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She paints her fingers with a close precision
He starts to notice empty bottles of gin
And takes a moment to assess the sins she's paid for
A lonely speaker in a conversation
Her words are swimming through his ears again
There's nothing wrong with just a taste of what you paid for

Say what you mean, tell me I'm right
And let the sun rain down on me
Give me a sign, I wanna believe

Whoa, Mona Lisa
You're guaranteed to run this town
Whoa, Mona Lisa
I'd pay to see you frown

He senses something, call it desperation
Another dollar, another day
And if she had the proper words to say
She would tell him
But she'd have nothing left to sell him

Say what you mean, tell me I'm right
And let the sun rain down on me
Give me a sign, I wanna believe

Whoa, Mona Lisa
You're guaranteed to run this town
Whoa, Mona Lisa
I'd pay to see you frown

Mona Lisa, wear me out
Pleased to please ya
Mona Lisa, wear me out

Say what you mean, tell me I'm right
And let the sun rain down on me
Give me a sign, I wanna believe

Whoa, Mona Lisa
You're guaranteed to run this town
Whoa, Mona Lisa
I'd pay to you frown

Say what you mean, tell me I'm right
And let the sun rain down on me
Give me a sign, I wanna believe

There's nothing wrong with just a taste of what you paid for.



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    UnregisteredMar 10, 2012 at 2:47 am
    Mona lisa is about a prostitute.

    The first stanza means that a man who is with mona lisa notices that she drinks a lot and is dressing up, and thinks that is unusual. He confronts her about it but she gives no yield to his questions. "there's nothing wrong with just a taste of what you paid for" is a hint about her lifestyle.

    "say what you mean, tell me i'm right. And let the sun rain down on me. Give me a sign, i wanna believe. " basically, the man is saying 'don't hide anything from me. Enlighten me, and just deny it if i'm wrong. '

    "whoa mona lisa. You're guaranteed to run this town. Whoa, mona lisa. I'd pay to see you frown. " this leads me to believe that mona lisa is either hawt or has a lot of power. She is the town's main attraction, or perhaps its driving force. Also, when he says "i'd pay to see you frown", that refers to the mysterious painting, with mona lisa sitting with a mysterious, sly smirk. He's asking her, in other words, to reveal her secret and drop that knowing smirk.

    "he senses something, call it desperation. Another dollar, another day. And if she had the proper words to say. She would tell him. But she'd have nothing left to sell him. " the man interrogating mona lisa thinks that she is selling her self because she desperately needs the money. But if she admitted this, then the man would run away from her out of contempt and disgust.

    "mona lisa, wear me out. " that sounds like something among what that a client of a prostitute might say.

    "pleased to please ya"
    and that's what a prostitute would say to her clients.
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    TheRevioletaJul 24, 2011 at 11:23 am
    i don't get the meaning of this song ..
    but, who cares of the meaning ? the important thing is WE ENJOY THIS SONG ! yeay :D
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    UnregisteredJul 21, 2012 at 2:57 am
    Whatever the meaning this song is amazing as well as the video, but what i think is that mona lisa is a prostitute. Case closed. Problem solved.
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    UnregisteredMay 27, 2012 at 4:17 am
    Personally i think that "the mona lissa" is about the one person who tuly sees him for him and there fore the only one who can help him get revenge on his killer (im basing most of this off the video)
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    UnregisteredMar 20, 2012 at 1:10 am
    Its about a misterious ex girlfriend of the narrator. He says that she drinks a lot and dresses up. And that she doesn't care for questions. She is a definate bad girl in my opinion, wh is trying to keep the world and gain power.

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