"Loretta's Scars" as written by and S. Kannberg S. Malkmus....
How can I make my body shed for you?
How can I make my body shed
Around your metal scars
Loretts's scars
From now on I can see the slums
Makes me nervous, makes me run


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"Loretta's Scars" as written by S. Malkmus S. Kannberg

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    General Comment^ my comment from 6 months ago was not very helpful, so I'll try it again.

    This song is about caring for someone so intensely that they want not only to comfort, but to take "Loretta's" pain and make it their own. Her emotional scars are so deep that healing is difficult, maybe even impossible. But even though her problems cause anxiety, "from now on I can see the sun" suggests that they have seen her anguish and can never unsee it, or forget how much it affected them. Loretta's scars become a thing of beauty, because they're hers. Despite the nervous fear, and no matter how tumultuous things become, they will never stop trying to shed themselves to heal Loretta's scars.

    This has been my favorite Pavement song since high school.

    How can I, how can I, how can I
    make my body shed for you?

    = much love
    artsluton September 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is a sweet-confused-sad song about a girl named Loretta who's had lots of problems in her life. Metal scars=unhealable. He's trying to figure out how to comfort her without losing too much of himself. Already the sun "makes me anxious makes me run"...he's getting sort of scared by her stories already.
    whatslifelikeon January 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat can I say, Pavement write the best drinking songs for the over-educated and under-motivated. Well, besides the Fall. Anyway, everybody knows a girl like this, you wish there was something you could do, but you just can't. Maybe it'll work out for her somehow in the end.
    DevastatorJr.on January 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment^ wow that's so weird...
    brings out the whole college theme of S+E again, ... this song is so huge, bastard must of cum'd his pants the second he wrote this bitch, I don't know how he became a master of melodies, but I want to know how..
    acorm88on June 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song, perhaps my favorite on S+E.

    I think it's the description of a drug trip.
    Quonseton April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is tops!!! i think that the part about 'From now on I can see the sun
    Makes me nervous, makes me run' is about how he has just found out how intense this girls problems are, its getting him worried but i don't think he wants to give up on her but doesn't know any other way?
    supertrampon April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's actually just about how painful it might be to screw a girl with piercings ("How can I, how can I how can I, make my body shed around your metal scars?")
    kcinlett2002on June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentloretta scars is the name of a porn star.
    gigadanceon March 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentacorm88, I agree with everything you said. Well done.
    artsluton March 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis is one of the most listened to song on my iTunes. It's infectious, and after reading some of the meanings on here, I find it to be a sad song.
    strangersagainon September 09, 2012   Link

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