I Do Not Need A Doctor (Oh My Dear)

from by Toodles & the Hectic Pity



A song about death, the way we write narratives, and internalised sexism. It's also a song about a woman who rises from the dead and uses witchcraft to torture her murderers.


So get yourself immersed in the culture, because you know that you've got no future, dear. You can sing all the right words, but it's always out of time and that's why it hurts, so forget what you know and all that you knew, and all the things that they really wanted you to do, and get outside and stand in line and live out your life dissatisfied.

And oh my dear, your bones crack and your lips shake with fear,
And oh my God, they say "Why hadn't she got herself a job" and they say
Oh Jesus Christ, they're tearing her apart slice by slice it goes
Fucking hell, he burns your boots and your ripped jeans as well.

So you've got yourself some new shoes and a new man, so now we can finally prove that you're human and you cry at all the right scenes, tick all the boxes in their magazines. They say "Isn't this getting a bit too graphic for your biography or for your biopic?" Blood will flow but it's ok; the camera pans out and fades away back over the city to where we met you, down in the river where we'd never forget you died, lungs filled up with oil, but at least the media caught the bad side of you, my dear.

And she says "Repeat after me, 'I was not a piece of your broken machine. I do not need a doctor or mechanic; I was not a symptom of your moral panic. And these bones sing hallowed like those girls who came before me.'" And they will scream like dead men. Witches burn off their flesh. A sentence you can't ignore when you're lying in your grave. A vague sense of dread so early in the day, but I guess they always said to you: "You only win if you don't play again."


from Call In Sick, released June 24, 2017



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