"paper doll" as written by Kevin Salem and Rachael Amanda Yamagata....
Only daughter
You got your ticket too soon
Holy Water
'Cause everybody's getting ruined
They are waiting to see what you do
Too long, waiting

Everybody's cleared the room
And they'll dress you up
Stand you in all the right places
Words like honey
Smile as they change your faces
With no regard to you at all
And you find they treat you like a paper doll

And they'll dress you up for the flight
Like Ophelia, you wave goodnight
With the earth and sky you cheer and cry
Writhe as all your days go by
And laugh as you die

Sweet softer shoulder, oh sweet sugar safe

Everybody's got their own life philosophy
And I can't wait 'til I find one coming from me
Oh, the bridge is narrow
You better not look down
'Cause as soon as you jump over
You won't find nobody around
Oh, the bridge is narrow
And you've got so far to fall
And you know down in dirty water's
No place for a paper doll


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"Paper Doll" as written by Rachael Amanda Yamagata Kevin Salem

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    General Commentkinds of reflect on my life situation right now. a lot of expectations/burdens on my back and people telling me what they want from me. until i'm not quite sure what i am myself. no sense of identity. like a paper doll, i am anonymous/nobody, yet i'm there.
    well, something like that. words can only say so much.
    Poizunon September 24, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"everybody's cleared the room
    and they'll dress you up
    stand you in all the right places
    words like honey
    smile as they change your faces
    with no regard to you at all
    and you find they treat you like a paper doll"

    everyone is changing you and telling you what to do and who to be. they don't care what you want, they just give you what they think you need without asking you.
    luv lauraon March 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBe what you wanna be, not what others want you to be. Simple as that.

    Incredible voice.
    onewayhearton October 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"and they'll dress you up for the flight
    like ophelia, you wave goodnight"

    i didn't got the ophelia part. someone did?
    laissson March 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOphelia is a character from "Hamlet" by Shakespeare. She's Hamlet's lover, she goes mad and commits suicide by drowning herself.

    I found this song to be amazing, but ever so depressing. The girl in this song has the weight of the world on her shoulders. As an only child she bears all the dreams and expectations of her parents. She's been pushed to be perfect and it has all come at her so quickly.

    At last she can make her own decisions. She's been dressed "for the fight" and is standing at the bridge between childhood and the life her parents have groomed her for.

    But even if she wants to throw herself off this bridge (into the dirty water, like Ophelia, etc.) she can't because she's just a paper-doll for her parents, a toy to live out their ideals, incapable of making her own decisions because she's so crippled by their treatment of her.
    YouActSurprisedon May 21, 2008   Link

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