with the Devil at the start? Since it could be an unholy baptism, the water is salt, not pure. And it could be him seducing her to follow him. I don't know.
    QuietRamenon March 29, 2012   Link

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