Raise your glass,
We have incorporated.
Place your bets,
We're all so sick of waiting.
Queen takes Jack,
You got me this time,
But I'll get you back.
So pick a number.

To all the ones who tried the most;
Was I supposed to cheer your efforts?
Sorry that I chose so poorly.
Golly gee, am I the poster girl?

She's the kind of girl who looks for love in all the lonely places.
The kind who comes to poker, pockets stuffed with kings and aces.
She's the kind of girl who only asks you over when its raining,
Just to make you lie there catching water dripping from the ceiling.

Lift your hats
Off to the checkout girls with tattooed backs;
They'd make an angel's skin crawl.
If you ask them for assistance,
Theres an even chance
You'll get a number.

To all the girls at pearl, the surly boys who get to masticate them;
I've a prize for each and every one of you, so just be patient.
To all the ones that hated me the most; a toast.
You really had me going for a second, I was nervous.
Boy, am I the poster girl.

Shes the kind of girl who gets her slings and arrows from the dumpster.
The kind who tells you shes bipolar just to make you trust her.
Shes the kind of girl who leaves out condoms on the bedroom dresser,
Just to make you jealous of the men she fucked before you met her.

To all the ones that thought they knew me best; a test to prove your prowess.
Who was mine in '99? I want last names and current status.

To all the ones that hated me the most; a toast.
You really had me going for a second, I was nervous.
Boy am I the poster girl for some suburban sickness,
Better keep a healthy distance.
Now it's up to you,
Know what to do,
It's pretty dirty business.


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Dirty Business Lyrics as written by Amanda Palmer

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  • +2
    General Commentfor everyone wondering what she's yelling, from The Virginia Companion (and it's actually Brian!!):

    "After several failed attempts on my part in the studio to shout anything random that sounded "good", it was Sean Slade who suggested that I shout "Mishima" in time with the music. This was of course a nod to Yukio Mishima, the acclaimed Japanese playwright and poet, who committed seppuku after giving a speech intended to start coup d'etat. However you may interject any historical figure or gibberish of your choice."

    And in the sheet music the lyrics there are marked as "!!! !!!" .... so I wouldn't read too much into that, ha.

    Also may be of interest from the Virginia Companion:

    "This one lives, thematically, with "Backstabber," though it was written a few years earlier. I was filled with a weird brand of vitriol for a few years there and, with no recent breakup providing a handy target, I turned to whatever else was making me angry.

    White Suburban Girl Guilt dies hard.

    At the time, there was a collection of checkout girls at Pearl Art & Craft Supplies on Massachusetts Avenue. I wanted them to like me."

    These words haven't given me any epiphanies yet.... anyone else?!
    smittenereston May 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI seem to have taken away something very different from this song. From the first listen, this song seemed to be about a manipulative woman, who fishes around for "lonely" guys, uses her genuine problems to make them feel sorry for her, uses them, and tosses them when she's done. This could very well be because I had just been dumped by somebody exactly like that when I first heard this song, though I didn't realize what her "game" had been until it was all over.

    If anything, I think this song highlights how art can, and should, mean different things to different people. I've had a hunch, given that several of their songs could have several interpretations, and they rarely seem to provide definitive meanings, that this has been the Dresden Dolls' intent with many, if not most, of their songs.
    Debaser85on March 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the hamlet references

    "nobody outcrazies ophelia!"
    -the simpsons
    potatoboyon February 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this sond i cant wait for the new album to drop i think this song is about the dresden dolls as a band like them and the whole brigade and the fans really i love the line "to the checkout girls with tattooed backs
    theyd make an angels skin crawl
    if you ask"
    sullyd8869on February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song !!
    :D
    The_Lovecatson March 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh! I fucking LOVE this song! Every time i hear the piano, i wish i could just play like that, but thats kind of impossible for me coz i never really properly learnt staff notes and all that jazz and just play random cords a lot... which isn't very good when you need to read piano notes :P I'm a little confussed in what this song could be about. Someone help me out here?
    CoinXOperatedXGirlon March 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much!
    No idea what it means though... maybe that's why I like it so much, it keeps me puzzling over it.
    Fallenpetalon March 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthere's the lyrics to the version on their myspace:

    Raise your glass
    We have incorporated
    Place your bets
    We're all so sick of waiting
    Queen takes jack
    You got me this time but i"ll get you back
    So pick a number

    To all the ones who tried the most was I supposed to cheer your efforts
    Sorry that I chose so poorly
    Golly gee, am I the poster girl?

    She's the kind of girl who looks for love in all the lonely places
    The kind who comes to poker pockets stuffed with kings and aces
    She's the kind of girl who only asked you over when its raining
    Just to make you lie there catching water dripping from the ceiling

    Lift your hats
    Off to the checkout girls with tattooed backs
    They'd make an angels' skin crawl
    If you ask them for assistance
    There's an even chance
    You'll get a number

    To all the girls at pearl the surly boys who get to masticate them
    I've a prize for each and every one of you so just be patient
    To all the ones that hated me the most a toast
    You really had me going for a second I was nervous boy, am I the poster girl?

    She's the kind of girl who gets her slings and arrows from the dumpster
    The kind who tells you she's bipolar just to make you trust her
    She's the kind of girl who leaves out condoms on the bedroom dresser
    Just to make you jealous of the men she fucked before you met her

    To all the ones who thought they knew me best a test to prove your prowess
    Who was mine in '99? I want last names and current status
    To all the ones that hated me the most a toast you really had me going for second I was nervous, boy am I the poster girl
    for some suburban sickness? Better keep a healthy distance
    Now its up to you know what to do its pretty
    Dirty business

    Ive read 'the dresden dolls diary' on blogger and I remember a post where Amanda tells about a ten year highschool reunion.. and the part "Who was mine in '99? I want last names and current status" makes me think of that.

    I love this song more and more each time I listen to it.
    nimzayon April 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat's the Hamlet reference?
    In the CD lyrics it says "boys who get to masticate them." Were they made to censor it, or is chewing your girlfriend a new trend I didn't know about?
    mockingsmileon April 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I just got it, I think!
    mockingsmileon April 16, 2006   Link

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