Girl Anachronism

Album: The Dresden Dolls (2004)
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  • You can tell
    From the scars on my arms
    And the cracks in my hips
    And the dents in my car
    And the blisters on my lips
    That I'm not the carefullest of girls

    You can tell
    From the glass on the floor
    And the strings that're breaking
    And I keep on breaking more
    And it looks like I am shaking
    But it's just the temperature

    And then again
    If it were any colder I could disengage
    If I were any older I could act my age
    But I don't think that you'd believe me

    It's not the way
    I'm meant to be
    It's just the way
    The operation made me

    And you can tell
    From the state of my room
    That they let me out too soon
    And the pills that I ate
    Came a couple years too late
    And I've got some issues to work through

    There I go again
    Pretending to be you
    Make believing
    That I have a soul beneath the surface
    Trying to convince you
    It was accidentally on purpose

    I am not so serious
    This passion is a plagiarism
    I might join your century
    But only on a rare occasion

    I was taken out
    Before the labor pains set in and now
    Behold the world's worst accident
    I am the girl anachronism

    And you can tell
    By the red in my eyes
    And the bruises on my thighs
    And the knots in my hair
    And the bathtub full of flies
    That I'm not right now at all

    There I go again
    Pretending that I'll fall
    Don't call the doctors
    'Cause they've seen it all before
    They'll say just

    Let her crash
    And burn
    She'll learn
    The attention just encourages her

    And you can tell
    From the full-body cast
    That you're sorry that you asked
    Though you did everything you could
    Like any decent person would

    But I might be catching so don't touch
    You'll start believing
    You're immune to gravity and stuff
    Don't get me wet
    Because the bandages will all come off

    And you can tell
    From the smoke at the stake
    That the current state is critical
    Well it is the little things, for instance

    In the time it takes to break it
    She can make up ten excuses
    Please excuse her for the day
    It's just the way the medication makes her

    I don't necessarily believe there is a cure for this
    So I might join your century but only as a doubtful guest
    I was too precarious removed as a caesarian
    Behold the worlds worst accident

    I am the girl anachronism
    I am the girl anachronism
    I am the girl anachronism
    I am the girl anachronism

    I am the girl
    I am the girl
    I am the girl
    I am the girl anachronism Writer/s: Amanda Palmer
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Cat from CtI just love this whole song.
  • Jon from Milton Keynes, EnglandThis Song Is Sort Of A Joke About How Amanda's Mum Had A C-Section Because She Had Suspicions About The Number 13 (The Date Amanda Would Have Been Born On Had Her Mum Not Had The Ceasarian The Day Before) And Amanda Is Making A Joke Of Blaming All Her Strangeness (Obviously It's Exaggerated....But Yer) On Her Not Being Born When She Should Have Been....Therefore Making Her An Good Song : )
  • Charles Young from Charleston, WvPUNK CABERET IS FREEDOM!
  • Heather from Boston, MaAmanda Palmer is Quoted as saying that this song is about her. the lines "I was taken out before the labor pains set in" and "I was too precarious removed as a ceasarian" are references to her being born via ceasarian section. she has said that she was born before her time and that was part of the inspiration for this song. the rest of the song points out some of Amanda's "flaws"
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