"My Orphanage" as written by and Melora Creager....
I have been held in this orphanage for longer than my years.
I am made to eat this horrid porridge.
They box me on the ears.
How often I vow to flee, to go.
But this is the only home I know.
My stammered speech, my one suitcase,
My Orphanage, My hateful place.
Like that case, this place I carry
Inside of me.
It's not so very heavy for a stocky child.

They said my mama's loose.
They said she was wild.
Though I never knew or saw that woman sent with me this fatal flaw.
My strange and puffy moon-like face,
My Orphanage,
My hateful place.
My stringy hair, my lack of grace,
My Orphanage,
My hateful place.

I could have been lucky like them
Happy families
Look in my
Dark, rotted hardened heart and you will see:

The downcast glance, the empty embrace
Of my orphanage,
My hateful place.

I'm an evil thing.
I am way full of something
That was left by the side of the road.
I am chipped, curly-lipped.
Never any kindness was shown.

No one else is here,
My Orphanage, My Dear.

It's in me. It's a part.
My Orphanage, My Heart.

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"My Orphanage" as written by Melora Creager


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    General CommentI think this song is about a person who, from an already bad place in their lives was placed in an even worse one. Although they hate were they are in their lives, it has also a part of them and because they don't know of anything else they not only accept it and but they even go so far as to welcome it. As it says in lines 8 and 31 "My Orphanage, My hateful place.", "My Orphanage, My Dear." However, with that acceptance comes hate. In hating where they come from, they also hate themselves; as do a lot of us, in some from or another.
    Cris925on September 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI also support the bad place in someone's life theory.
    ..."For longer than my years"...
    How people become alienated by other people. Maginated, and self-isolation. And how we want out of this, but "this is the only home I know".
    I guess it just talks about life in general. I guess no one in reality is actually happy. At least most of the time.
    stentorianon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLike that case, this place I carry / Inside of me. It's not so very / Heavy for a stocky child.

    I think that line might mean that when you grow up in a certain place, it doesn't seem as bad because you become used to it, and even though you know it's not ideal while you're there it seems better as you move on into worse things. [or merely different things, for isn't the world just as bad as an orphanage? but she was used to the orphanage.]
    eh, I'm probably not making sense right now.
    Afrighton June 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the phrase "My Orphanage, My Heart" means that even though she does not enjoy "My Orphanage" she can't kill it, she can't leave it, because that's all she has to keep her alive, hence "My Heart"

    PeachFanon December 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe she is using an orphanage as a metaphor for her heart. Thus, "my orphanage, my heart." She presents the orphanage to be a tangible thing or something she is experiencing (where she lives) until the very end, where she tosses out "my heart" and makes you rethink your perception of the meaning of the lyrics.
    kumasmashon February 02, 2010   Link

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