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I am the harelip
Give me one more kiss
We'll have a mardi gras on deserted streets
Fingers and forceps
Raw meat and muzak
The bubbles in the wine keep the nerves dead
I was awake all through the surgery
The people dancing, laughing, all for me
You sewed me up but it will never heal
Will I forget then learn to smile some day?
Potbellied sick bed
All scars and sweet breads
A lonely vacation, your own Disney parade
It's all that he has
Clamped up by Walkmans
A midnight waiting room
Hear the distant screams
I was awake all through the surgery
The people dancing, laughing, all for me
You sewed me up but it will never heal
Will I forget then learn to smile some day?


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  • +1
    General CommentAnd now for the tricky part. This is a extremely weird set of lyrics. As it is common for Mike Patton to write in a post-mordern style, I am not surprised. In the case of "Harelip", I think his love of David Lynch (or maybe there way of thinking is just alike) is displayed. To me it is much like the twisted scenes from Twin Peaks with the red room and the dwarf.

    The song is balanceing between entertainmaent and fear. "Mardi gras on deserted streets", is a good example of this. The absurdness that Patton and Lynch share is shown in the way the main character discripes itself: "The Harelip". A freak of nature, thrown into the deserted streets. Until the setting changes.

    From one line to the other, "The Harelip" is on an operating table, Seeing the "Fingers and Forceps (operatin tools) over him. "The Harelip is awake during this operation, with only Wine to dull the pain.

    The second verse is set in the hospital bed, after the surgery. He lies there scared, and they try and make him feel better: "All scars and sweet breads", but the sweet bread is bitter-sweet (I can't think of a better word). The poeple try and cheer him up, but it seems like an alienating display of clowns and baloons, which is more scary than comforting: "lonely vacation, your own Disney parade". First of all it all seems scary because he can hear distant screams from other patients.

    In my opinion "The Harelip", or the freak of nature, is trying to get the best out of his life, but he feels like he is beeing operated on alive. The scars that this leaves will never heal. There is only the chance that in time, he will be able to ignore it.

    People try to comfort him, but the situation is to weird and no one can really handle it: "The people dancing, laughing, all for me". The only thing that can dull "the harelips" pain is wine, or maybe drugs or whatever. The main thing is, that there is no help. and if his own pain wasn't enough, he can also see others pain. Which just makes everything worse.
    krolletopon January 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about a victim of child molestation.
    killridemedlyon September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst of all, here are the full lyrics:

    I am the harelip
    Give me one more kiss
    We'll have a mardi gras on deserted streets
    Fingers and forceps
    Raw meat and muzak
    The bubbles in the wine keep the nerves dead
    I was awake all through the surgery
    The people dancing, laughing, all for me
    You sewed me up but it will never heal
    Will I forget then learn to smile some day?
    Potbellied sick bed
    All scars and sweet breads
    A lonely vacation, your own Disney parade
    It's all that he has
    Clamped up by Walkmans
    A midnight waiting room
    Hear the distant screams
    I was awake all through the surgery
    The people dancing, laughing, all for me
    You sewed me up but it will never heal
    Will I forget then learn to smile some day
    krolletopon January 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, scratch that. I think a lot of the song has oxymorons in it:

    Harelip (defect of the lip) - One more kiss

    Mardi Gras - deserted Streets

    Raw meat - muzak

    surgery - people dancing and laughing

    potbelly - sweatbreads (which are not actually breads, but the organs of veal)

    Lonely vacation - Euro-disney
    killridemedlyon November 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionListen again, it's not "We'll have a mardi gras," it's "We'll have a Madeira" (a type of wine, thus the reference to "the bubbles in the wine" later).
    tommythecat42on October 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDisfigurement from plastic surgery
    godddamon January 09, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI also the song is about a victim of child molestation.
    hypphenon December 13, 2007   Link

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