"Dum Dum Girl" as written by Mark David Hollis and Timothy Alan Friese-greene....
Another sign with no regret
More coins inside her hand
One more time to own respect
No mercenary she stands
I'm no boy stealing pennies from the poor
Break it down
Can't you see she's the dum-dum girl

Another hand upon her hair
Time probably erased distaste
And so she's left outside of guilt
Break it down
Can't you see she's the dum-dum girl

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"Dum Dum Girl" as written by Timothy Alan Friese-greene Mark David Hollis

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    General CommentI see this one as being about prostitution, about a prostitute trying to convince herself that her calling is honorable: "I'm no boy stealing pennies from the poor." Good song, especially the flute lick when Hollis is singing "dum, the dum dum girl," etc.
    owennnnnnnnnnon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAngels swiped this song and told the story of the dum dum girl who sighs without regret. The coins she holds are the wealth of insight but insight doesn’t always pay the bills so she’s in search of respect and compensation for her work. An angel sings back to her that he’s no boy stealing pennies from the poor—despite appearances—but breaking it down doesn’t really tell her anything. Another hand upon her hair is yet another angel—hoping the dum dum girl isn’t as pissed off as she had been but so she’s left—standing around—guilty of nothing—but apparently having had her generosity taken advantage of—a dum dum girl.
    sillybunnyon August 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs it worth considering that "dum dum" only means "stupid" in American English? There are other meanings in British English, one being a hollow point bullet that expands upon impact, to cause more damage. And a "dummy" in Brit-English is a pacifier (as in a dummy nipple/fake nipple), which would make sense in terms of the prostitute analogy: she's a fake lover/substitute for a "real" girl. Just a few thoughts. The band was English after all.

    Of course "dum dum" is also frequently used in lyrics in the same way "la la" is used, as a sound filler... The use of "the" before the refrain seems to belie that intent here however.
    mindy11234on November 20, 2017   Link

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