"China Doll" as written by and Maida....
She's sweet like honey
Sour like democracy
She don't want your money
She needs your sympathy

She'll be your greatest lover
But she doesn't belong to you
She's unlike any other
She doesn't belong to you

Oh, she's your China doll
She's patient, won't be for long
She's hopeful, the time's running low
She's gone before you know

She's the alarm bell ringing
And she's your latest fix
The fat lady singing
The truth and that's some trick

Oh, she's your china doll
She's patient, won't be for long
She's hopeful, the time's running low
She'll be gone before you know
Before you know, before you know
Before you know, you know

She's sweet like honey
Sour like democracy
And she don't want your money
She needs your sympathy


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    General Comment"“China Doll” inspired by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. The Lyric “Sour like democracy” ends up being a sub theme of the record and my love hate relationship with politics." - Raine Maida

    I don't know how to expand it from there, for, to be honest, I don't really understand the metaphors in this song. :S
    Fallen Leaveson July 02, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationMy sister thinks this song is a portrait of a prostitute. It might seem a tad too literal of an interpretation, but I agree with her and think it makes perfect sense.

    But if Raine Maida himself said it was 'inspired by Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth', then I suppose my sister and I must be wrong, although I don't see what these lyrics could have to do with any idea or theme in that doc...
    backinburntcityon February 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGlobal warming. "She" is the Earth.
    Jaurxeon July 19, 2011   Link

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