"Mannequin" as written by and Katy Perry....
How do I get closer to you
When you keep it all on mute
How will I know the right way to love you

Usually the Queen of figurin' out
Breaking down a man is no work out
But I have no clue
How to get through to you

I wanna hit you just to see if you cry
I keep knockin' on wood, hopin' there's a real boy inside

But you're not a man
You're just a Mannequin
I wish you could feel that my love is real
But you're not a man

I wish I could just turn you on
Put a battery in and make you talk
Even pull a string for you to say anything

But with you there is no guarantee
Only expired warranty
A bunch of broken parts
And I can't seem to find your heart

I'm such a fool
I'm such a fool
I'm such a fool
This one's outta my hands
I can't put you back together again

Cause you're not a man
You're just a Mannequin
I wish you could feel that my love is real
But you're not a man
You're just a, a toy
Could you ever be a real, real boy
And understand
But you're not a man

If the past is the problem
Our future can solve them baby
I could bring you life if you let me inside baby
It'll hurt but in the end you'll be a man

Cause you're not a man
You're just a Mannequin
I wish you could feel that my love is real
But you're not a man
You're just a, a toy
Could you ever be a real, real boy
And understand
But you're not a man

Cause you're not a man
You're just a Mannequin
I wish you could feel that my love is real
But you're not a man


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"Mannequin" as written by Katy Perry

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  • +1
    General Commentyou kinda missed the bridge:

    if the past is the problem
    our future could solve em, baby
    i could bring you to life
    if you let me inside, baby
    it'll hurt
    but in the end you'll be a man

    and then comes the chorus one more time
    canezruleon June 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah, meaning is pretty obvious.
    she's in a relationship with someone who won't open up. she doesn't know how to get into him.
    i love katy's voice in this one. it almost sounds so..delicate? idk the word. but i love it.
    suppitsrubyon August 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshe's basically calling him immature, because it seems like he doesnt really care about anything. and he doesnt open up, doesnt seem to take interest.
    and shes trying to tell him that her love is real, and that if he could feel that, he'd finally be a man :)
    cute song.
    xbrokensoundsxon September 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningshe's addressing the fact that most men are stupid and emotionless...she tries getting through to the "mannequin" but he doesn't respond, and makes her feel like he doesn't care. as with most guys, unfortunately. :)
    steph11on March 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented this. Katy Perry is amazing. This is basically about being in a relationship with someone who won't open up.
    lipstick_lullabiesxon June 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a guy who doesn't seem to really care about anything. Hoping theres a surprise inside that chocolate shell :P
    white_stone_3on June 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI like this song, pretty good I think. In fact, I think "One of the Boys" is a very good CD and Katy is very talented. I don't know if I have a different version of the song then you but those are definitely not the lyrics I'm hearing. I listened to it and wrote the lyrics, and double check, so here are the correct lyrics.


    How do I get closer to you?
    When you keep it all on mute.
    How will I know, the right way to love you?

    Usually the queen of figuring out.
    Breaking down the man is no work out.
    But I have no clue how to get through to you.

    I wanna hit you just to see if you cry.
    I keep knockin' on wood, hopin' there’s a real boy inside.

    Cause you’re not a man, you’re just mannequin.
    I wish you could feel, that my love is real, but you’re not a man.

    I wish I could just turn you on.
    Put a battery and make you talk.
    Even pull a string, for you to say anything.

    But with you there is no guarantee.
    Only expired warranty.
    A bunch of broken parts, and I can’t seem to find your heart.

    I’m such a fool, I’m such a fool, I’m such a fool.
    This one’s out of my hands, I can’t put you back together again.

    Cause you’re not a man, you’re just mannequin.
    I wish you could feel, that my love is real, but you’re not a man.

    You’re just a toy, could you ever be a real, real boy.
    Understand, but you’re not a man.

    If the past is the problem, our future could solve em, baby.
    I could bring it alive if you let me inside, baby.
    It’ll hurt but in the end, you’ll be a man.

    You’re not a man, you’re just a mannequin.
    I wish you could feel my love is real.
    Toy, could you ever be a real, real boy.
    Understand, but you’re not a man.
    You’re not a man, you’re just a mannequin.
    I wish you could feel, that my love is real, but you’re not a man.



    Think those should be the correct lyrics!
    ferrari91169on August 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentUh...I actually think she's actually saying she's in love with a mannequin..I mean, not everything has to be a metaphor?
    If you think I'm wrong, sue me, but songs are all about deciding what they mean to you, and I say dummy-porn. Thank you.
    residentinsanityon October 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so true, she's saying this guy has no emotion.. which is how most guys act.
    smartc00kieon February 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's:
    Usually the queens are figurin out
    BREAKING DOWN A man is no work out
    But I have no clue how to get
    through to you

    I wanna hit you
    Just to see
    If you cry
    Keep KNOCKING ON WOOD
    Hopin there's
    A real boy inside

    I wish
    I could just
    Turn you on
    PUT a battery in
    And make you talk
    Even pull
    A string for you
    To say anything


    and you completely skipped the bridge, which is:

    if the past is the problem
    our future could solve 'em, baby
    i could bring you to life
    if you let me inside, baby
    it'll hurt,
    but in the end, you'll be a man
    liesarelieson June 03, 2009   Link

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