"Ingenue" as written by and Jason Mcgerr Christopher Walla....
(Lalalalalala)
Ingénue, what have we done to you?
Under that soft skin
I hear a ticking
The currency of being twenty-three
It turns from gold to dust
When you crest the wave of lust
So take all you can
From the mouth of man

Ingénue framed like a cartoon
The borders clear and defined
The colors bold and bright

You'll want to be taken more seriously
But they just play a cue
And it's such a hard thing to do
So take all you can
From the mouth of man
And escape from this town
Before your sand runs out
Before your sand runs out

Ingénue, what will become of you?
When age's glacial pace
Cuts valleys into your face
The currency of being twenty-three
It will remain the same
Just by another name
Oh, Ingénue
What will you do?
Oh, Ingénue
What have we done to you?


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"Ingenue" as written by Christopher Ryan Walla Benjamin D Gibbard

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    General CommentI'm very surprised that there are no comments on this song, as it is one of my favorites on the record. I will post my thoughts in hopes of raising more discussion into it's meaning.

    This song seems very deep. I can assume that it was created to give a perspective into the life of an ingénue; a young girl, with little experience in the real world.
    "Under that soft skin, I hear a ticking" - like a time bomb, ready to explode from the growing influence of outsiders, and their not-so-innocent pursuits.
    "The currency of being twenty-three, it turns from gold to dust when you crest the wave of lust" - again, an innocent girl thinking she is in love is let down by someone who is only using her.
    "framed like a cartoon, the borders clear and defined, the colors bold and bright" - seems like the outsiders judgment of a meaninglessly simple girl
    "Take all you can, from the mouth of man, and escape from this town before your sand runs out" - maybe a call for her to learn from the good and bad, and to take a stance, to leave her shell, to grow from her experience before "age's glacial pace, cuts valley's into your face

    I hope this gets the ball rolling, please share your thoughts on this beautiful song.
    BaringCon November 03, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to be like this song is completely about Zooey Deschanel and her career as an Ingenue (which seems to be a recurring theme in all the roles she plays, she's picked for being beautiful and vulnerable). Basically the song is all about how she wants to be taken seriously, wants to actually be a respected actress, but she keeps getting chosen for these "less than" roles. The lines:

    Under that soft skin
    I hear a ticking
    The currency of being twenty-three
    It turns from gold to dust
    When you crest the wave of lust

    And the lines:

    And escape from this town
    Before your sand runs out

    Those are referring to the fact that in Hollywood, women are only as good as their age and appearance. Once you're past 40 no one wants to hire you anymore. The "ticking" under her skin he's referring to is the ticking of time. She only has so much time that this career will last her before she's invisible.


    Ingénue, what will become of you?
    When age's glacial pace
    Cuts valleys into your face
    The currency of being twenty-three
    It will remain the same
    Just by another name

    This is a reference to aging and getting wrinkles. When a woman in Hollywood starts to show signs of aging, no one is interested anymore. The currency of being 23 in Hollywood is fame and fortune. But when you're not young and desirable anymore, the currency will no longer apply to you, and move on to another young Ingenue.

    I think this song is basically saying, Zooey, you chose your career over our marriage and this career won't last you forever. You're only picked for roles because of how beautiful you are, but that beauty isn't meant to last, and our marriage was.
    newloafofbreadon February 10, 2016   Link

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