Let’s Get Lyrical #4 – Amanda Palmer

As songs about minge go, I doubt you’ll ever get catchier than Amanda Palmer’s ‘Map of Tasmania’.

She said, conversationally.

For those who haven’t come across Palmer, she’s an American songwriter and performer with an eclectic body of work including burlesque, being one of those living statue things, and an EP of Radiohead covers performed on a ukulele.  Her eyebrows are tattooed on, she’s married to Neil Gaiman, and she was once quite rude to a friend of a friend working at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

According to her blog, this track was written in about half an hour after someone told her the Australian equivalent of driving past shouting ‘scrubbers’ (à la Withnail and I) was to say ‘show us your map of Tasmania.’  It’s nothing if not direct.

You can download it from her website for free / a donation.

Oh my God (fuck it!)

they don’t play the song on the radio x 4

That’s a real possibility, it being about lady parts.  She’s been banned from the radio before, with a song about date rape and Oasis.  (Not that she implicated the band.  You’d definitely have heard of her then.)
they don’t show the tits in the video

Well, not a whole one.
they don’t know that we are the media

I dunno, hyperlocal is pretty popular these days and tends to involve the inclusion of citizen journalism on the grounds they’ll do it for free.
they don’t know that we start the mania

Actually, I think that’s pretty well established, judged by the cynicism of many marketing campaigns.  Hence the success of viral advertising.  Still, power to the people is a nice sentiment.
I’s don’t want to see what I’m making you
ass is off it’s seat and I’m shaking you

*Insert witticism / insight here.*
walking down the street I’m the lady – oh
showing off my map of Tasmania

Not literally, one assumes, although I wouldn’t actually put it past her.  She does seem to court controversy where possible.

soft and sweet and shaped like a triangle!
some girls want no shape and they shave it all
that so wack it hurts with the stubble
walkin’ round you look like an eight year old!

Arguably you only look like an 8 year old if people see, so unless you’re walking round naked from the waist down… maybe the previous part was literal after all?
i say grow that shit like a jungle
give em something strong to hold onto
let it fly in the open wind
if it get too bushy you can trim

Useful grooming tips for you there, ladies.

Then she goes back over the chorus a couple of times, by which point you are thoroughly hooked in spite of any dubious lyrical content regarding indecent exposure. And then there’s the video…

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