"They're at my door/want more/doll of me they're burning"

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Offline JonahRank

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"They're at my door/want more/doll of me they're burning"
« on: October 22, 2008, 03:20:15 PM »
Anyone have any ideas about what these BWN lyrics are referring to or mean?

In my opinion, this song sometimes contain intentionally superficially simplistic lyrics and some of the most elusive lyrics on the album.

Any thoughts?
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Offline asydlow81

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Re: "They're at my door/want more/doll of me they're burning"
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 03:46:36 PM »
It's him being attacked by a mob.  Pretty simple.
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Offline Emerald (Sabrina)

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Re: "They're at my door/want more/doll of me they're burning"
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2008, 10:54:32 PM »
Well, it's a metaphor for people siding against the song's narrator (which may or may not be Ben) and taking their expressions of displeasure with him way too far for a situation they actually know nothing about.  'Cause they're a mob with torches and pitchforks, etc., and they're burning an effigy of him in the yard like crazy people.  Only they're really not--in literal land, they're probably leaving him nasty voice mails, butting in on his private life, and writing (bad) judgmental songs about him.  ("Him" being the narrator, of course, and not necessarily Ben.)  But these people are overreacting, and an image of a crazed mob sums up their frenzy that is disproportionate to the situation.  Ahh, lovely metaphor.  Other than the poor deflated basketball, the mob is my favorite image in the song.  And the Photoshopped face overlaid "onto every boy who'd done her wrong."  Because that's a metaphor, too.  She didn't really Photoshop his face, she just took all of the hurt from over the years, every broken heart, and used that pain to fuel her anger at the song's narrator.  The song is actually quite brilliant.  Ben doesn't seem to adore the process of writing lyrics, but he's damn good at it.     

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Offline JonahRank

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Re: "They're at my door/want more/doll of me they're burning"
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008, 05:12:06 PM »
That makes good sense to me.

Thanks for the two cents!
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