"Baby Sister" as written by and Damien George Rice....
Don't wake up, baby sister
Keep dreaming
Do you feel your cup?
Baby sister, keep drinking

Or he'll hit you
He'll bleach your eyes
So be a good girl just for the night
And run! Run!

Don't get stuck,
Baby sister, leave this land
and meet your bulls!
Baby sister, wash your hands

Or he'll hit you
He'll bleach your eyes
So be a good girl just for the night
And run! Run! Run! Run!
Run! Run! Run, baby sister, run!
Baby sister.


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"Baby Sister" as written by Damien George Rice

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    General Commenta song he wrote when he was still in the band Juniper (who later became Bell X1).
    JordyWordyon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a sad song. I think the lyrics speak for themselves.
    spastic_kittyon August 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its more haunting than sad... the ave maria just adds to the depressing beauty
    orangeguitargirlon October 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree.
    thebutcheresson February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think (if you wanna' dig pretty deep) that the repetition of the music is perfect. It is just the right portrayal of how she is stuck in this place and can't escape, can't change.
    Batesy_predatoron November 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI could be wrong but I've always thought this song was partially about abuse. Maybe a brother encouraging his little sister to keep her head down, get on with things and "be a good girl" because their Dad is a bully.

    "Baby sister, wash your hands
    Or he'll beat you"
    This strikes me as a scene where a very controlling father wants his family to be perfect and won't settle for less. And even if one of them do the slightest thing wrong, he'll beat them.

    "And read your books"
    He's telling her to keep her head down and in a book. To avoid confrontation.

    It's such a haunting song. I always think a dull, dark house that has no TV, or music and any entertainment. Where the kids have to follow strict rules and do completely as they're told. I also think the father is religious because of the "Ave Maria" reference.

    But I could be completely wrong. In fact, I think I am, though that is my interpretation.
    ThePaperBackMummyon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song to me is clearly about sexual abuse:

    "Did he fill your cup? Baby sister, keep drinking
    Or he'll hit you
    He'll bleach your eyes"

    I think that's all pretty self-explanatory. I find the use of the verb "bleach" as a metaphor for coming particularly clever / beautiful (sad beauty, of course).
    CoconutCookieon May 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh yeah, and I think the "Ave Maria..." emphasises the baby sister's innocence / virginity if it had not been for her abusive father, seeing as "Ave Maria..." is meant to praise the Virgin Mary.
    CoconutCookieon May 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh yeah, and I think the "Ave Maria..." emphasises the baby sister's innocence / virginity if it had not been for her abusive father, seeing as "Ave Maria..." is meant to praise the Virgin Mary.
    CoconutCookieon May 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow, this song is so sad. I deffinetly agree that its about sexual abuse. I love that Damien Rice sings these beautiful (and often heartbreaking) songs that people can relate to. I personally dont relate to this song but someone else out there probably can.
    cmfitz93on August 27, 2008   Link

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