"The Perfect Fit" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
Could make a dress
A robe fit for a prince
I could clothe a continent
But I can't sew a stitch

I can paint my face
And stand very, very still
It's not very practical
But it still pays the bills

I can't change my name
But I could be your type
I can dance and win at games
Like backgammon and life

I used to be the smart one
Sharp as a tack
Funny how that skipping years ahead
Has held me back

I used to be the bright one
Top in my class
Funny what they give you when you
Just learn how to ask

I can write a song
But I can't sing in key
I can play piano
But I never learned to read

I can't trap a mouse
But I can pet a cat
No I'm really serious
I'm really very good at that

I can't fix a car
But I can fix a flat
I could fix a lot of things
But I'd rather not get into that

I used to be the bright one
Smart as a whip
Funny how you slip so far when
Teachers don't keep track of it

I used to be the tight one
The perfect fit
Funny how those compliments can
Make you feel so full of it

I can shuffle, cut and deal
But I can't draw a hand
I can't draw a lot of things
I hope you understand

I'm not exceptionally shy
But I've never had a man
That I could look straight in the eye
And tell my secret plans

I can take a vow
And I can wear a ring
And I can make you promises but
They won't mean a thing

Can't you do it for me?
I'll pay you well
Fuck, I'll pay you anything
If you could end this

Can't you just fix it for me?
It's gone berserk
Fuck, I'll give you anything
If you can make the damn thing work

Can't you just fix it for me?
I'll pay you well
Fuck, I'll pay you anything
If you can end this

Hello, I love you
Will you tell me your name?
Hello, I'm good for nothing
Will you love me just the same?


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"The Perfect Fit" as written by Amanda Palmer

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  • +6
    General CommentI identify totally with this song.
    When you're the "smart one" in school, doing everything so effortlessly, the teachers stop watching or caring what you're doing, and you start slacking off because you can get away with it.

    (I didn't learn to read music until I'd been playing the violin for three years because I could just hear a song once and then play it by ear.)

    When everything in school is easy and you never have to work hard to do well, you don't end up developing as much of a work ethic and have to struggle with that for the rest of your life. So you end up with all this potential that you never do anything with. It's extremely frustrating and feels like you've screwed up your life just by being who and what you are.
    rainstormsongon March 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think it's a reference on how she's good but not good enough, pointing out her good qualities and her tact and skill but still downplaying it by singing it in a tone of indifference, and following it up with a statement that lessens the value of her talent

    In my opinion the true meaning of the song comes out in the last verses.. on how she could never 'look a man in the eye and tell my secret plans' and 'i can take a vow
    and i can wear a ring
    and i can make you promises but
    they won't mean a thing'...to me this says that all her good qualites are downplayed through out the song because her failure is in love

    Leading to the last lines that she begs for somebody to fix her, because despite how much some of us would love to have her skills to her the one skill she would like to have makes the rest of her talents seem much like she addressed them in this song unimportant

    The last two lines just soudn like desperation, telling you her flaws in love but still begging for a chance for someone to love her... somebody to try to fix her... come on she'll even pay you
    xpsychicheartsxon March 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like the Doors reference in this song "Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name?"

    Amazing song.
    CHAKAon February 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about how good she was in general at the beginning. Good in school, the virgin, could always find something she was good at. But then it all turns around when she begins sleeping around, refering to the

    "I used to be the tight one
    the perfect fit
    funny how those compliments
    can make you feel so full of it"


    line. Then near the end, she realizes because of this, she can no longer share her secrets with a man because all she's ever had them for was sexual purposes. She either feels she can't change this side of her, which is refering to the

    "i'm not exceptionally shy
    but i've never had a man
    that i could look straight in the eye
    and tell my secret plans

    i can take a vow
    and i can wear a ring
    and i can make you promises but
    they won't mean a thing" line.

    She wants to change though, and is looking for a man to fix her, and would give anything to him. Refering to the

    "can't you just fix it for me, it's gone berserk...
    fuck i'll give you anything if
    you can make the damn thing work"line.

    I believe by "the damn thing" she's refering to her heart. She wants someone to teach her how to love instead of just have sex with her.
    starxnoxstar88on August 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't change my name
    but i could be your type
    i can dance and win at games
    like backgammon and life

    <3333
    anatomyon December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti believe this is one of thier deeper songs..even though allof them are...i really love this song..but i think it pertains to a specific group of people that i can relate to...she was the best at everything...and if she wasn't able to do soemthing...she could sitll reach the same conclusion by other means..that was her life..butn when u get older and experience mor ethings...things can change a lot..she is feeling semi trapped i think...she's so used to doing everything herself..and ebing the one who could fit perfectly in any role...and it gets tiresome..now she just wishes someone else could do it for her...and remove that burden..and let her still be the ebst..have soemoneelse carry her for once...but thats just what i think..

    my favortie line is "i used to be the bright one
    top in my class
    funny what they give you when you
    just learn how to ask " lol ...its very true..
    Rhibeckaon January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Tis a great song. I always thought it was about how when she was younger, she thought she could do anything that she wanted too, but things turned out differently for her.

    And I love the reference to her days as the 8-Foot Bride. Same goes for Glass Slipper. <3
    errky39on January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i used to be the tight one
    the perfect fit"

    i love the sound of her voice during these lines
    Em of Argyllon May 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I can relate to it in a lot of ways, its really kind of a personal song for me; it carries a lot of emotion, I think.
    FoxSRCon May 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i used to be the tight one
    the perfect fit
    funny how those compliments can make you feel so full of it"

    ....i also love her voice here, and i love this line. it makes me think of sex.. tight. i dont know why.
    bleedingmaskarahon June 24, 2005   Link

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