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And wide are your delusions
Deep red is the space behind your eyes
Closed forever is the door to your room
But inside there lives the sound
You despise, but I love...
You despise, what I love
You despise, I love
You despise, I love

Mother, I...
Mother, I...
I was wrong
I am wrong...
You were wrong
I am wrong

Lyrics submitted by expletivedeleted, edited by mlsrez

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  • +4
    General CommentMore details: Gira had recently read a Hubert Selby Jr. story of the same title involving a man trapped in a cell, unaware of how he got there. There is a hole in the locked door of the room to look through. He heres a sound coming closer and closer. He then looks through the hole and... The reader never is told what he sees. Gira mixed that story with his somewhat insane mother's emotional self-isolation. Notice how the music becomes more and more introspective while still subtly rising. And, in live versions, Gira, before reciting the final words, screams, just like the man who saw something out there...
    Cynothoglyson May 26, 2006   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this is one of the most powerful songs ever written.
    To appreciate it's meaning fully, one has to refer to the live version on "the swans are dead" CD.
    The way Michael Gira howls "mother" after the final burst of musical explosion is, for me, one of those very rare musical moments that can be described as "sublime" without the word being an overstatement.
    brunogaiaon May 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThough not represented by the lyrics provided above, Gira distinguishes the following line with three slightly different variations in the studio recording. One variation is repeated twice:

    You despise, but I love
    You despise what I love
    You despise; I love
    You despise; I love

    Similarly, the lyrics provided above omit another important distinction, and indeed several words:

    Mother, I...
    Mother, I...
    I was wrong,
    I am wrong,
    You were wrong;
    I am wrong.
    cagilletteon January 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely amazing live. It is a tribute to Gira's mother, who had died recently.
    Cynothoglyson January 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy take on this is that the track splits youthful rebellion into two phases: it's initial point of actualization, and the point of maturity that follows later on. the song itself is the time that occurs in between the point of youthful folly and the later point of maturation.
    deathtokoalason September 04, 2016   Link

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