"Humpty Dumpty" as written by and Ornette Coleman....
Say you were split, you were split in fragments
And none of the pieces would talk to you
Wouldn't you want to be who you had been
Well baby I want that too

So better take the keys and drive forever
Staying won't put these futures back together
All the perfect drugs and superheros
Wouldn't be enough to bring me up to zero

Baby, I bet you've been more than patience
Saying it's not a catastrophe
But I'm not the girl you once put your faith in
Just someone who looks like me

So better take the keys and drive forever
Staying won't put these futures back together
All the perfect drugs and superheros
Wouldn't be enough to bring me up to zero

So get out while you can
Get out while you can baby I'm pouring quick sand
And sinking is all I have planned
So better just go

Oh, better take the keys and drive forever
Staying won't put these futures back together
All the perfect drugs and superheros
Wouldn't be enough to bring me up to zero

All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put baby together again
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put baby together again


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"Humpty Dumpty" as written by Ornette Coleman

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    General Commentthis song could be taken as a person talking to a bf or they could be speaking of themselves. the second line should be none of the pieces would talk to you. i see it as someone coming to a point in their life when they dont understand themselves. they are many different things and those things contradict eachother. its lonely i suppose cause u cant relate to yourself anymore. the third line is actually "wouldnt u want to be who u had been" return to simple picture of urself. if this is written for a bf than the next stanza.." take the keys and drive" is a warning that theres no fixing theyre relationship. but if its to herself than she saying she needs to get away cause the place where shes at now is not providing anything for her. her dreams are broken so she must move on make new ones i guess. fav line: "bring me up to zero" same thing as breaking even. i guess she has lost a lot and nothing seems like it could bring her out of the ditch. haha "sinking is all i had planned" is funny... i guess. the rest of the song is pretty self explanitory. this is such a cool song.
    strwberryf1dson August 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a relationship that fell apart because both of the people changed and there was no way to remedy the situation. One was encouraging the other to move on and begin again.
    Maliejandraon June 04, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"but I'm not the girl you once put your faith in/just someone who looks like me "

    I think this says it all. Awsomme song.
    freedomBonoon January 15, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"and not all the pieces would talk to you"- should be 'and none of the pieces'

    "Wouldn't you want to who had them"- should be 'wouldn't you want to be who you had been?"

    It really bothers me when people post obviously incorrect lyrics for amazing songs like this.
    HighOnSunday51on July 08, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationHey there, first of all I want to say that I had to think twice before posting this 'cause it could possibly offend people but now I decided to post and this is what I'm thinking about 'Humpty Dumpty':

    To me it seems like a song about a woman who struggles with the results of a lost child or even an abortion. There were some things about this song which made me think into this direction, with the title (maybe referring to a pregnant woman) leading the way.

    'Say you were split, you were split in fragments'
    'All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put baby together again'
    lost_oneon June 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNah, it's about mental disorder. There's an interview with Aimee somewhere on the internet where she explains. I've seen bipolar and psychosis pretty close to me, and it may be just how that must feel. Some people with this condition do change into something else than they were before.
    Yadadaon January 15, 2014   Link
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    General CommentFor starters, it's not written by Ornette Coleman. Songmeanings.com needs to fix this asap.

    Bringing up the mental disorder comparison, I would think it's challenging the idea people have that those struggling with said diseases can just, "put themselves back together" and change back into the person they were "before". The narrator of the song in the first verse starts out asking her lover how they would feel to be "split in to fragments" and unable to "put the pieces back together" in order to make him understand that it's not that she doesn't want to change the way she is, but she can't. The chorus basically tells him no matter what he does she won't be cured. The second verse also shows that he's been ignoring signs that she's been sick and that this won't bring her back either.

    Having dealt with depression while being in a relationship, this song describe perfectly what it's like to be in a relationship while dealing with one.
    Evilgranny606432on July 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song is actually about the push a pulls that come In a relationship between a codependent and an addict . To put it VERY simply...
    Bambino87on April 14, 2015   Link

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