Live versions appear on Live in Boston (2004) and One Man Show (2012)
Now maybe I just have a dirty mind, but I think Lindsey here is referring to "come" in the sexual sense. She'll never have anyone satisfy her the way he did. She gave him up, but only when he's gone will she realize how good she had it. She had the best - and nothing else will be good enough. He seems to be referring mostly to his sexual prowess a la Slow Dancing here, but I imagine there's a deeper level to that, too - he was her perfect match in bed and otherwise, and now she doesn't have him anymore...he thinks she'll regret it.
Lindsey has quite adamantly said this song is NOT about Stevie, although it would seem that the chorus explicitly points to her. Oh, well, perhaps he's been immersed in his music so long he uses it as a metaphor for all his relationships! So, speaking of Anne, he thought the "harmony" they shared was more than musical, but he found out the hard way that Anne didn't agree.
And later he finds out, to his shock, that Anne has declared herself a lesbian (at least temporarily). "Lord, it was a little too strange." Oh, well, he gets on with his life regardless of the perhaps disconcerting implications of that declaration - let the "band play on"!
I believe that in the last verse, he is being sarcastic and calling Anne "God" because she is so full of herself. Now he's become disdainful of her, recalling at one point that they'd gotten so hostile he felt that he was in an "enemy bed." The line "can you feel the fever" seems kind of sarcastic as well. It seems Anne was only playing at being a lesbian because in a few years she had dumped girlfriend Ellen Degeneres and become "straight" again. So is he asking her if she gets turned on by women or men?
I think it's worth noting how the music changes from the verse to the chorus. The verses are slow, soft, and minor...very dark, almost ominous. By contrast, the chorus is loud and defiant. Very interesting song.
I believe the webmistress has hit the nail on the proverbial head, though one wonders why she apologizes for it. Lyndsey is at his best when he's edgy, and at the end of the day, rock and sex are irrevocably entertwined. From "Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do," to "Hey Mr. Rockcock ..." to "Think of me sweet darlin', every time you don't come," it all reinforces what Jim Morrison once said: ... well, maybe this time I shouldn't quote Mojo R. in deference to the more feint of heart. :::big wink:::
Did anyone else read the Independent Review April 18, 2003 article (from nicksfix.com). I think that "Come" is about his relationship about Anne Heche and her lesbian thing after that. I would think that dating someone, then having them "switch teams" would give any songwriter something to write about. Lindsey lyrics simply convey his thoughts,
"Think of me, sweet darlin'
Every time things get rough
Think of me, sweet darlin'
When the best just isn't enough
Think of me, sweet darlin'
Every time you don't come
Can you feel the fever?
The great music in this song perfectly echo's Lindsey's angry lyrics. Although this song lacks the deep love affair/passionate level of songs about Stevie, I think this song holds it's own as a surface level angry rock song by a talented guitar player.
[I]n Come, the stuff about "trying to put God away," that whole verse, could that have anything to do with TISL (we all believe in people that we think believe in God/Somewhere in the night someone feels the pain/and the ones who walk away try to love again)? Just a thought...
Note the line "And the band played on", a reference to a book and movie about the effect of AIDS on the gay community.
I certainly agree this song is all about sex and desire. Don't look for any subtle "second level" interpretation, here. "Take it! Take it!"
Now I find interesting to references to lesbianism.
I always suspected, for my part, that Stevie was, or at least has been for a while, especially after breaking up with L.B.
While I'm at it, I understand that Stevie does like "beauty" and beautiful things. It's spread all over in her songs ("Beauty and the Beast" is a milestone..) But... Isn't she pushing her luck, now 55y.o. and looking even younger than she did 15 years ago? How many lifts were needed? Or is it Photoshop?
Precision: (About Stevie "looking even younger than she did 15 y. ago" I meant specifically on the pictures in the "Say you Will" album...)
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