I'm an autumn girl, flying over London
With the trees on fire it looks like home
I'm an autumn girl on the endless search for summer
Cause I need some love to cook my frozen bones
You needed something to get your teeth into
And in my voodoo kitchen you said
"I've got something to show you,
It's a recipe handed down from father to son
For a thousand years, and it goes with those hot salt tears."

I'm an autumn girl, crying over London
With a heart on fire but no-one home
I'm an autumn girl on the endless search for summer
Cause I need some love to heat my frozen bones

Get me on the boil and reduce me
To a simmering wreck with a slow kiss
To the back of my neck
Carve up my heart on a very low flame
Separate my feelings then pour them down the drain
Close my eyes and sweeten me with lies
Pierce my skin with a few well chosen words
Now you can stuff me with whatever you've got handy
And on a cold grey day a cold grey man will do

I'm an autumn girl, flying over London
With the trees on fire it looks like home
I'm an autumn girl on the endless search for summer
Cause I need some love to heat my frozen bones

So give me something to whet my appetite
And chill my soul with a sudden lack of interest
Oh, but the winter freezes on and the candle's burned low
Fill me with the hot stuff then say you've got to go
Take my mind, marinade it in red wine
Grate my thighs with your chinny chin chin
And I will let you in
Oh on a long dark night a long dark man might ...


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    General CommentI find this song so haunting. Listening to it gives me goosebumps.

    The 'autumn girl' is desperate for love and warmth. Men see that she is fragile and needy, and as a result they take advantage of her sexually.

    The line: "It's a recipe handed down from father to son for a thousand years" suggests that men (or most men) have an innate tendency to behave this way.

    I think the way it's all described as a 'recipe' is very clever. And it really does make me shiver to listen to it.
    ~Lexi~on January 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI also meant to say, the way she sings

    "stuff me"

    is just really jarring. It's clever because it kind of makes you sit up and listen to what this song is actually about, rather than just listening to the melody.
    ~Lexi~on January 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI just love this song - it's so beautiful as well as melancholy. At first I thought it was about sexual longing with the lyric:

    "on a cold grey day, a cold grey man will do"

    but I realise now it's much more than that. It's about a woman's emotional vulnerability to a man's sexual predatory nature. Likenen it to a recipe is clever and witty and some of the lines are very erotic like:

    "Get me on the boil and reduce me to a simmering wreck with a slow kiss to the back of my neck"

    Kirsty was a genius wordsmith - she is sadly missed!
    Mimi64on December 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song should be looked at in the context of its place in the Tropical Brainstorm album. The song before is Here Comes That Man Again, about cybersex and how it is ultimately unfullfilling. Autumngirlsoup is about sex for the sake of sex, then Celestine is about her sexual alter-ego. These all lead to England 2 Columbia 0, about betrayal by a married man who kept his status hidden, and when she finds out, Kirsty escapes to Latin America in Alegria and Us Amazonians, where she finds her inner strength.
    Semi-autobiographical I think.
    How we miss Kirsty - the best UK songwriter bar none
    vamboon March 05, 2009   Link

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