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A Pearl Lyrics

You're growing tired of me
You love me so hard and I still can't sleep
You're growing tired of me
And all the things I don't talk about

Sorry I don't want your touch
It's not that I don't want you
Sorry I can't take your touch



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    Aug 2nd 2022 report

    I think this song is definitely about a toxic relationship that traumatized her. because when she says "i fell in love with a war" she expresses the fact of loving a toxic boy for her, who does not treat her well. The pearl metaphor is actually an allegory of trauma "he left a pearl in my head, and roll it around every night" this phrase means that the person with whom she allegedly had a toxic relationship left her with psychological trauma and since then she thinks about it every night. but she also expresses emotional dependence because when she says "there's a hole that you fill", which in reality means that despite the harm he does to her, she still needs him.

  2. anonymous
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    May 20th report

    I believe that this song chronicles the before and after of a toxic relationship. When she says "you're growing tired of me," she's alluding to when the relationship became unhappy, and possibly abusive. The line (the most important one, in my opinion) that goes "it's just that I fell in love with a war, and nobody told me it ended" is a metaphor for how, despite the fact that she left the relationship, she's still traumatized by whatever abuse occurred. This is my favorite Mitski song, because it just resonates with me so much.

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd report

    Personally I always interpreted this song to be about addiction, the first verses being about pushing everyone away and struggling with depression, "I fell in love with a war" the war being the fight between her and the addiction, "left a pearl in my head and I roll it around every night" meaning she is trying to recover but every night she is filled with thoughts of relapsing. "There's a hole that you fill" being her loved ones she pushed away due to her being overwhelmed by her addiction and depression.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 20th report

    she is speaking of falling for toxic relationship and not being able to comprehend normal healthy relationship because she has manipulated herself into thinking that the toxicity was romantic and normal. 'a pearl in her head' means a memory of the toxicity and how she longs for it because 'she fell in love with a war'.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 11th 2022 report

    After being assaulted it’s hard to get touched even when you want to be and you love them. That’s probably not what it’s about but it would work for this interpretation too. The talk about falling in love with a war can be that your life is such a mess of trauma and shit and that’s what you're accustomed too.

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