She tries not to shatter
Kaleidoscope style
Personality changes behind her red smile
Every new problem brings a stranger inside
Helplessly forcing one more new disguise

Christine, the strawberry girl
Christine, banana split lady
Christine, the strawberry girl
Christine, banana split lady

Singing sweet savages lost in our world
This big-eyed girl sees her faces unfurl
Now she's in purple, now she's the turtle

Lyrics submitted by DallasLeigh

"Christine" as written by Daryl F Hall L Barry

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    General CommentWritten after reading the book The Three Faces Of Eve about Christine Sizemore who suffers from multiply personality disorder, the names in the songs, Strawberry Girl, Turtle Lady etc. are actual names that Christine's children gave to the different distinct personalities, of which there were 22 in all.
    Erasercutson December 19, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentCertainly seems to be about someone with multiple split personalities.
    I hope I never go mad. What do you think MrLongrove?
    Nope I think we're just fine.
    MrLongroveon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about the book "3 faces of eve", where many of the references in the song, "banana split lady, strawberry girl" are what eves children called her different personalities in the book.
    surftheseaon November 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout a Schizophrenic, seems to indicate personal experience with one. Scary. Poignant.
    jenwill2on March 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits called dissasociative identity disorder (DID), aka multiple personality disorder NOT SCHIZOPHRENIA. schizophrenia is where a person will hear voices or see people that arent there. DID is where the person will have several seperate personas, like in this song.
    saturnineon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was about a girl going through adolescence and trying on new personalities as she develops a sense of self. Then again, I first heard this song when I myself was a teen
    CuteSparkinaon July 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow, Siouxsie and the Banshees always have such complicated songs to understand, but I guess that's part of why I like them so much. Anyway, this song and Hong Kong Garden are probably my two fav's.
    Let_The_Led_Outon December 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow awesome i must never admit i never thought about the lyrics of this song or what it about but wow so cool.
    Cpt-Sensibleon April 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere is why it could be about adolescence

    She tries not to shatter, kaleidoscope style (she tries to retain grace and dignity after some humiliatine adolescent fiasco)
    Personality changes behind her red smile. (she puts on lipstick and feels more "grown up")
    Every new problem brings a stranger inside Helplessly forcing one more new disguise
    (she tries on different personalities or ways of acting with each new circumstance)

    Christine-the strawberry girl (pink clothing and/or strawberry flavored lip gloss, both fashion/beauty standbys for girls in their teens around the time this song was recorded)
    Christine-banana split lady (cultural strerotype of teenage girls liking sweets, especially ice cream and sundaes)

    Singing sweet savages lost in our world. (Teenagers going unnoticed by the world of adults)

    This big-eyed girl sees her faces unfurl (She sees all the facets of her personality develop)

    Now she's in purple (A fun-loving partygoer wearing colorful clothes)
    Now she's the turtle (she feels awkward and shy)

    That's why I believe this could be a song about a girl going through teenhood
    CuteSparkinaon July 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHaha I had no clue she said "banana split lady" even knowing that, it still doesn't sound like thats what she's saying.
    Muzzyon January 27, 2008   Link

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