Acid tooth
It's got nothing to do with you
But if you wanna watch me chew
My teeth are cutting you out

Stomachache
Well it must be in your head
It must be something that you did
Food just doesn't seem to work out

Am I rotting out?
Daddy says I got my mama's mouth
I'm all about
A forked tongue and a dirty house
Mom has said
Yes this happened to me long ago
But no one would believe me when O said

Close my mouth
Was I born to accommodate
I'm so good at playing dead
Words just don't seem to come out
Should I eat something sweet instead
Wash away all those things we said

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
How many doctors will it take
Oooh Oooh before I disintegrate


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    General Commentgreat song. but i have no clue what it means.
    spokenxsilenceon September 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's about eating disorders I would think ... spokenx.
    rizzenon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think its about holding one's tongue. You want to, but in the end you end up speaking out until it becomes a problem. (Hence, eating sweet things to keep one's mouth occupied [closed], but it backfires with tooth decay, er, youth decay.)
    Chanbaraon April 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's about bulimia. "Acid tooth"; "Am I rotting out?" describe the effects of the disorder. No one except her mother sees this as a problem; they think that it is in her head. With every doctor she sees, she feels herself slip away. They chip away at her, leaving her as good as dead.
    iheartnitzon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsure. heh. yeah. i like this song. very much.
    LiquifiedCaton June 25, 2003   Link
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    General Commentiheartnitz, you're right on the most part, but the mom was a bulimic too because, "Daddy says I got my mama's mouth."
    iamthe5hiton July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentonly chanbara's right...she held it all in until she just spit bile...she has mama's mouth because mama was repressed until she split and it's happening to her too
    gilbagon July 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it has a little to do with both bulimia AND speaking her mind. A friend of mine who was a counselor for years told me that girls with eating disorders developed them as a way to feel in control of their lives.

    "Close my mouth
    Was I born to accommodate
    I'm so good at playing dead
    Words just don't seem to come out"
    It seems like she is expected to behave and mind her tongue by her father, but she wants to speak her mind. Instead she eats sweet things and spits them back up ("stomachache... food just doesn't seem to work out") to deal with her problems.

    I also think "how many doctors will it take before I disintegrate" is being critical of how the medical establishment treats cases of eating disorders instead of addressing the ways that societal expectations placed on girls (and boys) lead to the disorders in the first place.
    jadepnk06on December 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSleater-Kinney+ best friends+ beer on a night with the curtains shut, pretending it's hot and bright outside= what it's all about
    drunkenbutterflyon January 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think there are refs to bulemia, but also sexual abuse. The "daddy says I got my mama's mouth" line always sounded creepy to me. And perhaps her mother was a victim as well?

    Mom has said
    Yes this happened to me long ago
    But no one would believe me when O said
    Close my mouth


    Her mother was abused by a family member, but nobody would believe her given it was a less elightened time.


    Was I born to accommodate
    I'm so good at playing dead
    Words just don't seem to come out


    She's gotten used to shutting up and trying to forget the abuse and pretend it isn't happening.
    ratanxon January 20, 2006   Link

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