"Yuri-G" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
Hey there Luna I'd like to tell you
How sad am I so love sick I could die
Needing water my neck's stiff my head hurts
Been looking up all night been looking up the
Moon she's so bright
She's so bright she's so clean
I'm telling you she's everything
I'd give it all my sorry eyes
Give just everything she's got me so mesmerized

Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
It's just the things that she does to me
Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
Been biting my memory

Told by the doctor to make a figure
Needles to get her
She'll be your luna
I stuck them in real clean
I stuck them in a mile
I drew her down on me
I drew her with a smile
I'd give it all you see
I'd give my sorry eyes
Give just everything she's got me so mesmerized

Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
It's just the things that she does to me
Yeah I thought I was Yuri-G
Been biting my memory

I stuck them in, I stuck them in real clean
I stuck them in a mile
I drew her down on me
I drew her with a smile
I'd give it all you see
I'd give my sorry eyes
I'd give just everything she's got me so mesmerized

Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
It's just the things that she does to me
Yeah I thought I was Yuri-G
Been biting my memory

Yeah I wish I was Yuri-G
I'd let her walk all over me
Yeah I thought I was Yuri-G
Been biting my memory
Been biting my memory
Been biting my memory


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"Yuri-G" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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    General CommentI used to think Yuri G was a reference to Yuri Gellar, the guy who supposedly could bend spoons, had ESP and the power of telepathy/telekinesis. I always thought that fit because she wants to control whoever Luna is by any and all means necessary.

    However, now I see Luna/moon fits better with Yuri G the cosmonaut. The song is about power, how she is obsessing over something or someone and would do anything to have it, control it, or be near it.
    Mendalusa77on June 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing. pj harvey's best, for sure.
    covet____on November 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song's about addiction.
    sugarshockon December 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis yuri-g supposed to be the first man in space, the guy from russia (or the soviet union)?
    grrlon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think so. grrl. Yuri G... agarin?
    Marajaon September 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, that does make a hell of a lot of sense, as she keeps refering to the moon/luna...i'm such a bad student lol, i should've remembered him.
    bruisevioleton October 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI see it as Polly playing a mental patient, who's obsessed with the moon (lunatic containing part of the word lunar). It's clear why she wishes she was Yuri G. And the doctor gives her something to 'calm her down' (needles stick in her). I love this song, Rid Of Me is probably PJH's best album
    ManchesterSamon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlso, Polly once mentioned reading about different 'pagan' traditions where the practitioners would try to draw down the moon in order to gain the favour/love of someone ("I drew her down on me
    I drew her with a smile").

    Here's a quotation of hers: "I just found it fascinating that some people used to do an incantation called 'drawing down the moon' to try and make a loved one theirs."
    MuddyMaeon December 20, 2005   Link
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    General Comment(Adding to my previous post) In this case, it seems the moon itself is the object of affection.
    MuddyMaeon December 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfrom the previous posts, it makes sense that polly wishes to be yuri gagarin, the first man in space. she would like to reach the moon, since the moon has got her mesmerized, mystified. yet, i think the reference to the needles has something more to do with getting high on drugs and then is able to bring down the moon to her via a halluciantion. to "[stick the needles] in a mile" and to "[stick] them in real clean" sounds like something a person on drugs (heroine maybe?) might say. the smile polly mentions possible refers to her happy state of being high.

    i will add a secondary interpretation of the song that i was considering before i read the previous posts, although having read the posts, i tend to agree with the first interpretation that give rather than this second one. i know that in japanese "yuri" means girl, but it is also slang for a girl who likes another girl. i thought maybe "yuri-g" was "yuri girl" and the moon was a metaphor for a girl that polly realizes she likes but cannot reach because maybe polly is not really (or has never been) a yuri girl. polly then turns to drugs to be able to reach her love, though in just a fantasy.
    lizards_feeton December 27, 2005   Link

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