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go to bed
the priests are dead
now no one can call you back
go to bed
the priests are dead
finally you're on peppermint
at last

he's a merman
he doesn't need your voice
he's a merman

go to bed
dream instead
and you will find him
he's a merman to the knee
doesn't need something you're not willing to give
he's a merman
doesn't need your voice to cross his lands of ice

go to bed
priests are dead
now no one can call you back
go to bed
the priests are dead
finally you found out

who could ever say you're not simply wonderful
who could ever harm you
sleep now
you're my little girl

go to bed
priests are dead
and come sing it all again

go to bed
past the apple orchard
and you'll feel nice
two can play i said
two can play


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    General Commenti'm a filipino and in context with my culture, for me, Merman is a song about gays..

    well, it's like this. Here, a common slang for an effeminate gay guy is 'sirena' or in English, mermaid. Well, merman could be related to this.

    "go to bed
    the priests are dead
    now no one can call you bad"

    For me, it means that the merman must not worry any longer about being stigmatized or ridiculed about his sexuality (which still happens a lot here). Priests could refer to the alleged biblical doctrine that homosexuality is a sin so by the priests drying, it means that there are no longer oppressors.

    "he's a merman
    he doesn't need your voice to cross his lands of ice"

    gays could stand out alone even without the need of the people around them, fighting for equal rights. Lands of ice could refer to the 'coldness' and apathy of homophobics.

    "who could ever say you're not simply wonderful
    who could ever harm you
    sleep now"

    For me it means that gays must now be more comforted and at ease because we're living in a more tolerant society. It also says that even being gay is a wonderful thing as all humans are..

    ^__^ This is one of my most favorite Tori Amos song. The intentional interpretation of tori may be different from mine but this is just my personal opinion, how this song spoke to me since I'm gay too ^__^ go Tori!!!
    sputnikoion May 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"It's inspired by a man with integrity, such deep integrity that I married him. It's about having someone heal your whole life. I'm talking about the times when lines have been crossed by men. Men can be dangerous, like in the song Datura about how sometimes they can bring you gold and sometimes they can be the bearer of poison. The plant Datura is a hallucinogen and it's like men. If you get the right amount you'll walk into the garden and become a woman, but if too much seeps in in the wrong way and at the wrong time -- it'll kill you. So yeah, Merman is that. When I was touring last year and Matthew Shepard got murdered I was dedicating it to him. A lot of guys were asking me to sing it for him and it just kinda took a life on of its own."
    [Tori; Attitude Magazine (UK), Nov99]

    merchantpierceon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI listen to this song when I want to cry but the tears won't come. Tori is right -- love can be dangerous. I think we all walk that thin line between death and life. And when we get tipped the wrong way it hurts. So I listen to her sing

    who could ever say you're not simply wonderful
    who could ever harm you
    sleep now
    you're my little girl

    and it lets me cry when the tears won't come.
    ixxieon March 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrect lyrics:
    go to bed
    the priests are dead
    now no one
    can call you bad
    go to bed
    the priests are dead
    finally you're on peppermint land

    he's a merman
    he doesn't need your voice
    he's a merman

    go to bed
    dream instead
    and you will find him
    he's a merman
    to the knee
    doesn't need something you're not willing to give
    he's a merman
    doesn't need your voice to cross his lands of ice

    go to bed
    the priests are dead
    now no one
    can call you bad
    go to bed
    the priests are dead
    finally you found him

    let it out
    who could ever say you're not simply wonderful
    who could ever harm you
    sleep now
    you're my little goat

    go to bed
    priests are dead
    and come sing it all again
    go to bed
    past the apple orchard
    and you'll feel nice

    two can play
    i said, two can play

    Crystalline888on April 11, 2009   Link

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