"Coxcomb Red" as written by and Jason Molina....
And I wanted that heat so bad
I could taste the fire on your breath
And I wanted in your storm so bad
I could taste the lightning on your breath

I watched you hold the son in your arms while he bled to death
He grew so pale next to you
The world is so pale next to you
Your hair is coxcomb red, your eyes are viper black
Your hair is coxcomb red, your eyes are viper black

You said every road is a good road
Between the next road and your last road
Every love is your best love and every love is your last love
And every kiss is a goodbye
And every kiss is a goodbye

I watched you hold the son in your arms while he bled to death
He grew so pale next to you
The world is so pale next to you
Your hair is coxcomb red, your eyes are viper black
Your hair is coxcomb red, your eyes are viper black
Your hair is coxcomb red, your eyes are viper black


Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery, edited by rocky3048

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  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about longing for a person and wanting that "true" and reciprocated love, that never comes.
    The first four lines speak to an immense almost physically painful wanting, that seems to have come to fruition via a kiss, as the narrator could "taste the lightning" on his love objects breath.
    The next two lines serve to "Madonna-fy" the love object, or put this person on the same pedestal one would place the virgin Mary. In western cultures The Son often refers to Christ, which would be consistent with the Madonna imagery. The fact that the love object is brighter to the narrator than the light of the son of god (He grew so pale next to you) is the narrator placing his love object before his own god, or primary religious figure.
    I agree with the idea that this love object, while beautiful with their vibrant red hair, is also somewhat dangerous and mysterious with their viper black eyes. The narrator submits himself to this dangerous beauty, accepting the danger if it must come. These stark colour contracts also serve to elevate the narrators lover over his pale god and the pale world.
    The narrators lover goes on to speak in vague ambiguities, saying things like "every road is a good road, between the next road and your last road" but then "Every love is your best love and every love is your last love". This is an indication that this love object is incredibly fickle, or not permanently attached to any one person or situation. They blow in on the wind and out just as quickly on the breeze. Then they say "Every kiss is a goodbye". It is safe to assume that the kiss the narrator and love object had at the beginning of the song was a kiss that will bear no fruit.
    reddecemberon June 01, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General Commentall of you previous commentors seem to have latched on to this one or two lines of lyric:
    "every love is your best love... every kiss is a goodbye"
    as powerful of a line as it is I would hardly us it to define the meaning behind the song.
    Rather, the chorus itself tells us all we need to know. this song (IMHO) is about a woman. A beautiful (coxcomb red) yet poisonous (viper black) woman. This woman has slighted our narrator obviously as evinced by the tone of the song. Yet the tone and supporting lyrics seem to support the notion that he has both learned something significant from this failed and traumatic relationship yet moved on nonetheless.
    And although the narrator seems to have moved on he cannot seem to let go. it seems as if this was a recent love (tense based: "your hair is...your eyes are" as opposed to "your hair was...your eyes were"). The impression of this phantomesque succubus haunts him.

    I cannot place my finger on it but this song delights and haunts me. The tone and lyrics are incredible. I am truly sad that such a singing/songwriting powerhouse has left us.
    nigershitson January 21, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"every love is your best love and every love is your last love and every kiss is a goodbye" to me, this is somebody who does not understand love. somebody immature and not ready for true love. that lover who always says you are their everything, dismissing everyone who came before. someone who moves on and says the same exact thing to their next lover. i've never felt like this before. nobody has made me cum like you. etc. this album touches me so. maybe i am wrong.
    JasonBourneon September 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song vexes me. The melody keeps this a staple in my playlist while the lyrics keep me... Perplexed. Sometimes on repeat for hours on end. No one has addressed "the son" lines... There seems to be much more to this than any comments I've read. Is he pining over the devil? Just a thought.
    thehamron April 20, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about miscarriage.

    Things won't ever be the same since the loss of their child, so they part ways- but they will always love each other.

    These are images burned into his mind that he can't forget, the first then last moments he spent with the woman he thought would become his family and grow old together with.

    But life took them down a different road.

    And every road is a good road.
    Bajinganlangiton April 23, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I thought he was saying "the sun" and not "the son" which changes a lot, I think.

    I had a more clear idea of the song, until I read that it is "the son", than I do now. These interpretations are great, but what does the son represent if it's not literal; like the miscarriage idea? Is the son Jesus?
    billybagon March 14, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis is such a great song *sigh*
    weezerific:cutleryon March 17, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General Commentas usual, the literal meaning seems to escape me, but I love message in "every love is your best love... every kiss is a goodbye": live in the moment, live everyday as if it were your last, love with all your heart.
    mr godoton April 04, 2006   Link

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