"Me-Jane" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
Damn your chest-beating just you stop your screaming
Splitting through my head and swinging from the ceiling
Move it over Tarzan can't you see I'm bleeding
I've called you by your first name good lord it's me-Jane
I'm calling split head
I'm moving me-Jane me-Jane

Damn your chest-beating just you stop your screaming
All the time you're hunting swimming fishing breathing
Don't you ever stop and give me time to breathe in
I've called you by your first name good Lord it's me-Jane
I'm running split head
And I'm moving me-Jane

And I'm trying to make sense
You're screaming
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it all on me

Tarzan I'm pleading stop your fucking screaming
You've got me many walls around him don't you see it
Oh move it over Tarzan can't you see I'm bleeding
Good Lord you never stop
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me
Don't ruin it on me-Jane
Don't ruin it on me-Jane
Don't ruin it on me-Jane


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"Me-Jane" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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    General CommentBrilliantly funny song. Tarzan, the ideal macho man provider, from Jane's point of view - all chest beating and screaming, crowding her, overwhelming her til she can't hear herself think. A metaphor for male / female roles in relationships.
    SuitBoyon August 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentat first it seems like the narratress is having an identity crisis, but it turns out that it's really just about some hyperactive Tarzan-type, and his mate's attempts to bring him to earth. All tied to an ultra-hyperactive rhythm, and it works and works wonderfully.
    pumkinhedon March 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell, there's abuse involved in the tarzan-jane relationship. she's bleeding, and he just doesn't stop hitting her, screaming at her, and beating his chest.

    like suitboy said, tarzan and jane are metaphors. the man is the stanley kowalski-esque brute, and the narrator is the receiver of the abuse. the split head part could have a double meaning; her head could be physically split open, or she could be losing her mind.

    she calls him by his first name, which shows that she's trying to calm him with civilization. i suppose that this idea goes with the gender-stereotype (found often in romantic lit.) that women try to hold back their men and civilize them.
    bruisevioleton December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCan't you guys see it? She's with her period and Tarzan wants to have sex with her but she doesn't want to: "Move it over, Tarzan, can't you see I'm bleeding?"
    Seems like he wants to do it all the time: "Don't you ever stop and give me time to breathe in?", "Good lord you never stop!"
    And the song ends with Jane saying to Tarzan for not loading it on her...
    orianaon February 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThese are the actual lyrics posted on her site, pjharvey.net

    DAMN YOUR CHEST-BEATING, JUST YOU STOP YOUR SCREAMING
    YOUR SPLITTING THROUGH MY HEAD AND SWINGING FROM THE CEILING
    OH MOVE IT OVER TARZAN, CAN'T YOU SEE I'M BLEEDING
    I'VE CALLED YOU BY YOUR FIRST NAME, GOOD LORD IT'S

    ME-JANE
    I'M RUNNING
    SPLIT HEAD, IM REELING
    ME-JANE, ME-JANE

    DAMN YOUR CHEST-BEATING JUST YOU STOP YOUR SCREAMING
    ALL THE TIME HE HUNTING, SWIMMING, FISHING, BREEDING
    DON'T YOU EVER STOP AND GIVE ME TIME TO BREATHE-IN
    I'VE CALLED YOU BY YOUR FIRST NAME, GOOD LORD IT'S

    ME-JANE
    I'M RUNNING
    SPLIT HEAD, IM REELING
    ME-JANE, I'M TRYING
    TO MAKE SENSE YOU'RE SCREAMING

    DON'T LORD IT ON ME
    DON'T LORD IT ON ME
    DON'T LORD IT OVER ME

    TARZAN I'M PLEADING, STOP YOUR FUCKING SCREAMING
    YOU'VE GOT ME NAILING WALLS, IM HANGING FROM THE CEILING
    OH MOVE IT OVER TARZAN CAN'T YOU SEE I'M BLEEDING
    GOOD LORD YOU NEVER STOP

    DON'T LORD IT ON ME
    GOOD LORD ITS ON ME
    DustySilveron October 17, 2015   Link

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