"Happy And Bleeding" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
She'd burst
Dropped off
Picked the fruit
Realise
I'm naked
I'm naked, too

So cover my body
Dress it fine
Hide my linen and lace
Been sewing ever since
Since time began

More than the hills
More than the trees
More than the mountains, you
More than I can see
In front of me
More than the mountains, you

So fruit flower myself inside out
I'm happy and bleeding for you
Fruit flower myself inside out
I'm tired and I'm bleeding for you

This fruit was bruised
Dropped off and blue
Out of season, happy I'm bleeding
Long overdue
Too early and it's late, too
Too early and it's late, too
Mind and body
I would and I would not do

Fruit flower myself inside out
I'm happy and bleeding for you
Fruit flower myself inside out
I'm tired and I'm bleeding for you

Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)
Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you (happy I'm bleeding)


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"Happy and Bleeding" as written by Polly Harvey

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  • +2
    General CommentThe story of Adam & Eve, and how menstruation (as well as the pain of childbirth) is God's punishment on women because of Eve. Not that I believe this and I doubt PJ does, but it makes for interesting song material. (I've noticed that Peej uses a lot of biblical and religious references in her lyrics).
    Chloe le Fayon July 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes she does chloe i completely agree..

    i think she tries to poke at the kind of guilt and punishment the bible it self have given woman through well the first one that was created .

    lets face it the bible was writen by " men " so what else can you expect
    severedvoxon May 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd a pregnancy scare tied in with the stuff already mentioned too?

    Happy and bleeding
    Long overdue
    Too early and it's late too
    SuitBoyon August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPJ is a goddess
    drownerson May 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, vagina/flower imagery all over. I'm not sure It's about the Adam and Eve analogy, though... PJ sings about feminine submisivness quite a lot. She's so pretty...
    SMCon September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentguys, this whole album is about the bible. this is obviously about adam & eve (and how women are "supposed" to feel toward men). she even talks about figs. she has to sew and sew because they have to wear clothes to cover their shame, etc. "pick the fruit, realize i'm naked." how could that not be about adam & eve?
    aloyon June 19, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationDo you know what I feel this lyric is about? About SEX. Simple and passionated sex. The way she says she's naked, and that he could just cover her body and dress it. I'm not sure about the biblic analogy, but it could be about Adam and Eva making love! Why not? Like she took the fruit and then they made sex! She could be talking about Adam and Eva as a analogy for love stories. Because at times it seems like the fruit is her. And when she says: ''fruit flower myself inside out'', or ''Fig fruit flower myself inside out for you'' she could be talking about pleasure! Like (being sincere): "Make me cum!!! I'm yours!!". And this thing about bleeding, it don't need to be a physical bleeding, but suffering. Like she's suffering coz of him, but she's happy coz they're together.
    Now, I have a fascination with this piece:
    ''This fruit was bruised, Dropped off and blue
    Out of season, Happy I'm bleeding
    Long overdue, Too early and it's late too
    Mind and body, I wouldn't and I would not do''
    It could mean the fruit, but, as I just said, at times she is the fruit. Or could even be their relationship. Because it's bruised, like hurt, coz it was out of the right time for this to happen. Like it was too early for her, she wasn't prepared, but it was late too, because deep she really wanted that. And then: "Mind and body, I wouldn't and I would not do" God! As we can see she's completely surrendering herself to him, but she knows that she gives at this time, or body, or mind. She'd never give both, she's still loyal to herself although everything.
    CamieM4ryon December 19, 2012   Link

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