Oh Mrs. O
Will you tell us where the naughty children go
Will you show
How the sky turned white and everybody froze
Heaven knows how they got into the fireplace
But everybody's saying grace
And trying to keep a happy face

And oh Mrs. O
Can you teach us how to keep from getting cold
Out we go and you watch us as we face the falling snow
What a show with our hairdryers aimed heavenwards
And fifty foot extension cords
You really have a way with words

The truth can't save you now
The sky is falling down
Watch the vultures count the hours
April trains may bring strange showers

And oh Mrs. O
Will you tell about the time they made you go
All alone to the palace where they took your only clothes
We all know
There's no hell and no hiroshima
Chernobyl was a cover up
The world is really all in love

Oh Mrs O
Will you leave us hanging now that we are grown
Up and old
Will you kill me if I say I told you so
We all know
Ther'es no hitler and no holocaust
No winter and no santa clause
And yes virginia all because
The truth can't save you now
The sky is falling down
Eveything they ever told us
Shakes our faith and breaks their promise
But you can stop the truth from leaking
If you never stop believing

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Mrs. O Lyrics as written by Amanda Palmer

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  • +5
    My InterpretationVirginia O'Hanlon was little girl living in New York city in 1897 who was discouraged by her friends telling her there was no Santa Claus. She wrote the New York Sun after encouragement from her father, asking if this was true. Virginia O'Hanlon received the famous "Yes, Virginia" response written to her by Francis Church a war correspondent for the newspaper The New York Sun.

    After that Virginia O'Hanlon grew up and became a school teacher.

    I think this song is about the lies that adults tell children to make the world not seem so monsterous.

    I think the fact that Francis Church, was a war correspondent, is very interesting due to the many war references in the song. It seems that Francis Church told Virginia O'Hanlon about the existence of Santa clause, but left out all the truths about war, and destruction.
    0niongirlon May 15, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThe letter to Mrs. O from Virginia and Mrs. O's response are (or at least used to be) posted on the Dresden Dolls website.

    The Dresden Dolls are poking fun at Mrs. O's blind optimism. The first verse is pointing out some of the horrible things that happened during the holocaust, but presenting them in a way that makes it seem accidental ("Heaven knows how they got into the fireplace"). "April trains may bring strange showers" alludes to the human ashes that fell from the sky at concentration camps.

    Mrs. O's blind optimism continues as she explains to Virginia, "There's no Hell and no Hiroshima...The world is really all in love". This is a (hilarious) example of over-simplifying the world to make everything seem positive (like the existence of Santa Claus).

    "Everything they ever told us shakes our faith and breaks their promise" refers to everyone realizing that the world is not perfect (and there is no Santa) despite being told otherwise. Finally "you can keep the truth from leaking/If you never stop believing" is an interesting closing line, giving the listener the choice to wake up and see the world for what it is or to close themselves off and believe in the idealized lies of childhood.

    A very clever song in my opinion.
    joseferon March 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti also really like this song. its sort of a "la la la la la i'm not lisstteennniiinnnnnnngggggg! there are no bad people la la la la" kinda thing. well, at least that's what i got from the last to verses.
    errky39on December 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMrs. O is obviously a schoolteacher, one who taught that the holocaust never happened. The interesting thing about the song is that it ironically salutes Mrs. O, wondering "will you leave us hanging now that you are old?" Don't we wish we could be fooled so easily now that we see how the world really is?

    I think the "yes, Virginia" line ties it together well. Most of us seem to grudgingly agree that it's okay to tell children appealing lies, making the world seem a better place. But where does it end?
    maddsurgeonon March 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about how as you grow up you realize more and more of what you've been told has been lies. It's a lot more pleasant to just deny all the sadness and tragedy in the world.
    LostMonsteron March 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentah. a really good song, actually. I like most of their upbeat ones more, but the live version of this is awesome. The melody line is so catchy. the lyrics, as always are also great.
    anna118kon October 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty awesome song, not sure i fully get it all yet :p
    hats off to anyone that rhymes holocaust with santa-clause though...awesome
    anthraxMonkeyon March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenton thier website they have a little section in the band bio i think where it has a letter sent from 'virginia' asking whether santa claus was real, i'd have to look at thier site again, but it's talking about never stop believing etc, i'll post a link when i find one
    wademachineon March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdresdendolls.com/bio/…

    thare she blows
    wademachineon March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"and oh mrs. o
    will you tell about the time they made you go
    all alone to the palace where they took your only clothes"
    just wondered if anyone else thought this was connected to 'the story of o'?
    milkyrainon April 09, 2006   Link

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