PJ Harvey - Sheela-Na-Gig Lyrics




been trying to show you over and over
look at these,
my child-bearing hips
look at these, my ruby-red ruby lips
look at these, my work strong-arms
you've got to see my bottle full of charm
lay it all at your feet
you turn around and say back to me
he said
sheela-na-gig, you exhibitionist

better wash that man right out of my hair
-"just like the first time, said you didn't care"
-"heard it before, no more"
-"turn the corner, another one there "
-"heard it before"

he said
sheela-na-gig, you exhibitionist
put money in your idle hole he said
"wash your breasts, i don't want to be
unclean" he said
"please take those dirty pillows away from me"





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  1. Camila Castellanos

    I think her music is beautiful but at the same time kinda hard to understand(?

  2. Harriston Miller

    Classic PJ Harvey

  3. Monica Jean

    I miss the 90’s ☹️

  4. Vaughn Vasquez

    did i hear a growl here 2:51 - - - that is wild!!!

  5. Jacqueline Mackiewicz

    This was the first PJ song I ever heard...Being a teen in the 90s was awesome.

  6. Klistern2

    Drums on this album are next level.

  7. Terry Green

    Do the men of your clan rise early to watch you throught the reeds on bath day ?? PJ

  8. Terry Green

    And after Mrs. Harvey had become widdoed ,at her late husbands funrel she spoke his ulage !....He was a strong man !..Peeyou ! And he still is ! let the cleanzing flames take you away ! into the sea with yee ! [viking PJ]

  9. Tori Nagudi

    The song is great for casual listening but the lyrics are what really make it sophisticated. It's about a woman being shamed for her sexuality/made to feel disgusting because a man is not attracted to her (when she wouldn't have been otherwise.) The whole "double jeopardy" aspect of being sexually rejected as a woman (the rejection itself, and the dehumanization that follows.) A dynamic few other artists have explored.

  10. Shane Darling

    Take my hips to a man who cares

  11. Rachele F

    27 years ago today.
    still cannot believe she was only 23 when this was released.

  12. cocteautwinned

    244,555 views

  13. water buffalo

    wooooow

  14. Deanna Hughes

    Loved the song when it first got radio play. Just found out what a Sheila na gig was, interesting.

  15. Roiy Benkel

    I've been trying to show you over and over
    Look at these my child-bearing hips
    Look at these my ruby red ruby lips
    Look at these my work strong arms and
    You've got to see my bottle full of charm
    I lay it all at your feet
    You turn around and say back to me
    He said

    Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist
    Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist

    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Just like the first time, said he didn't care
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Heard it before, no more
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Turn the corner, another one there
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Heard it before
    He said

    Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist
    Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist

    Put money in your idle hole
    Put money in your idle hole

    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Just like the first time, said he didn't care
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Heard it before, no more
    Gonna take my hips to a man who cares
    Turn the corner, another one there
    Gonna take my hips to a man who cares
    Heard it before
    He said

    Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist
    Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist

    Put money in your idle hole
    Put money in your idle hole

    He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
    He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

    He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
    He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

    He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
    He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

    He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
    He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

  16. Imthemuthafuckingcricket

    I found this song through a documentary on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, what a world. I love it

  17. originalveghead

    I took me 26 years to work out how awesome this track is. It's tough coming to terms with your own idiocy.

  18. Ujuani Abelsen

    A sheela na gig is a funny sculpture. This is just noise..

    Stoned Philosopher

    Go listen to every song ever wrote, then come back and listen to this one again. Do you still think it's just noise?

  19. Leonardo Lima

    Dry the best!

  20. Anna K

    F*ckin' A.

  21. Chan

    Rediscovering pj Harvey; and falling in love all over again 😍😍😍

  22. Theron Willis

    Child Bearing Hips and my motile sperm cells. Fertility is a gift. PJ Harvey was a sexy Sheela Na Gig with nice Ruby Red Lips, yet her hips lacked width. Good for a few nights, but not for breeding.

