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Girl Anachronism
Artist The Dresden Dolls
Written by Amanda Palmer
Length 3:01
Album(s) The Dresden Dolls EP
The Dresden Dolls

Girl Anachronism is a song by The Dresden Dolls.


In Australia, the song was ranked #30 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

In the Dresden Dolls Companion,[1] Amanda Palmer (born in 1976) published the lyrics, sheet music, history, and creative process for this single. She also mentions how

I always felt like the twenties or the sixties would have made more sense [to be born into].[1]}}

In 2003, the music video for 'Girl Anachronism' was released.


The lyrics, alternately angry, apologetic, and whiny, deal with Amanda Palmer as a "problem child", a trait which she blames on the fact that she was born a few days premature, by Caesarean section. As the song grows, the lyrics split into various subplots, all of which are related to feeling out of place or out of time.


(One, two, three four!)

You can tell
From the scars on my arms
And cracks in my hips
And the dents in my car
And the blisters on my lips
That I'm not the carefullest of girls

You can tell
From the glass on the floor
And the strings that're breaking
And I keep on breaking more
And it looks like I am shaking
But it's just the temperature

Then again
If it were any colder I could disengage
If I were any older I would act my age
But I don't think that you'd believe me
It's just the way the operation made me

And you can tell
From the state of my room
That they let me out too soon
And the pills that I ate
Came a couple years too late
And ive got some issues to work through
There I go again
Pretending to be you
That I have a soul beneath the surface
Trying to convince you
It was accidentally on purpose

I am not so serious
This passion is a plagiarism
I might join your century
But only on a rare occasion
I was taken out
Before the labor pains set in and now
Behold the world's worst accident
I am the girl anachronism

And you can tell
By the red in my eyes
And the bruises on my thighs
And the knots in my hair
And the bathtub full of flies
That I'm not right now at all
There I go again
Pretending that I'll fall
Don't call the doctors
They've seen it all before
They'll say just
She'll learn
The attention just encourages her

And you can tell
From the full-body cast
That you're sorry that you asked
Though you did everything you could
Like any decent person would
But I might be catching so don't touch
You'll start believing you're immune to gravity and stuff
Don't get me wet
Because the bandages will all come off

And you can tell
From the smoke at the stake
That the current state is critical
Well, it is the little things, for instance
In the time it takes to break it she can make up ten excuses
Please excuse her for the day, its just the way the medication makes her...

I don't necessarily believe there is a cure for this
So I might join your century, but only as a doubtful guest
I was too precarious, removed as a caesarian
Behold the world's worst accident!
I am the girl anachronism
I am the girl anachronism
I am the girl anachronism
I am the girl
I am the girl
I am the girl
I am the girl anachronism!


In Popular Culture[]

  • This song was used at the end credits of Season Three Episode Five of the Showtime television series Weeds.
  • The song title has been borrowed by many, including eBay-based vintage company Girl Anachronism Vintage.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dresden Dolls Companion, by Amanda Palmer, eight foot music publishing, June, 2006, ISBN 157560888X ISBN 978-1575608884