She's a bad actress- but hey
You give her the big lines anyway
Though her eyes are big as Canada
And the hips are South Australia
And the shoulder blade is Africa
Looking out on South America

I'm out here on the sea
And her heart ain't where it oughta be
She's a bad actress- but hey
She's got a big part in your play
Now my apartment lies awake at night

It tosses every time she sighs
Tries to take it easy on her eyes
But I can feel it giving up the fight
My whole building's on its last floors

Her heart's not in it anymore
She said she gave her heart to you
If it was precious why'd you lose it

But if it was golden it'd shine
If it's big it won't be hard to find
If it's real it stains your hands like wine

You can look but there is no use trying
Cause no matter what she said the truth
Is that she never gave her heart to you
She's a bad actress
Bad actress

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    General CommentI really love this song. One of my top 3 Joshyboy songs. Yeah, I'm extremely obsessed with Josh Ritter. I just adore the way he sings this song.
    pristinityon May 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is all about comprimising yourself in a relationship but getting nothing in return. Its about realising love is not enough and you can pretend to yourself all you like but at the end of the day sometimes love just isn't enough. i think Josh is talking about a girl whom he sees has the whole world at her feet and she's using it to gain advantage though she might not deserev it. He does love her, he doesnt know what to do and how to end it because despite her faults, he still loves her.
    "Now my apartment lies awake at night
    It tosses every time she sighs
    Tries to take it easy on her eyes
    But I can feel it giving up the fight"
    fuzzygutson April 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI really think this is just the woman's last straw. I don't think that she's really taking advantage of him, necessarily. Sounds like she's been trying, but she's had to fake it, and not hiding it well. Hence she's a "bad actress". She's to blame for the end of the relationship, but it's not like she is completely a bad guy.
    melancholyjenon December 23, 2008   Link

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