Listening to Sheela-Na-Gig
by PJ Harvey, 1992
“ 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.
Listening to Coccoon
by Björk, 2001
“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?
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.
Sheela-Na-Gigs are pretty neat! Nobody really knows why they were made, but here the main theories.