La La holds inside of her
The horrible dream of being somebody
Thinking about her dream makes her feel
Like it's stupid
A dream whose coming true
Is a must, a must
It would be so much easier
If she was a real girl
The preschool students ask her
What she is
She thinks, "I don't know"
She say, "What do you think?"
Listen to On Fire and pretend someone could love you
Listen to Lady Day and pretend they knew the half of it
Listen to Birthday and pretend someone could love you
Listen to Nick Drake and pretend they knew the half of it


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  • +2
    General CommentIt's extremely existential story about a little girl. She listens and lives through her imagination and her music to cover her inability to connect with her generation.
    pinch_of_hopeon January 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentVenues: Tell me why some of the songs are told in a perspective of a woman?
    Jamie: It’s just because they’re about a woman.
    Venues: I thought maybe you wanted to be a woman.
    Jamie: There’s actually a song about that on Knife Play called “Dr. Troll.” I went through a really long period of [pauses] “gender confusion” or something like that. I had been considering a sex change for a long time and was really considering if that was the right thing or not. It was just something I was thinking a lot at one point in my life.
    mechanicalbirdon March 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Birthday" is referring to the song "Birthday" by Sugarcubes
    CrankHearton December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso, "Dr. Troll" is the nickname of Lauren Andrews.
    CrankHearton December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its about someone with gender identity issues or androginy that feels that because she/he is maybe somewhere in the middle of being a boy or a girl noone would be able to love her/him.

    at one point i thought it might be about an experience jamie had because he says
    "preschool students ask her what she is"

    ...and he was a preschool teacher and he is kind of androgenous (his nickname is ponygirl)...

    and kids are sometimes very quick to pick up on things like that. ive been told by kids sometimes when i don't act like a male sterotype that i act like a girl or sound like a girl...

    but im not really sure...that's just the way i interpret it
    horse_tameron February 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song fucking hurts my ears.

    I love it, but it would be better without the high frequency ear drum bursting noise that occurs randomly through out it.
    Redpingon March 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe high frequency ear drum-bursting noise is the most beautiful part, though.
    viciousadventon December 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the On Fire is most likely referring to the album "Prayers on Fire" by The Birthday Party seeing as he mentioens them a couple of lines before.

    They're also mentioned in the song Luber on the same album
    Yer_Maon May 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about gender dysphoria. it has been a constant companion and reassurance that i am not alone in this, even when the feelings grow impossible to bear. that's what xiu xiu's all about, right?
    arighoston November 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's most definitely about the internal experiences of someone who doesn't match their gender assigned at birth

    the references at the end are:

    galaxie 500 - on fire (album)
    lou reed - lady day (song)
    sugarcubes - birthday (song)
    nick drake
    knifeplay87on July 31, 2015   Link

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