You've got to be the one
Smile of porcelin
Bullet holes in your tounge
Plexiglass bones
Dough of angels breath
The eyes of a mannequin
Put on a hell of a show
Solid gold
Fresh young face
King of a lovely place
Cynical life
Wash your face
Tryin' to make it better
And we've heard this song before
And the needle skips again
Playin' dominoes with tombstones
Found a graveyard in your drawer
Go and get yourself buried
'Cause your dead, you're dead, you're dead, you're dead
You're skin melts in wax
Woven silk eyelids
The arms are sewed on last
You got your moneys worth
Soul hangs in the closet
Papier mache heart
Put on a hell of a show
Solid gold
Your hate crime
Wasn't loving me
Cynical life
Wash your face
Tryin' to make it better
And we'll never make it better
And we'll never make it better


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    General Commentthis song is a direct slap in the face for all the Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne's, Ashlee Simpsons who were promised a million magazine covers and a million more hearts. Fames a devilish thing. Beautiful song.
    SaviorSalvation213on April 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningSong is about Carl Tanzer. A guy who tried to save a woman he was obsessed with from death. When she died he stole her corpse and tried to preserve it using glass eyes and some sort of embalming material. By the end the body looked a lot like paper mache. The song is about trying to make the corpse better and preserve her fresh young face. By the end he seems to realize that she's dead, and to move on and stop trying to preserve it before reverting back to the delusion of trying to 'Keep her alive'.
    j.11258860on May 27, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBitter, unrequited love
    A Staring Elfon March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought this song was Patton feeling sorry for, if not sympathising with a prostitute. At first glance I thought it was a type of love song but look closer at the lyrics.

    What leads me to believe this whole protitute meaning are that the lyrics "Smile of porcelin" & "The eyes of a mannequin" refer to the girl faking it, as with "Put on a hell of a show". I always thought that "Bullet holes in your tounge" was referring to STDs as well.

    What leads me to believe it the most though are the lines "Your hate crime
    Wasn't loving me", meaning that what a woman might do out of sheer desperation, neglect or poor self image is not as demonic as some people make it out to be, that there is a reason women get(/are forced) into this and that it's not just their fault for being slutty.
    spike_gtaon April 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery similar in my view to Yes by The Manic Street Preachers:

    "Theres no lust in this coma even for a fifty
    Solitude, solitude, the 11th commandment
    The only certain thing that is left about me
    Theres no part of my body that has not been used"

    No?
    champiodion September 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've read this album is a concept album about a serial killer, so this song is probably like a ballad to one of the first victims.
    Nafzgeron June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, sounds like maybe he's trying to make her look pretty before killing her? It's not very clear. The music kinda reminds me of bungle's Retrovertigo.
    donniedarko28on July 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe albums is meant to show different aspects of the American nightmare.
    champiodion August 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, we can assume the protagonist in this concept album has a love interest (Point and Click). Maybe this is him leaving her, or killing her, you decide, and he later reflects on this in Cul de Sac. ("I wish you were here...")
    The Honest Liaron October 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, it seems like he loved this girl & she chose fame over him.
    april10211on February 24, 2017   Link

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