    1chienandalou

    Pathetic

    Thrash

    lol damn

  23. Zakalwe

    Used to love her - but she is pro hunting.

    Donald Lusk

    G Zakalwe Boo hoo.

  24. Bumpy Mamsy

    Dirty pillows 😁

  25. gandhy18

    Smells like nirvana... and its because in those days everyone tried to sound like seattle grunge bands

    1chienandalou

    You may wanna get your timeline straight kiddo. PJ >>> Nirvana

    kangeroobru

    Was loads of bands like this before nirvana

    Garrett Martin

    This song sounds a little like Rape Me

  26. Kerrie Andrews

    She is what she is!

  27. Kerrie Andrews

    Feminist anthem!!!!!!

  28. FemInBoots

    Going to take my hips to a MAN who cares!

  29. allidock11

    This is the soundtrack of my 90s college experience.

  30. Angela Roberts

    I've been trying to show you over and over
    Look at these, my child-bearing hips
    Look at these, my ruby red ruby lips
    Look at these my work strong arms and
    You've got to see my bottle full of charm
    I lay it all at your feet
    You turn around and say back to me, "he said"
    Sheela-na-gig, Sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist
    Sheela-na-gig, Sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Just like the first time, said he didn't care
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Heard it before, no more
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Turn the corner, another one there
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Heard it before, he said
    Sheela-na-gig, Sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist
    Sheela-na-gig, Sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist
    Put money in your idle hole
    Put money in your idle hole
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Just like the first time, said he didn't care
    Gonna wash that man right out of my hair
    Heard it before, no more
    Gonna take my hips to a man who cares
    Turn the corner, another one there
    Gonna take my hips to a man who cares
    Heard it before, he said
    Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist
    Sheela-na-gig, sheela-na-gig
    You exhibitionist
    Put money in your idle hole
    Put money in your idle hole
    He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
    He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"
    He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
    He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"
    He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
    He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"
    He said "wash your breasts, I don't want to be unclean"
    He said "please take those dirty pillows away from me"

    christina lang

    Congrats you are able to write what she was singing

    Chee-Hoew Cheng

    @christina lang I always thought it was 'Put money in your Idaho'

    christina lang

    Snugglysnugg. Jepp you are right ✨

    Jon Rankin

    @christina lang Congrats, you are a tool

  31. Jessica Amber

    Girl Crushin

  32. NaturallyNathalie2

    Female Kurt Cobain

    swift 1989

    Salacious Thatch Kurt looks up to Polly so... no arguments here

    Grigoris M.

    only better

    Brian Crawford

    She's way better than Kurt Cobain ever was. He was just a junkie hack who got lucky. The only reason Nirvana stands out from any of 100 or so other '90's bands is because he blew his head off with a 12-gauge. Honestly, the best thing he ever wrote was his suicide note.

    Vinyl Diary666

    @Brian Crawford Edgy LOL Dude you cant be serious

    Brooke Palmer

    Brian Crawford obvious troll is obvious. How many times have I spotted you in just 5 minutes? It can be like a game! Take a fuckin guess m8

  33. Amiclare Hutton

    which was how we ended up with the flowers

  34. Amiclare Hutton

    peej you gloater

  35. FemInBoots

    Always wondered why this song wasn't huge in Alt market. Maybe record execs couldn't market her properly...

    Lonesome Crow

    Maybe she told them to fuck off instead.

    Sam Mencia

    Uhim...it was huge in the alt markets. Nirvana meets Pavement via Wire. Filled my dance floor in 1992.

  36. NixonNoggin

    my bottle full of charm......

  37. Monetising Dissent

    From Stair na hEireann facebook page.....
    In the old Celtic calendar, today March 18 is Sheelah’s Day.

    In the old Celtic calendar, today is Sheelah’s Day. In ancient Ireland, it was an annual festival to honour the fertility Goddess known as Sheela-na-gig. Naked Sheela-na-gig figures appeared in Irish churches constructed before the 16th century, but most were defaced or destroyed during the prudish Victorian age.

