My best friend knows this old guy who
Who keeps a picture in his shoe
He takes it out after a spell
Says, see

Shouldn't stare that way so long baby
Stare holes into the walls
My dress hangs here for you to wear out
I walked in beauty too, till I met you

Here hangs this chain
This thing this old girl keeps
We got it easy
So why do you stare that way so long

Stare holes into the walls
We're all honey
Dripping through the honey chain
And lay our lives down

Down and pretty
In the honey chain
Please don't stare that way so hard baby
Stare holes

Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery

Honeychain Lyrics as written by Tanya Donelly

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Honeychain song meanings
Add Your Thoughts


sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Comment

    Pretty bizarre lyrics A bit nostalgic maybe? Should of been a classic.

    amongthetreeson June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It's one of Tanya Donnelly's songs, off "The Real Ramona". (Another fine TM album, BTW!) I was listening to that particular track a few minutes ago since I was playing the CD, so not having played it in quite a while, I played the song again to get a good listen. Even though her half-sister, Kristin Hersh, writes and sings the lion's share of TM's material, it's always nice to hear a Tanya song for a little change of pace. Tanya writes more "pop" sounding, melodically haunting tunes and sings so sweetly innocent to lyrics that are (using Amongthetrees's words) pretty bizarre like warped children's fairy tales or disturbing fantasy stories (imagine if Anne Rice had written those Harry Potter books!). Ironically, "Honeychain" sounds a lot like a Belly song, since Tanya left TM right after they finished recording "The Real Ramona" to play on the Breeders' 1st album, "Pod" before starting her own band, Belly. BTW, that 1st. album they did, "Star", is one terrific album. Even though "Feed the Tree" is my favorite Belly tune, I'd have to say the rest of that album, much like the Beatles' "Abbey Road", has great songs straight through--not a bad song in the bunch.

    pharmageekon July 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i like the "warped children's fairy tales" analogy above.

    this is actually one album where i like the two tanya songs better than the kristen ones. i always loved her songs, but before there would at least be as many kristen songs i loved as much [if not more, of course].

    this is another one of tanya's haunting songs. the image of the old man who misses someone very much [lost love? dead relative?] is something she relates to ["we got it easy" she sings to someone, perhaps in comparison to the old man who has "stared"/longed for many, many years for someone who is obviously gone for good.] i interpret the honey comparison to everyone's life, sweet, messy and sticky.

    RocknRollFunon October 02, 2007   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Standing On The Edge Of Summer
In regards to the meaning of this song: Before a live performance on the EP Five Stories Falling, Geoff states “It’s about the last time I went to visit my grandmother in Columbus, and I saw that she was dying and it was the last time I was going to see her. It is about realizing how young you are, but how quickly you can go.” That’s the thing about Geoff and his sublime poetry, you think it’s about one thing, but really it’s about something entirely different. But the lyrics are still universal and omnipresent, ubiquitous, even. So relatable. That’s one thing I love about this band. I also love their live performances, raw energy and Geoff’s beautiful, imperfectly perfect vocals. His voice soothes my aching soul.
Album art
The Night We Met
Lord Huron
This is a hauntingly beautiful song about introspection, specifically about looking back at a relationship that started bad and ended so poorly, that the narrator wants to go back to the very beginning and tell himself to not even travel down that road. I believe that the relationship started poorly because of the lines: "Take me back to the night we met:When the night was full of terrors: And your eyes were filled with tears: When you had not touched me yet" So, the first night was not a great start, but the narrator pursued the relationship and eventually both overcame the rough start to fall in love with each other: "I had all and then most of you" Like many relationships that turn sour, it was not a quick decline, but a gradual one where the narrator and their partner fall out of love and gradually grow apart "Some and now none of you" Losing someone who was once everything in your world, who you could confide in, tell your secrets to, share all the most intimate parts of your life, to being strangers with that person is probably one of the most painful experiences a person can go through. So Painful, the narrator wants to go back in time and tell himself to not even pursue the relationship. This was the perfect song for "13 Reasons Why"
Album art
Gentle Hour
Yo La Tengo
This song was originally written by a guy called Peter Gutteridge. He was one of the founders of the "Dunedin Sound" a musical scene in the south of New Zealand in the early 80s. From there it was covered by "The Clean" one of the early bands of that scene (he had originally been a member of in it's early days, writing a couple of their best early songs). The Dunedin sound, and the Clean became popular on american college radio in the mid to late 80s. I guess Yo La Tengo heard that version. Great version of a great song,
Album art
No Surprises
Same ideas expressed in Fitter, Happier are expressed in this song. We're told to strive for some sort of ideal life, which includes getting a good job, being kind to everyone, finding a partner, getting married, having a couple kids, living in a quiet neighborhood in a nice big house, etc. But in Fitter, Happier the narrator(?) realizes that it's incredibly robotic to live this life. People are being used by those in power "like a pig in a cage on antibiotics"--being pacified with things like new phones and cool gadgets and houses while being sucked dry. On No Surprises, the narrator is realizing how this life is killing him slowly. In the video, his helmet is slowly filling up with water, drowning him. But he's so complacent with it. This is a good summary of the song. This boring, "perfect" life foisted upon us by some higher powers (not spiritual, but political, economic, etc. politicians and businessmen, perhaps) is not the way to live. But there is seemingly no way out but death. He'd rather die peacefully right now than live in this cage. While our lives are often shielded, we're in our own protective bubbles, or protective helmets like the one Thom wears, if we look a little harder we can see all the corruption, lies, manipulation, etc. that is going on in the world, often run by huge yet nearly invisible organizations, corporations, and 'leaders'. It's a very hopeless song because it reflects real life.
Album art
Ed Sheeran
“Blue” is a song about a love that is persisting in the discomfort of the person experiencing the emotion. Ed Sheeran reflects on love lost, and although he wishes his former partner find happiness, he cannot but admit his feelings are still very much there. He expresses the realization that he might never find another on this stringed instrumental by Aaron Dessner.