Call the dogs and sound the horns
The city key of where I's born's
Been stolen by someone I thought I knew
She blew in with some angel dust
From southern state where love is lust
And I hope she's gone
By the time this song is through

Not a moment passes by
She wets her lips
Sweats her eyes
Baits her tongue with pity for her prey
(Do your best to walk away)
And she transcends the avenue
A smile for me, a wink for you
I guess I'll take my place in yesterday

But darlin' I can't wait
For you to leave this town
You just got here too late
And no one wants you 'round
With one foot on my back
And the other on the rail
I don't want to see you fall
I want to see you fail

And the night is sweet
The night's divine
It stains your teeth
With blood-red wine
And leaves you lyin'
In your enemy's arms
And while you mumble down the hall
Something 'bout a skin made wall
You find you're just a sucker
For her charms

And the vanity that cakes her face
Sucks you in to death's embrace
Feel your sense of self just fade away
(Spread your ashes in the tray)
And see you're just a one man show
And once you're done it's time to go
Hear somebody's footsteps down the way

Darlin' I can't wait
For you to leave this town
You just got here too late
And no one wants you 'round
With one foot on my back
And the other on the rail
I don't want to see you fall
I just want to see you fail

And the youth protests the failing light
With his shirt sleeves rolled
In the humid night
He wonders where it was that he went wrong
And in denial while he ascends
To a lofty room all dreams end
He watches while his footsteps lead him on
And in the fires he takes his time
The well-worn steps he slowly climbs
Find a line of meathooks on display
(Does your conscience lose its way?)
And in the streets the sirens sing
What word they tell what news they bring
The puppet and his cold coat's strings obeys

And let's just bow and sway
But hail the death of day

Darlin' I can't wait
For you to leave this town
You just got here too late
And no one wants you 'round
With one foot on my back
The other on the rail
I don't want to see you fall
I want to see you fail
I don't want to see you fall
I want to see you fail


Lyrics submitted by euthanasia27

Reflections of the Marionette song meanings
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    General CommentIs it about a guy who has got over a girl, and rebuilt his life just to have her walk back in and try to take him back?
    williewaggleron January 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI would say this song is the story of a break up, and the process of moving on. To me "I dont want to see you fall I just want to see you fail" is a statement of wanting a person to fail and realize it as opposed to just falling to pieces permanently.
    trx2bandon January 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about a prostitute who happened to look like his former lover from a failed relationship.
    BlackJackClackon June 07, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI perceive it to be a girl who ripped out his heart and he's not over it and part of him still wants her and always will even though she broke him. It's like he knows that he's being strung around (puppet pun intended) but can't completely walk away. When she pops back into his life he can't ignore her and it kills him.
    mkeson April 09, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is much more sinister. In the beginning I believe it's about a man who get his heart broken unwittingly by a prostitute and briefly begins to describes her arrival, roots, and mannerisms:

    "The city key of where I's born's Been stolen by someone I thought I knew
    She blew in with some angel dust From southern state where love is lust"
    "Not a moment passes by
    She wets her lips
    Sweats her eyes
    Baits her tongue with pity for her prey
    (Do your best to walk away)
    And she transcends the avenue
    A smile for me, a wink for you
    I guess I'll take my place in yesterday"


    He struggles with moving on from her and keeps grudgingly returning to her when the loneliness begins to set in at night:

    "And the night is sweet
    the night's divine
    It stains your teeth
    with blood-red wine
    And leaves you lyin'
    in your enemy's arms
    And while you mumble down the hall, something 'bout a skin made wall You find you're just a sucker for her charms"

    He then starts to slip into a depression and loses his sense of self due to the staunch reality that the woman he loves doesn't truly care for him as he is just another client to her:

    "And the vanity that cakes her face
    Sucks you in to death's embrace
    Feel your sense of self just fade away (Spread your ashes in the tray)
    And see you're just a one man show
    And once you're done it's time to go
    Hear somebody's footsteps down the way"

    He then visits her place of business one last time to presumably kill her and himself, as he wonders how he got to this point of lost innocence and despair when he climbs the familiar, "well worn" stairs to her room only to find her with another "meat hook on display" which is probably another client:

    "And the youth protests the failing light
    With his shirt sleeves rolled
    In the humid night
    He wonders where it was that he went wrong
    And in denial while he ascends
    To a lofty room all dreams end
    He watches while his footsteps lead him on
    And in the fires he takes his time
    The well-worn steps he slowly climbs
    Find a line of meathooks on display
    (Does your conscience lose its way?)
    And in the streets the sirens sing
    What word they tell what news they bring
    The puppet and his cold coat's strings obeys"
    Americanizationon August 31, 2013   Link

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