Citizen of Venus
Chisel Lyrics


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How can I defend myself against yesterday?
Anyway I'm not ashamed of all that much, up to the present day, anyway.
I took the path from Journal Square.
That's how she taught me to get there,
When I cut out for the matinée on that Mother's Day.
So why should I define myself when in a sort a way today wouldn't be today without that day.
And what about when I woke up, woke up to morning rain every day?
I'm not ashamed of all that much in those squalidays between the holidays.
The Indiana winter's rough. Although I still can't get enough.
I took a room in downtown South Bend where I was born again.
So why should I defend myself anyway? Today's another day.
And here it comes while everybody's down in the dumps.




And I'm pleased with myself. And so it goes, while everybody's coming to blows.
And I've still got my health.

Overall Meaning

In "Citizen of Venus," Chisel reflects on their past and how it has shaped who they are today. The lyrics "How can I defend myself against yesterday?" suggest that Chisel is grappling with their past mistakes or regrets. However, they quickly follow this up with "Anyway I'm not ashamed of all that much, up to the present day," indicating that they have come to terms with their past and are not defined by it.


Chisel then takes us through some specific memories, including a Mother's Day matinee and waking up to morning rain every day. These memories are not necessarily positive, as they reference "squalidays between the holidays" and the rough Indiana winter. Despite this, there is a sense of acceptance and even gratitude for these experiences, as Chisel sings, "Although I still can't get enough" and "I'm pleased with myself."


As the song comes to a close, Chisel contrasts their own positive outlook with the struggles of those around them ("everybody's coming to blows"). The last line, "And I've still got my health," seems to suggest that despite the difficulties in their past, Chisel is happy with where they are now.



Line by Line Meaning

How can I defend myself against yesterday?
I cannot change my past, so how can I protect myself from its effects?


Anyway I'm not ashamed of all that much, up to the present day, anyway.
Despite my mistakes and imperfections, I am not ashamed of who I am today.


I took the path from Journal Square.
I followed a route that was taught to me.


That's how she taught me to get there,
Someone showed me the way to reach my destination.


When I cut out for the matinée on that Mother's Day.
I went to see a morning show on Mother's Day.


So why should I define myself when in a sort a way today wouldn't be today without that day.
My past experiences have shaped who I am today, so why try to fit myself into a specific definition?


And what about when I woke up, woke up to morning rain every day?
Despite facing difficult circumstances, I did not lose hope and kept going.


I'm not ashamed of all that much in those squalidays between the holidays.
Even during rough times, I never lost my dignity and self-respect.


The Indiana winter's rough. Although I still can't get enough.
Even a harsh winter cannot diminish my love for my hometown.


I took a room in downtown South Bend where I was born again.
I found a new sense of purpose and rebirth in the place where I was originally from.


So why should I defend myself anyway? Today's another day.
There is no point in trying to justify my past actions because it is a new day and I have the opportunity to change.


And here it comes while everybody's down in the dumps.
While others may be feeling down, I am excited about what is coming next.


And I'm pleased with myself. And so it goes, while everybody's coming to blows.
I am content with who I am and my progress, while others argue and fight.


And I've still got my health.
I am grateful for my good health and well-being.




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