    According to some sources, the origins of 'drowning the shamrock' have also been traced to this date. In the eighteenth century, William Hone reported on the celebrations surrounding Sheelah, who has been variously identified as the wife, mother, or other relative of St Patrick – noting that, the people of the day 'are not so anxious to determine who ‘Sheelah’ was, as they are earnest in her celebration. All agree that her immortal memory is to be maintained by potations of whiskey.' At the end of the day, the faithful would then take their shamrocks and drop them into their respective glasses before downing the contents.

  38. I Heart Noise

    Reminds me of early SP too - I bet they listened to Polly Jean actively

  39. Sherri2008

    Watched and was traumatized by the movie "Carrie" when I was about 14. Never thought I would ever hear anyone else use Mama White's "dirty pillow" phrase :)

  40. Mikee22ification

    One of the best songs Ever written

    Went There

    no argument here

    Kaz Kaz

    Mikee22ification rid of me is the best one ever

  41. Lawrence Leong

    This song was my first Polly Jean experience and I've been enthralled ever since.

    OiVeyIzMir

    I heard this one and Dress on a local NPR affiliate talking about what was new in music and I was instantly captivated.

  42. Jeannette Sabo

    she was genius from gate.

  43. Guy Koren

    Patti Smith?

    V94

    I keep saying that, it's like she's her daughter :p

  44. 777Psychodelia

    Wash that man right outta my hair.....yeah baby!

  45. David Hicks

    I loved this from the first time I heard it and bounce around the room when it's on. If anyone tries to tell you that you're not really lovely, put this on at full volume and drown them out. Blessed Be.

    Robin Huey

    David Hicks

    Brian Crawford

    Instead of that "blessed be" crap, just say what you mean. Just say "hail Satan" and be done with it, you filthy heretic.

    Brooke Palmer

    Brian Crawford 😂😂😂 wow you’re a laugh

  46. love

    YOU EXHIBITIONIST

  47. J9 FELINE

    first song I ever heard of hers and I was hooked. 

    Dafuq Iswrong

    sixth song I heard from her, back in 1992! xD

    Strange Angel

    @Janine Ferguson Me, too! At Cabaret Metro, Chicago! "Gonna take my hips to a man who cares." How many times have I said THAT since 1993!

    Callum Sutherland

    Same here. Goddamned brilliant.

  48. Lesleigh Hart

    As far as I know she wrote this song about when she was 17 and guy said her body was ugly when she was naked before him.  Bit of a bastard really.

    Manly O'Beeferton

    Someone called this rock goddess _ugly_? Find the blasphemer!!

    charles hamilton

    No I knew her in high school she deserved that comment

  49. gary hutchison

    breeders son of three, 

  50. Pample Mouse

    Curious: the lyric "put money in your idol hole" is there a tradition of leaving offerings for these statues, for health, fortune, whatever? Been curious about that for years, but can't seem to find any info on it

    ombregrise

    i'm not sure about the official song lyrics but i think "idle hole" seems more relevant to what she was trying to say

    moontanned1

    There may be, not sure... I think there is in the Voodoo religion, at least. But yeah, seconding ombregrise--I always heard that as "idle hole." Those two meanings together are doubly amazing, though.

    Pample Mouse

    well, if you see a sheela-na-gig, the gaping vagina would suggest 'idol hole' to me. tried googling, but couldn't find anything. had 'uh huh her' on a lot lately. awesome woman, wish she would tour again.

    kikkiokioli

    @Pample Mouse I do seem to recall reading years ago that yes, money donations were left in the idol hole or enlarged vulva in hopes that it would bestow fertility upon the woman making the donation. Or something like that.

  51. ScaredCivilian

    Fuck Mtv!

  52. shannon queen

    LOVE this song still

  53. SputnikFive

    You and me both. She had me at "child-bearing hips".

  54. 小柳健太

    so cool !

  55. bizzybone951

    this is a cool album

  56. eddiemi

    The song that started my PJ Harvey obsession in "92.