"A Cleaner Light" as written by and Hersh....
A high
That's a swell take on this situation
I was trying to rectify
I was trying to skip out on this high
Keep away from the freaks on the fringe
They only talk to you
'Cause you give them a good excuse to cry

But in a cleaner light, it's ok
In a cleaner light, it's ok
In a better light, it's ok
In a better light, it's ok

This strange old sunshine beats me senseless
But it's supposed to be keeping me healthy
It's a lie
You're a strange old thing that keeps me senseless
But you're supposed to be keeping me company

But in a cleaner light, it's ok
In a cleaner light, it's ok
In a better light, it's ok
In a better light, it's ok

I wake up feeling fragile
It's nothing the TV couldn't cure
Or lying here for my whole life

But in a cleaner light, it's ok
In a cleaner light, it's ok
In a better light, it's ok
In a better light, it's ok

They only talk to you 'cause you're there


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    General CommentFrom the album, "Sky Motel": an autobiographical account of Kristin Hersh's recovery from bipolar disorder, which alternately plagued Hersh yet seemed to gift her with her signature manic vocal delivery and oftentimes painfully honest lyricism while as singer/songwriter of Throwing Muses, and of course, most of her solo material.
    According to mag./radio interviews and blog entries on the ThrowingMusic.com site, Hersh has for the most part been successful in her mental health recovery having had psychotherapy and Lithium treatment during the mid to late '90s, but occasionally has posted in her recent blog entries as still having difficulty with anxiety symptoms just going out walking in her (and incidentally, my own) neighborhood in Northwest Portland, OR unless accompanied by her husband & manager, Billy O'Connell.
    And the meaning of this song to me personally? I too am in recovery and treatment for my own life-long struggle coping with Attention Deficit Disorder, plus chronic bouts of Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, & Social Phobia. Oh, and I was still living in the Boston area about the time Kristin Hersh and her step-sister Tanya Donnelly formed the band Throwing Muses back in the mid-'80s .
    pharmageekon November 30, 2007   Link

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