"Little Mascara" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
You and I fall together
You and I sleep alone
After all, things might be better
After one, and there's one that's long gone

For the moon you keep shootin'
Throw your rope up in the air
For the kids you stay together
You nap 'em and you slap 'em in a highchair

All you ever wanted was someone to take care of ya
All you're ever losin' is a little mascara
A little mascara
A little mascara

Afternoon, things are quiet
Settle back now if you can
Stations clip by like a rocket
Don't you worry if you wonder why he ran

All you ever wanted was someone to take care of ya
All you're ever losin' is a little mascara
A little mascara
A little mascara

That you cry, cry
That you cry,
Your eyes out
That you cry,
That you cry,
That you cry
Your eyes out

All you ever wanted was someone
Ma'd be scared of
All your ever losin' is
A little mascara
A little mascara
A little mascara

That you cry,
That you cry,
That you cry,
Your eyes out

That you cry,
That you cry,
That you cry
Your eyes out

Cry, cry, that you, cry


Lyrics submitted by krushzed, edited by cevans, Replacementss

"Little Mascara" as written by Paul Westerberg

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  • +2
    General CommentOh, how beautifully perfect! Starts out with words consoling that poor, but strong mom who only wanted someone to love her & take care of her kids - but, he left and she soldiers on, for the kids' sake. That louse up & left her. Aren't all men like that? He's not worth the tears, honey...

    Then, the kicker, right there at the end. The truth comes out... "All you ever wanted was someone ma'd be scared of"

    She wanted a bad guy. She picked one on purpose. She wanted people to feel all sorry for her. She knew he wouldn't stick around. She hoped he wouldn't. Oh, isn't this fun, getting all of this attention, playing the martyr...

    Pathetic
    pinkthingon September 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, and I seriously think that if some country musician covered it, it would be a hit. Ya know, slow it down a bit, add some fiddle and pedal steel, have somebody with a dopey voice like Tim McGraw do the vocals. Get Nashville on the phone, this one could make PW the riches he deserves.
    Quonseton April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's gone and left her with the kids.
    In the afternoon, when they're napping, she cries...
    but the friend/narrator consoles her that she's only losing mascara when she cries - she hasn't lost anything - the guy's a bum.
    Chinupon May 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentQuonset, that's actually probably true, but I'd cringe every time I heard the country version of it--especially since I live in Nashville.
    DAS JETSon March 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHell, get George Jones to do it. Or Merle. They'd do it justice!
    ratanxon April 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dunno about that. I would think more that she had a bad relationship with her mother and so she picked a "bad boy" as kind of the ultimate screw you.
    Of course she didn't think the plan through and then he up and left her.
    SilverNobleon March 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe correct version of the lines are:

    "All you ever wanted was someone
    Ma ain't scared of"

    You can hear it more clearly in live versions of the song, for example at 2:25 in youtube.com/…
    Replacementsson September 14, 2015   Link

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