I'd like to help you doctor
Yes I really really would
But the din in my head
It's too much and it's no good
I'm standing in a windy tunnel
Shouting through the roar
And I'd like to give the information
You're asking for

But blood makes noise
It's a ringing in my ear
Blood makes noise
And I can't really hear you
In the thickening of fear

I think that you might want to know
The details and the facts
But there's something in my blood
Denies the memory of the acts
So just forget it Doc.
I think it's really
Cool that you're concerned
But we'll have to try again
After the silence has returned

'Cause blood makes noise
It's a ringing in my ear
Blood makes noise
And I can't really hear you
In the thickening of fear

Blood makes noise

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Blood Makes Noise Lyrics as written by Suzanne Vega

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is so weird because I can literally relate it totally to an experience I once had. I overdosed on anywhere from 250-300 aspirin, and a symptom of aspirin overdose is a ringing in the ears. Now while I was in the ER, it eventually got to one point where I could NOT hear anyone for the life of me unless they yelled directly into my ear tunnel.

    They kept asking me over and over again why I did it, and I couldn't answer them not only because I couldn't hear them, but also because I was so fucked up mentally that I myself didn't really know. Sorry for the downer-ish topic. But I felt it related a lot to the song. BTW, I'm all good now :-D
    raveynn182on January 15, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentLike bandaid said, the ringing in the ear is really her emotion, she's too upset to calmly discuss things with the doc.
    maxwellsmarton January 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song.. i think its prolly about someone who's having a problem and a doctor (or somone) is trying to help them out, but she's too frightened and traumatized to cooperate just yet.. i guess that even though she appreciates what he's trying to do, she's asking him to lay off until she calms down.. i guess everybody needs that every now and then..
    bandaidon August 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of those songs that the music is absolutely vital to the lyrics. I can't imagine anyone ever covering it differently.

    The din in her head must be something worse than her explanation of a simple ringing ear.
    TK6022on January 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Everyone has experience with doctors. That's a hard question, am I skeptical of doctors? I go to doctors. Yes, I am skeptical of doctors in certain way. I mean, I go to them like everyone else but I think there's a relationship between the doctors and the album and the fact that some of the characters on the album are abused for example. Usually the first signs of abuse you know for example if the child is abused, you go to the doctor and the doctor is the first one to pick up on the clues. And a lot of times the doctor can't or won't want to get involved. So, that's the link there. I don't have anything against doctors and the medical profession certainly."
    Suzanne Vega at The Learning Annex, 1995

    "And it's really a song about not being able to communicate with someone because of feeling anxiety and fear. That's what that song is about in a nutshell." Suzanne Discusses Each Song on Tried and True september, 1998
    BadWisdomon February 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song and I agree with TK6022 about the music.. not only the music goes perfectly with the lyrics it's so fun to hear..
    what do you think about the blood makes noise?! I think maybe she saw some horrible things (involving alot of blood) and the noise that it makes is the din in her head...
    rmusicon January 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like post-traumatic stress to me. That's clearly what this :
    "I think that you might want to know
    The details and the facts
    But there's something in my blood
    Denies the memory of the acts"
    tells me.
    Jackie42on October 04, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's about AIDS, but Bandaid nailed it well.
    RyanT67on March 05, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think HIV/AIDS is an obvious link... but I think it could also be about any debilitating illness and how one doesn't feel mortal... until you do. Despite all our caution and care, terminal illnesses just seem like something that happens to other people. But once you've heard the words from a doctor, you enter a different state of consciousness and awareness of yourself.
    rz333on June 27, 2018   Link

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