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 Interpretation:I 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 Interpretation:I 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
  • 0
    General Comment:the evening news.
    roger wilcoon May 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Can 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 Comment:tanita 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
  • 0
    General Comment:And 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 Comment:well, it could be about 1 night stand...that´s the only explanation which comes to my mind. But I´d also love to know more... there must be some other meaning
    sisinkion August 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song clearly captures a woman trapped and caught in prostitution."Look Your love has drawn blood from my hands"."MY eyes are just holograms".
    The person concerned has become a robot, acting on instinct and refusing to let reality pass her fragile thoughts....
    hammeredon March 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:It may mean something deep, it sure sounds that way (what a voice!), but I HATE the line about "pigging out." It sort of kicks out the mystery of the rest of the lyrics. For me, anyway. Aspiring songwriters, take note: avoid silly idioms about animals in the middle of a cool song!
    adamadmanon January 01, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:I 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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