You snake you crawled between my legs
Said want it all it's yours you bet
I'll make you queen of everything
No need for God no need for him

Just take my hand you'll be my bride
Just take that fruit put it inside
You snake you dog you fake you liar
I've burned my hands I'm in the fire
Oh
You salty dog you filthy liar
My heart it aches I'm in the fire

You snake I ate a true belief
Your rotten fruit inside of me
Oh Adam please you must believe
That snake put it in front of me
That snake put it in front of me
In front of me


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    My Interpretation

    It's a brilliant song. I personally interpret it to be about temptation, giving into temptation, and then later feeling the consequences and regret of giving in.

    DivingUpon August 31, 2012   Link
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    General Comment

    Self-explainitory. If you don't get it, read Genesis in the bible.

    blueskymindon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    There's just something primal, and quite hot about it.

    pumkinhedon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    the song is only a minute and a half long, but in my opinion, it's genious. the structure, the melody (if you'd call it that), the Adam and Eve revisionism -- everything about it is just brilliant.

    SWRJoneson March 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    I agree that this song is about how the snake (the devil) tempted Eve into sin. She took the fruit it's too late to return to innocence. It's Paradise Lost! I don't think she's pleading for sex at the end, though, as pumkinhed suggests. She's just explaining to Adam that the snake maliciously tempted her ("Oh Adam, please, you must believe, that snake put it in front of me").

    birnodon April 11, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    I think it's relating the Garden of Eden story to being tempted and hurt by a man. Snake, as we all know, can be a metatphor for penis...he was charming, she gave into him, fell for him and fucked him...but he lied, he cheated, he didn't just fuck her in the end, he fucked her over.

    missmeon February 26, 2009   Link
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    the snake is penis

    So she's implying that man was the one who is responsible for primal sinn. And next he's proposing complete fall from god. The fruit could be reffering from taking the power of life from god and put it in a woman, so man can from hereon have power to create life. The choice the man made that led to destruction of god also destroyed the infinite solace god offered for the pain in this world. Fire part speaks about the pain this god-killing brought out in this world. At the end is an apologetic tanrum, how man decived her. But this is just an interpretation..

    PS. I just <3 the way she reinterprets (male centered)concepts in man-woman relations.

    Griphonon August 29, 2010   Link
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    General Comment

    For those of us who don't get it, the song's basically about Adam and Eve. At first she's screeching at him for blaming her for them being thrown out of Eden, then by the second half, she's discovered sex and is now pleading for it.

    pumkinhedon August 10, 2006   Link

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