"Blood Sings" as written by and Suzanne Vega....
When blood sees blood
Of its own
It sings to see itself again
It sings to hear the voice it's known
It sings to recognize the face

One body split and passed along the line
From the shoulder to the hip
I know these bones as being mine
And the curving of the lip

And my question to you is:
How did this come to pass?
How did this one life fall so far and fast?

Some are lean and some with grace, and some without;
All tell the story that repeats
Of a child who had been left alone at birth
Left to fend and taught to fight

See his eyes and how they start with light
Getting colder as the pictures go
Did he carry his bad luck upon his back?
That bad luck we've all come to know

And my question to you is:
How did this come to pass?
How did this one life fall so far and fast?

When blood sees blood
Of its own
It sings to see itself again


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"Blood Sings" as written by Suzanne Vega

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    General CommentI think this is a very difficult song to understand. Maybe that's why no one has commented on it yet. I thought I'd make a few suggestions.

    Could it be about orphans - "a child who had been left alone at birth"??? The blood ties that they long to find and how they search for common features to recognize themselves in someone.

    Could it be also about death? Maybe the orphan dies on the street where he was "left to fend and taught to fight". The reason I am suggesting death is the past tenses throughout the song and the lines "Getting colder as the pictures go".

    But then there's the verse:
    "One body split and passed along the line
    From the shoulder to the hip
    I know these bones as being mine
    And the curving of the lip"

    I don't quite know what to make of it. I think that the song deserves some attention and more discussion. It would be great to understand it more.
    kristina_kson April 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about twins separated at birth and then reunited. "One body split and passed along the line" As if they are really the same person in two bodies.
    Then maybe they're reunited and one of them turns out much worse off than the other. That's my feeling.
    taylorofthephunkon August 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTaylor has a good theory, but I always thought this song was about a mother giving up her child and meeting him again when he's older and adopted. I love Suzanne Vega's lyrics, they can be so profound.
    EnduringChillon January 29, 2012   Link

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