a late april day
and it's sunny outside
and a red little girl
is at the top of a slide
and an orange old man
at the bottom
wants to take her
for a ride

so she slips and she tumbles
the orange man mumbles
pennies fall down from the sky
and he tells her he'll take her
away where it's safe
and of course it is a lie

she's a third the way down
and her skirts are yanked up
and her little girl cheeks
start to wrinkle
but her smile is wide
and her legs are spread wider
her hair growing long
and her hips
getting wider
past getting brighter
light growing weaker

she is halfway down now
but the man is impatient
shakes change in his pocket
he might have to wait
but she's coming...

who are you blaming
they're just playing
(that's a good one)
who left the playground
a good decade
before the bell rang

as she starts to draw nearer
the view becomes clearer
the splinters are painful
but she doesn't feel it
the pennies were loaded
and as they exploded
she starts to spin out of control

her eyes are now closing
her sleeves are unrolling
up past her head
and her veins are all showing
not that she noticed
she's thoroughly focused
on one old man who's laughing
who's laughing...

don't worry
i've got you



from The Dresden Dolls, released September 26, 2003


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