"Slide" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
A late April day and it's sunny outside
And a red little girl's at the top of a slide
And an orange old man at the bottom
Wants to take her for a ride

As she slips and she tumbles the orange man mumbles
Pennies crash down from the sky
And he tells her, he'll take her away where it's safe
And of course it is a lie

She's a third the down and her skirts are yanked up
And her little girl cheeks start to wrinkle
But her smile is wide and her legs are spread wider
Her hair growing long and her hips getting larger
Past getting brighter
Light growing weaker

She is halfway down now but the man is impatient
Shakes change in his pocket he might have to wait
But she's coming
She's coming
She's coming

Who are you blaming?
They're just playing
That's a good one, who left the playground
A good decade before the bell rang?

As she starts to draw nearer the view becomes clearer
The splinters are painful but she doesn't feel it
The pennies were loaded and as they exploded
She starts to spin out of control

Her eyes are now closing her sleeves are unrolling
Up past her head and her veins are all showing
Not that she noticed, she's thoroughly focused on
One old man who's laughing
Who's laughing
Who's laughing

Don't worry, I've got you
Don't worry, I've got you
Don't worry, I've got you
Don't worry, I've got you
The orange man got you

A late April day and it's sunny outside
And a red little girl's at the top of the slide
And an orange old man at the bottom
Wants to take her for a ride



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"Slide" as written by Loreal Palmer Tobias Gad

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  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the notion that this song is interlinked with childhood sexual abuse *and* growing older with that burden, being sexually active before it's healthy to be, etc etc... it does *wonders* for a girl's confidence! *blank face* Yeah, right. Anyway...

    My take on the orangeman: you know when the sun is behind a person and their silhouette takes on a colour from the refraction of light? I just see it being a man with no particular despcription apart from, the fact his silhouette has been rendered orange on account of the sun. It is a "late April day and it's sunny outside".
    trinity_tragedyon March 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is full of imagery. It seems to take place in a moment, not to tell a chronological story.

    A woman is close to climax as an adult, and has a flashback to the abuse she suffered as a child, starting with the moment she was taken away by her abuser. He probably dropped some pennies somewhere along the storyline, which is a detail central to her flashback.

    Many abused girls later struggle with the effects of puberty, and while their bodies are growing up, emotionally they are still trapped as the hurt little kid.

    "who left the playground
    a good decade before the bell rang?"
    Suggests to me that these events transpired when the girl was perhaps 7... she was forced to "grow up" at least a decade before her peers.

    At the end of the song she seems trapped in the memory of her abuser.

    Amanda's songs generally have multiple meanings, so it's thoroughly possible that any of the other meanings here are also correct. This is just what the song speaks to me.
    siorghraon January 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentan account of a little girl (possibly Amanda as a child?) sliding down a slide into the arms of a man in a orange coat whos going to abduct her and possibly rape her (because we know how many of Amanda's songs relate to sexual abuse of one sort or another).
    gravity_is_noton December 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti thought the song was sorta like Lolita, because "her little girl cheeks start to wrinkle
    but her smile is wide and her legs are spread wider
    her hair growing long and her hips getting larger" sorta implies that when she was abducted when she was younger, and is now getting older and older... (sorry about the incoherence....)
    errky39on December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI get the sense of a father figure from this.
    CÆTon March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think is song is about ( i know its horrable, but i wont say it doesnt bother me its pretty depressing) the girl is young and falls into the porn industry. The orange man is using his pennys to make her to whatever he wants and shes so into the pennys shes not realising whats going. Shes spreading her legs, skirt is all yanked up. "Her past is getting brighter" showing whever shes going (witch is DOWN...hmm) is im guessing is getting darker. And by the end her veins are showing (herion much?) and the only thing shes noticed is the orange man laughing. So being a porn star leads to drugs, death and orange men laughing at you! depressing song with a powerful message
    commieinamericaon March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song means one of two things:

    One: The orangeman is actually age, waiting at the bottom of the slide one last time to take her away from the playground and make her grow up, hence " and her little girl cheeks start to wrinkle
    but her smile is wide and her legs are spread wider
    her hair growing long and her hips getting larger", meaning she's growing up, perhaps too soon because " who left the playground
    a good decade before the bell rang?".

    Two: The song is about rape/sexual abuse, and the orangeman is a rapist who is tempting her with pennies at the bottom of a slide. The line "who left the playground a good decade before the bell rang" could mean that her innocence has been taken away by being raped.

    This is one of the most haunting songs I've ever heard though, Amanda Palmer is a freaking genius
    AMurderofCrowson March 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song means one of two things:

    One: The orangeman is actually age, waiting at the bottom of the slide one last time to take her away from the playground and make her grow up, hence " and her little girl cheeks start to wrinkle
    but her smile is wide and her legs are spread wider
    her hair growing long and her hips getting larger", meaning she's growing up, perhaps too soon because " who left the playground
    a good decade before the bell rang?".

    Two: The song is about rape/sexual abuse, and the orangeman is a rapist who is tempting her with pennies at the bottom of a slide. The line "who left the playground a good decade before the bell rang" could mean that her innocence has been taken away by being raped.

    This is one of the most haunting songs I've ever heard though, Amanda Palmer is a freaking genius
    AMurderofCrowson March 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like this song. (yes, its a sad terrible song, but i like it)

    "past getting brighter"

    maybe its that the girl who is molested in this story has been before, and the orange man is illuminating her past making her remember.
    im_not_janeon April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerhaps it IS about a rape of a young girl... And how afterwords, her mind has matured and lost its innocent. Anyway, its a beautiful and sad song.
    SoakedinMercuryon April 10, 2005   Link

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