"Untogether" as written by and Tanya Donelly....
Sour Me. Ouch!
I was friendly with this girl,
Who insisted on touching my face.
She told outrageous stories.
I believed them 'til the endings
Were changing from endings before.
She's not touching me anymore.
Untogether, I couldn't help her I got hard.
You can try your life.
You can't save the unsavably untogether.
I was shipwrecked with this frog,
Who was endlessly on testing my faith.
He made outrageous demands.
I ignored him
'Til I strapped on my boat feet
And surfed into shore.
He's not touching me anymore.
Untogether, I couldn't help him I got hard.
You can try your life.
You can't change the unchangably untogether.
Now the bird nest on my back
Keeps me turning and straining to see.
We threw outrageous parites.
We were golden.
Now the bird keeps it's distance,
And I keep my speech.
Sometimes there's no poison like a dream.
Untogether, I couldn't help it it got hard.
You can dry your eyes.
You can't hold the impossibly untogether.

Lyrics submitted by spliphstar

"Untogether" as written by Tanya Donelly

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    My InterpretationThis is a song about hopelessly failed relationships of all kinds.
    "You can't save the unsavably untogether." In other words when it's over it's over and there's nothing you can do about it.

    The first verse is about a friend that turned out to be a pathological liar - "She told outrageous stories ... 'till the endings were changing from endings before." So the singer gave up on her - "She's not touching me anymore."

    The second verse seems to be about a romantic relationship that was so confining that it was like being "shipwrecked" on an island with him. For a while she tried to ignore his "outrageous demands," but eventually she just surfed away. Like the end of the first verse "He's not touching me anymore."

    The third verse is much more cryptic and open to interpretation, but I think it's about the singer's relationship to a certain part herself. The first verse ends with "I couldn't help HER, I got hard." The second is "I couldn't help HIM I got hard." But this time it's "I couldn't help IT, IT got hard," which implies that it's not about another person; it's about her own choices in her own life.

    The "bird" on her back I think represents her desire to be something that she isn't and it "keeps her turning and twisting to see" . She tries to be the kind of person that "throws outrageous parties" - she wants to be "golden." But because that's not really her and she gives it up - "The bird keeps its distance and I keep my speech." So a relationship with something inside yourself can be a hopeless as a failed relationship with someone else.

    Anyhow that's my interpretation. I'd be interested to hear others.
    Eventually she gives up that
    iguanadon55on February 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of my ex, that's all I can say.
    dark_eyez_666on June 24, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI agree with you, partly...The bird could be her soul which somehow, become astranged. 'Cause she didn't care to love, or sacrifice anything for love.
    NijeLenaon February 18, 2011   Link

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