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the meaning of this song?
Posted by: Dewy (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: June 12, 2003 04:28PM

Hi all,

I gave up after reading these lyrics several times. Could any of you enlighten me about what this song trying to say?

Confusing mind ,

Dewy

Hymn to Her

Let me inside you,
Into your room.
I´ve heard it´s lined,
With the things you don´t show.
Lay me beside you,
Down on the floor.
I´ve been your lover, from the womb to the tomb.
I´´ dress as your daughter, when the moon becomes round.
You´ll be my mother, when everything´s gone.


She will always carry on
Something is lost, something is found.
They will keep on speaking her name
Something´s changed, some stay the same.


Keep beckoning to me,
From behind that closed door,
The maiden, the mother, and the crone that´s grown old.
I hear your voice,
coming out of that hole.
I listen to you,
and I want some more.
I listen to you,
and I want some more.


She will always carry on.
Something is lost, something is found.
They will keep on speaking her name,
Some things changed, some stay the same.


Let me inside you,
Into your room.
I´ve heard it´s lined,
With the things that you don´t show.
Lay me beside you,
Down on the floor,
I´ve been your lover from the womb to the tomb.
I´ve dresed your daughter, when the moon becomes round.
You´ll be my mother, when everything´s gone.


She will always carry on.
Something is lost, something is found.
They will keep on speaking her name,
Some things changed, some stay the same


Re: the meaning of this song?
Posted by: Dewy (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: June 12, 2003 05:07PM

Sorry, this song is by the Pretenders. Thanks.


Re: the meaning of this song?
Posted by: Marian-NYC-Alaska (---.nwc.acsalaska.net)
Date: June 13, 2003 02:33AM

Dear Dewy,

I think this poem/lyric holds up to at least a couple of interpretations. Here is some stuff to get you started.

1. There's a song in MY FAIR LADY that most people refer to as "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?" The actual title of the song is "Hymn to Him." So the title of this Pretenders song MAY (or may not!) be a glancing reference.

2. Upon (I admit it) first reading these lines here, I thought it was about the part of any person (man or woman) that will always want MOMMY no matter how old and/or mature we become. I thought it could be about how women keep coming back to "mom" between attempts to find other role models, and/or how men keep coming back to "mom" between attempts to bond with other females. The verses from the pov of the child, and the choruses commenting from afar.

3. But a couple of net-searches indicate that the song has been mostly interpreted as a HYMN in the religious sense, a neo-pagan anthem addressed to the Goddess. Here are the sites I visited:

"Although the first three songs on side one revolve around images of change, the album's highlights are the material that's most similar to Learning to Crawl — Meg Keene's "Hymn to Her," a triumphant contemplation of female roles"--[www.pretendersarchives.com]

[www.soulrebels.com] -- includes HYMN TO HER in a list of “Goddess” songs

"Hymn to Her, on the other hand, has a plain, slow harmonium backing. It is meant to sound like a church organ, and it doesn't work. Chrissie should know better than to try to transplant paganism into a church."
[www.emcit.com]

"Hymn to Her - One of the most beautiful hymns to the goddess available anywhere." -- [www.spiritualitea.com]


Re: the meaning of this song?
Posted by: Dewy (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: June 13, 2003 09:02PM

Dear Marian

Thank you very much for the reply. If this is the Hymn to some Goddesses then I'll try to understand as such. Thanks again and have a wonderful time .

Dewy


Re: the meaning of this song?
Posted by: dennis (---.gardena-03rh16rt.ca.dial-access.att.net)
Date: June 27, 2003 08:08PM

The girl misses he mother. Memories of the mother in various modes
are all around the girl-but the mother is not.
We live on in the world we leave behind. Separate identities
are part illusion. A bitter-sweet poem. dlc




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