"The Point of It All" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
Oh what a noble distinguished collection of fine little friends you have made
Hitting the tables without you again no we'll wait no we promise we'll wait
June makes these excellent sewing machines out of common industrial waste
She spends a few months at a time on the couch
But she's safe she wears shades she wears shades
Oh but no one can stare at the wall as good as you my baby doll
And you're racist for playing along
You're only human after all
And you're learning that just 'cause they call themselves friends
Doesn't mean they'll call
They made the comment and just
But you've got the needle I guess that's the point of it all

Maybe a week in the tropics would help to remind you how nice life can be
We propped you right up in a chair on the deck with a beautiful view of the sea
But a couple days later we came back and you and the chair were nowhere to be seen
You had magically moved to the closet eyes fixed on the spot where the dryer had been
Oh yes no one can stare at the wall as good as you my baby doll
And you're racist for playing along
You're almost human after all
Why on earth would I keep you locked up in here where you so love the fall
Well the patterns laid out on the bed
With hundreds of colors of thread
But you've got the needle I guess that's the point in the end

It's better to waste your life watching the scenery change at a comatose rate
And to put yourself in and turn into one of those cigarette ads that you hate
And while you were sleeping some men came around and said they had some dementions to take
I'm not sure what they were talking about but they sure a mess of your face
But still no one can stare at the wall as good as you my baby doll
And you're racist for coming along you're almost human even now
And just cause they call themself experts doesn't mean that they'll call
Oh they've got the permanent price and the homes with a stable address
And they've got excitement and life by the fistful but you've got the meaning
I guess that's the point of it all


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"The Point of It All" as written by Amanda Palmer

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    General CommentI think this song is about some one, who for whatever reason, refuses to participate in life. They are so afraid of screwing up and turning into something that they hate that they would rather sit around. Even when given the opportunity to embrace the beauty of the world (a week in the tropics) they retreat back inside their comfort zone.

    This person tries to engage in creativity (the patterns laid out on the bed) but they never get around to actually creating anything. The things that they try to give life to end up dying, but it's enough consolation to know that s/he has the ability (you have the needle) to bring things to pass if they so desired to do so.

    I think the people taking "some dimensions" are measureing this person for a coffin. Death, which is certain to come from being so removed from life really upsets the individual this song is about (look what they've done to your face). People in the funeral business make a lot of money, and even though they deal with and profit from death they are able to lead full, wonderful lives. Perhaps in this stanza needle refers to the means with which to kill oneself. If this is the case, this person is essentially able to control the coffin makers because it's up to them when they off themselves. It's the same method of control delivered by having the needle yet being unwilling to finish the project.

    I also think the idea about a drug addict is possible, but the interpretation I just described is the first one that popped into my head when I heard this song.
    EphemeralFortresson February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty sure she says "aces" not "racist" but I could be wrong.

    this song is love.
    WhereIsJF?on February 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with me&theminibar. It really sounds like she knew someone who was a herioin or morphine addict and they tryed to help that person and they just went back to his/her old ways. And maybe in the last part where it says "But while you were sleeping some men came around
    Said they had some dimensions to take
    I'm not sure what they were talking about
    But they sure made a mess of your face" maybe he didnt pay his dealer and they came in and beat the living shit out of him/her while they were sleeping.
    MorganULookLikeHellon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about her knowing a guy and that guy is dead but she doesnt want to believe it so she does stuff like make him confortable ect.
    But all he does is stare at the wall.
    xrosabilityxon August 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation


    This song struck a vey loud and resonating chord with me. I've listened to it several times and absolutely love it. I think that all the comments regarding the song being about drug abuse do make sense, in a very obvious way. However, I can also see a different interpretation as well one that may be more subtle. I think the song is about someone who has given up or cannot live normally due to a mental issues, autism, depression, schizophrenia etc. The reason I'm leaning more towards crazy than drugs is that A.P. talks A LOT about craziness in her other songs and various mental issues(like Girl Anachronism or Runs in the Family which is on the same album as Point of it All)

    It seems the song/story is told from a mothers point of view about her child who for whatever reason is not in touch with the outside world. I use the terms mother/child loosely as it may imply grown daughter/caretaker/sister etc. The mothers opinion although being the care taker, is somewhat dismissive, uncaring, and smug and it seems she relys on given "good appearances" to any possible outsiders. It kind of reminds me a dated, haughty, well to do, woman dealing with the "black" sheep in her life.

    "Oh, what a noble, distinguished collection of fine little friends you have made" and
    "And you're learning that just 'cause they call themselves friends
    Doesn't meant they'll call" - Is talking about imaginary friends/dolls

    "Hitting the tables without you again:
    "No, we'll wait, no, we promise, we'll wait"- reminded me of a casino, and possibly a reference about being left alone, about people who won't stop living their lives, to wait for someone who doesn't know how to live.


    "Maybe a week in the tropics would help to remind you how nice life can be
    We propped you right up in a chair on a deck with a beautiful view of the sea
    But a couple weeks later we came back and you and the chair were nowhere to be seen
    You had magically moved to the closet
    Eyes fixed to the place where the dryer had been" -To me this reinforcecs the idea of hiding or brushing off the "black sheep" "a week" in the tropics turns into "a couple weeks later" which implies that she had left there and forgotten.

    "You're aces for coming along, you're almost human after all"- is a condescending statement thats shows how the mother views her own child.

    I think the needle refers to the imaginary reality created by the child. It seems that that there may be moments where the mother trys to get through to the child, or even momemts of lucidity from the child, but effectually, the relationship remains the same.

    I agree with the previous comments about the line "But while you were sleeping some men came around Said they had some dimensions to take" - "sleeping" refers to death and "measuresments" for a coffin, and "they sure made a mess of your face" refers to the mortician's job.

    I think overall this song is about a person with issues, and their reluctant caretaker. Also about life and the inability, in this case, to live life to its fullest.

    Oh and on a side note, I definitely think the phrase is "you're Aces", its a dated figure of speech, one I've heard before, meaning similar to "you're stellar" or "you're great".
    0niongirlon May 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing. I found it on YouTube. Does anyone know where I can download it?
    flying.a.kite.on November 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this sounds like it is about drug abuse- the "needle" presumably referring to heroin or morphine. It's about how the life of an addict is reduced to sitting and "watching the scenery change at a comatose rate" while the only thing that matters is getting another fix:

    "But you've got the needle
    I guess that's the point of it all"

    It's an incredibly moving song, I wish they would release it!

    This is just my interpretation, what do other people think?
    me&theminibaron December 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti LOVE this song. hehe.
    same old blood rushon January 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is dealing with a friend who is either suicidal or a drug addict, or both.
    errky39on February 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentprofile.myspace.com/…

    you can download a live version of it from there...
    the first two songs aren't by them, though
    olubunmion May 04, 2007   Link

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