"Necessary Evil" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
Let's get lost
Fingers crossed
It is an ordinary evening
I am broadcasting are you receiving

Sick sick sound
All fall down
It is a necessary evil
Just like highway gas stations and people

I remember gold days when all this was a mystery
And you could write a letter then or god forbid come visit me
And if you find yourself without me
Can you find yourself without me
Can you find yourself without me
Can you find yourself without me

Hi I'm fine
You are saying nothing but your tongue is getting blacker all the time
It is a measurable feeling
Seven on a scale from dead to breathing
I've connected speakers to my suitors at the discotheques
And they don't know the difference
Are they men or are they Memorex?
And if you find yourself without me
If you find yourself without me
C'mon find yourself without me
C'mon c'mon c'mon
And take your Listerine

I remember golden days when all this was a mystery
And you could write a letter then or god forbid come visit me
I remember golden days when all this was a mystery
And you could write a letter then or god forbid come visit me

And if you find yourself without me
If you find yourself without me
C'mon find yourself without me
C'mon c'mon c'mon
And take your Listerine


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"Necessary Evil" as written by Amanda Palmer

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    General CommentThis song seems to be about the loss of communication by technology achievements.
    drewenon March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEven though it says "fingers crossed" in the booklet, it sounds more like "fingers first" on the album, and I also hear "gas stations with people" instead of "...and people", though that's in the booklet too. It's possible Amanda ended up singing her own lyrics a little wrong though. On their message board I remember her mentioning the last few lines of "First Orgasm" are supposed to be "one to hold me, one to hold me, won't you hold me?", but on the take they used for the album she ended up just singing "won't you hold me, won't you hold me, won't you hold me?".

    And ueah, it does seem to be about people relying too much on email/text messaging/whatever else to communicate with each other. Kind of a similar concept to "Modern Moonlight", but from a slightly different angle.
    destroyalltacoson April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAmanda said the original title of this song was "Listerine" but that it was illegal to have a product as the title, though it is legal to have it in the song.

    The meaning of this song does seem to be similar to modern moonlight, they are both great songs.
    U2girlon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe not being able to use product names in song titles thing is true, that's why They Might Be Giants had a song where the refrain was "hey nyquil driver!" but the title had to be "AKA Driver" instead. And if anyone remembers that song "Dizz Knee Land" by Dada, I'm pretty sure that's why it had to be spelled that way.
    destroyalltacoson April 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit sounds to me..like 'are they men or are they anorexic' ..sometimes.

    whatever the case, this is a great album! I love it.
    nimzayon May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhy does the song refer to listerine?
    pyrites_gliteration May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbecause you use it to wash your mouth
    or to clean your black tongue
    b0sendorferon May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the listerine reference is you need to talk to people face to face so you cant have bad breath

    THis song is about how messaging is seen as necessary, but people should just talk face to face.
    symmenthaon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the listerine reference is you need to talk to people face to face so you cant have bad breath

    THis song is about how messaging is seen as necessary, but people should just talk face to face.
    symmenthaon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe chorus of this song is downright brilliant. the melody, the speed, the catchiness, the meaning. the pure sneering cleverness and wit of "are they men or are they Memorex?"! amazing.
    onethinwallawayon July 15, 2006   Link

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