"Edith Wharton's Figurines" as written by and Suzanne Vega....
Edith Wharton's lovely figurines
Still speak to me today
From their mantelpiece in time
Where they wrestle and they play
With passions and with prudences
Finances and fears
Her face - what it's worth to her
In the passing of the years

See the portrait come to life
See the vanity behind
'Cause in the struggle for survival
Love is never blind

Now Olivia lies under anesthesia
Her wit and wonder snuffed
In a routine operation
Her own beauty not enough
Her passions and her prudences
Finances and fears
Her face - what it's worth to her
In the passing of the years

See the portrait come to life
See the vanity behind
'Cause in the struggle for survival
Love is never blind

Edith Wharton's lovely figurines
Still speak to me today
From their mantelpiece in time
Where they wrestle and they play
We lie under anesthesia
Our wit and wonder snuffed
In our routine operations
Our own beauty not enough


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"Edith Wharton's Figurines" as written by Suzanne Vega

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    General Commentthis makes me glad to be alive. and how she says we at the end is amazing and 'routine operations' is a perfect phrase that conveys two meanings- for olivia of wharton's novel, and those of us who are 'under anaesthesia', who don't live each day to it's potential and- these are incredibly poignant and humane lyrics by the way- with 'our wit and wonder snuffed' and 'our own beauty not enough'. God thats beautiful. im so happy that music is still so vibrantly alive.
    Jballer32on October 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentps i would marry this woman in an instant even though im 19 and have no money.
    Jballer32on October 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI used to be really into Suzanne Vega in ninth and tenth grade (I'm in my second year of college now) and I saw her do this song live. I should really buy the album because I really thought the song was beautiful and I haven't heard it since.

    Anyway, I forget Olivia's last name, but SV said that she was a writer who wrote a book about accepting herself, but she died getting a face lift.
    mockingsmileon August 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me cry when I hear it. People are willing to throw away their most personal aspects, like the way they look, to chase after some elusive ideal of beauty, disregarding that beauty which they already possess.

    Some will do this to the point of death... but even those who don't get facelifts still often think themselves ugly and let their terrible self-images dominate their lives and ruin them.

    It's tragic, and it doesn't need to be this way. Beauty is a social construct; let's construct a new, inclusive one that will render this song an anachronism.
    Princepson September 06, 2013   Link

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