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Germ

the enemy of the world
our greatest defeat
slave warfare
our wings are almost dry and free
absorbing violence [pain]
punishing pain
poetry is the perfume of the soul [no fear, no god, alternate staces take me places, the world, enemy]
nightmare babies, fire gods
speaking of dream time serpants
and walking with the elder dead
fear me mortal [fear me]
fear me
feed my disease
feed my disease [the taste of fear in the seventh phase of the disease]
and in tiny little houses
on tiny little streets [everythings normal, everythings not ok, it's normal]
voices raise and[as long as you're under my roof you will respect me]
fear is alive [as long as you're under my roof you will respect me]
and laughter
he's knows tolerance [don't forget me]
she only knows lonliness [not you, not you, not you]
and in my blackness of sleep
savages dance and scream
but only truth is suffering
bleeding like embryos [but only truth is suffering]
starving with dreams [life, blood]
you, single cell are commerse
whoa, what happened to you last night?
you've given up without a fight
and learned the words thay say receit
you killed the flower that blossoms in the night
smothered and crushed
rage gives way to a little giggle and sudden blush
and in my molecules, the vast eternity of invention [can you smell my fever mama? can you smell my poor veins?]
infected with the good disease
intellect, rebellion
finding the need in every single one
...of you
what's a matter you don't like it when i touch you?
come here
don't run, don't run
hand me babies and nightmare gods
i will shed my skin [but i can't get his sins off of me]
he prefers pain to pretty
death to daughter
to the shivering creature that lay beneath him
i will not be want you want me to be
i will not be want you want me to be [nothings changed, go away, go away]
people are evil and girls hate each other
oh great devour of the dead
i will know my demons names
i will conquer them
i will rise [rise]
i will...fight
why?
coming...
salvation...
this is my holy war
we come to you like desert warriors
fresh from the cool dew of night
in a sea of odor
in a tapestry of pain
absorbing violence
feasting on hopelessness
expand your mind
expand your mind
this is our time to shine [our time to shine, our time for justice]
and out of the ashes
only the holy will rise
sweet paper messiah [die]
sweet paper messiah
how i sacrifice you, i sacrifice you [save me, save me]
dear, sweet paper messiah [save me, save me, save me, save me]
my offering
my suffering [i speak to you on behalf of all of mankind]
whatever you need
what...ever you need
whatever you...
whatever you need
unite
messiah
me


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    General Commentthis song is pretty weird. i didn't like it at first but it kind of grows on you. i'm not sure exactly what Otep is getting it but you can tells he means it.
    gothfreak8on June 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentuh...i think you mean she...lead singer is a she.
    pro2oon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's a lot of stream-of-though poetry of Otep's... she's quite good at that. She's talking about her home, childhood, family, abuse, things like that...
    darkspoton June 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti agree w/ darkspot. a lot of the initial meaning of the song is about her childhood and how her father abused her, how he affected her mentally, and how his influence is still affecting her. when she says things like feed my disease [the taste of fear in the seventh phase of the disease]
    and in tiny little houses
    on tiny little streets [everythings normal, everythings not ok, it's normal]
    voices raise and[as long as you're under my roof you will respect me]
    fear is alive [as long as you're under my roof you will respect me] she is speaking out against abuse. stand up and fight against it.
    "my offering, my suffering,(i speak to you on behalf of mankind"
    basically shes saying u are not alone. she knows what it feels like .
    sevastrasinneron May 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think that when she sings this song she reminds me of Jim Morrison. I think that she was going for a song with a lot of poetic meaning and whatnot. I just thought it was really weird because if you listen to Celebration Of The Lizard (The Doors) it's a lot like it. I think the lead singer probably admires Jim Morrison. I thought the song was overall pretty interesting.
    MarsSerpenton April 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfirst of all it's not really a "song" and she doesn't sing in this...it is spoken word...i think this is spoken word so that melodies and harmonies and shit like that don't distract the listener from what she is actually saying....and from the viscious beauty of her words....of course on the surface some of it is about the abuse and her home life as a child...but with otep it is always so much more than what's on the surface....it is quite possible that she's talking about all of the vices and downfalls of society as a whole...and her determination to be more than that...
    that's just my opinion though...
    otep.com/

    ~sarah
    bruisesandscarson October 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn the middle there where it says "[but I can't get his sins off of me]" It's actually [but I can't get his scent off of me]. FYI ;)
    Kuzynon July 13, 2009   Link

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