Sit down on the corner just a little climb
When I make my money got to get my dime
Sit down with her baby wind is full of trash
She bold as the street light dark and sweet as hash
Way down in the hollow leavin' so soon
Oh St. Teresa higher than the moon
Reach down for the sweet stuff when she looks at me
I know any man sees you like I see
Follow down the side street movin' single file
She say

That's where I'll hold you, sleeping like a child
Way down in the hollow, leavin' so soon
Oh, St. Teresa, higher than the moon
Just what I've been needin', feel it rise in me
She say

Every stone a story, like a rosary
Corner St. Teresa, just a little crime
When I make my money, got to get my dime
Way down in the hollow, leavin' so soon
Oh, St. Teresa, higher than the moon
You called up in the sky
You called up in the clouds
Is there something you forgot to tell me

Tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me
Show me my Teresa, feel it rise in me
Every stone a story, like a rosary



Lyrics submitted by Nelly

"St. Teresa" as written by Eric M Bazilian, Rob Hyman, Joan Osborne, Rick Chertoff

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General Comment:St. Teresa isn't necessarily a person, but a place. She says "Corner St. Teresa..." as if she is talking about a landmark. Either a street named so where this person is located or even, and I've actually looked it up, a church by the name of St. Teresa (which there is one where she lived in Kentucky and one in New York City, where she also lived) that this person she speaks of in the song is found.

    Of course it really could be about anyone. A prostitute or even just a homeless mother with her baby on the street who is sick, or makes money by hooking, or something of that sort.

    If you are sticking to her actually talking about St. Teresa herself, there's two who's patronages match for this story she could be telling. There's Saint Thérèse de Lisieux, which is for AIDS sufferers, missions and a few other things. Then there's Saint Teresa of Ávila, loss of parents, people in need of grace and so on.
    mzquirkon October 28, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Love this song. I think it's definitely a story of a drug addicted prostitute. "The corner" is probably a reference to the spot where she works."Climb" could mean she's come down and needs to get high again. "Dime" is a common drug reference.

    "Baby" is another common drug reference. I think the "trash" is all the discarded packets (bags) drug users leave behind. "Street light" could be the lighter or candle used to cook the dope. "Dark and sweet as hash", probably tar heroin.

    I think she's talking about her vein when she says "way down in the hollow", and "leaving so soon" could mean she's going to escape her troubles.

    Perhaps I'm completely off base but that's about all I've come up with. The great things about songs is all the speculation concerning lyrics :)
    DailyBuzzon March 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:The song is about a drug-addicted prostitute, but the reference to St. Teresa is not to a patron saint, but to a famous sculpture, "The Ecstasy of St. Teresa". In her autobiography, St. Teresa describes the scene memorialized in the statute as follows:

    "The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it."

    Sounds like an addict in the middle of a high.
    ChelseaGuyon November 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song to me has an emotional meaning and i think that what it's really saying is that here is a woman who is apparently trying to survive the only way she can to support herself and her baby by selling drugs or herself in an attempt to escape the sadness of her life. (lol) i could be wrong
    Armoron November 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think this is the best song on the album.
    Zytheon January 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Love this song. Does anyone have any idea who St Teresa is and what she has to do with anything??
    halo26on January 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Oh my god are you kidding? Have you been living under a rock your entire life? Jeez.
    all4swinginuroundon February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Hint: It has nothing to do with the Mother Theresa you may have heard about.

    The interpretation I usually hear is that the song is about a whore who's taking the singer around, and seeing life through her eyes. St. Teresa is either some patron saint of the oldest profession, or a metaphor for a drug that takes her "higher than the moon".
    Denzeraon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I know we're supposed to be talking about the lyrics, but I just adore the intro to this song, starting in regular 4:4 before adopting the St Teresa lilt. Listen again, and smile...
    ShineYouDiamondon September 26, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I heard soem time ago that this was about an addict that lived on the street near Joan Osborne's home.

    -Pie
    EatingPieon October 01, 2006   Link

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