"Twist In My Sobriety" as written by and Tanita Tikaram....
All God's children need traveling shoes
Drive your problems from here
All good people read good books
Now your conscience is clear
I hear you talk girl
Now your conscience is clear

In the morning I wipe my brow
Wipe the miles away
I like to think I can be so willed
And never do what you say
I'll never hear you
And never do what you say

Look my eyes are just holograms
Look your love has drawn red from my hands
From my hands you know you'll never be
More than twist in my sobriety
More than twist in my sobriety
More than twist in my sobriety

We just poked a little pie
For the fun people had at night
Late at night don't need hostility
The timid smile and pause to free

I don't care about their different thoughts
Different thoughts are good for me
Up in arms and chaste and whole
All God's children took their toll

Look my eyes are just holograms
Look your love has drawn red from my hands
From my hands you know you'll never be
More than twist in my sobriety
More than twist in my sobriety
More than twist in my sobriety

Cup of tea, take time to think, yea
Time to risk a life, a life, a life
Sweet and handsome
Soft and porky
You pig out 'til you've seen the light
Pig out 'til you've seen the light

Half the people read the papers
Read them good and well
Pretty people, nervous people
People have got to sell
News you have to sell

Look my eyes are just holograms
Look your love has drawn red from my hands
From my hands you know you'll never be
More than twist in my sobriety
More than twist in my sobriety
More than twist in my sobriety


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"Twist in My Sobriety" as written by Tanita Tikaram

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    My InterpretationI think that this song is about atheism or agnosticism & the struggle to come to terms with what that means... how utterly devastating it could be to face/accept that disconnect, the isolation, guilt, depression, etc. that comes with renouncing your faith.

    "All God's children need travelling shoes" because life is long and hard.

    "All good people read good books
    / Now your conscience is clear." She's amidst a learning experience, being exposed to new ideologies that are causing her to question life. To assuage her guilt, she's trying to justify it to herself by saying that "good people" have a thirst for knowledge.

    The chorus is about resentfully admitting that religion has become a hollow vessel. She's saying, "hey God (or whatever Higher Being), if you exist, thanks a lot for allowing me to do this to myself!"

    "Sweet and handsome / Soft and porky / You pig out 'til you've seen the light / Pig out 'til you've seen the light". Some people say that religion is an opiate for the masses. She's saying that hypocritical, self-serving behavior doesn't discriminate against anyone. She's resentful of people who have learning experiences that go in the opposite direction of hers -- starting out as a non-believer & then "seeing the light."

    But whatever! Music articulates emotions & thoughts in a way that words often fail to do. Songs can mean just about anything, depending on the ears/heart/mind of the listener. That's part of the beauty.
    nokturnelleon November 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI also think that the music video gives some credence to my interpretation w/the Jesus imagery, the dust in the wind (like the Kansas song, that's "all we are"), the gun hanging over the rearview (when lots of people opt for rosary beads instead). Plus the whole dreary grey landscape and cinematography convey a sense of detachment & isolation.
    nokturnelleon November 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI always thought "sobriety" is not just about alcohol but about being sensible and making the best choices for herself; and the "twist" is deviating from that path.

    So perhaps she normally makes logical choices, but she's looking back at a time she did something she wouldn't normally do. Perhaps she's talking to someone who was very close to her once but isn't now, and wants them to know that now she looks back at them, with detached curiosity, as a small reminder of a time when she did something unusual.

    But that's just the chorus! And nokturnelle's thoughts about the religious imagery means I'm sure there's more to it than that.

    The music is wonderful - particularly the insistent notes in the chorus - is it a clarinet?
    ikayon March 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionHmmmm, i will start :
    She is talking about whole bunch of people who believe in God,that they can't face with problems in this life,so they need to pray to him, in their minds to be somewhere else where they can be alone and talk with him, and for the people you say are good,like you cant see what is behind their mask, like don't judge the books by its covers, she is trying to say metaphorically that going to church or praying don't make you truly believer or a good man, that you are doing that only because you are in fear of God or to make your
    conscience clear, like i gone to church and now i can do whatever i want,not literally.I think that she is afraid to start to believe in God,and she is making herself atheist but she knows that deep inside she truly believe in him.So she is saying i like to think i can be so willed and never do what you say.. Than we have you will pig out till you seen the light , she is telling all those people that they can believe but problem is that they will see the result of their believe far,far away in their life and maybe never, so it is like she gibe them,she thinks that you can't risk your life for believing, because at the end you will did God truly existed.I don't know can you understand what i am saying, i didn't know if i made a good sentences but i think you will get it.At the end whole summary is that she is expressing her like she is atheist and she will live like that because she don't want to risk her life,here,but at the end she knows in her heart that she truly believes in God, but she picked another side.
    FenixLon September 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe evening news.
    roger wilcoon May 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone help me about the meaning of this song?
    I have no idea what it is about, but I like the melody and her voice very much.
    AliasXon May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttanita tikaram once claimed that it was about a one night stand that she had
    however im curious if there are other explanations for this song
    carcaterraon May 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd what about the video?
    I saw just a part of it and it seems so gloomy and like it hasn't got anything to do with the song (if the song is really about a one night stand).
    AliasXon June 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can tell you this, she stole the first line from Maya Angelou book titles the same; "All God's Children need Travelling Shoes"
    ray_killeenon May 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI had always assumed the song was about alcoholism or maybe recovering from it, because of the word "sobriety" and the imagery seemed appropriately gloomy and forboding.
    jonavon March 13, 2012   Link

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