"Universal Corner" as written by and John Doe Exene Cervenka....
Slip around some universal corner like a woman slip around some corner pick up the phone like a woman she must build a fire next to the pay phone heat is the point, smoke on the receiver light up to its universal ringing like a woman picking it up, her heat blinds the night and rises and rises she lets you in on her biggest secret like a woman she wants a man who knows all the right places like a woman washing his feet with her tears she'd dry them with her hair among the undefiled, she's gone wild her sins will sin from behind her like a woman dropping the phone she leaves it dead to the dead men the dead men screaming magdaline I'm so waiting, is there anyone so waiting screaming magdaline she is running

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"Universal Corner" as written by John Doe Exene Cervenka


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    General Commenti think it really a man who is really a transvestite is trying to get someone help so she calls somone but no one answer she starts a fire and waits for someone too call back she hates her life and i think the end means she kill another man maybe a johnso hshe may be a transvestie hooker
    oac seton April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNever thought about it that way.... but I don't think that's it.

    The song is dripping with references to Catholocism. Catholicism is a Latin term for "universal" religion... so there's the tie to the title of the song. Lines about "washing his feet with her tears" seems like part of the Mary Magdalene narrative in the Bible. And of course, "Screaming Magdalene". And finally, "Dropping the phone she leaves it dead to the dead men" (I hear that as the men who wrote the Bible and all the Popes and religious scholars responsible for the patriarchal society world wide). I still don't quite understand exactly where the pay phone comes in, and what that's a symbol for.

    I think it's about Exene abandoning the religion she may have been exposed to as a child. And there may be some themes of rebelling against sexual repression as perhaps the catalyst for abandoning religion. "She must build her fire next to the pay phone. Heat is the point: smoke on the receiver"
    Stiglron July 23, 2016   Link

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