Got a daughter who'll eat anything
They like to feed her words, words, words
And tell her, Watch for the plague, girl, check your stool
Or we'll send you to reformatory school
And make a man out of you
They'll press what is left into new
They'll press what is left into new
They'll press what is left into new

Out of dust, out of empty space
From the bedroom to the marketplace
You be bold, but not too bold, and frame it all in gold, in gold
Your credibility is broken in two
But we'll press what is left into new
We'll press what is left into new
We'll press what is left into new

Let's sing a song about a woman's rage
Sing a song about an empty stage
A song, a song about how to sing
A song song song about everything!
You're tough, for a girl, and you're smart, for a girl
Stop, stop your ears from burning and fill my stomach with your singing

Concern concern concern yourself with the invisible!
Concern concern concern yourself with the incredible!
Don't turn to motherhood so fast, you have been blinded
There's a word for all you keep inside
And though you try to hide it, we will write it!


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    General CommentSeems to be about contradictions and hypocrisy in what is expected of women today. Sending a girl to reform school make a man of her, society asks for boldness and manly qualities, credibility in the working world, and yet often holds older expectations, for her to be "not too bold." Singing a song about a woman's rage seems to be a way of making light, as if she is expected to rage, not because it is validated, but because it is expected, and she's still "tough, for a girl" and "smart, for a girl," as if peoples' worthiness is still measured, when it comes down to it, by gender, even with all the ways gender disparities have supposedly been eliminated in society.

    The classical, prim-sounding violin in the middle of the very precise drums is a nice touch, and then the plucking the strings instead, I love that the music adds so much to the meaning of the song as a whole, as opposed to merely being a background to brilliant lyrics or brilliant music to hold up shoddy lyrics. The whole thing is wonderful.
    khammerson February 16, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretationfat/gulliable girl is brainwashed
    she is told to be cautious/worry about things all the time, even little things
    like her stool
    or they will send her to "reformatory" school - a school where they will change
    her completely
    into a man, because a woman who doesn't worry is no good? so they'll have a boy
    instead? - guessing here
    in the bedroom she is supposed to be "bold" but "not too bold" - refers perhaps
    to the expectation that women should want sex (or appear to), but not to please
    themselves,
    and they should come onto guys but should not force him or exert any kind of control
    over a man
    and that everything she does should be "framed in gold" = nice and pretty and rich
    similarly in the market place - to sell something she must be "bold but not too bold"
    ( could be about the mixed messages women in the workplace are given:
    be good at your job, but not too good? - really guessing there though) and again they
    must be "framed in gold" - pretty and rich at all times
    "lets sing a song about a woman's rage" This idea makes her angry
    "you're tough, for a girl and you're smart, for a girl" expectation that a woman
    will be less tough and less smart than she is - sexism in compliments
    any compliments she is given always have sexism mixed with them
    and she should care about this - she should "concern" herself "with the invisible"
    and not conform to what they want her to do: give up the marketplace and have a kid
    she has been "blinded", brainwashed into "motherhood" by their "words, words, words"
    While she keeps silent about these troubles, even though she should sing about it,
    (fill my stomach with your singing) she won't, so Owen will instead "And though you try to hide it, we will write it!"
    sockshothollyon November 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an incredible song! i love the lyrics almost as much as i love the song itself. not really sure what it means, but its all about the violin line at the end!
    stoplayinguitaron April 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the intro. And the end. And everything in between.
    mercion October 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like khammer's interpretation. It's too late in the evening for me to think up anything else, but I would like to point out that the early lyrics sang about a son who would eat anything, and thus a male character. I've noticed with Pallett that he goes through various versions of his song (and performing these for audiences) before settling on the album version.
    justrocon February 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI would like to propose a more positive interpretation.

    I think this song is simply about how good it feels to express yourself through singing. The verses seem very absurd and meant to poke fun more than anything.

    The last two lines sum it all up so perfectly:

    "There's a word for all you keep inside
    And though you try to hide it, we will write it!"
    tjlepon February 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI always heard "Wordsworth's words" haha
    predicateon May 17, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"framed in gold" also pictures are framed in gold, so women are expected to be as pretty as a picture, as beautiful as a great work of art - only a great work of art would be framed in gold.
    sockshothollyon November 13, 2010   Link

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