Many people have opinions about Liz Fraser's lyrics—or lack thereof—and I prefer to avoid discussing the finer points of whether or not what she is actually singing really matters. The music is what it is, and it definitely does stand on its own, regardless of whether she is revealing her innermost secrets or simply reciting the phone book. If you're on the side of the argument against lyric interpretation, then read no further. Otherwise, I hope you find these interesting and thought-provoking.
These lyrics transcriptions are purely hypothetical. Only a few songs have lyrics which are verifiable in any way (i.e. Liz has actually written them down for the purposes of a record sleeve, video or for closed captions on TV). Those are shown in bold type.
To view my transcriptions, select an album or EP title from the list at the left.
...just in case you're wondering how Liz feels about this, here's what she had to say in an interview from 1995:
"We have had people on the Internet who have written translations and they obviously have a natural talent for writing. Their interpretations are so beautiful that sometimes I have preferred what they have written to what I actually sang, it has been much more eloquent. Those people are not so precious about us [Cocteau Twins] and just enjoyed using their talent and it is lovely to witness. But some people are very...It seems that some people are convinced they know us better than we know ourselves, and that we ought to listen to them. They want to steer us and they are very precious about us and they do not want other people to have us. If you really love something, then you have to let it go and endorse everything about it that attracted you to it in the first place. It's just like a love affair or any relationship: you have to treat it in the same way or you'll just suffocate and destroy it in the end if you don't." [BOYZ: Saturday November 11, 1995, page 8.]
Obviously, I don't make any claim that these transcriptions are accurate in any way, other than those shown in bold. In some cases I have only transcribed a few select lines from some songs which I feel convey the essence of the selection, since I couldn't provide a more complete interpretation.
There have been many people who have contributed to these transcriptions over the years and I have, in some cases, integrated the transcriptions of others where I felt someone has made a particularly excellent guess. They are noted wherever possible. My apologies if I forget anyone.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. I'd love to hear from you.
To view my transcriptions, select an album or EP title from the list below.
Head Over Heels
Sunburst and Snowblind
The Spangle Maker
Echoes In A Shallow Bay
Love's Easy Tears
Blue Bell Knoll
Heaven or Las Vegas
Milk & Kisses