Maybe I didn't like to hear
but i still can't believe Speed Racer is dead
so then i thought i'd make some plans
but fire thought she'd really rather be water instead

and Peggy got a message for me, from Jesus
and i heard every word that you have said
and i know i have been
driven like the snow

but this is cooling
faster then i can
this is cooling
faster then i...

but do i hate what she is
do i want to be her
and don't we love something fresh
anything new, virgin

woman, you got too many brambles
hiding under these bushes
woman, you got too many brambles
but i always liked a good storm
always good for a storm

so then love walked up to like
said i know that you don't like me much
let's go for a ride
this ocean is wrapped around that pineapple tree
and is your place in heaven
worth giving up these kisses
these, yes, these kisses

and Peggy got a message for me, from Jesus
and i heard every word
that you have said
and i know i have been
driven like the snow

but this is cooling
faster than i can
hey...
faster than i can
cooling
this is cooling
this is cooling


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  • +1
    General CommentI think it could be about being in love with someone you can't have.
    Like, wanting someone who's already in a relationship.

    This bit in particular fits with that idea: "but do i hate what she is/do i want to be her".

    Also: "and is your place in heaven/worth giving up these kisses/these, yes, these kisses". Should they commit the sin of infidelity and risk not going to heaven, or give up their kisses?

    The 'cooling' part could be to do with feeling 'cold' because of the fact you cannot love who you want to.
    missmeon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentand i agree with the above comments about cooling being about a love that is losing passion...fire is dimming on the part of her beloved more quickly than her own...to save her heart, she's got to learn to let go...
    "but fire thought she'd really rather be water instead"-a rather energetic spirit has turned to the emotional side of herself--she's crying
    "so then love walked up to like said i know that you don't like me much let's go for a ride"-defines their relationship-she is more in love than her less-attached partner
    "and is your place in heaven worth giving up these kisses
    these, yes, these kisses"-she is contemplating the right choice

    this song is ever so sad.
    ahavalyssaon December 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMaybe I didn't like to hear
    but i still can't believe Speed Racer is dead

    (I think she is saying that she is in denial and trying to grasp that her 'super-larger than life' crush that feels more like love than it ever should "speed racer" has finally come to a conclusion).

    so then i thought i'd make some plans
    but fire thought she'd really rather be water instead

    (I think shes talking about moving on with her life - and then discovering that she needs to revisit this attraction more than she ever knew, or even maybe wanted to due to the pain that it causes her by doing so).

    and Peggy got a message for me, from Jesus

    (I think she is talking about "Peggy" as being the 'other' person who is the partner of the person that she is so all about in the song. Somehow Peggy finds out about her - and that discovery is likened to "Jesus" as being pure in intention and only wanting the very best for everyone involved even as much as it may hurt everyone at the time).

    and i heard every word that you have said
    and i know i have been
    driven like the snow

    (I think that this is now Peggy speaking to the singer saying I know what's going on, I know everything, I know both you and my special person that you are in love with have 'played me' or "driven like the snow" with me unable to do anything but go in the direction that you led.

    but this is cooling
    faster then i can
    this is cooling
    faster then i...

    (I think that the singer is using cooling as a metaphor to explain the opposite feeling that she is having now that their 'secret' had been discovered. When they were still a secret they felt a warmth and passion inside with everything that they did in secret. Now that it's all in the open, they have an empty, and well for lack of a better word - "cooling" feeling inside which is marking the end of something so very beautiful between them yet so very wrong in terms of fidelity finally begin to come to an end).

    so then love walked up to like
    said i know that you don't like me much
    let's go for a ride

    (I think here she is showing the realization that she is much more into this person than they are into her. this could be likely due to the fact that she has no one and this person has someone. So for her, it's just the conflict of being a 'home wrecker' that she has to deal with where the other person has to deal with the feelings of being unfaithful and the feeling that they still have for the person that they are being unfaithful to. "let's go for a ride" she asking for that person to come with her so she can just be near and close to them once more. All she wants is to be able to have an illusion that maybe they still have a chance if we can "just go for a ride" - then next time it will be let's just go for dinner, or movie. It's showing to me the pain of someone that knows she should just let go and move on but can't and will hold on to anything that's left.)

    .
    this ocean is wrapped around that pineapple tree

    (this has got to be, hands down, the most beautiful and moving tori line I have ever heard. She is saying to that special love, I am completely yours and surrounding you with most everything you need to survive. She also acknowledges how deep and complex
    this person is comparing them to a "pineapple tree" - pineapples can take upwards to 24 months just to root and bloom so that they can then be planted to being to produce fruit; which can take many years more after that time to accomplish. The last thing that I get from this line is that in comparing herself to an ocean, she knows that her 'water' and 'her mist' once it touches the "pineapple tree" would kill it due to the salt content of the ocean. As much as it overtly looks as if she would be providing most everything that this person would need to survive, the very core of herself (the ocean) is not compatible for life with him (the pineapple tree). Thinking of that line like this, if that doesn't tear at your very soul I don't every know what would.

    and is your place in heaven
    worth giving up these kisses
    these, yes, these kisses

    (To me, she is just simply saying to her love that if we did go through with this, however far that we took it, be it simply only kisses, wouldn't it be worth it to you even if we were breaking one of the Ten Commandments, something so taboo to do like cheat, isn't it ever ok to do if it's ok for you in the end)? What a compelling and provocative question of life.....

    and Peggy got a message for me, from Jesus
    and i heard every word
    that you have said
    and i know i have been
    driven like the snow

    but this is cooling
    faster than i can
    hey...
    faster than i can
    cooling
    this is cooling
    this is cooling

    (I think that these two verses are the 'refrain' within the song).

    I hope you all like and enjoy my understanding of this beautiful song.....

    8> Scot 8>
    saruleon August 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always heard that this song was about one of her miscarriages. the song makes sense in that context. this is my most favorite song in the world.
    pandoratheoryon October 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about one of her miscarriages.
    It's quite clear ..it's not about a b/f g/f ..it's about the loss of a child.
    "and i know i have been
    driven like the snow
    but this is cooling
    faster then i can"

    She's been used and the child's spirit is leaving her (cooling) faster than she can get over it.

    "woman you got too many Brambles, hiding underneath these bushes"

    Her insides aren't condusive to carrying a child to term.

    "this ocean is wrapped around that pineapple tree
    and is your place in heaven
    worth giving up these kisses"

    Pretty self explainatory

    rdfaerieon December 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...and yes heaven is worth giving up for these kisses
    the_toolshedon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about having a hard time accepting that you are no longer young.
    takenmusicon December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wouldnt give up any kisses from my one and only for heaven.
    cynicalimbecileon January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti would rather be here and miserable without her being my girlfriend and being her friend and not having her in my life at all.
    cynicalimbecileon January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti would rather have her in my life as a friend than not have her in my life at all, even though it hurts so much not being able to hold her.
    cynicalimbecileon January 09, 2005   Link

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