Oh, the heads that turn
Make my back burn
And those heads that turn
Make my back, make my back burn

The sparkle in your eyes
Keeps me alive
And the sparkle in your eyes
Keeps me alive, keeps me alive

The world
Oh, the world turns around
The world and the world, yeah
The world drags me down

Oh, the heads that turn
Make my back burn
And those heads that turn
Make my back, make my back burn, yeah
Hey yeah hey, yeah hey

The fire in your eyes keeps me alive
And the fire in your eyes keeps me alive
Inside her you'll find sanctuary
Inside her you'll find sanctuary

And the world, the world turns around
And the world, and the world, the world drags me down
And the world, and the world, and the world, the world turns around
And the world, and the world, and the world, and the world
The world drags me down

Ah, hey yeah, hey yeah
And the world (hey yeah, hey), and the world turns around (hey yeah, hey)
And the world, and the world (hey yeah, hey)
Yeah, the world drags me down (hey yeah, hey)
And the world (hey yeah, hey)
Yeah, the world turns around (hey yeah, hey)
And the world, and the world (hey yeah, hey), the world drags me down (hey yeah, hey)

Yeah hey, hey yeah

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She Sells Sanctuary Lyrics as written by William Henry Duffy Ian Robert Astbury

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  • +7
    General Comment
    If you ask me, it is about a guy at a farmer's market who is trying to sell his chickens that he raised from little chicks and is having separation anxiety.... The makes your back burn part is obviously talking about his sunburn from when he was feeding the chickens.
    tobyiniton February 23, 2010   Link
  • +4
    Lyric Correction
    The funny thing is you're all discussing what these lyrics mean, but they aren't even correct. It's not "The Texas Sun" it is "The heads that turn:!
    GreenAsJadeon November 05, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Comment
    i reckon personally that you're pretty much right but for me the girl is probably a prostitute or hooker. purely because the title is 'She Sells Sanctuary' which i interpreted as selling sex which is in turn a sanctuary for him?
    geordie211on March 13, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment
    This song always takes me back to college days. Late at night/early morning Bourbon Whiskey opening the windows to the mind.........deep longing/melancholy still at times looking for that Sanctuary........................................................
    johnt555g1on November 03, 2012   Link
  • +2
    This song takes me back to college. I remember listening to this song/album on my Walkman while training for the long distance track team. Songs like this kept me alive, gave me the motivation and spark I needed to keep going when it would have been so much easier to just give in and quit!
    paislei27on March 21, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment
    I've always thought this song was about love you can't have for some reason. Wanting a person that is unattainable for whatever reason. They can sell you a few hours of their time (possibly like a sex worker), but you can never 'be' with them as bad as you want them.
    jedzeeon March 10, 2014   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning
    “She Sells Sanctuary” was probably referring to the power of finding solitude in a woman’s arms and the matriarchal energy, whether it be an actual physical person or in a spiritual sense, the greatest matriarch, and thinking of the cosmos as a female energy rather than a male energy. These are archetypal things I was picking up from discovering things like Joseph Campbell and Buffy Sainte-Marie or even Jim Morrison. All these things were flying around, and the songs “Spiritwalker” and “She Sells Sanctuary” are quite similar, in a way. In fact, “Spiritwalker” was going to be a Southern Death Cult song, but they didn’t want to do it for whatever reason, so I said, “Fine, I’m leaving, and I’m taking my songs with me.” [Laughs.] That ended up being recorded by The Cult, and it really helped to define our sound.
    susieq88on June 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    actually, it could be about a hooker. or just a slutty girl. "heads turn" as in people look at them and judge them, his back burning in embarrassment or anger. but he still wants or needs her company. it's totally possible this song is about a hooker. probably not, but definitely possible.
    celery is grosson February 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    What if it's from the perspective of a gay guy who is talking to his ex-lover who has left him for a woman--the heads that turn are people staring at a gay couple. He's still in love with the guy who left him and is sort of dismissing his new hetero relationship with the "I'm sure in her you'll find sanctuary" line. Otherwise, who's the "you" in the song?
    MikeBCon April 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    I agree with the prostitute meaning, but from a different perspective. I thought that it was about an on-looker looking at this guy walking down the street with a prostitute. The on-looker really likes this girl and everyone knows it, but he can't have her for some unknown reason, possible embarrassment? That's why it gets him mad, but looking at her eyes keeps him alive and hoping for her/maybe she likes him as well? Finally he gives up hope at getting her because he simply can't handle the embarrassment or shame from friends/family/the world/tabloids. He then realizes he really messed up a great thing, but wishes the other guy luck. "I'm sure in her you'll find the sanctuary."
    JuicyMelonon June 16, 2008   Link

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