"50ft Queenie" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
Hey I'm one big queen
No one can stop me
Red light, red green
Sat back, I'm watchin'
I'm number one
Second to no one
No sweat I'm clean
Nothin' can touch me

I'll tell you my name
F-U-C-K
Fifty foot queenie
Force ten hurricane
Biggest woman
I could have ten sons
Ten Gods
Ten queens
Ten foot and risin'

Hey I'm the king of the world
You ought to hear my song
Ah come on measure me
I'm twenty inches long

Glory glory
Lay it all on me
Fifty foot Queenie
Fifty and rising
You can bend over
Cassanova
No sweat I'm clean
Nothing can stop me

Hey I'm the king of the world
You better to hear my song
You come on measure me
I'm twenty inches long

Hey I'm king of the world
(Fifty foot queenie)
You ought to hear my song
(Fifty foot queenie)
You come on measure me
(Fifty foot queenie)
I'm thirty inches long
(Fifty foot queenie)

Hey I'm king of the world
(Fifty foot queenie)
You ought to hear my song
(Fifty foot queenie)
You come on measure me
(Fifty foot queenie)
I'm forty inches long
(Fifty foot queenie)

Hey I'm king of the world
(Fifty foot queenie)
You ought to hear my song
(Fifty foot queenie)
You come on measure me
(Fifty foot queenie)
I'm fifty inches long
(Fifty foot queenie)

(Fifty foot queenie)
(Fifty foot queenie)
(Fifty foot queenie)
(Fifty foot queenie)
(Fifty foot queenie)
(Fifty foot queenie)
(Fifty foot queenie)
(Fifty foot queenie)


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"50ft Queenie" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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  • +3
    General CommentI've always taken the gender bending here not to be as simple as her having a huge cock, but a transferrance of the kind of language with which the anxious male appendage is validated through (size, mainly, but also fertility). My reason for this thinking is the term queenie, which is the name given to the queen scallop in the British Isles ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… ). Clams and fannies have certainly enough in common for an extended metaphor. Fannies in the British sense, of course.

    Anyway, yeah, I think to take this as her having a huge cock sort of misses the point that she is comically appropriating the exaggerated language men have used for their tackle to make a stronger point that she feels her ladyparts are no less strong and formidable: that they aren't a nothing to the man's something. And I think this because of bivalve molluscs. And also because it's funny to think of a 50ft fanny. Feel free to disagree!
    ornotwhateveron September 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti can't believe no one has commented on this song. it is great. i love it
    googoogooon January 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKyomara, I definitely think the gender bending means something, but not like she's a closet tranny or anything (not saying that's what you were implying). I just htink she is trying to break down gender barriers. With her great big cock. :D

    I find it completely unforgivable that PJ isn't touted as one of the most impotant artists of her genre (whatever pigeonhole you'd like to shove her in). She is, of course, and I fully believe that it's because she doesn't have a great big cock. If a man had written these very same songs, he'd be hailed as a god.

    I can't believe that this song has been posted for over 5 years and I'm only the 4th to comment on it. And perusing the rest of her songs, no song has more than 19 comments....

    People are intimidated by her, I think.
    artsluton April 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI completely agree, my artsy slutty comrade. And when they're not intimidated by her, they don't feel she's of any relevance she's not featured on TRL or somesuch.

    I once attempted to introduce one of my younger cousins to PJ, only to within a couple minutes get a wince, "this is weird", and her attempt to then convert me to worship of the alleged greatness that is Creed. She's now dead to me.

    Seriously though, all hail Ms Harvey.
    Rachel Summerson August 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love the line ... " you bend over Cassanova"
    did anyone else get a chuckle out of this one?
    she says
    "no sweat, im clean, nothing can touch me"
    gay sex was/is associated with AIDS. is she making referance?

    I love this song to death (thus my name on here)
    It screams "I am who I am and I am the shit... no matter what!" A song of pride.
    The main character in the song is every gender. ha.
    i like that too : ))

    PJ is just... a goddess. nothing more to it
    forcetenhurricaneon October 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmaybe she's using a cock as a metaphor or symbol for ego. maybe this song is just about having a huge arse ego whether male of female.
    Death_Is_Hereditaryon June 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love that with every verse the claims get wilder and more extreme - "I'm twenty inches long... no, make that thirty... forty and still rising!!!" etc.
    morethanadreamon August 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me she was a female Kurt Cobain at the time. She proved eventually that she was way beyond that.
    To me the song is simple, its a dude bragging about his manhood and she is aping that. Her first 2 albums are directed at men being egoist dickheads who think with there mansize, women are just objects and harvest alot of pain trying to weed through them.
    PappyHabon May 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy take on the song is that this is Polly using male type sex trash talk to point out just how funny it is. The claim is that Polly is not only as good as the boys but better, and always will be. In terms of the lyric, better equals larger, hence the "arms" race twenty, thirty, forty - no fifty inches long!

    At the time I remember the song getting some air play and being a little shocked that she got away with bend over Cassanova... I can only assume the male sensors were oblivious.

    What I don't see addressed here - and it's the part I really don't know... Who or what is a Queenie and does extreme size matter to a queenie?
    PBAon June 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike many early PJ Harvey songs, this one appears to be about a great big cock. Perhaps the gender-bending details actually mean something, or perhaps they're just there to make the song interesting.
    Kyomaraon July 13, 2006   Link

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