An anachronism is the representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order, or one that is out of its proper or chronological order, especially a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time. This song was written by Amanda Palmer, who was half of The Dresden Dolls, and it relates to how she often feels out of place.
In our interview with Amanda Palmer
, she told us: "My mother had a superstition about numbers, so she wanted me to be born on an even day of an even month. And the surgery was slated for an odd day of an odd month, so she moved it back. Just a couple of days. I think the surgery was slated for May 1st, and she moved it to April 30th. And there was nothing unhealthy about it. The doctor was like, 'Yeah, sure.' Got a couple of days here or there, it really doesn't change anything. But I always thought that was a great poetic excuse for lopsidedness."