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Drown Soda (Hole)

“…hand grenades, the top comes off. You just pull out the pin and it explodes. So, if you take away someone’s mouth and their eyes and their senses and their brain, they explode. I saw a grenade in my head, I saw taking out the clip, and then I thought of a human body and what happens if you take out the clip.”

Drown Soda appears as a live cut on Hole’s My Body The Hand Grenade, a collection of various live and studio cuts recorded between 1990 and 1995. My Body The Hand Grenade was released in October 1997.

Lyrics in Drown Soda allude to deception, addiction (“just you wait until everyone is hooked”), and rape. And there are jabs – first toward Minnesota (Courtney had various connections to Minnesota), then Ohio (Jonathan Poneman is from Toledo), Illinois (Bruce Pavitt is from Chicago), and finally, Seattle. Except when Seattle comes up, the subject changes. So it’s: “I want to bomb the whole state of Minnesota… I want to fuck the whole state of Illinois… I’m gonna fuck the whole state of Ohio… She’s gonna fuck the whole city of Seattle.”

I’ve always thought Drown Soda was a weirdly titled song. I couldn’t see what anything in the song had to do with “soda,” until this morning when Chris pointed out that “soda” is another word for “pop.” Then I remembered how members of my maternal family who live in Minnesota think it’s funny that we on the west coast refer to carbonated soft drinks as “soda” while they call it “pop.” Soda = Pop. And Sub(merse) = Drown. Drown Soda = Sub Pop.

I think it should be pointed out that there are actual complaints in the song, not just threats. There are complaints about being taken away from one’s life, complaints about lies, and complaints about rape (framed ironically: “just let him rape you”).

DROWN SODA
Oooh, yeah, she wants to take you
Take you away from your life
Oh, yeah, he wants to take you
Take you away from your lies

Ooh, yeah, he wants to take you
Take you by the hand
Oh, god, just let him rape you
Baby, I think you’ll understand

Just you wait ’til everyone is hooked (4x)

Oooh, yeah, he wants to take you
Take you by the hand
Oooh, baby, let him break you
And I think you’ll understand
Are you gonna sit and watch me
Watch me while I go down
Are you gonna sit and watch me
Watch me while I DROWN

Oh, god, he wants to take you
Take you away from your life
Oh, god, he wants to break you
Take you ‘way from your lies

Oooh, yeah, he wants to take you
Take you by the hand
Oooh, baby, let him break you
And I think you’ll understand

Are you gonna sit and watch me
Watch me while I go down
Are you gonna sit and watch me
Watch me while I DROWN

Woah, god, he wants to take you
Take you ‘way from your life
Woah, god, he wants to break you
Take you ‘way from your lies

I sit in the corner and I drink Drown Soda
I want to bomb the whole state of Minnesota

Yeah, baby, ohh

And it’s been a while & I’m little annoyed
I want to fuck the whole state of Illinois

Yeah, baby, ohh

And I point at the shit, he’s got no place to go
I’m gonna fuck the whole state of Ohio

Yeah, baby, ohh

She sits on Broadway with a rattle
She’s gonna fuck the whole city of Seattle

Yeah, baby, ohh
Baby, ohhhhhhhhhh

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