"Lonesome Organist Rapes Page Turner" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
He told me that I knew what to laugh at
And I wanted to but I just couldn't ask if he would take it back so I could know for certain
So on the bench I watched his left hand crossing
While doubling entendres with the voicings
He said "O darling, you're charming
Please don't find it alarming if I pull this stop out to free up a hand for heavy petting"

Now there there
I'm a friendly man
I joke about sex because it's funny when you're frightened

So silently I sat and turned the pages
Recalculating our respective ages
Over my shoulder, he muttered, "If I get any older
You can hack my wrists off with your choice of objects
No, I'm kidding"

Don't be scared
I'm a friendly man
I joke about death because it's funny when you're frightened

This is as far as I could get
He jabbed a needle in my neck
Erasing all the evidence
But there were matchsticks in my pants
And if a rock should hit my head
And I remember what he did
You'll be the very first to know
Maybe I'll find out why this damn thing won't stop bleeding

He told me that I showed a great potential
That given I turned heads and pages
Fame would be a piece of cake
But practice was essential
So like a stupid child I believed it
And golly who would had agreed if
I had been Schubert or Mozart
Devoted to the fine art of perfecting absolutely everything inconsequential

Don't be sad
I'll come back again
I joke about trash 'cause it takes class to be enlightened

So several decades have gone by
I am still sitting by his side
I turn the pages faithfully
He turns his head and smiles at me
And with a wink he says, "I doubt
We would be anywhere without
Your gift for keeping truth and consequence from meeting"


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"Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner" as written by Amanda Palmer

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  • +1
    General Commenthow do i get this song? its good and im fustrated
    macabre_meaganon August 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI definetely agree with rocksteady666 and makenzie.


    I love this song.
    perfectly_flawed26on August 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentagree agree. megan the song is on their myspace site, myspace.com/… love the "ha ha ha"s after the chorus. makes my spine creep.
    espionageon August 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a cool song! It's different from a typical Dolls songs, but in a neat way.

    But practice was essential
    So like a stupid child I believed it
    And golly who would had agreed if
    I had been Schubert or Mozart
    Devoted to the fine art of perfecting absolutely everything inconsequential

    I don't understand what this bit means. If I'm reading it properly she's saying that if she was a perfectionist, she wouldn't have agreed to practice, which makes no sense.
    mockingsmileon August 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentif you read Amanda's bio on the official site, she mentions being seduced by piano teachers.

    FYI the song is on the Japanese pressing of the CD, along with a real recording of their cover of Two-Headed Boy
    makenzieon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree--it does say on Amanda's bio that she was seduced by her piano teachers. And I would put a lot of money on that being the subject of the song....especially according to the title!
    rocksteady666on August 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmockingsmile, I THINK (but I'm not sure) that what she means is she did practice, but she improvised when she played, she didn't perfect every unimportant (inconsequential) bit. I could be wrong though.
    Sweet_Amityon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"practice was essential"= he needs them to meet up together as practice. even though she didn't need him ther "like a stoopid child she beleived" and kept coming back to her abuser.
    emo-tize_me_captainon September 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah but its highly unlikely this song is so honest and thats why i like it so much. I think its facinating how she doesnt mind reveiling most of her past but I still wonder about 672 . . .
    Will_The_End? . . .on December 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really want to get the Japanese versions of their CDs. They get all the extra songs!! I loved this song when it was up on their Myspace. I wish it was downloadable.
    Cardion January 21, 2007   Link

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