"Missed" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
He should not be here
He's just too big
In a cloud please come down
I'd put stars at your feet
Put Mars at your head
Show yourself to me
And I'd believe
I'd moan and I'd weep
Fall silent at your speak
I'd burst in
Full to the brim

Mary lost her head
And let it bleed
Came crying back to me
My son, where's he been?
Don't deny it
And don't you hide him
No I've missed him
No I've missed him
No I've missed him
No I've missed him

No words no sign
Mary say I'm not lying
How come he's so big
But good Lord he's been hid
Good Lord where're you hid
Ha
No I've missed him
No I've missed him
No I've missed him
No I've missed him
No I've missed him
No I've missed him
No I've missed him
No I've missed him


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"Missed" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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  • +4
    General CommentYes, I really think it is/could be. When I listen to it I usually try not to look at it like that, maybe because I'm agnostic. But... I guess it is about wanting some kind of sign/proof that there is a God. About "missing" him. About wanting to know if there really is a "creator" or if the "creator" is nothing more than a creation of ours. About needing to know. Anyway - amazing song!
    Marajaon July 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you'll notice at the end, she changes from "I/I've missed him" to "I miss him" after a few lines. Fantastic song, really unusual rhythm but it flows beautifully.
    tonalresidueon November 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMan, some of you people are bonkers. Song is about looking for evidence for the existence of big god and his son and finding none. PJH was raised by un-believing parents, so when she reached adulthood she got curious about Biblical tales, read them from the perspective of a non-religious person and the various myths from the Bible made good fodder for lyrics. "No I've missed him" = "I've looked everywhere but couldn't find him." Another song about agnoticism/atheism also from 1993 is Kim Deal's "Divine Hammer."
    thinskizzyon July 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favourite PJ-songs.
    Marajaon March 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould this be a biblical reference?
    apollo50on June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds like it's about when the body of Jesus went missing from the tomb. Or the mourning of his death.
    YokoOnoon December 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics at the end of the second verse are incorrect. They should read "I'm bursting, filled to the brim."

    This song is about a big cock. She hears how big it is, but doesn't believe it until she sees it.
    Kyomaraon July 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, that line is "I'd burst *it* full to the brim." At least, that's what it says on PJ Harvey's website.
    dutch618on September 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think in this song PJ plays herself as a woman who had a miscarriage. The father wished it was a boy, wanted a boy, maybe was mad that it had been a boy. He blamed PJ. The song reminded me of the classic scene in the Godfather Part 2 where Michael is informed that Kate had a miscarriage.


    He should not be hid
    He's just too big
    In a cloud please come down
    I'd put stars at your feet
    Put Mars in your head


    She is being sarcastic here. She is supposed to 'worship' this overbearing masculine character.



    Show yourself to me
    And I'd believe
    I'd moan and I'd weep
    Fall silent at your speak
    I'd burst in
    Full to the brim


    He is defensive. He doesn't show his emotions other than anger at her now. She'd cry at what he told her. All this is also sarcastic.


    No words
    No sign
    Mary say
    'I'm not lying'
    How come he's so big
    But good lord he's been hid
    Good lord where you hid?
    Ha!


    Body of jesus goes missing from the tomb = miscarriage. Baby goes missing from womb - Baby Jesus to her husband. "Good lord [baby miscarriaged] he's been hid. Good lord [Now that baby miscarriaged, husband miscarriaged from relationship] where you hid?"
    Ha!

    I missed him = "I missed the baby too, I'm not to blame"
    I miss him = She misses her husband, he is still here.


    Cybrosison December 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think she's singing about missing the Rapture.. "Him" = Jesus
    christosvon February 13, 2012   Link

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