"Most people think the song is about people descending into hell, but I think it's more an ascent through the astral plane—being taken to enlightenment," she said. "But I totally see what they're hearing."
Another song offered as evidence of dual meaning is "Rageaholik," one of Third Grade Teacher's most confrontational and vicious-sounding songs. In it, Stevenson screams that she wants to batter someone's ears until they bleed and rain down blows upon someone's head. But the blows, as Stevenson says, are referred to in the song as psychic blows. "It sounds terribly destructive, but actually it's about someone who's really powerless," says Stevenson, who admits that one of the things that attracts her to live music is the opportunity to vent. "I feel guilty about the song sometimes because I think it's bad to want to hurt somebody even psychically, but I always feel better afterward."
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