"Beulah Land" as written by and Squire Parsons....
Beulah Land
Got a wasted gun
Liberation man
Some you are
Sometimes
Got something in that saying
Beulah girl
You better hitch me up

Got some candy
And sweet saying
Give me religion
And a lobotomy
Beulah land
Beautiful home
Tell me when
I don't need you anymore

Said that somewhere
You're gonna get something
You're so
You're right in the middle
And then I'm you
Something is coming back again
I said
You
Maybe I don't want to go
To where you're not

So
Beulah land
Gonna find me a warm
Place to bathe
This body on down
Got a rubber boat
And a crocodile
Gonna float on past your home

And say when
Just say when
Just say when


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"Beulah Land" as written by Squire Parsons

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    General CommentThis song was recorded during the makin' of Boys for Pele, but it was never released then. As well as Never Seen Blue and Cooling and a few others. This song is gorgeous- one of my favorites since it was released in 1998.
    I think the correct lyrics are, though:

    Beulah Land
    Got a wasted gun
    Licorice man-
    I'll sum you up

    Thumbs up
    Got something you're not sayin'
    Beulah Girl
    You've been hitching me up

    Got some candy
    And a sweet sayin'
    'Gimme religion and a lobotomy'

    Beulah Land
    You beautiful whore
    Tell me when
    I don't need you anymore

    And said that, somehow,
    You're gonna get something here
    So, you're right in the middle
    And then
    I'm you
    Something is coming back again
    I said
    Maybe i don't wanna go
    To live where you're not
    So...

    Geulah land
    Gotta find me a warm
    Place to be this body on down
    Got a rubber board
    And a crocodile
    Gonna float on past your home

    And say when
    Just say when
    Just say when.


    Somehow, it sounds like some lesbian reference to me.
    stentorianon November 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentneva heard this but lookin at the lyrics it says a lot about religion and spirituality- dont no what tho.
    anyone got any thoughts?
    heir2beulahon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this song was a part of some 'lost' Tori record, and she recorded a couple of songs for it during the UTP Tour, but it never got released, and this is the only song that survived? I remember reading a fairly long analysis about it, I thought Beulah Land was a reference to Heaven/ Marriage.

    I think it's about her relationship with Eric, and how they were so close for awhile, and then they broke apart, and she's leaving him and going somewhere else.
    callistoon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a B-Side on the Jackie's Strength single
    aerynon July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwarm place to bathe
    this body on down
    Triskeleon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf this came from the same time as Boys For Pele...that's the 2nd reference to crocodiles. Not that it necessarily means anything.

    But I swear, for...how many years? Since Jackie's Strength came out, at least...I've thought she was saying "Beulah land...maybe I don't wanna go where YOU nuts are!"

    That resonated with me...too bad it's ruined. Looking back...that was kind of silly. To be fair I was only 14 when I decided that :)
    Crystalline888on March 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAnd we gotta change that last Geulah to Beulah
    Crystalline888on March 17, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"give me religion, and a lobotomy." lmfao i love these two lines more than ANY other lyric from tori or any artist for that matter. it completely sums up the epitome of how brain washing and empty so much religious fanaticism really is, in just two short and sweet lines. aaahh tori, you're a hoot.
    FireEatersWifeon August 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song to me is about the religion, the confusion that surrounds it and the concept of hope; this song reflects that it's necessary. So, as a background first - Beulah Land is mentioned in the Bible as a reference to marriage, but I think this song references the hymn called Beulah Land, in which it is referred to as heaven, the promised land, the land of milk and honey. If you ask a southerner what/where Beulah Land is, I can pretty much guarantee you that they will say it's Heaven. I feel that it's used in that way for this song.

    Beulah Land - (promised land, heaven)
    Got a wasted gun - (what reason is there for living?)
    Licorice man- (it's sweet, it's old, it's kitsch, it's so many things.)
    I'll sum you up (^)

    Thumbs up
    Got something you're not sayin'
    Beulah Girl
    You've been hitching me up (pulling me towards you - drawing me in)

    Got some candy (we all use things that pacify us, distractions)
    And a sweet sayin'
    'Gimme religion and a lobotomy' (religion is confusing, it's easier to laugh it off and say it's too confusing to wrap your head around. it's overwhelming, why not just say haha, let's forget about it for now?)

    Beulah Land
    You beautiful whore
    Tell me when
    I don't need you anymore
    (now this is the most poignant line of the song. Heaven. the promise of heaven and eternal life and the sweet by and by just spreads itself out over all generations and past and present. it's just for everybody, isn't it? and logic says there is no heaven. and her father preached it into her... but she made that separation long ago. so why now? why does she still feel the need for it? why is it still so necessary and the pull so intrinsic? tell me when i won't need this promise, when i can go on without this eternal hope. it's something else, this line.)

    And said that, somehow,
    You're gonna get something here
    So, you're right in the middle
    And then
    I'm you
    Something is coming back again
    I said
    Maybe i don't wanna go
    To live where you're not
    So...
    (it's this way and that way,

    Beulah land
    Gotta find me a warm
    Place to lay this body on down
    Got a rubber boat
    And a crocodile
    Gonna float on past your home

    And say when
    Just say when
    Just say when.
    ericacmilleron October 14, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIf you ask God or the cosmos or the universal spirits to send a sign to let you know that a higher power doesn't exist, and then you receive a reply, the existence of a higher power is completely confirmed.

    So yeah, give me religion and a lobotomy lol.
    ericacmilleron November 17, 2015   Link

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