don't be alarmed
it will not harm you
it's only lightning
teenage lightning

it's real
unbelievably real
teenage lightning
don't be frightened

this is the way we do it
this is the way we do it

don't be alarmed
it will not harm you
it's only me pursuing
something I'm not sure of

it's only lightning
teenage lightning
don't be alarmed
you can't be harmed

teenage lightning
it's real?
can you steal
teenage lightning?
it is the lightning's
deep, dark love


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Teenage Lightning song meanings
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    Song MeaningSleazy has previously announced in concert that "Teenage Lightning" is "about the natural phenomenon you get when you get two teenagers together, and you rub them together, and you have a natural phenomenon called teenage lightning, which we've managed to capture a long time ago on Love's Secret Domain."


    BlueKephra seems to have had part of the idea...but not quite enough. Max Ernst did have a work that's called "Les éclairs au-dessous de quatorze ans" or, directly translated, The lightning(s) under 14 years". I can see how this could be simplified to "Teenage Lightning".

    However, it is important to note that the method of composition which Ernst used in order to make that work (and many others) is called 'frottage'. Pronounce the word as if you were pronouncing it in French. This was done by putting a sheet of paper on top of objects and rubbing a pencil on the paper directly over the object in order to get various textures, and then put a number of these together somehow. I used to do this as a child with coins.

    In any case, I don't think it is an accident that 'frottage' also refers to non-penetrative sex wherein partners rub against one another. I'm quite certain that COIL had exactly this in mind.


    Hence, if I were to explain this track's overall meaning, I'd say that it's about a template first sexual experience. Not necessarily one of COIL's experiences, but a general first, second, or, otherwise, early non-penetrative sexual experience that, I imagine, most people tend to have in their teens. Pointers:

    Potential anxiety: "Don't be alarmed / it will not harm you"
    Intensity: "It's unbelievably real"
    Uncertainty in/of the act: "It's only me pursuing / something I'm not sure of"
    Love: "it is the lightning's / deep, dark love"


    Finally, as an afterthought, the texture and the lyrics create a particularly surreal experience, which is, in my opinion, homage to Max Enrst's pioneering of the Surrealist movement in art and, at the same time, to the listener's previous experiences.


    Sources:

    youtube.com/…
    moma.org/collection/…
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Meliethelon March 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWell, its about Semen !

    Reminds me how much I love the album cover of "Love's Secret Domain" - has lots of little sperm cells incorporated into the design .
    Eschatonon July 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe title comes from a picture by Surrealist artist Max Ernst. This one :
    oakton.edu/museum/…
    BlueKephraon June 24, 2009   Link

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