Stop Me If You Think... - analysis

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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Tue Dec 05, 2006 2:55 pm

Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you've
Heard this one before
Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before

Nothing's changed
I still love you, oh, I still love you
...Only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my love

I was delayed, I was way-laid
An emergency stop
I smelt the last ten seconds of life
I crashed down on the crossbar
And the pain was enough to make
A shy, bald, buddhist reflect
And plan a mass murder
Who said lied I'd to her ?

Oh, who said I'd lied because I never ? I never !
Who said I'd lied because I never ?
I was detained, I was restrained
And broke my spleen
And broke my knee
(and then he really laced into me)
Friday night in Out-patients
Who said I'd lied to her ?

Oh, who said I'd lied ? - because I never, I never
Who said I'd lied ? - because I never

Oh, so I drank one
It became four
And when I fell on the floor ...
...I drank more

Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you've
Heard this one before
Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before

Nothing's changed
I still love you, oh, I still love you
...Only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my love
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I have been wondering about the true meaning about this, but have problems selecting from a few possibilities... It clearly suggests injuries and harm, and lying to someone (a partner? a friend? a medical staffmember treating the injuries?) about the cause of these wounds...

In an earlier discussion elsewhere, it was suggested it would be about domestic violence, where the woman who was abused by her husband lies to the doctor about the cause of the injuries, making up the 'classic' excuse of for example a traffic accident (hence the reference to the crossbar), while the husband is heavily addicted to alcohol and tries to make up excuses everytime he gets drunk in his local.

I was wondering however... couldn't this be about self-mutilation or suicidal tendencies? Someone who is coming into hospital with clear wounds from a suicide attempt or self-mutilation, but who tries to make the nurse believe it was just an accident, trying to hide the self-mutilation from the outside world. However, what does the "I still love you, only slightly less than I used to" mean in that context then??



What do you folks think it's truely about?
Keep it flaming your desire, always rising higher - Aim for stars and hit the sky
(Echo & The Bunnymen - Evergreen, 1996)

Capital punishment = murder

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Postby this_charming_girl » Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:09 pm

i always thought it was someone cheating on their girlfriend and making up kinda over the top excuses excuses for where they were and so saying 'nothing's changed, i still love you' is what he says to her when she questions him or whatever and then 'only slightly less than i used to' is kind of an aside to himself that he doesnt say to her. i dont know if thats a really simplistic way of interpreting it but who knows what the hell moz thought! :D
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