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We are first introduced to Mary in Track 06: Spreading the Disease. The lyrics of this track identify a new character "she", with a backstory as a sex worker: She always brings me what I need Without I beg and sweat and bleed When we're alone at night Waiting for the call She feeds my skin Sixteen and on the run from home Found a job in Times ...


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Over the years that I've heard/listened to this song I was under the impression that the "Seven" refers to the Seven Angels spoken of in Revelation 8:2


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The song is a religious allegory, based mostly on the apocalyptic "Book of Revelations" from the Bible --with lines such as "there will be a new city, streets paved with gold" taken directly from the source. Along those lines, the 7 are generally understood to be the Seven Deadly Sins (Greed, Lust, Envy, Wrath, Gluttony, Sloth, Pride) ...


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There's a live performance on YouTube titled "Massive Attack - Teardrop with Liz Fraser" from MTV. At around the 1:20 mark, you can lip read it. Personally, (with the audio off), I'm not seeing her tounge come up to her teeth at Feathers, so I'm going with Fearless. edit: Also, at the 3 minute mark, you can compare the visuals on her saying ...


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Having played a good near 50 New Years Eve gigs (miss them now!) only the first verse and chorus were played and sung, the final chorus usually ending with a pile of happy folk in a big knot in the middle. Didn't even know there were more verses!


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In the U.S., only the first verse plus chorus are commonly sung.


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In the original recording, it's ambiguous whether it's a cue or lyric ... ... though to my ear, it sounds like a cue. I think, however, based on later recordings, a cue to himself. In an early live recording, though, it's clearly made part of the lyrics. Kansas in 1978 However it started out, ...


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I hear "Climb to life." There is a clear "f", though slightly detached from the rest of the word. It also makes since given the prior lyrics about rising and the following lyric about birth.


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The lyrics seem pretty clear to me as a typical rap genre theme, denigrating people who steal rhymes. I don't read anything in the verses that indicate an actual person or situation, though it's fair to ask. I would just assume that as rap artists grow up and perform, others will rip off or riff on their stuff, just like stand up comedians do. It's a common ...


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