It's a pity, It's a crying shame
He pulled you down again
How painful it must be
To bruise so easily
Inside

It's a pity, it's a downright crime
It happens all the time
You wanna stay little daddy's girl
You wanna hide from the viscous world...
Outside

Don't cry, you know the tears will do no good
So dry your eyes
Your daddy, he's the iron man
Battle ship wrecked on dry land
Your mamma, she's a bitter bride
She'll never be satisfied
You know, and that's not right

But don't cry
You know the tears will do no good
So dry your eyes
They told you life is hard
Misery from the start, it's dull
It's slow, it's painful
But I tell you life is sweet
In spite of the misery
There's so much more, be grateful
Well, who do you believe
Who will you listen to, who will it be
Because it's high time that you decide
In your own mind

I've tried to comfort you
I tried to tell you to be patient
That they are blind and they can't see
Fortune gonna come one day
It all gonna fade away
Your daddy the war machine
And your momma the long and suffering
Prisoner of what she can not see

For they told you life is hard
Misery from the start, it's dull,
It's slow, it's painful
But I tell you life is sweet
In spite of the misery
There's so much more, be grateful
So who will you believe
Who will you listen to
Who will it be
Because it's high time that you decide
It's time to make up your own
Your own state of mind

They told you life is long
Be thankful when it's done
Don't ask for more, be grateful
But I tell you life is short
Be thankful, because before you know it
It will be over
Because life is sweet
Life is all so very short
Life is sweet
And life is all so very short
Life is sweet
Life is sweet


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    General Commentcant believe nobody commented this .. songs speaks for itself and its so beautiful.
    NIKKIEon April 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Nikkie.. so beautiful. I think it's about a girl being surrounded by terrible situations and troubled people, but Ms. Merchant is convincing her to stick with it because life will get so much better.
    Leneschoon December 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song does speak for itself on many levels. I feel like I can relate to this song a lot for one my father was in war, even though he isn't all pro-war, "Iron man" anymore, but its just a way for me to relate to the song differently. I can relate to the lyrics while shes talking about your mama and your papa just because there have been times in my life where my parents are like the ones she speaking with, and I feel bad for them because they are prisoner of literally "what they cannot see".
    emjb0412on May 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLast Thursday Natalie explained that she wrote this song for the 13 year old daughter of a friend. The girl tried to kill herself and happily failed. Natalie wrote the song to show her that no matter how bad things are life is worth living. The girl's mother told Natalie that after she got the song and learned that Natalie had written it just for her she went into her room, turned the volume up and played it over and over again for the next two days. After Natalie told us this story she sang the song and before the end she was crying so hard she had to stop a couple of times to compose herself and so did everyone else.

    (PS) The girl is fine now.
    ianrobertsonon October 28, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"Oh, your daddy, he's the iron man, a battleship wrecked on dry land."

    The older I get, the more and more I understand some of my favourite music, and I find new meanings in it.

    I know many of us hold an image of our dads, especially when we're little, a projection of power, majesty, integrity, something unimpeachable. This verse has always held a lot of meaning for me in that regard, but as I get older, I start to see the latter half of it more and more.

    The verse is about that image we hold of him, the person we can hold on to when things are tough, and hide behind when we're scared, but also how as time goes on, we come to see the old warrior that has outlived its purpose, a relic of another era.

    I've certainly felt that way for a while when I talk to my Dad, and I find out new things about him, like how he's a Trump supporter now, abandoning the reason and principle he once seemed to hold to in favor of that old time when maybe he saw himself as something so much more, too.

    Of course, I'll never forget Natalie's caution in this song, either, that life is short, and to be thankful for what we've got.

    Thanks, Natalie, for being one of my absolute favorite artists, and for helping me to see so much in life and express the feelings I always had difficulty in doing.
    ncc74656mon June 07, 2016   Link

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