"You Make Me Like Charity" as written by Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson and Olof Bjorn Dreijer....
You try to feel but you can't wake up
You try to touch but you can't wake up
You're holding eyes and you don't wake up
Increase the size and you don't wake up
I do it backwards but I don't wake up
Try to reverse but I don't wake up
I sit astride but I still don't wake up

More than a second
When reading the newspaper
I felt the war
I felt her exposed position
I saw myself in the picture
And I

I took a cab there to hold her
I took a plane there to feel what she felt
You make me like charity
Instead of paying enough taxes

I took a cab there to hold her
I took a plane there to feel what she felt
You make me like charity
Instead of paying enough taxes

I took a cab there to hold her
I took a plane there to feel what she felt
You make me like charity
Instead of paying enough taxes

I took a cab there to hold her
I took a plane there to feel what she felt
You make me like charity
Instead of paying enough taxes

I took a cab there to hold her
I took a plane there to feel what she felt
You make me like charity
Instead of paying enough taxes

I took a cab there to hold her
I took a plane there to feel what she felt
You make me like charity
Instead of paying enough taxes

I took a cab there to hold her
I took a plane there to feel what she felt
You make me like charity
Instead of paying enough taxes

I took a cab there to hold her
I took a plane there to feel what she felt
You make me like charity
Instead of paying enough taxes


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"You Make Me Like Charity" as written by Olof Bjorn Dreijer Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson

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    General CommentI am quite schocked by the interpretations of this song! For me it is so clear what they are talking about. The knife is a left, anti- kapitalist, and feminist band. She is talking about how a men and a girl (I said girl on porpose, cause it is a sexist therm to refer to women as girls by both genders- women call them self girls sometimes cause they have internalised the sexist system so much) ... so about how a men and a girl- can't understand what sexism is about... the girls voice said:
    "more than a second
    when reading the newspaper
    I felt the war
    I felt her exposed position
    I saw myself in the picture
    and I..."
    that is the second where the girl starts to realise that looking at a naked women in the newspaper is looking at a women in an exposed position and that she then saw her self in that picture- she started to realise the war betwenn the one who fight against sexism and the one who push it forward...
    The male voice is singing:
    "You try to feel but you don't wake up" befor and that is a metaphor for trying to understand sexism and patriachy but not getting it!
    The male voice also said:
    "I took a cab there to hold her
    I took a plane there to feel what she felt"
    He wants to feel what she felt - the exposed women in the picture of the newspaper- but he really can't because he is:"make(ing)his feeling of solidarity like charity, instead of paying enough taxes.
    getting taxes is a persons rightful right - you don't be thankfull to takes cause you just deserve them- it is a fair system of solidarity- getting charity is something you "should" be thankfull- cause it is not your right to get money (charity) from others- ans so with antisexist solidarity- it should be every womens right to have men fighting against sexism, cause men are oppressed by sexism like women are, but men make women feel like they are doing charity if they once trie to "feel what she felt"! that is what i think what the song is all about !=)
    maik2222on June 21, 2011   Link

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