Herr Drosselmeyer's Doll
There she is on the stage
Spinning as she sprawls
Thank God the curtains fall
Her spring is sprung
And dances done
Spinning as she sprawls
Thank God the curtains fall

In the morning, he twists the key quite hard
And ticking, she's brought to boil
"Relevé, my sweet, en pointe, en garde!"
Her innards twang as they uncoil

Herr Doktor's fingertips trace by
On craquelature from every fall
The daylight made to race right by
With paint and paste and stitch and awl

"Patient, patient, bumblebee,
Soon your audience admire
A shapely arabesque or three
I'll wind you up, you'll never tire."

Starry tutu, sullen moon
A frozen carmine mouth
Twinkles as she jerks and swoons
The ladies ushered out

"Gentlemen, this fallen angel is the illegitimate daughter of art and science. A modern marvel of engineering, clockworks elevated to the very natural process which even now is in your blood, racing, your eyes flashing at such irreproachable beauty. Here is Gaia, here is Eve, here is Lilith, and I stand before you as her father. Sprung fully-formed from my brow, dewy and sweet; she can be yours and yours again, for her flesh is the incorruptible pale to be excused from the wages of sin."
(winds her up)

And as the sack cloth, sodden, slumps
Beneath these chipped and china limbs
The sour flesh pines, grunts and thumps
"Step right up, boys, tuppence for a spin!"


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    Song MeaningI think it's pretty obvious that the doll is, in actuality, a sort of mechanical prostitute. That "very natural process", "dewy and sweet", "fully formed", "can be yours and yours again", "flesh is incorruptible", and the obvious reference to sin are all pretty plain innuendos. Also the "sour flesh" beneath her "limbs" and the dirty, cheap clothing the doll was wearing opposed to the tutu from the dance. The lyrics don't even suggest the possibility so much as they almost come right out and say it. Beautiful song either way, though!
    tonyjones17on June 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me or does this song give off the impression that his "doll" is a sex slave?
    Oroborouson December 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"her flesh is the incorruptible pale to be excused from the wages of sin"
    Is it just me or is this some kind of excuse for fulfilling your sexual needs without thinking you've committed any sins of lust?
    Edboyon January 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy is no one commenting any Abney Park songs?

    This song is so damn theatrical and spooky! Brilliant!
    Isiibella.on October 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me a lot of a French comic book, Fée et tendres automates. I recommend it, lovely atmosphere and graphics.
    CynicalTruthon March 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHerr Drosselmeyer is the grandfather in The Nutcracker. His dolls are the dancing ballerinas. This is a suggestion of want he was actually doing with them.
    genericname12345on April 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI really find this to be very depressing. As a doll she has no say in what happens to her. She was simply made for this and I feel that the song shows how worn down she is. Despite the narration say how she "can be yours and yours again" she is slowly breaking and I like how they portrayed that in the song. It always gets to me.
    DeadGlasson May 07, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think one of the best parts is when the narrator refers to his doll as these Goddess Figures Gaia-mother earth, Eve-like adam and eve in the garden of eden, Lilith who was the first woman, created before eve, even the line "sprung fully formed from my brow" is refering to the Goddess Athena who when she was born was swollowed whole by Zeus only to be born as a full grown woman when she lept from Zeus' skull.
    triggerhappi26on November 15, 2010   Link

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