"Dazzle" as written by Robert James Smith, Steven Severin, Budgie, and Sioux,....
Swallowing diamonds
A cutting throat
Your teeth when your breath
Reflecting beams on tombstones

A jamboree of surprises
Playing Russian roulette
Or the lucky clip
A clenched fist to your heart
Coal dust on your lungs

A silver tongue for the chosen one
Heavy magnum in your side or a bloody
thorn
Skating bullets on angel dust
In the dead sea of fluid mercury
Baby piano crues
Under your heave index and thumb
Pull some strings-let them sing

The stars that shine
And the stars that shriek
In the face of stagnation the water runs
Before your eyes

Dazzle
It's a glittering prize


Lyrics submitted by typo, edited by JJKelsall, JorgeUsher, melrup01, hyness

"Dazzle" as written by Steven Severin Robert James Smith

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    General CommentSIOUXSIE: "The sentiment behind it is of lying in the gutter but still looking up at the stars. I’d seen ‘Marathon Man’, and I was really intrigued by the guy swallowing diamonds to keep them, and then realising it was like swallowing glass - that they would pass through his system and tear him apart. So that’s the line - ‘Swallowing diamonds, cutting throats’. " Source: Melody Maker 17/10/92.

    SIOUXSIE: "Quite a lot of this, and ‘Swimming Horses’, came from visiting Israel for the first time. ’The sea of fluid mercury’ in the lyric, is the Dead Sea." Source: Melody Maker 17/10/92.
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"The stars that shine and the stars that shrink
    In the face of stagnation the water runs
    Before your eyes

    Swallowing diamonds ..."

    That's the beginning. This song is a masterpiece.
    GaldinoGaldinoon January 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of the anime "Cowboy Bebop" a lot. Reminds me of an action packed life.
    kitsuneon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite song of theirs.
    Everything that dazzles...
    phantombreezeon February 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother winning piece from Siouxsie Sioux.
    Major Valoron July 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics here are wrong.

    Siouxsie says it's about the feeling of being in the gutter but looking up at the stars. In other words, hope in a dark place. It also makes me think of loss, somehow...
    razorgrrlon April 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery cynical. At first I thought there might be something beautiful at the root of this song- but I think its about how hollow a Columbine victory could be. Very, very, hollow.
    xianificenton July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely one of their finest.
    tad482on March 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first word should be "swallowing".

    I remember reading that Siouxsie said this song is about "GREED & DISEASE".

    I always loved the line "index and thumb
    Pull some strings, let them sing" It means two things to me. First: you play the Bass by pulling the strings with index and thumb fingers" Secondly: A doctor stitching a wound does it with his index and thumb... .the sing is the scream...
    njguyflaon June 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song generally talk about drugs

    first stanza talks about meth crystal that shine and shrink when used
    stagnation is the state of the meth that went you put flame it turns to liquid

    swallowing diamond are drugs the you swallow ex meth
    and your teeth is the result of the like a tombstone dirty and rot

    jamboree of surprises meant the feel good but also
    you play a dangerous game
    winston_con May 25, 2015   Link

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