light up a cigarette she said
and calm the fuck down
you got a serious side to you
that could give the whole world a frown
now nothin' really matters to me you see
check out these holes in my gown
let your eyes lose their focus a little
let your guard come down

i was thirsty for everything
but water wasn't my style
guess we might have to teach me
guess we might have to show me how

now put out that cigarette she said
somethin' ain't right in here
it's tied to the both of us, I ain't sure now,
it isn't clear
we could have been born helpless children
beggin' for our next meal
I could be a voodoo lady, just a classy
playin' the field

classy holy hooker!!!
hey! I've made up my mind, yeah
I came to see your sign
disappear this mornin' but come back

light up a cigarette she said
and calm the fuck down
relax and let your ears hear this beautiful
that's hidin' underneath the sound

underneath the sound!!!
I made up my mind
I came to see you fly
disappear this mornin' but come back

voodoo lady
voodoo lady
voodoo lady
voodoo lady
I was thirsty for everything but blood,
wasn't my style!
voodoo lady
did I dream you up or are you for real?
are you for real?
are you for real?

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Voodoo Lady Lyrics as written by Chad David Taylor Chad Alan Gracey

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    "I was thirsty for everything, but water wasn't my style."

    Such a cool lyric.

    Broken24on July 28, 2006   Link
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    Yeah, it really is a great lyric. It sort of summarizes much of the conflict the speaker experiences in this song, as well as in "Where Fishes Go," "Face and Ghost," and "Feel the Quiet River Rage." Specifically, a mixture of apathy and fear at the prospect of actually comitting himself to love. In this song he is being seduced by apathy. The Voodoo lady tells him:

    "calm the fuck down you got a serious side to you that could give the whole world a frown now nothin' really matters to me you see check out these holes in my gown let your eyes lose their focus a little let your guard come down"

    He puts off the decision to choose "water" (life, spirit) or "blood" (spiritless flesh, death) by deciding that neither is really his "style." But fundamental metaphysical matters of how you look at life and how you live are not matters where you'd say "Eh, that's not really my style."

    Ventifacton September 23, 2006   Link
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    Alright, the way I've always interpreted the Distance to Here is it's an album about a guy's quest to find the truth about religions. Basically, a search for God, songs like the Distance and Face and Ghost make me think this. Here's what I think about Voodoo Lady:

    On his quest for God the narrator has stopped on a sidequest to be with a voodoo lady. He discovers she is a hooker and considers sleeping with her, the first verse is him retelling what she first said to him. He gets suspicious and suspects that she may be wanting to drug him then slit his throat (hey they do it sometimes). The chorus is when he doesn't accept a drink from her and tells her he's never done anything like that before, she tells him that she'll show him how.

    The second verse is her getting the idea that he's caught on to her game, maybe she accidentally flashes her blades to him, but with her being a hooker/voodoo lady that he's never met before tonight, she could be dangerous and would want to kill him right there. So he starts to realize she's crazy and that he himself could be crazy, he realizes how fortunate he is that he isn't the one in her shoes, hence the line "I could be a voodoo lady, just a classy hooker playing the field".

    He tells her he's got to go for some reason, but gives her the idea that he'll come back later that night, so she waits. The beautiful song underneath the sound line could represent him seeing what her intentions really were underneath her offering him sex and a drink.

    The final part of the song is him realizing what had just happened, and that if he was going to die he didn't want to do it by choking on his own blood. Then once he's gotten away from this woman he wonders if the whole thing really happened or if he just dreamed it up.

    That's just my late night look at another one of Live's songs. If it doesn't make sense I apologize.

    finalpoeton January 24, 2007   Link
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    when I was manic I thought this song was about Jesus and Mary Magdelene (the hooker in the Bible.) The verses are about Mary talking to Jesus and the chorus is Jesus thinking to himself. "We" have to show "me" how. We = the Trinity? Me = Jesus?

    It makes the song pretty cool if you consider this theory.

    giftedmadnesson February 27, 2008   Link
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    I see it as being more simple than all that. it's about temptation and the realisation that there is a thirst for the forbidden within and the struggle against base desire,

    alex109868on August 01, 2015   Link

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