As above, so below, place your bets
Which way the head will roll
Made in your image we are at least
As twisted and mean as thee
'Fore your eyes, what a curious sight
Your children have turned on you
And you say, you don't sleep well at night
Well, we'll take care of that for you

Belle Marie Antoinette
"Love the pearls!"
They'll make a great tourniquet
Never did as you should and you claim
It was all for our very own good
'Twas a lie, a magnificent lie
Now, your subjects have turned on you
And you claim you have lots on your mind
Well, we'll take care of that for you

Get that damn thing off the neck
I'm the head of the board now I'm bored of her head
Sharpen up the blade boys, what are you waiting for?
Here's where we all get ahead!
Wipe that damn smile off your face
Or we'll lop it off clean with our new guillotine
Sharpen up the blade boys, what are you waiting for?
Here's where we all get ahead!

All my troubles, all my pain
Stems from this thing that you call a "brain"
Be my guest, sever me from the source
Of all my agony
What a shame, I've forgotten my name
Without the use of my brain and
"My, bet I'll sleep well tonight!"
Without this head of mine

Get this damn thing off my neck
I'm the head of the board now I'm bored of my head
Sharpen up the blade boys, what are you waiting for?
Here's where we all get ahead!
Wipe that damn smile off your face
Or we'll lop it off clean with our new guillotine
Sharpen up the blade boys
Bells are now tolling, soon heads will be rolling

Please Sir, for me, Sir,
Won't you see if you see, Sir?
Oh dear, I dread
I seem to have lost my head
I think I left it about
It fell to the ground
And I kicked it around
Has anyone seen, no need to be mean,
My bloody, fat, ugly head?
Please Miss, for me, Sis,
Won't you see if you see, Sis
It's got black hair
And it's kickin' about in the square
I'm really not totally sure but
I think that it might have rolled into the sewer.
Has anyone seen, no need to be mean,
My bloody, fat, ugly head?


Lyrics submitted by faust, edited by TKProdoctions

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    General CommentI may be wrong (my history isn't perfect) but this song seems to be about the French Revolution in which the lower classes quite literally tore down the monarchy. Anyway, this is one the funniest Voltaire songs in my opinion... and the violens are great in it too.
    freakishfaeon June 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYes, this would be a rather accurate depiction of the French Revolution, more precisely, the portion of it known as the "Great Fear" (maybe Great Terror... something of that nature, AP Euro class was last year), in which heads rolled left and right, especially those of the nobility. Another favorite, I've yet to listen to a song by Voltaire I haven't liked :) (can't wait til I can see him live, almost 18!)
    Dossison January 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDossis, we learned it in AP World as just "The Terror." And actually, it was mostly peasants who got the chop...but who cares, because this song is awesome. Only Voltaire would write a joke song about the French Revolution.
    Empress Sunon February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI am in love with this song... especially the end where it speed up.
    itsxpartyxtimeon April 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI am in love with this song... especially the end where it speed up.
    itsxpartyxtimeon April 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMarie, marie antionette...
    The-Dullahanon April 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow... i didn't realise it was about the French Revolution... but it makes sense. Love it. ^_^
    Yadarfynon August 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFaust, it's bell Marie not Mary if it helps think french not biblical, or french trying to be biblical.
    and for empress sun it does represent the peasants getting the ax too it's just you're drawn to the larger figure being executed.
    smrts 1080on February 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is wicked. <3
    Mizerableon May 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a lot smarter than just being about the Reign of Terror where everyone got their heads chopped off. Read the lyrics. "I'm the head of the board." Here Voltaire must be referring to Robespierre (and, in a lesser way, the other revolutionary leaders) who instigated the Reign of Terror and then, when he says "I'm the head of the bored now I'm bored of my head," he is referring to the fact that even some of the leaders (particularly Robespierre) were killed. Marie Antoinette was the obvious tip-off that this was about the French Revolution, the more subtle hits are much more intriguing.

    [I love this song; great for dancing!]
    GTFreakhogon January 02, 2010   Link

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