A little blubber in my igloo
And I knew you pigtails and all
Girls when they fall
And they said Marianne killed herself
And I said not a chance
Don't you love girls ladies babes
Old bags who say she was so pretty why
Why why why did she crawl down in the old
Deep ravine

C'mon pigtails girls and all those sailors
Get your bags and hold down won't you just
Hold down cause Ed is watching my every sound
I said
They're watching my every sound

The weasal sqeuaks faster then a seven day week
I said Timmy and that purple Monkey
Are all down

At Bobby's house
Making themselves persters and lesters and jesters and my
Traitors of kind
And I'm just having thoughts of Marianne
She could outrun the fastest slug
She could
Quickest girl in the frying pan

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Marianne Lyrics as written by Terry Gilkyson Richard Dehr

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    General Comment
    According to Tori, she did not say "Not a chance." she really said "F**k you" to she who told her Marianne was dead. Of all songs, this is her clearest, despite little poetic free associations about weasels and monkeys. This song is powerful and realistic, and very very sad. I had a friend named Liz who died of a heroin overdose last year - a nice kind suburban girl who closeted her depression, and to this day, nobody really knows whether or not it was suicide or accident. This song reminds me of Liz.
    j3ebruleson June 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    "Marianne Curtis is a girl I went to school with in junior high. She was the kind of person everyone adored, she was just magical. I had written a song about her years ago which I used to play in the bars sometimes. It never went any further than being performed, I didn't record it. Since then I have always wanted to have Marianne in a song. She died from a drug overdose when she was 15. It is not known, but I don't believe it was suicide. I think she took the wrong things together. She is very special to me, and comes to visit in my songs sometimes."
    merchantpierceon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General Comment
    [This has not much to do with anything, but shortly after my rat Marianne died, I got this album and heard this song. ] anyway: I think that even though years have passed, you just sometimes will remember someone whether or not any thing sparked the memory, and perhaps one day while writing, she was just "having thoughts of Marianne" and wrote of the reaction that came from everyone of her death.
    andshediedon August 31, 2002   Link
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    General Comment
    "Old bags who say, 'she was so pretty'." Old women who saw her as just a pretty thing, that she should have been happy because she was pretty, as if that makes the world go 'round. She was a complex individual, a woman bogged down, and she was one of many "girls when they fall."
    susiestentoron October 05, 2007   Link
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    one of my fav tori songs
    maggotbrainon February 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
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    i once knew a person who hated soliloquys. and i thought, "how come? when every possible thought we have is one" i guess for me the most painful form of soliloquy is when we try to talk with that child within us, and discover that we're not sure if he/she died. and i knew you...
    wolfphileon November 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment
    I love this song.... on a less literal level, i knew a lot of people who really lost them selves when I went through high school. And you hear about things that happened and you think "What? Seriously? How could he/she?" and its just so sad....
    tspenceron November 27, 2007   Link
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    General Comment
    This is my favorite song by my favorite artist. As eulogies go, only "Toast" from _The Beekeeper_ comes anywhere close. Both break my heart, but what a gift she has given to the deceased.
    raffishtenant2on December 21, 2007   Link
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    "tuna, rubber, a little blubber in my igloo.." That feeling of nausea that goes with something so horrible, tuna, rubber, blubber all unpleasant. The igloo = cold, feeling numb with grief. I`ve heard that this song was written in one take, is that true?
    girlintheyellowcoaton June 15, 2009   Link
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    General Comment
    True. There were no demos made for this song. Whatever you hear in the record was the first time she ever played it. It was that raw. "Blubber in my igloo" for me I guess is a metaphor for something that gives warmth in a place that is perennially cold (blubber being whale fat, igloo being structure made of snow).
    wolfphileon July 31, 2009   Link

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