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She's given up talking
Don't say a word
Even in the classroom
Not a dickie bird
Unlike other children
She's seen and never heard
She's given up talking
Don't say a word

You see her in the playground
Standing on her own
Everybody wonders
Why she's all alone
Someone made her angry
Someone's got her scared
She's given up talking
Don't say a word

Ah but when she comes home
It's yap-a-yap-yap
Words are running freely
Like the water from a tap
Her brothers and her sisters
Can't get a word in edgeways
But when she's back at school again
She goes into a daze

Ah but when she comes home
It's yap-a-yap-yap
Words are running freely
Like the water from a tap
Her brothers and her sisters
Can't get a word in edgeways
But when she's back at school again
She goes into a daze

She's given up talking
Don't say a word
Even in the classroom
Not a dickie bird
Unlike other children
She's seen and never heard
She's given up talking
Don't say a word

She's given up talking
She don't say a word

Don't say a word



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    HelynaAug 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm
    This song is about the granddaughter of one of McCartney's neighbors who was a chatterbox at home but totally silent at school, in the classroom or playground. Her grandparents described it as "She's given up talking," an idea that intrigued him. In the song, he guesses at the reason for her silence ("someone made her angry, someone's got her scared"), but she's mysterious, fitting the mood of the music.

    The girl almost certainly had selective mutism. The song is an almost exact description of it: someone does not speak a word at school but talks more than anyone else at home. (It's usually because of fear and not always someone's fault, so his guesses were close but off.) Many people with selective mutism say this song is "the story of my life."

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