"Mannequin" as written by and C. Newman R. Gotobed....
Well, you're a waste of space
No natural grace
You're so bloody thin
You don't even begin

To interest me
Not even curiousity
It's not animosity
Just don't interest me

Well, you're an energy void
A black hole to avoid
No style, no heart
You don't even start

To interest me
Not even curiousity
It's not animosity
Just you don't interest me

Oh, come on!

You're a disgrace!

Tell me
Why don't you tell me?
Why don't you tell me?
Why don't you tell me?
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Oh, oh, la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Oh, oh, oh, oh, tell me
Why don't you tell me?
Tell me
Why don't you tell me?
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la (la-la, oh, oh)
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Oh, oh, oh, la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Last time, now
Tell me
Why don't you tell me?


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"Mannequin" as written by Colin Newman Bruce Gilbert

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  • +5
    General CommentSorry people you're all barking up the wrong tree this song was written in '77 let's remember, back at the roots of Punk they're having a pop at the fashion industry

    Punk is (was) anti-fashion but now it has become fashion, which is why PUNK IS DEAD

    Nothing to do with when people piss you off or fake people you despise, or attacking any particular individual. Thin = shallow, btw. The clue's in the title - "Mannequin", geddit?
    guinigirlon April 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Thin"...as printed on inner sleeve of the Pink Flag LP.
    Olly Stubbson March 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is about people who just want to fit in a be normal. They are so thin and shallow that they just reflect other people; like a mannequin.
    MysticSnowmanon August 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song- one of my favorites by the band. Makes me think of a really fake girl I really despise. I know some people hide their intentions, or some people just act nice to everyone. She's a deceiving witch whose lies are almost as frightening as her weird-looking face.
    periwinklebydayon October 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"you're so bloody think" should be "you're so bloody thick." thick=thick-skulled
    erratickon October 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that "you're so bloody think" should be "you're so bloody thin".. it matches the preceding verse and, you know, mannequins are not very fat...
    cippa_lippaon March 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagreed its definitely your so bloody thin. this is a fucking perfect pop song, great to listen to when someones pissing you off
    westheadon July 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's THICK and not thin or think. English people (like the guys in Wire) use it as a synonym for stupid or ignorant.
    bugoffon October 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always heard it as "thin". Which rhymes with "begin" in the following line. This girl is thin and vapid. It's always bothered me a little that he's attacking someone's physical appearance, but this song is "fucking perfect", as noted above, so Wire get a pass. I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH. The "woo-oo-ooo"s really push it over the top into pure bliss.
    Hoodie78on December 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Thin"...as printed on inner sleeve of the Pink Flag LP.
    Olly Stubbson March 01, 2008   Link

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