"Pearly" as written by and Thomas Edward/greenwood Yorke....
How'd you
Get your
Teeth so
Pearly?
Dew-drop
Dentures
Whitewashed
Faces
She runs from
The third world, pearly

Vanilla (feel it crawl to me)
Milkshakes (crawl back again)
From Hard Rock (whatever you say)
Cafes (it won't go away)
That's where (I feel it crawl to me)
She got her (crawls back again)
Sweet tooth (it won't go away)
For white boys (whatever you say)

She runs from
The third world, pearly

Hurts me
Darling hurts me
Darling hurts me
Darling hurts me


Lyrics submitted by shut, edited by Ryuhza, BIRDDUDE830

"Pearly" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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    General Commentit is "darling, use me.'

    the idiots who post the lyrics for this site get it wrong half the time.
    oppositionbunnyon January 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAbout the shallowness of people raised on the media ideal of the perfect human being

    A girl who is more concerned about what her teeth look like than happenings in the real world, which she tries to ignore, and can only love someone if they look like they fell out of Vouge magazine.

    Actually sounds like most of the people I work with
    ZA81on February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm fairly certain the final lyric of the song is:

    ''Daddy hurts me''

    This makes sense as the song is most likely about the hegemony fostered by the pro colonialist western world, which uses a stark rationalism and seductive ''globalization model'' to influence poorer nations.

    The initial lines referencing all things white and ''dew dropped,'' whitewashed faces (or is it fences?) refers to Eurocentrism and the seductiveness of a smile. Even pearls are white, expensive and descriptive of smiles. Whitewashed fences would refer to teeth whitening, the idea of a phony flatterer. Something enhanced or false promises.

    The girl in the narrative is two-fold. She's human and she's also a third-world country. She develops her sweet tooth for white boys at Hard Rock Cafes, an obvious reference to willingly falling for ''other'' and the import/export relationship between dominant western countries and third world nations. She has a taste for what she isn't. She's drawn to what appears to be the way. The power, the prestige.

    Daddy hurts me is both the idea of a young female being physically brutalized by a male and a small nation falling victim to an unbalanced world economic system.

    The song is genious.
    IMFon February 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo he's addressing white worldliness, and she's not so faithful drawn to like white boys like that, it's material go out the window w.any sense of rweality , so she hurts him, because again as he said she's a flirt, like he has high standardcds of faithfullness, but they just do and act ewhatever, all crazxy , but I think I sa he found a women he counts on, and certainly though ow rare we may be the odds came aroundable for him H hometown.aol.com/jupiterlordjovei/ I would pay that dude or for his science if I was you first, W/$ His opinion nd communication is good idea, so any prospective female he may have met, he can count on he rlistening to know better, and know the real deal, and ofcourse she must pas shis test of knowingh
    SatanSplitorison June 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentUh.. yeah... okay, I guess that makes sense... IF YOU"RE ON CRACK! (just joking) Okay, I think I understand what you're trying to get to, man.
    I think it's about a girl from a poorer country who had a thing for white boys (god bless those third world girls!) and she wound up cheating on him or just flat out playing him. So, I understand that much from Satan about the flirt thing... Most of that, I think I'd need to do a lot of acid to fully understand, well spoken for a shroom head, Satan. Good night all.
    kaisuteon July 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love ending part....
    kida0002on May 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the end too, although I thought it said "Darling, use me"
    Mike_Spikeon October 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso whats the asterisk for?

    Also I finally got Airbag today!!
    Wallamanageon September 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's supposed to be like those sparkles they put on shiny surfaces to show how bright they are. Like, just to take completely random example, pearly teeth. =)
    Appers66on March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really thought that he was saying "darling it hurts me," but after I saw these postings I listened to it again and he is saying "use me, darling use me."
    I took it that she came from a poor country, and is likely still on the bottom. I think that the vanilla milkshake is a great way the get the color white in there again, but it's also talking about her going out with white boys who probably buy her things and make her feel good about herself. She in turn gives them what they want.
    Skybluepoeton March 16, 2006   Link

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