hold aloft
crystal glass
light hits
breaks a face apart
predatory by design
we know you think what's yours is mine
so much skin so little time
endless sea

holy god
we are just bags of blood
stop hitting on girls you love
stop spitting on girls you love

hold aloft
crystal glass
light hits
breaks your face apart
i love anyone but me
tried sipping subtly
it's all in who you see
endless sea

chorus

all in all it's still repeating
the letch fucks the fawn
stoney eyes never stop bleeding
if they saw what we saw
snakes out, sex stealing
what about the law
not every girl is a nail
you're not a hammer
so ...

what about what about what about what about right now right now
what about what about what about what about right now right now
what about what about what about what about right now right now
what about what about what about what about right now right now




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    General CommentI think there are two parts to the song. The initial verse is about men, how they're 'predatory by design' and how they're inclined toward 'ownership' of women.

    'So much skin, so little time' is a comment on a 'typical' male view of women, that one should sleep with as many women as possible.

    The chorus begins with an ironic line "We are just bags of blood", or perhaps a statement that many men see women purely as objects.

    Stop hitting on girls you love / stop spitting on girls you love

    is a comment on the way men treat women, first by hitting on them and being charming, followed by 'spitting' on them, or treating them like shit.

    At this point the second part of the song comes into play.

    This verse talks about the self-image problems women have:

    light hits
    breaks your face apart
    i love anyone but me
    tried sipping subtly
    it's all in who you see
    endless sea

    How the subject's face is 'broken' apart by the light, and how she can love everyone but cannot love herself,

    Sipping subtly may refer to something like 'sipping from the fountain of life' as if she's unable to immerse herself in life because of these image/confidence problems.

    The final line of the verse 'It's all in who you see' tells us that our success and indeed the subject's success is all about how we see ourselves.

    Followed by another chorus, followed by the final verse, which states that nothing really changes, that men (the letch) will still be men, and that women will still be fawns, wide-eyed and innocent.

    It looks to cleverly tie in with Roman mythology, using the letch to tie into Satyr, who is identified with fauns.

    'Stoney eyes never stopped bleeding / If they saw what we saw'

    could mean that men, as represented by stoney eyes, would behave differently if they 'saw what we saw', with 'we' representing women. That is, that behaviour in men would be vastly different if they could see the world and their own behaviour, through the eyes of a woman.

    'Snakes out / sex stealing'

    could simply be the use of phallic imagery in describing the sexual relations of dominating men with women.

    'what about the law? / Not every girl is a nail / you're not a hammer'

    means simply that these men may simply ignore the laws of consent etc. That not every girl should be 'nailed', and that it's not the right attitude to simply view women as notches on one's bedpost.

    Howeverrrrrr, the final line, which may be delivered ironically...could be seen as a woman saying:

    "what about right now?"

    As if she's asking to be treated poorly by these men.

    That's my initial impression of it. The song, though short, is quite complex.
    frggron May 05, 2008   Link

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