Bush: Greedy Fly Meaning
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Song Released: 1997
Greedy Fly Lyrics
Do you hate the way you feel
Always closer to the flame
Ever closer to the blade
I am poison crazy lush
Built these hands to lift me up
We are servants of our formulaic ways
I'm screaming daisies
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2016 2:56am report
It's about joining the Military.
natalie.villella Mar 8th, 2015 3:20pm report
I think it's about Gavin being excited to get a record deal and not going about it correctly , this Indian summer(late fall)I signed my life away" (contract)(there's a greedy fly in here)(record execs) I'm screaming daisies to me mean I'm yelling help me and no one's listening.!!!
anonymous Aug 28th, 2014 8:04am report
"I am poison crazy lush"
I think this is a reference to alcohol possibly alcoholism. Alcohol being the poison, and a lush is one who drinks excessively, to the point of being crazy. I guess that is a fairly literal interpretation.
anonymous Feb 20th, 2014 2:30am report
I took this video as a look at a severly addicted drug addict who is spiraling out of control. He takes drugs that make him sick and he is powerless to stop due to his cravings and withdrawl. He wrestles with his conscience who appears as an angel but ultimately kills him to silence his houndings. The surreal elements are various stages of feelings he is experiencing during his use of the drugs. From withdrawl symptoms to manic euphoria to regret and depression
anonymous Oct 14th, 2012 10:48am report
This song represents a transformation of a person, mainly from the culturally accepted beliefs of community and society, where the person is feeling dejected from the practice of their place in it. The main character of this song is contemplative of his value and view in the world, which is unbalanced from the accepted norm. He at first glance is just beyond the step of reconciliation with the world, where he would pine for a different life, and finding that a hollow exercise emotionally, weighs the value of his external world.
References are made to sucide, such as "always closer to the flame, ever closer to the blade." But these are used as permutations of the thoughts of the character, where he contemplates them in the view of his society, which he later rejects with the term "there's a greedy fly in here, and I'll fly away."
The nuance of suicide and the dark tone are not desperate, they do not speak to our sense of absolution either, as maybe the song "swallowed" of the same album would address. They speak of a metamorphosis of the character in accepting his own base nature without regard to the society or culture that it offends.
A lot of this carried over into the video as well, where the murder scene is the smashing of the old ideas that the character wrestled with for so long, and the murder represents a shift in consciousness that he did not expect to embrace, where the police in the scene represent the external force of the world exerting their influence as well. The egg is at last the most important part for the video as it represents the second set of verses where the character is in fact now changed into the new form that is selfish.
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