"Dear Jenny" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
Boys wear overcoats in heat like this to keep themselves from showing
Girls fill out prescriptions for the tricks that keep their hearts from growing
Specialists review the year in tears and call for drastic measures
Send them to resorts for boys and girl to get their shit together

Sad but true the facts of life are bound to get you down
So whats the use dear jenny anyway the world is pretty...

Ashley talks to astronauts back home by way of fax transmission
Andy gets a new tattoo each time he gets back bathroom privilege
Weary oh so drearily we wave our flags into the camera
Amber goes berserk completely she's been here since last December

Sad but true the truth can turn your smile to a frown
So whats the use dear jenny anyway the world is pretty
Upside-down...

The rates are better in the summer
Looks like dear jenny's doing better

Back at home the broadcast warning bounces off of an empty table
Jenny asks the astronauts to sleep with her behind the stable
Christmas hasn't been the same since dad put in the central heating
Checks you before bedtime with a battery to keep your new heart beating

And the world might turn a million times around before
They tell you jenny anyway the world is pretty world is pretty happy world is pretty happy

Sometimes they let strangers in and other times they check their records
When they check out in the morning dad puts out the lie detectors
Jenny prays to gods she've never heard of for a special warning
All the walls stay dead as Jenny's heart is
But shes still observing

Sad but true the high-gloss gloss paint wont tell you what to do
So whats the use dear jenny anyway
The world is happy
World is happy
World is happy without you

The rates are better in the summer
The rates are better in the summer
Looks like old jenny's doing better
The rates are better in the summer


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"Dear Jenny" as written by Amanda Palmer

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's about a psychiatric hostpital. There are many expamples of people in need of some help.
    "...andy gets a new tattoo each time he gets back bathroom privledge..." Andy is a person who commits acts of self injury. "boys wear overcoats in heat like this to keep themselves from showing..." This is about a person who flashes. And it seems to me that Jenny has some form of depression because she feels that the world is happier with out her.
    badhabit_whoreon July 31, 2006   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningA song about a home helping those with eating disorders.

    "boys wear overcoats in heat like this to keep themselves from showing" - Even in the Summer they have to wear large clothes to stop their bony bodies from showing

    "specialists review the year in tears and call for drastic measures
    send them to resorts for boys and girl to get their shit together" - when there's no other resort, they have to send them away

    "sad but true the facts of life are bound to get you down" - health implications

    "andy gets a new tattoo each time he gets back bathroom privledge" - bulimic patients aren't allowed to go to the bathroom, in case they're leaving their drip to go and purge

    "when they check out in the morning dad puts out the lie detectors" - asking if they REALLY ate or not

    "all the walls stay dead as jennys heart is
    but shes still observing" - dead = lifeless, no energy

    "sad but true the highgloss gloss paint wont tell you what to do" = magazines can't tell you how to live
    73on December 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone know where I can download this song? It sounds interesting.
    popadee203on June 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWHERE CAN I FIND THIS SONG?? I'm in love with the lyrics and I made my bf look for it everywhere, but he can't find it.
    WhereIsJF?on December 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not shared, this and Battered Bride are not shared. They've been recorded but the taper does not want to share it with anyone. It's their decision, but Who Killed Amanda Palmer? will be coming out soon so maybe we'll hear it then.
    addnamehereon March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not shared, this and Battered Bride are not shared. They've been recorded but the taper does not want to share it with anyone. It's their decision, but Who Killed Amanda Palmer? will be coming out soon so maybe we'll hear it then.
    addnamehereon March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not shared, this and Battered Bride are not shared. They've been recorded but the taper does not want to share it with anyone. It's their decision, but Who Killed Amanda Palmer? will be coming out soon so maybe we'll hear it then.
    addnamehereon March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not shared, this and Battered Bride are not shared. They've been recorded but the taper does not want to share it with anyone. It's their decision, but Who Killed Amanda Palmer? will be coming out soon so maybe we'll hear it then.
    addnamehereon March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't wait until May 20th! I finally get to hear this song! Hooray for No, Virginia!!
    jessicafinnie!on April 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, Virginia is amazing. This song is great but the lyrics are slightly different on the official version! It doesn't hint so much to it being a mental-asylum...
    smickuson May 14, 2008   Link

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