"Haemoglobin" as written by Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steven Hewitt....
I was hanging from a tree
Unaccustomed to such violence
Jesus looking down on me
I'm prepared for one big silence

How'd I ever end up here
Must be through some lack of kindness
And it seemed to dawn on me
Haemoglobin is the key

Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heart beat
Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heart beat

At the time they cut me free
I was brimming with defiance
Doctors looking down on me
Breaking every law of science
How'd I ever end up here?
A latent strain of color blindness
Then it seemed to dawn on me
Haemoglobin is the key

Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heart beat [Repeat: x4]

Now my feet don't touch the ground
Now my feet don't touch the ground
Now my feet don't touch the ground
Now my feet don't touch the ground

As they drag me to my feet
I was filled with incoherence
Theories of conspiracy
The whole world wants my disappearance
I'll go fighting nail and teeth
You've never seen such perseverance
Gonna make you scared of me
Cause haemoglobin is the key

Haemoglobin is the key
To a healthy heart beat [Repeat: x4]

Now my feet don't touch the ground [Repeat: x8]

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"Haemoglobin" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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  • +5
    General Commenti cant believe no one has mentioned this. its clearly about OD-ing and being rescued just in time.
    lidia88on September 11, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRacism. Haemoglobin is the same color in everyone. And by "healthy heartbeat" i think he means that a healthy heartbeat is one without hate. So if you remember that haemoglobin is in everyone, you'll be without hate for race... and therefore... hate-less, and healthy.
    or maybe I'm just tyring too hard.
    Scabareton July 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhy haemaglobin, strange, weird wonderful song, i love it. i fink that it is one of the best placebo songs ever
    stebugon June 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah i get the whole racism thing, the lynching and colourblindness, but when it comes to the haemoglobin, i'm lost, perhaps it has to do with knowing that deep down where all the same, we all have haemoglobin, we need it to survive (binds with oxygen). *shrugs*
    sunday_girlon March 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti have had a brainwave here. haemaglobin is the same colour in everyone, no matter what racem gender etc. i fink mayb brian is tryin 2 say how if yuo look deeper than the skin we see we ar ethe same. maybe, i dunno. makes kinda some sorta sanse to me anyways
    stebugon March 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn many instances, I've noticed people talking about how LSD makes you think Jesus is looking at you, and like the Ben Folds song, he was up a tree. He might've OD'd, and that explains the doctors looking down on him. Perhaps the haemoglobin reduced signifigantly and his heart went whacked. The part about his feet not touching the ground may be symbolic to the fact he's high.
    oxyhaemoglobinon June 06, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere are cases in life where a person actually dies on the operating table...or at least they are "pronounced dead". Then, shortly after, they actually resume their heart beat, and come back alive, in a way. This appears to be what happened to the person speaking the lyrics..."doctors looking down on me, breaking every law of science"...as in...it seems impossible that he woudl come back alive. And I think the haemoglobin reference is just a metaphor for him willing himself back to life...by realizing what he needs to do to become alive again. Haemaglobin is necessary for a person to live, and it seems like this realization just made him bring himself back to life. Also, it is indeed true that haemoglobin's binding to oxygen gives blood its red color. This works with the anti-racism theme then...because it's like the person died for being sinfully racist in the first place (latent strain of color blindness)...and then realizing that the substance which is necessary for EVERY human being to live is actaully colored (red) he snapped back into life with a confused state of mind (filled with incoherence). The one thing i'm not sure about is the whole "gonna make you scared of me" thing.
    rhoadsnroses82on October 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentintoxicating song.
    brian says this song is about a racism... being hanged, injustice, etc. but, i guess almost anything can be read into it.
    screen dreamon April 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentever notice how every single placebo song would be great in a movie?? i don't know if it's just me, but this song really belongs in a movie. it's like spinning, or something. i love it.
    kill.me.fasteron August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought this song was about suicide...hanging from a noose around a tree,which it is but not suicide...but racism "colour blindness" etc but i still don't get the haemoglobin thing....

    Haemoglobin is the pigment in red blood cells which attach to oxygen forming oxyhaemoglobin...it's this that gives blood the bright red colour... i dunno maybe it's like he was going thorough some near-death experience and thats what was going thorough his head

    Ummmm..... probably not!

    If anyone got an idea...please post it!
    sally_cinnamonon September 27, 2002   Link

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