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She was a new mean beauty queen,
Money, drugs, magazines,
I didn't do nothing, I didn't do nothing,
They gave her diamonds, shiny boys, city speak, every joy,
I didn't do nothing, no nothing for her
You can lead a horse to water but you can't expect it to drink
Now ain't that something, now ain't that something
Yeah when the world is at your gate, that won't satiate
Why are you crying if you offer nothing at all

Don't be a fly in my Martini baby come on down
The roof is high and I'm not climbing tonight,
Come down and I'll give you something to cry about

Fast cars, bougie bars, trial
and it drown in the scars
It won't do nothing, it won't do nothing
Even the best frame won't change your wet painting into,
The Mona Lisa, The Mona Lisa
You've got to dry your eyes baby
I know it's your party and you'll
Cry if you want to, cry if you want to
Yeah when the world is at your gate and that don't fill your plate
Why are you crying if you want for nothing at all

Don't be a fly in my Martini baby come on down
The roof is high and I'm not climbing tonight
Come down and I'll give you something to cry about


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    General CommentThe sound of the tune and the general references to some "fancy party" (Martini is the obvious symbol) seem to indicate that this girl he's illustrating is the pretentious, flashy type. Generally it's a statement to all of those arrogant people, but in this case it's a particular woman that's "larger than life."

    Perhaps the gender difference is a means of showing that love/humanity/compassion trumps this pretentious outlook a lot of people like to put out? (Come down and I'll give you something to cry about.) Not necessarily a masochism, but sort of a "Silly girl," *taps on nose* type of idea. You know, let me show you my world, type of thing.

    Also, the Mona Lisa line really speaks to me. I hate the type of people that make something and present it in this overly extravagant, arrogant light and try to pass themselves off as hip. Argh!

    Obviously the Fly in the Martini represents that even this uppity woman can taint elegance...yay, nay?

    (Also, Zee Deveel and Megalomaniac come to mind. Generally anti-ego and useless extravagance...)
    Jezroon October 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song.. and this is coming from someone who's primarily a fan of the SCIENCE incubus.
    heyimroroon August 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBadass song.

    This is how I interpret it:


    So, there's this chick, and they give her all this shit (Money, drugs, magazines) Band she does nothing to earn it. It's just handed to her because she's a "beauty queen" . But, nothing that was handed to her made her happy, it was never enough for her. And she complains about not being happy, so Brandon says "You can lead a horse to water but you can't expect it to drink" meaning, you can tell her how to be happy, but, you can't expect her to take your advice, and make her self happy. "Now ain't that something?" Nothing satisfies her, and Brandon's wonder why she's complaining, because, she has everything.

    At the chorus, I kind of think of her standing on the roof, about to jump, because she's not happy. and he basically says "stop ruining my good time." [Don't be a fly in my Martini, baby] "Get your ass down here, and that roof is high, and I'm not climbing up their to save your ass" [The roof is high and I'm not climbing tonight] "come down, and I'll show you what bad really is."

    :)
    peaceout14701on November 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think of all the people trying to fuck up you're good deal just because they don't have one, and even if you let them in on it, it doesn't satisfy them.

    I believe Brandon is saying if I'm eating my pie.. don't bitch about not getting a slice when you don't deserve it!
    VoidObjecton April 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust a thought, and a sort of funny one.....
    Martini ingredients
    Vermouth and Gin (Dry virgin) hahahah
    postrchildon February 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAny body know how this song came about originally. I know Monuments and Melodies had a bunch of old, unreleased songs, or region specific songs, but this is one I truly can't find anything on.
    Incubertoon December 10, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics have a lot of variations on different websites. I don't think any "official" lyrics have been published so it's all a guessing game really, but here are some of my thoughts.

    Second stanza of the first verse:

    "They gave her diamonds, shiny boys,
    CITY'S PEAK, every joy"

    As in they gave her a place at the top of the city. The former "city speak" just doesn't make sense to me in the context of "they gave her every joy." Thoughts?

    And the beginning of the second verse:

    "fast cars, booze and bars,
    try all, end it, drown in the scars"

    Most websites have the lyrics as, "trial and it drown in the scars", but that just seems off to me. The word "drown" is present tense. It would make more sense if he said "trial and it drowned in scars", but he clearly doesn't say "drowned" and the word "the" definitely precedes the word "scars" which just seems weird no matter how you look at it. Most of the verse segments are short, comma separated lists of objects or events that give evidence to her stubborn attitude. So it seems more likely that it's supposed to be another list, "try all (OR trial), end it, drown in the scars." Just makes more sense in my opinion.

    What do you guys think?
    DCmayzon February 26, 2015   Link

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