They pose symmetrical
Scattered through the Echo Hall
Works of art in pensive phase
With the worldy critics gaze
And there's a special one
Another convert to the throng
And maybe in her wildest dreams she is a human
But anyone with brains can see she is the new one

The artist uses short brush strokes just like the master
Wave the finished product in the air to dry it faster
Then they spray themselves with anti-tarnish ultragloss
It reduces flaking and this cramps(?) would come
WIth hanging on the cross

How to be a Happy Statue
Five easy tips in our next issue
Youmight have thought all hope was lost
But now the chance is yours - and for a reasonable cost

She does her face in Cubist fashion like the others
Tonight the curator protects them with blue covers
And what's the point of looking pretty with no audience?
And won't you find it sad that beauty's based on inexperience?

And as for her we heard she had a little accident
Someonetipped her over and her face received a fatal dent
So it's all over because who likes imperfection?
Her only hope is that it might become a fashion

See only certainty
Bargain hunting destiny
Maybe she'll redeem herself with mightiness from off the shelf
Thus concludes the story of the Echo Gallery
Visit any time to see the fools who sold themselves to slavery

How to be a Happy Statue
Five easy tips in our next issue
You might have thought all hope was lost
But now the chance is here - and for a reasonable cost


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    General CommentThis song IS absolutely amazing. I dont know what its about but i love the lines:
    "So it's all over because who likes imperfection?
    Her only hope is that it might become a fashion"
    Genious yet uncommented.
    blackskieslullabyon April 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOk, I have come to the conclusion this is about benig a living statue. Maybe thats just an outside interpritation and theres something deeper, but its too late to think so this will this is all.
    blackskieslullabyon June 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOkay, it probably is about Palmer's work as a living statue, but when I listen to it, I think of Hollywood's general attitude. The line about '5 easy tips' makes me think of tabloids, and the part about the girl thinking she's a human but then succumbing to the statues' obsession with beauty is so, like, today, man. Ha. That's what I hear, but maybe that's because psychologically I'm attuned to think that, what with all the media attention that famous girls are getting as of late.
    lupinsmoon12391on August 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI could be wrong, but I don't think this is an Amanda Palmer song. It could very well be an older song, but the voice doesn't have the same qualities as Amanda's.
    daretheghoston January 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOf course it's an Amanda song. The demo is kind old so her voice sounds younger.

    I don't think this song is about being a living statue. I think this song is about modeling, and modern beauty standards. Have you noticed how models look more and more like statues, and less like humans, all of the time?

    muskyisdeadon April 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThink of how much money people spend on trying to look perfect. Face creams, tanning salons, surgery, diet pills, make up, hair dye, et cetera.

    Plus, so many models have eating disorders. Society is obsessed with unrealistic beauty ideals. The pressure to adhere to these ideals is immense.
    muskyisdeadon April 02, 2009   Link

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