Artist: The Dresden Dolls
Album: The Dresden Dolls
Release date: September 26, 2003
Why this song was chosen: The lyrics of this song make me uncomfortable just by reading them. They portray a little girl playing on a slide, and a man who promises to take her ‘someplace safe’. The lyrics, coupled with the haunting and devastating melody makes this song almost impossible to listen to. But in a good way. I think that the sort of discomfort this song portrays is important to realize. Because it’s reality. This is a sort of chagrin is more than just an uneasy 3 minute song for many young people around the world. Two thirds of the way through the song, the somber tone leaves, and she repeats ‘the orange man got you’ in a dissonant tone that sounds like it is removed from the soundtrack of a horror movie. Give this song a listen. She captures the ugly mood in a perfect way.
What the artist has to say about the song: Despite the fact that Amanda Palmer is extremely vocal about many issues, all of her endeavors, and even has a blog which she updates frequently, there isn’t much available about her comments about this song. Perhaps that’s because it’s pretty self-evident in the lyrics. However, when looking for her comments on this song, I found that she, along with 15 other female writers, gave a performance at the United Nations. The performance was to speak out against violence against women, including rape and sex crimes. That’s a pretty great place to make some change, and I thought it was a pretty cool story to include, even though it isn’t directly related to this song. Read what she had to say about the experience as well as see the 40 minute video of the entire performance here. (Source: AmandaPalmer.net)
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