You Happy Puppet Lyrics

by 10,000 Maniacs

How did they teach you to be
Just a happy puppet dancing on a string?
How did you learn everything
That comes along with slavish funnery?

Tell me something, if the world is so insane
Is it making you sane again to
Let another man tug at the thread
That pulls up your nodding head?

How did they teach you to be
Just a happy puppet dancing on a string?
How do you manage to live inside
This tiny stage you can't leave?

Tell me something, if the world is so insane
Is it making you sane again to
Let another man tug at the thread
That pulls up your nodding head?

A dullard strung on the wire
When the master's gone you hang there
With your eyes and your limbs so lifeless

Tell me something, if the world is so insane
Is it making you sane again to
Let another man tug at the thread
That pulls up your nodding head?

How did they teach you to be
Just a happy puppet dancing on a string?
How do you manage to speak
Your mouth a frozen grin?

A dullard strung on the wire
When the master's gone you hang there
With your eyes and your limbs so lifeless

Tell me something, if the world is so insane
Is it making you sane again to
Let another man tug at the thread
That pulls up your empty wooden head?

Your hollow head, your marble eyes
Your wooden hands and your metal jaw pins
All wait in limbo for the man
Who knows how to move you this way