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Bodies, can't you see what everybody wants from you?

[Verse 1]
Forgive the kids, for they don't know how to live
Run the alleys casually cruel
Cruel, cruel

[Verse 2]
Bodies, can't you see what everybody wants from you?
For you could want that, too
They could take or leave you
So they took you, and they left you
How could they be casually cruel?
Cruel, cruel, oh
Cruel, cruel, oh

[Bridge]
Bodies, can't you see what everybody wants from you?
If you could want that, too, then you'll be happy

[Verse 3]
You were the one waving flares in the air so they could see you
And they were as laughter, blowing past ya, blowing fastly so they can see
Ya
Cruel, cruel, oh
Cruel, cruel, oh

[Fade out]



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    UnregisteredNov 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm
    I think this is referring to out natural tendency of being cruel. In the video she is an abused housewife, unappreciated, and she lets them take advantage of her. But she ends up being just as cruel for excusing their cruelness because if she could want that too then she'd be as happy as they are happy for abusing her.
  • u
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    UnregisteredMar 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    Perhaps it is about how the media objectifies women via sexualizing stereotypes, and the women play into that (waving flares in the air so they could see you) because that is the only way they know how to get attention and love, but in the end self-sexualization backfires because it makes oneslef into an object/subject of cruelty. Ps. By media i also mean society in general
  • u
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    UnregisteredDec 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm
    My gosh, music would be so boring if there were no other meanings behind the words. No, you don't need to be on drugs to try to interpret poetry or to create art that's a little ''out of the ordinary''. You need an open mind and a willingness to understand.
    For those who are unwilling to even try to understand this wonderful song, go turn the radio on and listen to something that's better suited for you... Baby, baby, baby oh... There is no mistaking what those lyrics mean
  • u
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    UnregisteredNov 7, 2011 at 12:08 am
    If you read a book in your life, you'd get it. These lyrics are not cryptic and their meaning is fluid and simple.
    Bodies can't you see what everybody want's from you
    Calling us bodies is her objectifying us. Objectification and expectation.
    Kids are the most obvious about being cruel with taunts and bullying.
    I'm going to stop here. There's more than one way to interpret anything and i don't want to unravel this.
  • u
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    UnregisteredMay 23, 2012 at 3:22 am
    Some people who i beleive that tend to be
    Introverted and really try to understand
    Themselves, find themselves and how to
    Be happy according to thier own standards.

    When others see this person who is in
    Alignment with thier true nature and thier
    True individualism, they are attracted to
    Want to learn from this person, but if
    They cant learn from that individual and
    Become frustrated then they turn that frustration
    Back onto the individual to protect thier
    Ego.

    I might be mistaken but it seems like that sorta
    Thing happened to jesus.

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