"Polyester Bride" as written by and Phair....
I was talking, not two days ago
To a certain bartender I'm lucky to know
And I asked Henry, my bartending friend
If I should bother dating unfamous men

And Henry said,
"You're lucky to even know me,
You're lucky to be alive.
You're lucky to be drinking here for free,
'cause I'm a sucker for your lucky, pretty eyes."

And then he said,
"Do you want to be a polyester bride?
Or do you want to hang your head and die?
Do you want to find alligator cowboy boots they just put on sale?
Do you want to flap your wings and fly away from here?"

And I was sitting, not two days ago
Feeling lonely, 'cause I'm just feeling low
And I asked Henry, my bartending friend
Why it is that there are those kind of men

And Henry said,
"You're lucky to even know me,
You're lucky to be alive.
You're lucky to be drinking here for free,
'cause I'm a sucker for your lucky, pretty eyes."

And then he said,
"Do you want to be a polyester bride?
Or do you want to hang your head and die?
Do you want to find alligator cowboy boots they just put on sale?
Do you want to flap your wings and fly away from here?"

"Princess, do you really want to flap your wings and fly?
Because you've got time."
He keeps telling me, "You've got time."
But I don't believe him
"You've got time."

I keep on pushing harder
I keep on pushing farther away
But he keeps telling me, "Baby",
He says, "Baby, yeah

Do you want to be a polyester bride?
Or do you want to hang your head and die?
Do you want to find alligator cowboy boots they just put on sale?
Do you want to flap your wings and fly away from here?"

"Do you want to be a polyester bride?"
Away from here
"Do you want to be a polyester bride?"
Away from here
"Do you want to be a polyester bride?"
"Princess, do you really want to flap your wings and fly away from here?"


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"Polyester Bride" as written by Liz Phair

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    General Commentthis song is the shit ...whenever i hear it i blast it and sing along (off-key of course) liz phair is so much cooler than so many lame chicks in hollywood, or at least i feel like she deserves more respect.
    polythenepamon March 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite part of this song is the seemingly tortured bartender Henry. He just lets her know that hey I'm here, I'm a good guy, and you should be grateful for it.
    BlakeQHatfieldon June 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love how she thinks of cool ways to write songs. I have never heard a song from this perspective before. It's awesome.
    rapunzelEEDon February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh I love this song, I have so much respect for Liz Phair. And rapunzelEED, I totally agree because I have never heard a song written from this perspective either. It's amazing, just like Liz Phair.
    hardcorecarmenon October 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsounds a little like she's getting frustrated with men and he's telling her she can either settle for anything b/c she's in such a hurry or she can hunt around for what she's really looking for.
    dunnomuchon January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn response to sakebox, I've never really thought of Henry being the "good guy"/ love interest... though you're probably right, lol.

    I saw Henry as more a representation of what she was *against* in this song, the idea of women doing nothing but raising kids and doing shopping for their husbands (thus, the cowboy boots), and Henry as the man trying to get her to accept these ideals.

    (I think this may be partly because of the music video, which is much more feminist than the song by itself)
    Lolita.Dannonon December 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, firstly, what is a polyester bride? Something not good. Do you want to hang your head and cry? Do you want to spend your life shopping for boots on sale?

    Of course not. These are bad things that Henry is warning the singer about. Don't get stuck in that life.

    The singer asks Henry, should I bother dating unfamous men? Henry's reply is, don't settle for small dreams.
    freewneelon February 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just plain amazing. To me, this song is about the pressure the speaker is feeling about finding a man. She's constantly sad about her life, and Henry just say, "You're lucky for this and this...". Finally, he says, "You've got time." She keeps pushing to find someone and he keeps insisting that she just relax. You don't want to be another polyester bride.

    Also, I think the music video is a little summation of Liz Phair's life up to this point. We see scenes from Reefer Madness, alluding to her youthful fascination with drugs. There are also a lot of images of children or babies or pregnancy. Not surprising, seeing as she just had a baby around this time.
    SupahManDudeon May 04, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI think that this song is about trying to find the right person, or at least someone interesting. It's about not settling for just any guy, and if you do, you may become just another "polyester bride" and be stuck in an unhappy marriage or relationship.
    lostinmyshadowson January 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the bartender was talking to two different people in this song. One of whom was he talking with originally, and the other in response to her musings about life.
    lustfrogon March 09, 2013   Link

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