R.I.P. Burn Face (4:38)

Cover of Grey Oceans

From Grey Oceans and 1 other release

pretty accurate interpretation (according to what Bianca said) of the song by shinealight via songmeanings:

I take it to be about the terrible punishments and “honour killings” that take place in Islamic communities all over the world when women don’t behave as the men around them would wish; when they show too much independence or date outside of Islam or just don’t behave like Muslim doormats. (She’s the one who made you wild/ She made you question all your answers) These women end up with acid thrown in their faces (Acid burnt face/Clowny tear smile) to destroy their looks, confidence and sight (Baby girl, don’t cry/Mama’s gonna buy you a glass eye) or else they ‘disappear’ altogether; presumably into a river or shallow grave. (The graveyard’s in the backyard Where the meadow used to be… Mom’ll find me by the river)

The parts in Farsi talking about tears, about sight, about God etc. only bolster this meaning for me: (I swear to God I don’t see my family anymore)It’s an extremely controversial subject but one CocoRosie as women wanted to tackle somehow - how female power is feared and punished by Islam.

In her mourning, in her grief
Don’t you miss the way
That she brushed her heavy hair
Oh and la la la la la

So in this part the singer is addressing the man who mutilated and killed the woman, presumably his wife, or perhaps daughter, ‘don’t you miss the beautiful woman you destroyed?’


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  • niqart

    The seldom case when the live versions always better than studio one... Anyway very beautiful!

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Loves2012

    tãolindomeudeus! [4] ♥

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ShmoofingFabsee

    I just read this as "R.I.P. Bum Face".

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • strom-z

    one of their best songs no doubt, the production (are there horns?) is amazing (I don't care that much for the live versions tho)

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • lolly577

    My favorite of theirs as well. "The graveyard's in the backyard where the meadow used to be." ...Such a special song, I feel like I could listen to it forever.

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • silastresson

    This is my favorite CocoRosie song of all time, hands down. Everything about it is perfect in my eyes. It's so bittersweet, so poignant, so fresh... and I love when they do it live too- they change it, but it is still so wonderful. Fun fact: Many of the instrumentals used in the song are actually just instrumentals from God Has a Voice, She Speaks Through Me, but slowed down and/or reversed. <33

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cassiesands

    One of my fave Cocorosie songs. The live version is so amazing. Seriously, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjrOYRArBLk

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • obscurecendo

    this is so beautiful, i'm crying

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • distinguimi

    ♥ Sierra's sighs

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Kleber01z


    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • music-o-maniac

    I simply love the Persian in the song, it really adds something fresh to the song every time I listen to it. What is more, the music and song's climate - outstandingly beautiful... very touching. (Flowers for the ones you loved, flowers for the lost at sea... ♥)

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • temarcia

    Y_Y <moved>

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • aFonderReel

    awesome synthesizers. reminds me of vangelis' blade runner soundtrack in a way. great.

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • flouridefox

    this song gives me chills. The imagery it evokes is scary. gorgeous.

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • mowithchickens

    i wonder who this is written about?

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • muymechuda


    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • AFMLopes

    tãolindomeudeus! [2]

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • epiphanygene

    I love the way they do this live, so much more emotional than the studio version, theyr both amazing though

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
  • asterkometes

    Beautiful. <3

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
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