"Mandy Goes to Med School" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
I've been feeling dull as a coat hanger Pretty as a picture of a patient on a fresh IV Giddy as a gang banger with a set of sutures Where his Magic Johnson ought to be Yes, I'll tell you just the thing You need to be the next big thing Let's start in with a test of your intelligence And zest for the counter productive Up and down, and round about, and out the back And keep your mouth shut tight The lights are staying out but no sweat I've got aim like a mack truck Guess how many fingers? Okay Guess how many more I can fit there Guess right get the toaster but you know Miss, guessing gets you nowhere I've been baking cakes for the enemy I've been dying to find out the hard way I've been taking friends to the alleyway Two down now but who's counting anyway? Yes, I can do everything You need from out of my new SUV All my work is guaranteed To last the length of your recovery Put away those pliers, honey Trust me 'cause I know the options How about a nine month long vacation And a two foot coffin I've been getting up, close and intimate Some close calls but I'm getting into it In some states they say, you can burn for it But I'll burn that bridge when I get to it It's not a bad thing To get professional It's got a nice ring Mandy goes to med school And I've been taking tips from the government I've been getting damn good at hiding it Fifty bucks a month ought to cover it Two down now but who's gonna notice it? And if you show up and I am unavailable My partner Brian, would love to take care of you He is a nice man Thoroughly reliable He's in a rock band And he goes to med school Oh, he goes to med school Oh, oh, he goes to med school


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"Mandy Goes to Med School" as written by Amanda Palmer

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    General CommentThis is about back alley abortions and what seems to be someone that is willing to do it that goes to med school.
    TheDownwardSpiralon October 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't understand why everyone relates the gangbanger line to the abortion part. I think that she is saying that is how she feels, pretty sarcasticly.

    "I've been feeling dull as a coat hanger
    pretty as a picture of a patient on a fresh iv
    giddy as a gangbanger with a set of sutures where his magic johnson ought to be"

    She has been feeling dull as a coat hanger (which is not so dull), pretty as a picture of a patient on a fresh IV (well I have had a lot of IVs and it's really not that pretty), giddy as a gang banger with a set of sutures where his magic johnson ought to be (well not very giddy because what is the gang banger going to do now without his penis? Plus, ouch.)

    I really think she's just talking about herself for a bit before she gets into the work she is doing. Also I think abortion is illegal in Oklahoma now, so this song might start applying there; But that's just my opinion though. :)
    Blooboboboobobobon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song has a couple of elements. The main one is speaking of back alley abortions, as most people think, but it also references illegal sex-changes as well, both of which are things that Amanda has obviously written about before.

    Basically, she's writing as if she is one of those shady, unethical doctors that preys upon desperate people, people who can't afford medical procedures, supposedly "elective" ones like gender-reassignment and those young girls who can't go to their parents and admit that they're pregnant.
    LadyGrey88on October 15, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think what she's saying is both anti-abortion and pro abortion. she's saying from a kinda darkly humorous doctor's view, "hey, abortion may be an ugly morbid thing, but its your fault you're here and its better to get it done professionally than to get it done back-alley or do it yourself. The coathanger is them doing it themselves. The pliers are them getting it done back-alley. The nine month long vacation and two foot coffin are the abortion failing and the preggo girl either miscarrying or having a partial birth one done later.

    But its also a sort of alternate Amanda (Mandy) as a back-alley abortionist and the girl getting the abortion done talking about the same thing and the consequences (like getting checks from the government and getting in trouble in anti-abortion states).
    sixinnineon March 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't really care for this song much. I think they've done a lot of better ones, but my favorite line is:
    "put away that hanger honey"
    rustytheskatemakeron December 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis songs deffidently about Abortions and doing it in the wrong state of mind and place and then to go and sell your body because you find yourself useless and dead, but then find a lover . this is one of my favorite songs by them. \m/
    severedxsecreton December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, its probably one of my favorites, although, the version i have has different lyrics that i can't decipher.
    im_not_janeon June 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMany of the lines give it away. I'm glad other people have realized the seriousness of this song's subject. Yes, I'm pretty damn sure it's about coat hanger abortions.
    dedgrrlsdanceon July 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentplier abortions in my case. but whatever.
    im_not_janeon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a different version than the two that I've heard. In the other two versions (including the studio version on the new album) it seems to portray Brian (the drummer) as being available if it turns out they wanted to be pregnant after all, which is really funny in context. This is a really good song, but it's not as rock and rolly, so tastes will differ.
    emueyeson February 22, 2006   Link

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