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You wanted to buy me
For a hundred euro
You said you'd take me
To your little car
Your friend lived near by
He had a house and all
Where was I from you said
You guessed Yugoslavia
Well it's not Yogoslavia
It's not Yugoslavia at all
It reminded me
Of a movie I just saw
About a little girl
From Yugoslavia
She got sent away
They made her prostitute
She ate McDonald's all day
And never had a chance to play
Lyla
You wanted to buy me
For a hundred euro
You said you'd take me
To your little car
Your friend lived near by
He had a house and all
Where was I from you said
You guessed Yugoslavia
But it's not Yugoslavia
It's hardly Yugoslavia at all
Lyla


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    General Comment"It reminded me
    Of a movie I just saw
    About a little girl
    From Yugoslavia
    She got sent away
    They made her prostitute
    She ate McDonald's all day
    And never had a chance to play
    Lyla "

    Lilya 4-EVER
    great movie. watch it on google vids while it's still there: video.google.com/…
    crumbon January 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song.
    othatzsokewlon February 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think they ever actually turned to prostitution... Sierra was studying opera and Bianca was a model/poet/artist before CocoRosie.
    lizclaytonon April 05, 2009   Link
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    General Comment'You guessed Yugoslavia
    But it's not Yugoslavia
    It's hardly Yugoslavia at all'
    I haven't seen the film, but I always understood the line to refer to poverty, prostitution happening in in your own neighborhood, and the fact that people imagine that it happens in other countries, poorer places, but not where they live, as a 'that doesn't happen to us' kind of thing.
    Also the idea that the guy wasn't saving her at all, he was buying her, she might have a nice house and all, but she was still regarded as property.
    I don't think they turned to prostitution, just sympathize with people forced to.
    HEYBeenTryingToMEETyouon June 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentam i the only one who recognizes that drv8888's comment was facetious? :P
    Colosimoon November 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know what movie she is referring to?
    crumbon October 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe movie is 'Lilya 4-ever'
    swanseaon January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song...It's so sad. Poor lyla.
    Daniel wolfon May 22, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI like the movie, but the story is set in Estonia not Yugoslavia. If they made this mistake on purpose, it's funny. Otherwise, it's ridiculous.
    Maksimovicon August 12, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think this sad song refers to a time when the band had to turn to prostitution to support themselves. The song conveys the feelings of shame and listless horror that is probably felt during such a dehumanizing act.
    drv8888on March 19, 2009   Link

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