"Poor Edward" as written by and Kathleen Brennan Tom Waits....
Did you hear the news about Edward?
On the back of his head he had another face
Was it a woman's face or a young girl?
They said to remove it would kill him
So poor Edward was doomed

The face could laugh and cry
It was his devil twin
And at night she spoke to him
Things heard only in hell
But they were impossible to separate
Chained together for life

Finally the bell tolled his doom
He took a suite of rooms
And hung himself and her from the balcony irons
Some still believe he was freed from her
But I knew her too well
I say she drove him to suicide
And took poor Edward to hell


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    General CommentThis song is a true story. It is about a man named Edward Mordrake who lived in England. He had a woman's face on the back of his head, the face did not eat or speak. But as the song tells, it could laugh and cry. No doctor wanted to attempt to remove it. So he commited suicide at the age of 23.
    suburbanon May 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes very nightmarish that's the word. I used to think this song was sad. When I heard it with headphones I could only think of the face behind Edward's back. I felt something I never felt before that could only be compared to fear, I guess. How he would have lived must have been horrible. He probably wasn't going out often and when he was alone at home, well, he wasn't alone. All of his thoughts must have been on this face he had behind his head. It's as if I could see Edward looking at himself in the mirror while I'm listening to this song. Something very deep is within this song and it is as if Edward's soul would be a part of the violin being played. Very eerie.
    Ex Abruptoon June 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is way deeper than just being about the Edward Mordrake story. it is wreathed in the same theme of obsession that is in many of the "alice" tracks. though truly horrifying are the images of a man with a face on the back of his head the "was it a woman's face or a young girl" line suggests he can never escape from the one he loves but can never have and it just leads to madness and tragedy. the entire song is just an eerie metaphor

    beautiful haunting song.
    so-far-awayon June 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis conjures up perfect Victorian Carnivale imagery.
    xdvron January 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song gives me nightmares. it's beautiful though.
    dorareeveron June 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    laurelinwyntreon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto me this song depicts a scitzophrenic. the man with two phsycological faces one the side that he opens to the world the other the part of him he tries to keep locked away within himself.
    ntonton March 05, 2012   Link

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