"Pretty Penny" as written by Dean Deleo, Robert Emile Deleo, Eric Kretz and Scott Richard Weiland....
Have you seen your mother girl?
Has she gone away?
Gone away and found the pearl
But the price she paid

Gone, when you wake in the morning
Gone, when you find that there's no one sleeping
Gone, pretty Penny was her name
She was loved and we all will miss her

How far will you go I say, just to bait a mouse?
Shorter lived and longer gone
Can you figure out?

Gone, when you wake in the morning
Gone, when you find that there's no one sleeping
Gone, pretty Penny was her name
She was loved and we all will miss her

Have you lost your sister girl?
She's all but blown away
Blown away and lost the pearl
And the price she paid

Gone, when you wake in the morning
Gone, when you find that there's no one sleeping
Gone, pretty Penny was her name
She was loved and we all will miss her


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"Pretty Penny" as written by Robert Emile Deleo Dean Deleo

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    General Commentcom'on this song is awesome it has a '60's ring 2 it
    is it a biblical reference? (pearal of great price)did this girl lose her virginity? is it an anditement on america 4 being 2 money concise?


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    6teenstoneon June 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti have never understood this song.... anyone have any ideas????
    randamanaeon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about the second coming of Christ
    jamestmfbongon May 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think, this has something to deal with family tragedy. I don't really know...
    mojo risinon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHeard this song on christmas of 2003 and i been wondering for 3 years who it wuz by...at first i heard it on the radio and i always have in tuned in my head cuz it brought good memories of 2003 christmas then 3 years later im downloadin songs from Ares by stp and i hear this song and i'm blown away...my second favorite band sings this great tune
    Negrumon February 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me this is about a mother who OD's and dies. The "pearl of great price" in the Bible requires the buyer to sell everything to obtain it--addicts do that for their drugs. The chorus is the daughter waking up and not finding her at home--either dead or crashed out at somebody else's place.
    dontkillwhiteyon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI do agree that it may have something to do with a family tragedy. I doubt it deals with the "second coming of Christ," but hey, anything's possible. :]
    I think the mother who OD's is the most accurate meaning.

    Does anybody think it might be about the worthlessness of one's life? That probably made no sense, so I'll explain a bit more...
    It mentions "Pretty Penny was her name," but was it really a name? If you compare a pearl to a penny, the penny is worth little, right? If Penny is the "name" then maybe it wasn't really a name like Bob, but more like a label of value... So when she finds the pearl, maybe she found somebody worth more than her and she leaves (by death or other means)... and it continues as such.

    Now, like I said before, I do believe the ODing of a mother is MUCH more accurate, but the above interpretation is how I first understood it.

    Reminds me of the sea.
    Cancerous Adversaryon December 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyoutube.com/…

    Scott Weiland said the song is dedicated to Robert Pirano and his family...probably a personal friend of his or the bands, so the song is definitely about family tragedy.
    surge3on October 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite STP song, I was 3 when this album came out and from about that age until I was about 5 Purple was the only album I owned.

    Played this song on repeat days in and days out.
    RasinManon October 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is what scott had to say about this song:

    "I wrote it third person and I only realized a couple weeks ago when I finally listened to the whole album that it was actually an introspective thing. It's easier to write in an allegorical sense-third person-when it's something you have a hard time looking at. It's probably one of my favorite songs on the album. I think people are going to either love it or hate it."
    stpfan22on April 27, 2010   Link

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