This song is timeless, and nearly 20 years after its creation, still possesses the mystique it did the first time i heard it ~1994. To me, at first blush, all those years ago, it had some kind of homo-erotic allure. The line "so that the others may do" tells of something which must be done for others to follow suit. It felt like like some kind of roxy-glam-pop invitation to sexual liberation. Upon further introspection I think the song may not have an intrinsic meaning, but simply represents a sort of "holding open the door" for people who otherwise might be affronted by this song/band's unusual style. I know, as a sort of armchair rock-historian, that there have been few bands so daring and so true to the sound that wanted to emerge from within, whether the creator wanted it or not. This band handled it with elegance and grace seldom, if ever, seen.
we must we must fight & fuck, rub & touch, fisticuffs, spittin' blood on the ol' pinch & thud. we must, we lust, try it all, try to call, fill our protocol, smearin' lipstick all over the bathroom walls. we create the illusion that we're part of creation, but we've never been there & we are never alone. we tried to figure you out, we tried to figure you out, we count your lips like a stain, laughing like some kind of monster, no that shit doesn't phase me, now you are driving crazy, we run it over & oh. wake up with the makeup, the powdered nose & the rubber hose wondering what happened in last night's overdose. we tried to figure you out, we tried to figure you out, we count your lips like a stain, laughing like some kind of monster, no that shit doesn't phase me, now you are driving crazy, we run it over & over, we tried to figure you out, we tried to figure... over & over & over & over & over & over & over & oh. what then? we tried to figure you out.
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