"Mt. St. Helens" as written by and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn....
From the morning when I rise from my bed
'Til the evening when I lay my head in slumber
Oh, the loss of you does wreck my days
Leaves me with a violent hunger
I will never be free from you
'Til I escape the lion's jaw
There's no welcome in the end
There's no reason to return again

The mountain stood so large
We were humbled
We walked a high and lonely path
The sun beat down on the ground
We looked around us
There were no trees there
We found a creek there
We dipped our feet there
We were alone there
There was still hope there
There had been a great disaster
The hot winds came just after
A tremendous shock was felt
Survivors often tell
The trees all hit the ground
Death was all around
And not a single lonesome sigh

The example lay before you
You knew what you had to do
You have a pressure in you
To destroy the one who loved you
The death was all around

You were hotter to me than the sun
That burned me up the day we went
To mount saint helens
And if the special death you gave to me
Is the prize i get to take home solemnly
And suffer with the fact that
I could never be your friend
I could never come back home again

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"Mt. St. Helens" as written by Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn


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    General CommentIt's definitely a relationship piece, but I'm not certain that the "special death" is necessarily an orgasm (after all, the French term translates as "little death," not special). Something's gone wrong with the relationship and now all that's left is the "special death" -- a metaphorical death, or the death of the relationship. If you are really interested in Mirah's use of the term "special death" you ought to check out her song by that name (and on the same album--Advisory Committee). In my opinion, the "special death" is like being dead to the person you once loved, and/or having that person be sort of dead to you. The entire album built of interconnecting themes such as this.

    Three years later, Mirah gives us the counter to these songs with the album "C'mon Miracle" in which she has songs such as "Don't Die In Me" and "You've Gone Away Enough."

    Also: I understood the ending lyrics to be (with my emphasis added):

    You were hotter to me than *the sun*
    *that burned* me up the day we went to Mount St. Helens,
    and if this special death you gave to me is the prize I get to take home
    *solemnly* then suffer with the thought that I could never be your friend,
    I could never come back home again.

    (but it could be "silently" not "solemnly" now that I consider it)
    thriggleon November 17, 2008   Link

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