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I'm gonna tell my son to grow up pretty as the grass is green
And whip-smart as the English Channel's wide
And I'm gonna tell my son to keep his money in his mattress
And his watch on any hand between his thighs
And I'm gonna lock my son up in a tower
Till I write my whole life story on the back of his big brown eyes

When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing

I'm gonna tell my son to join a circus so that death is cheap
And games are just another way of life
And I'm gonna tell my son to be a prophet of mistakes
Because for every truth there are half a million lies
And I'm gonna lock my son up in a tower
Till he learns to let his hair down far enough to climb outside

When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing...



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    UnregisteredJul 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm
    Does she have a son? Either way, liz talking about the things she wished she'd known growing up, maybe even some things she wishes she was sure of now, or ways she wishes she could be herself - putting her hopes and dreams for herself into him. Locking him up = protecting him from being corrupted and conformed to the world before he knows who he is for himself? Double dutch dancing = childhood joie de vivre?

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