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this song is the only song that i already had finished in my head - as far as the orchestration went - when i demo'd it for ben. ever since i first wrote it, around 1999, i heard the cinematic swells and strings and crashes and orchestral bangs perfectly in my head. that made this song different from all the other songs on the record, which were all up for grabs as far as the arrangements went. ben and i almost came to fisticuffs over one section of the song (in the final version, where the choir comes in on "we will save...") we had paul buckmaster, the string arranger and orchestrator, do about 10 different mixes. ben won, in the end. of course he did. he's magical ben folds. i'll have to go back and listen and see if i still think he's right. the most essential part of this song is understanding that the first line includes the word "deer." yes, "deer," not "dear." i have my reasons.

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from Who Killed Amanda Palmer [Alternate Tracks], released December 24, 2008
Written and performed by Amanda Palmer

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performer, writer, giver, taker, listener, love-lover, rule-hater and co-founder of the Brechtian punk cabaret duo, The Dresden Dolls.

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