"Rub 'til It Bleeds" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
Speak I'm listening
Baby I'm your sweet thing
Believe what I'm saying
God's truth I'm not lying
Lie, lie steady

Rest your head on me
I'll smooth it nicely
Rub it better 'til it bleeds
And, and you'll believe me

Caught out again
I'm calling you weak
Getting it up
And I was joking
Sweet babe let me stroke it
Take I'm giving
God's truth I'm not lying

And and you'll believe me
I'm calling you weak
And I'll, I'll, I'll make it better
And rub 'till it bleeds
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it
I'll rub it until it


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"Rub 'Til It Bleeds" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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  • +1
    General CommentThe Handjob of Death.


    One of my favourite songs on Ride of Me.
    keedon January 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about unrequited love--In her tortured passion the girl is going to masturbate persistently and uncontrollably while thinking about a guy whos not interested in her.
    Byzantium90on April 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is about a hand-job. Men have two 'heads', Zulu, and in this case, it's very naughty and funny word play--and we already know that Polly likes to write about things that she finds amusing, and often there's sex involved. Just look at the song 'Dry'--she said she thought it would be funny to write a song about dry fannies. Enough said.

    "And I, I was joking
    Sweet babe, let me stroke it "

    I think this line has to do with her teasing him because she has to 'rub it till it bleeds'--and by bleeding, I don't think she means that literally, either, I think she means rub it till it swells, till the blood goes down south, so to speak. She's teasing him for not being hard already, and yet she still wants it, she's just "getting even" for some imagined or unimagined slight that's been left unsaid.
    the_boatmanon March 18, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is effing intense. it's just in your face, manic, and all over the place. and the lyrics...wow. polly jean is hardcore. definately one of my favorite songs on Rid of Me.
    omfgmattyon March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHa, keed is spot-on. Ouuucchhh.
    feel me loudon June 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Rest your 'HEAD' on me
    I'll smooth it nicely
    Rub it better 'till it bleeds"

    HEAD people, HEAD...whoever said anything about a handjob??
    ZuLion January 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh, and 'rub it till it bleeds' could be more word play, or a poetic way to say 'comes'.
    the_boatmanon March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe build up and the in-yr-faceness are perfection.

    i agree with the boatman's interpretation.
    politicson June 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti actually think it's about a relationship where dominant person is abusing others person vulnerability and hitting her where it hurts the most all the time and that is why she is calling him weak because he is incapable of having a normal relationship, but she loves it in a way, that is why she is presenting it in a sexual way. excuse my English , it's my second language.
    dejzitaon February 01, 2016   Link

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