"Carnivore" as written by and Jewel Kilcher....
So much space can fit in a sigh
More than words can say
I'm left here with my hands all awkward
Trying to mend space

I used to know you
But not anymore
Your substance has been subtracted
Word by word

Silence in my ears
Where once you offered your conviction
Your promises are dried beats
They're cracked with nostalgia

But that's all right
That's okay
Had no business
Giving myself to you anyway
Be careful next time for sure
And I'll
I'll never trust my pink fleshy heart
I'll never trust my pink fleshy heart
To a carnivore
Carnivore

Your soul is an ink stain
Your perfection is amend
You're as fragile as your thoughtlessness
As strong as you can bend

You could only believe in embryos
Held all your high hopes through a telescope
Lavender haunted you
So I could own your life in yellow

You have a fire down in genius, subtlety
And you slip through the fingers of ambiguity

Well, that's all right
That's okay
Had no business
Giving myself to you anyway
Be careful next time for sure
And I'll
I'll never trust my pink fleshy heart
I'll never trust my pink fleshy heart
To a carnivore

Well I didn't know
But I won't do it again
This time I'll be my own best friend
And I'll take back my song and my poetry
This time i won't be so easy to read

And I'll never trust my pink fleshy heart
And I'll never trust my pink fleshy heart
And I'll never trust my pink fleshy heart
To a carnivore
To a carnivore
To a carnivore


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"Carnivore" as written by Jewel Kilcher

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    My InterpretationI love this song! Its another one that really deserves to be recorded on her albums. Its edgy, raw and full of true emotion. I really like some of the lyrics here they are so telling:

    "So much space can fit in a sigh"
    A sigh can say a thousand words when you are in a breakup.

    "Your substance has been subtracted
    Word by word"
    The more he says the less she thinks of him.

    "You could only believe in embryos"
    He could not grasp big ideas--he was incapable of deaming.

    And then the theme of our vulnerability of loving someone only to have your "pink fleshy heart" eaten by a cruel "carnivore".


    troubadour13on August 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAdditionally, while not all of Jerel's songs are autobigraphical, this one takes a personal twist at the end:

    "And I'll take back my song and my poetry
    This time i won't be so easy to read"

    She is clearly being defensive, pulling back from her vulnerability (songs and poetry come from the heart) to protect herself. But perhaps given her real life songwriting and poetry this really happenned to her and she was hurt by the criticism from someone who was close to her? Interesting.
    troubadour13on August 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the line after "Lavender haunted you" was "So I could only laugh in yellow," which i thought was more poetic. of course, i have no idea what it means to "laugh in yellow," but i kinda like it my way....
    DeweyDecimatoron January 27, 2011   Link

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