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Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have - But I Have It [Sylvia]

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#401 OFFLINE   Lanalouis1



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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:50 PM

I take it as her referencing her time and experience in recovery. Specifically AA or NA meetings!

Thanks for that, I guess the song is very personal to her and might have hidden meanings she'll never reveal, but thanks, that clears it up!

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 11:13 AM

I take it as her referencing her time and experience in recovery. Specifically AA or NA meetings!


Agreed. I think the other previous three lines also refer to those meetings. They made me think of what she said in the GQ 2012 interview:


A lot of the time when I write about the person that I love, I feel like I'm writing about New York. And when I write about the thing that I've lost I feel like I'm writing about alcohol because that was the first love of my life. Sure, there have been people, but it's really alcohol.


I feel kind of uncomfortable for doing this, because I feel like I'm being very invasive. But I think these lyrics are one of the best examples that show her skills as a writer and how eloquently she constructs a narrative to express her feelings.


Spilling my guts with the Bowery Bums
Speaking freely with other alcoholics (in possibly an AA meeting). A reference to New York. Things she's loved and lost: alcohol.
Is the only love I've ever known
Confirming that alcohol is/was indeed the only love she's ever known.
Except for the stage which I also call home when I'm not serving up God in a burnt coffee pot
A hopeful notion: she's found another sort of love.
And in a more recent interview (L'Officiel 2018):


So much of your music is about love. What has it taught you? —Emily

"That it’s not what I thought. And that the best is yet to come."


Love is not alcohol; it is hope. And both are dangerous for her.

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