"Unknown Tongue" as written by and Bouchard/roter....
There was no light, shining through the window
As Margaret lie in bed
She was wearing her cotton pajamas
A crucifix above her head

She awoke from a dream
Her eyes were open
Her lips were moving in the dark

Speak to me in many voices
Make them all sound like one
Let me see your sacred mysteries
Reveal to me the Unknown Tongue

She put her hands upon her breasts
And they were small and hard and young
And everywhere she touched, she felt the fire
Waiting for the answer that must surely come

Is this the way to love?
Or is this just the way to die?

Speak to me in many voices
Make them all sound like one
Let me see your sacred mysteries
Reveal to me the Unknown Tongue

And then she took her father's razor
And watched it cut into her palm
She put her hand up to her mouth
To taste the blood so holy and warm

She got up in the morning
Put on her dress, and patent leather shoes
Ate her cereal, and kissed her mother
And caught the bus, and went to school

Speak to me in many voices
Make them all sound like one
Let me see your sacred mysteries
Reveal to me the Unknown Tongue

Reveal to me, reveal to me
Reveal to me, reveal to me
Reveal to me! Reveal to me!


Lyrics submitted by shut

"Unknown Tongue" as written by

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Unknown Tongue song meanings
Add your thoughts

7 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentAccording to the *NME* article, the song "Unknown Tongue" is a true story about a girl that David Roter (co-author of the song) used to know. Apparently a nice Catholic girl, she had a fetish for cutting her big toe with a razor and drinking some of her blood. Of course, in the BOC song, the girl cuts her palm, not her toe.
    Cumarison February 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAn unknown tongue is a language that the listener does not understand. It is to be avoided because it serves no purpose.the song is about an adolesant teen becoming sexualy aware.
    ohmson August 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was going to post this here. It seems to me that this song has so much untold.
    Albert Mondon October 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its pretty straight forward. Young proper catholic girl experimenting with masturbation and a little cutting. I think speaking in "unknown tongues" is a reference to orgasm as is the line "is this the way to love or just a way to die"
    Tonyd101on March 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA clitoris kind of looks like a little tongue.
    SMUSER17506205on May 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA story like The Exorcist, except that here the girl's possession goes unchecked. Check out the Tubular Bells soundalike at 2:05.
    Chocolate Is Yummyon June 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm just gonna throw out that this makes me think of a girl performing some kind of demon summoning but I'm usually wrong.
    otto132883on December 17, 2016   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain