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None-too-smart to buy books,
none-too-pretty,
it's kind of a chore to look at
Doris's hands when things go wrong in her little life,
and they show her her face.
There are things she doesn't talk about,
There are things she only tells her mom,
There are things she never tells anyone.

There are things in Doris's life,
but then there are in everyone's...
then she opens her little mouth,
she sings her little song and like a flag
it folds out across the city,
and it goes:

"The fat man becomes an ice-skater...
Maniac becomes a stepfather...
I watch a policeman's mouth -
out comes an honest word."

Miracles happen when Doris sings,
couples in love stop dead in their tracks,
dishes clatter to the ground (unbroken),
politicians die.

She watches as her son becomes an imbecile,
watches as her son becomes a vegetable,
watches as her son becomes a senator,
watches as her only son becomes an imbecile
(and it makes her cry).

She waves her little song like a flag,
it goes across the city.
Miracles can happen,
but I'm in love with her, so...


Lyrics submitted by chrisd

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  • +1
    General CommentHere's a more accurate version of the lyrics:

    None too smart by books, none too pretty
    Kind of a chore to look at
    Doris has had some things go wrong in her little life
    And they show on her face
    There are things she doesn't talk about
    There are things she only tells her mom
    There are things she never tells anyone

    There are things in Doris's life
    but then there are in everyone's
    Then she opens her little mouth
    She sings her little song, and like a flag
    it folds out across the city
    And it goes:

    The fat man becomes an ice-skater
    Maniac becomes a stepfather
    I watch a policeman's mouth
    and out comes an honest word

    Miracles happen when Doris sings
    Couples in love stop dead in their tracks
    Dishes clatter to the ground unbroken
    Politicians die

    She watches as her son becomes an imbecile
    She watches as her son becomes a vegetable
    She watches as her son becomes a senator
    Watches as her only son becomes an imbecile
    (and it makes her cry)

    She waves her little song like a flag
    It goes across the city
    Miracles can happen, but I'm in love with her, so...

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    As far as the meaning of the song goes, I think it's just about a woman who's had a rough life and is otherwise plain in every way, but has a beautiful voice or some other specific talent.
    earthtochimpbaseon January 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is basically about a woman's disillusionment with the world around her. everything is backwards and wrong in her eyes.
    sketchydonon July 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think she's dillusional, just trying to deal with the hardships around her.
    plosionon January 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould be wrong but I think that I may have heard that this song is a reference to American printmaker and painter Doris Lee, who in her work, portrayed a lot of down-to-earth Americana from last century.
    Havencheeseon December 11, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthanks for the lyric update, i always suspected the line about doris' hands wasn't right. i still think the last line is 'but i'm in love with song.' what a song!
    jimmylegson February 09, 2012   Link

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