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Soap And Water

Soap and water
take the day from my hand
scrub the salt from my stinging skin
slip me loose of this wedding band

Soap and water
hang my heart on the line
scour it down in a wind of sand
bleach it clean to a vinegar shine

Daddy's a dark riddle
Mama's a headful of bees
you are my little kite
carried away in the wayward breeze

Soap and water
wash the year from my life
straighten all that we trampled and tore
heal the cut we call husband and wife

Daddy's a dark riddle
Mama's a handful of thorns
you are my little kite
caught up again in the household storms

Daddy's a dark riddle
Mama's a headful of bees
you are my little kite
carried away in the wayward breeze

Lyrics : Suzanne Vega
Copyright : © 2001 Waifersongs Ltd. & WB Music Corp.
Album : Songs In Red And Gray

"Songs In Red And Gray" - tracklist :

* Available on the Japanese Release only
Notes:

This song is directed towards Suzanne's divorce from Mitchell Froom. [Ed.]

"I tried to put the truth of what I had been experiencing into a song, but not make it too sentimental. I wanted the ideas to be clear in it, you know, the idea of the woman washing things and setting things in order, and kind of cleaning up what had gone before."
[...]
"Yeah, I was thinking of Ruby, and she noticed that. She was listening to the song one day and she looked at me and said, "Am I your little kite in the song?" And I told her, yes she was. And she was fine about it. She didn't seem to think it was so terribly sad. And I was glad about that. I think she thought it was interesting."
Interview with Steve Rosenfeld, Playback, February, March 2002 (http://www.ascap.com/playback/2002/march/radar-vega.html)

"In "Soap And Water," "Daddy's a dark riddle" is describing a situation. It's not saying, "I hate you," or "You're an idiot," or anything like that. It's just saying that Daddy's a dark riddle, which he is, and I think he would probably agree if he heard the song."
Interview in The Onion Av Club, November 21, 2001, Volume 37, Issue 42 (http://www.theonionavclub.com/avclub3742/avfeature_3742.html)