"Headache" as written by and Phair....
I can see the Russian Army rolling through my head
On one side of me lies the enemy, the other half is dead
I've got diamonds and I've got pearls
And I said, "Hey mister, won't you come for me?"
You can take me home, but I will never be your girl
I won't let your mystery unfurl

That's the whole thing about it
I'm so in love today
I've been waiting at the bus stop
Come my way?

"Hey mister, won't you come for me?"
I'm a psychosomatic sister
Running around without a leash
You can take me home, but I will never be your girl
I won't let your mystery unfurl

With the Russian army rolling in my head
Snow is falling, January's all across the land
I've got seven other men in the ditches behind me
And I think I'm the last survivor
"Hey mister, won't you come for me?"
I'm a psychosomatic sister
Running around without a leash
You can take me home, but I will never be your girl
I won't let your mystery unfurl


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    General CommentGreat song, nice bouncey bass-line. In my opinion, compares favorably to Frank Black's Headache.
    DevastatorJr.on October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI swear I love this song, but don't understand a damn thing about it...
    Ian-samaon September 03, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI suppose this is one of those catchy little ditties - harmless though they seem - which bewitch you for quite some time. Hypnotic bass line, exquisite guitar part during the bridge - this song is an experience, so bittersweet in its brevity.

    I became obsessed with attempting to coax the meaning out of it - as if there were actually a concrete meaning buried somewhere beneath that intoxicating bass-line.

    And then I realized there was not some grand, abstract metaphor awaiting me - it's got the same damn meaning as all of Liz's songs: She lives this miserable double life. Her public persona is that of a man-eater: "You can take me home, but I will never be your girl, and I won't let your mystery unfurl." After all, she crafted that image with her casually raunchy lyrics in Exile.

    However, there is a discrepancy between her public persona and her actual life, "I'm a psychosomatic sister..." It's all in her head - she's "secretly timid," remember?

    The cleverness lies in the extended metaphor of herself as a soldier fighting the Russian Army. Recall her cavalierly sexual sentiment in "Girls, Girls, Girls": "I get away, almost everyday, with what the girls call murder." Liz fancied herself a "murderer" of men - a woman who got what she wanted and walked away, leaving her prey devastated and desperate for more. She depicts that battle as a figment of her imagination, yet still indulges in the psychosomatic glory, proclaiming, "And I think I'm the last survivor!"

    Now, herein lies the brilliance: She sings, "I've got seven other men in the ditches behind me, and I think I'm the last survivor." So, if the men are on her side, who is the "enemy" she sings of in the first line? "On one side of me lies the enemy, the other half is dead." She is her own enemy, crafting this sexually ravenous façade. Her true self wages a war against her imagined self - her mind is constantly conflicted - thus creating her own "Headache."
    WritesToLiveon March 14, 2013   Link

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