"Spanish Doll" as written by and Danielewski/adkins....
This place feels so unfamiliar
And yet I know it well
I think I used to belong here
But the only way I can tell
Is that I miss you still
And I cannot find you here
You left me tattered and torn
Just like that Spanish doll

(Sweet spanish sweet spanish... doll)

I went down to the alley way
(Sierra la Bonita)
And found that you were gone
Spanish doll: si nunca tes fueres (if you had never left)
You left no word no message
I still don't know what went wrong
Spanish doll: la grima (tears)
But now no matter where I go
I always seem to return
Spanish doll: busca me (find me)
To where you left me tattered and torn
Spanish doll: you so rompido mi muneca (I am torn my sweet doll)

Just like that sweet spanish doll

(Sweet spanish sweet spanish...doll)

A memory guilded in red and gold
Spanish doll: del oro (of gold also pain)
Beauty guarded and never sold
Spanish doll: cuida me (protect me)
I keep it with me wherever I go
And I love you still
No matter how a story will unfold
Spanish doll: requerda me (remember me)
You know I always will
Have part of you here
In this souvenir
This sweet spanish doll

A stranger in this world without you
Is all that I can ever be
All I know that's pure and clear
You left it with me here
In this souvenir
This sweet spanish doll

Father:
We hear of a lovely daughter, shot down in her mistaken flight, unaware yet
how her life will be affected by this experience.

Daughter :
Why is it a house of leaves?


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  • +2
    General CommentA pity no one's commented on this song; it's an especially beautiful example of the album's two themes: the novel "House of Leaves" by Poe's brother Mark Danielewski, and the loss of her father. The doll in the song is owned by the little girl Daisy in the story, and this extremely haunting song seems to express both the repercussions of the novel upon Daisy, as well as a more personal expression of Poe's own loss.
    lunarendeavoron April 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA pity no one's commented on this song; it's an especially beautiful example of the album's two themes: the novel "House of Leaves" by Poe's brother Mark Danielewski, and the loss of her father. The doll in the song is owned by the little girl Daisy in the story, and this extremely haunting song seems to express both the repercussions of the novel upon Daisy, as well as a more personal expression of Poe's own loss.
    lunarendeavoron April 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. I hate when people don't comment on great songs.

    Poe eloquently uses Spanish, dubbing, and a lot of other great techniques to make this song unique.

    Very sad song about loss, and how fragile relationships are.
    sakeboxon May 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah it's a song about loss to me. It really hit home when I lost my father a little over a year ago. Even before that, I though this was probably one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Still is...
    frankz00on February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSay you loved someone and they showed you a part of thier life and over time you shared that part of thier life and you made it somewhat yours.

    Then one day you lose that person.

    All the beauty of the place you once shared becomes tainted and feels strange without them there. The person that opened that door up for you is gone and now it feels wrong walking through that door alone.

    That is my take on this song and I think it is probably her father she is speaking of.
    pikkion May 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the whole vibe of this song.
    Squee0827on July 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti miss my dad. i love this song.
    kimilouwhoon August 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that it is one of the most beautiful, most haunting songs that I have ever heard, in terms of both melody and lyrics.
    Lilandraon March 26, 2008   Link

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