"Any Old Actress" as written by and Melora Rasputina Creager....
They saw her break through barriers 40 feet high.
It was the finest moment in a long life.
Young boys will tack her pictures over their bed.
They saw her mouth move but couldn't hear what she said.


"You're a souvenir, a darling, dear."
She used to say that kind of thing.
"You're a mantlepiece with strong beliefs."
Only her black rainbow meant something.


Don't cry for her now. Oh yeah. Don't cry for her.


I saw the sailor talking with the cops.
I saw the sailor walking with the cops.
First comes the nurse, that just got back from war.
She had a feather in her cap. That's all she wore.
Then comes the mother and she's got a friend.
And they start yelling at you and that's how it all began.


It's one of those things you should not try at home.
What's meant by intentional falls can never be known.
And old actress worth her salt outta know
The higher you are you want to see what's below.


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"Any Old Actress" as written by Melora "rasputina" Creager

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    General CommentThis song is about when you get to a very high point in your life or your rich, you want to know what its like to be low because you have forgotten.
    celticthunderon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMelora said that this song was about an actual actress Kate somebody
    Magdalenaon May 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, Melora often uses actual events and personalities in her songs...it makes me think of old-time Hollywood glamour, the up and the down sides.
    Ardnaxelaon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLike they said, it's about wanting to see the bottom after you're at the top. But two things I ponder: Is it possibly Judy Garland (Only her black rainbow meant something.)? And also, did the person commit suicide and this whole scene is the viewed by an outsider? The following lines make me think that: (talking with the cops...walking with the cops.... First comes the nurse...What's meant by intentional falls can never be known...Don't cry for her now. Oh yeah. Don't cry for her.)
    VampedVixenon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think u might just b right, i want to get more rasputina stuff but my downloading site sux, I MISS KAZAA!!
    kschoicefan88on September 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhat're you using to download things off of?
    treesuson March 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthat line, "the higher you are you want to see what's below," pretty much sums up the whole thing.
    xoxoxoon December 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah it sounds like suicide to me.. with all of the references there (nurses, cops... mother) and : "And they start yelling at you and that's how it all began."

    also 'it's one of those things you should not try at home'
    trenchmouthon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't know who Kate is, but I know that Marilyn Monroe was found by her nurse. Also, wasn't Anna Nicole the same? How interesting.
    blue25000000on February 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree, suicide. I think it says this in the first stanza.

    "They saw her break through barriers 40 feet high.
    It was the finest moment in a long life."

    She's breaking through barriers 40 feet high because she jumped. It seemed like a great choice to make at the time, finest moment in a long life.

    "Young boys will tack her pictures over their bed.
    They saw her mouth move but couldn't hear what she said."

    Maybe she was saying something as she fell or before she jumped, but noone was near her? They could only see her mouth the words. Or maybe it just means she was a silent-film actress.

    Also "The higher you are you want to see what's below." As VampedVixen said, "it's about wanting to see the bottom after you're at the top." But it also means that she literally jumped from a high place and fell.
    BalisongAbraxason August 17, 2007   Link

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