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Showdown: Round 1, Fight 1

Sheela-Na-Gig vs. Coccoon

Sheela-Na-Gig

Listening to Sheela-Na-Gig
by PJ Harvey, 1992

Sample lyrics:
“ Look at these my child-bearing hips
Look at these, my ruby-red ruby lips! ”

Sarah: Do you guys know either of these songs?

Galen & Rebecca: No.

Sarah: For background, a Sheela-Na-Gig is a carving of an exhibitionist crone, from medieval Europe. You can also read the lyrics if you'd like.

Rebecca: I would like. I'm going to get an edge on this competition, Galen.

Galen: We're not winning. They're winning.

Rebecca: That's what you think.

Coccoon

Listening to Coccoon
by Björk, 2001

Sample lyrics:
“When I wake up a second time, in his arms
Gorgeousness! He's still inside me!”

Rebecca: I can never understand what Björk is saying. I just like the way she says it.

Sarah: Do you want lyrics to this one too?

Rebecca: Sure.

Sarah: The lyrics in this song are a lot more low-key— she just says “inside me,” but it's an extended reference. The whole song turns on this image of penetration.

Rebecca: Ah yes… “Who would have known that a boy like him would have entered me lightly… sharing my core… he slides inside… to inhale a beard!”

Sarah: I always thought that was his beard.

Rebecca: They're definitely different ideas here. We're really deciding between apples and oranges. I vote for Björk.

Galen: I don't know. I kind of like the ruby-red ruby lip reference. It's so balls-out.

Rebecca: Go with what you feel, man.

Galen: OK. Uh-oh, tie-breaker!

Sarah: Tie-breaker? I'm the tie-breaker! I'm going to let PJ win this one, because I like the ruby lips, too.

Rebecca: That's what you get for being vague, Björk.

Winner: Sheela-Na-Gig

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Sheela-Na-Gigs are pretty neat! Nobody really knows why they were made, but here the main theories.

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