"White Cross" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
Burning inside
(I cross myself
It doesn't help)
Because I'm not smart enough
(I'm digging into
Hot white)
Learning not to lie
(we cross it out
And stay away)

Burning inside
We cross it out and stay away


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"White Cross" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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    General CommentI think it's about the disillusionment of religion, namely Christianity. Gets to the point: "I cross myself it doesn't help me" to "we cross it out and stay away". I guess it could be taken other ways, but it's one of the best on Sister.
    ErikWithBrainon October 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenterik is wrong
    white cross is a drug
    kind of like speed in pill form
    being a drug addict myself, i'm pretty sure that's what it is about
    barrrywhiteon December 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"White Cross" is also a painting by Marc Chagall.

    I'll agree with the idea that it's about drug addiction, considering it was probably written around 1985 during one of Sonic Youth's darkest periods...
    Cynothoglyson August 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it really is about drugs, I don't know, but because of its religious imagery and the motif of disillusionment and/or devastation ("I cross myself, it doesn't help..." etc.) it seems to me that this song is somehow connected with "(I Got a) Catholic Block".
    Nimbieon May 28, 2012   Link

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