"The Mouse and the Model" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
Nothing is certain at this time of day
You could reverberate you could decay
The mouse and the model are laughing at us
We'll risk it we're desperate for someone to trust

Let's start a new heart the new charts are in
We'll take them we'll break them we'll make them give in

By counting your blessings you wind up in debt
It starts with your family and camps in your bed
You Jekyl and hide it when you could have left
Your guard down your dress up you must be upset

Let's start a new heart the new charts are in
We'll take them we'll break them we'll make them give in

It's dark over here on the flip-side of reason
The teaser could be something easy like they did it in a book
You're a crook you're a fake you committed
If you did it say you did it if you didn't suck it up and say you did

Let's start a new heart the new charts are in
We'll tax them relax them and make them forfeit
The vote by a landslide the Jekyl and Hyde
Mackenzie macabre she's bonnie and Clyde


Lyrics submitted by Airyca, edited by underivy

"The Mouse and the Model" as written by Amanda Palmer

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

The Mouse and the Model song meanings
Add your thoughts

11 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't have any overarching theory on this song yet either, but thought I'd add for anyone who doesn't know, that 'Macavity' is a probably a reference to the 'master criminal' cat in T.S. Eliot's poems/the musical 'Cats'. Obviously 'Bonnie and Clyde' is referring to the American outlaws, Jekyll and Hyde to the R L Stevenson character(s). I can't place the 'Mackenzie' reference - maybe someone else knows?

    Anyway, there seems to be a theme of criminality/living on the edge/being an outcast, but I haven't worked out any more than that yet. The 'mouse and the model' bit always makes me think of animal testing vs using computer modelling techniques, but that's probably way way out. It could suggest a search for facts/solutions/truth that ultimately seems futile or something though?

    I like the media slant theory too - seems to make a lot of sense, although I feel like there's something else in there too I can't work out.

    And that's all I've got!
    underivyon August 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot going to even try to work out what this song means, but for anyone who's never heard it go to automaticjoy.com/ and you can download a live version there. Splendid, my friends, splendid.
    DiscoSheilaon June 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's just about how there's two sides to someone? "the mouse and the model" "She's Jekyl and Hyde" "She's Bonnie & Clyde"

    I'm shore there's way more to it than that, just like every other song written by Amanda, but um, yes.
    InkBleedsDeeperon May 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsays media attention to me..

    "if you did it say you did it if you didn't suck it up and say you did"

    seems to mean making the most out of any kind of publicity

    I haven't the energy for a full analysis.

    myspace.com/…


    hi (=
    No_One_Reallyon May 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo build on what InkBleedsDeeper said, maybe even about how difficult it is to be someone with two sides to them?
    "The mouse and the model are laughing at us" - maybe they're laughing because they both have set, secure personalities, and "us" doesn't. Like, even the mouse, though it's the opposite of the model, at least has a stable personality.

    "you're a crook you're a fake you're committed /
    if you did it say you did it if you didn't suck it up and say you did"

    if you don't act consistently, you get called a crook, a fake, and possibly get diagnosed with some personality disorder and committed to a mental hospital. So, when someone accuses you of acting a certiain way because "it's characteristic" you have to say you did even if you didn't, to give the impression that you are not of changeable character.
    evolutionariedon May 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think No_One_Really may be on to something. I think it has a media-esque slant to it.
    “This time of day” may well be prime time - when the very best of the bullshit is doled out.
    “You could reverberate; you could decay.” The media can offer stimulating or decaying effects on the noggin, depending on the attitude of the beholder.
    We’re being manipulated by “the mouse and the model” - Mickey Mouse and mass-produced skinny women, the ultimate landlords of television and film.
    When we’re desperate with no-one left to trust, we'll still have our faithful box.
    “Let's start a new heart; the new charts are in. We'll take them, we'll break them, we'll make them give in.” The chorus and the rest of the song makes me think of reality TV – for every new season, there is a fresh batch of suckers to be fucked over for the entertainment of the brainless populace and the pockets of the media moguls.
    “By counting your blessings, you wind up in debt.” The nice guys are first off the cliff.
    “It starts with your family and camps in your bed” The all-pervading variety of reality TV programs. Stick whatever you like under the microscope: family life, sex, whatever.
    “You Jekyll and hide it” – You divide yourself a hundred of different personas for the benefit of the ratings. Let your guard down, your dress up” – Loosened morals and promiscuity make for better viewing.
    “The flipside of reason” is that wacky land of TV.
    “We'll tax them, relax them, and make them forfeit.” The producers are cheating the contestants out of their prize money.
    “The vote by a landslide, the Jekyll and Hyde.” Two-faced pretence makes for bloodier competition and more interesting contestants; the Jekyll/Hyde/Mackenzie/Macabre/Bonnie/Clyde aspects of the person win over the audience who collectively snap their little thumbs voting ‘til the cows came home, and, YES!, the bastard won!!!
    flipperinaon May 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think No_One_Really may be on to something. I think it has a media-esque slant to it.
    “This time of day” may well be prime time - when the very best of the bullshit is doled out.
    “You could reverberate; you could decay.” The media can offer stimulating or decaying effects on the noggin, depending on the attitude of the beholder.
    We’re being manipulated by “the mouse and the model” - Mickey Mouse and mass-produced skinny women, the ultimate landlords of television and film.
    When we’re desperate with no-one left to trust, we'll still have our faithful box.
    “Let's start a new heart; the new charts are in. We'll take them, we'll break them, we'll make them give in.” The chorus and the rest of the song makes me think of reality TV – for every new season, there is a fresh batch of suckers to be fucked over for the entertainment of the brainless populace and the pockets of the media moguls.
    “By counting your blessings, you wind up in debt.” The nice guys are first off the cliff.
    “It starts with your family and camps in your bed” The all-pervading variety of reality TV programs. Stick whatever you like under the microscope: family life, sex, whatever.
    “You Jekyll and hide it” – You divide yourself a hundred of different personas for the benefit of the ratings. Let your guard down, your dress up” – Loosened morals and promiscuity make for better viewing.
    “The flipside of reason” is that wacky land of TV.
    “We'll tax them, relax them, and make them forfeit.” The producers are cheating the contestants out of their prize money.
    “The vote by a landslide, the Jekyll and Hyde.” Two-faced pretence makes for bloodier competition and more interesting contestants; the Jekyll/Hyde/Mackenzie/Macabre/Bonnie/Clyde aspects of the person win over the audience who collectively snap their little thumbs voting ‘til the cows came home, and, YES!, the bastard won!!!
    flipperinaon May 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...I actually have no idea what to make of this song. I like evolutionaried and InkBleedsDeeper's opinions on it, but...I personally have nothing to add.

    I guess that's why I'm so obsessed with listening to it right now...trying to figure out what the heck it means.
    loverly23on March 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong. According to the Virginia Companion, the lyrics at the end are "Mackenzie Macavity to Bonnie and Clyde." No idea what it means, but I figured it'd help for anyone who knows what the heck that is :P
    Febroniaon July 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm with InkBleedsDeeper and evolutionaried's comments but like loverly23, I've nothing to add ^^;

    Such a strange song, to me. I honestly had no idea what on earth to think of it before I came here, giving up on trying to figure it out myself. Beautiful piece, though. I wish there were more comments on this one :P I'd love to see the epiphanies people get for this song.
    HopetheFangirlon June 28, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain