Purgatory Blues
Juliette Lyrics


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I thought I needed redemption but I let that thought go
I guess, I'll cut my losses and turn my tricks at the magic show
You spin your wheels through time and get tired of the grind
I wanna find a good man but instead I settle for what I find

Get it in throw in your cheap shots, cheap shot,baby
Isn't that all life really is a bunch of have nots
And the gods will laugh when you think you've found
Your lot and take it all away

Redemption, redemption

There are no real innocents no matter whose side your on
Littered path to paradise, honey, that will always steer you wrong
Put your hands where I can see 'em, put your hands next to mine
I wanted something to believe in before I got sold on the lie

Get it in throw in your cheap shots, cheap shot,baby
Isn't that all life really is a bunch of have nots
And the gods will laugh when you think you've found
Your lot and take it all away

Redemption, oh, purgatory
Oh, redemption, oh, purgatory

Oh, isn't that all life really is a bunch of cheap shots?
And you give it what you've got, you give it what you've got
And the gods will laugh when you think you've found your lot
And take it all away, oh, they'll take it all away, you fool





Oh, they take it, take it all, all away

Overall Meaning

The song Purgatory Blues by Juliette and the Licks seems to be addressing a feeling of disillusionment with life and the search for something more. The first verse suggests that the singer once thought that they needed redemption but has since given up on that hope. They have resigned themselves to taking what they can get and making the most out of it. The line "I'll cut my losses and turn my tricks at the magic show" suggests that the singer has decided to distract themselves with something more entertaining or mesmerizing, rather than facing the harsh realities of life.


The chorus seems to be a reflection on the nature of life where it seems everything that is obtained can be lost just as easily. The line "isn't that all life really is a bunch of have nots" suggests that life is a constant struggle to obtain things that are just out of reach. Even when we think we have found our place, the gods (or fate) can strip it all away at any moment. The song ends on a note of frustration and despair, suggesting that life can be cruel and unpredictable, and the search for redemption or a better life can be ultimately futile.


Line by Line Meaning

I thought I needed redemption but I let that thought go
I once believed I needed redemption to attain a better life but now I’m letting that thought go.


I guess, I'll cut my losses and turn my tricks at the magic show
I’m now ready to let my past losses go and focus on tricking my way through life.


You spin your wheels through time and get tired of the grind
Life feels like a never-ending cycle of hard work and eventually, one will grow tired of it.


I wanna find a good man but instead I settle for what I find
I desire a significant other who is trustworthy enough but for now, I’ll settle for what I find.


Get it in throw in your cheap shots, cheap shot,baby
Keep hitting me with your insults, you're the only good at that.


Isn't that all life really is a bunch of have nots
Isn't life all about lacking and wanting more?


And the gods will laugh when you think you've found your lot and take it all away
Whenever you think that you've finally made it in life, the gods come and strip everything away from you.


There are no real innocents no matter whose side your on
There are no innocent people on either side of a conflict.


Littered path to paradise, honey, that will always steer you wrong
Traversing the common yet glittering road in search of paradise will always land you in trouble.


Put your hands where I can see 'em, put your hands next to mine
Show me that you're unarmed and ready for a handshake.


I wanted something to believe in before I got sold on the lie
I desired something genuine to believe for falling for a charade.


Redemption, oh, purgatory
Seeking redemption feels like being trapped in purgatory.


Oh, isn't that all life really is a bunch of cheap shots?
Aren't all attempts at life just a series of insults?


And you give it what you've got, you give it what you've got
You keep pushing despite what life throws at you.


And the gods will laugh when you think you've found your lot
The gods enjoy mocking you when you think you've succeeded.


And take it all away, oh, they'll take it all away, you fool
They will take from you all you ever had, and you won't see it coming.


Oh, they take it, take it all, all away
They will take everything away from you.




Lyrics © Fintage House Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: JASON WOMACK, JULIETTE LEWIS, KEMBLE WALTERS, TODD MORSE

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