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Pretty When You Cry Lyrics

You're made of my rib, oh baby
You're made of my sin
And I can't tell where your lust ends
And where your love begins

I didn't want to hurt you, baby
I didn't want to hurt you
I didn't want to hurt you
But you're pretty when you cry

The moon gives me permission
And I enter through her eyes
She's losing her virginity
And all her will to compromise

I didn't want to hurt you, baby
I didn't want to hurt you
I didn't want to hurt you
But you're pretty when you cry

I didn't want to fuck you, baby
I didn't want to fuck you
I didn't want to fuck you
But you're pretty when you're mine

I didn't really love you, baby
I didn't really love you
I didn't really love you, baby
But I'm pretty when I lie

You hurt me baby
I hurt you baby

How can you do this to me now?

If you knew how much I loved you
You would run away
But when I treat you bad
It always makes you want to stay

I didn't want to hurt you, baby
I didn't want to hurt you, baby
I didn't want to hurt you, baby
I didn't want to hurt you, baby
I didn't want to hurt you, baby

How can you do this to me now?
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Apr 27, 2002
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i personally thought it was about the dangerous obsessive nature of relationships..the whole love/hate angle...but then, vasts songs are, i think, deliberately ambigious....

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I read an interview with Jon Crosby ( Original member/founder of VAST.. vocals and damn near everything else :) ) and he went into great detail about this song. It was written about a disaterous relationship he had previously. The woman had (i don't remember details) some form of mental issues and so the relationship was very unstable , going from intense bouts of passion to equally intense fits of violence. They were together a while before it finally ended, and a fair bit of damge was done to both sides... needless to say it wasn't a very good time in his life. The lyrics really show the spiteful, hateful things people do to each other when things go bad, eg. 'I didn't want to hurt you but you're pretty when you cry ' etc. You get the idea. Hope you find this helpful.

Yeah, you're thinking of this interview:

ink19.com/issues_F/98_06/ink_spots/vast_nf.html

it's about how he took advantage of her love for him to bed her. it's a demonstartion of his sense of objectification and entitlement. perfect example of the profile of an emotional abuser. she was probably intense with him because she sensed his mistreatment of her. also typical in abusive realtionships...he wants to be "crazy makin" and make her think it's her. yet he admits he used her, and finds no problem with it. he goes around whining that he is constantly being mistreated because he sees no fault in himself. they...

and i'm sorry to you honey, for in your youth you couldn't have known better. lovely how everyone wants to blmae the gal, when he was a philanderer and doing things that caused you unnecessary pain. he got mad at you for being mad at him. he launched a music career, you got trouble and a song forever marking this pain. healing for you. you were not crazy, just passionate. he led you to believe the passion was equal. it was, but in a traumatic way. "male priveledge" is what it's called. and...

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If you knew how much I loved you You would run away But when I treat you bad It always makes you want to stay

story of my life

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Dark, sensual song about an obsessive sado-masochistic relationship that the partners know is destructive but they cannot help being willing participants anyway. Sounds like the girl plays coy at first and ends up wanting it rough and the guy is struggling to appear to be the one in charge but deep down he knows she is. Amazing musical flow to this song- like a forbidden journey.

yea i think you get the idea... :)

Yes, this is how I see it too

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prettywhenyoucry00- no one "really" wants to know exactly what the song is about. That takes away the magic of poetry- please let him express himself on his own- he doesn't need you clearing things up for him like a school marm. It is very egotistical and taboid-y for you to come here and blab. There is a reason songs are ambiguous. Also, your take on the situation may be somewhat different than his. I am sure all of my ex boyfriends would have a different take than I regarding our relationship and subsequent break ups. He is very talented, let his music speak for itself without your obsessive need to "clarify". Let his fans interpret his lyrics in their own way- that is the point of poetry. If all artists wanted their work to be precisely traced and explained then the arts would be very boring.

Excellently stated!!

While I'm thinking you are right in stating it hurts the affection of the song giving a recipy how you are supposed to understand and feel them, I'm finding it very interesting to discuss how other people receive the song. And like you say he is great in making his songs ambiguous, leading to a interesting spectrum of thoughts. But Jon Crosby clearly decided for himself to give out some background information of the song, which only spices up the discussion in my opinion.

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This is a great song, one of my favorites. If you pay close enough attention to the lyrics you see that the one singing does in fact love the person he's singing about. He says that he doesn't love her and he lies. He treats her badly and says those things because that's what she wants from him. If he let her know how much he really loved and cared for her she would leave. It's a twisted relationship. All of this is apparent in the following lines:

"If you knew how much I loved you, you would run away But when I treat you bad it always makes you want to stay."

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i adore this song. it's violent and romantic at the same time. my favourite vast song. it's obsessive. :P

never understand why people came here for say that they like the songs. i mean you can say that in youtube comments if you like, or another site where you can express your love for the song; but in this site it's for post your own interpretation. if you wanna say ''oh i love this song, it's very pretty'' you should go to another site and don't fill this one with trash comments.

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ShadowOfThePast, your interpretation is great, wonderfully worded. In the background vocals that are scattered throughout the song (they start at about the 2:23 mark).. i think it's "how could you do this to me now" - but if anyone thinks differently please feel free to correct. --i just thought i'd add that in there, for anyone who was wondering.

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As many people have said, 'Pretty when You Cry' is about a mutually abusive, co-dependent relationship... This song appears to depict a man who expresses his love by making his lover suffer, and a woman who needs to suffer to feel loved... In a sick sort of way, this is a perfect relationship...

On a side note, Jon Crosby actually released a version of this album with a commentary track... During this song, he explains that he finds it interesting how so many people feel the need to hurt the one they love just to affirm that that person loves them. I don't know about anyone else, but I found this observation to be PAINFULLY accurate...

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Am I the only one who loves the first sentence: "You're made of my rib, oh baby"?

I don't love it because it's a bible reference, and yet I do, because it's a very dirty song...

And I like bible references in dirty songs... xD

Also the you're made of my sin thing, I'm thinking may have something to do with the Lilith/Eve thing.

But what do I know?

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