10000 Maniacs - You Happy Puppet Lyrics




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.

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.





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  1. Necessary Evil

    Greta Thunberg

  2. mmalmec

    Which year, anyone knows?

    Trent Rez

    Video description

    mmalmec

    Trent Rez thank you

  3. Juanka Zarich

    Jesus!!! She doesn't have to show body or butt or make stupid movements while singing. She just have to open her mouth and start singing to demonstrate the REAL TALENT she has!!!!!!

  4. Gretchen Baskwell

    I can't wait until YouTube is over.😁

  5. StarQualityWins

    https://goo.gl/images/b89ug8
    Charlotte Gucci, the direct bloodline ancestor of Mata Hari commit an imperceivable sin against her Soulmate by pertaining a Soulmate idea to her marriage to #3 Richard Grey. Click links to see photo representation.
    https://goo.gl/images/rZGb1w
    Mata Hari suffered through "Punishment Comes" at the hands of Rudolf MacLeod in response to this sin, enough, to wear red again in public.
    https://goo.gl/images/BYZjza
    Mata Hari was a graceful exquisite dancer who danced precisely with her signature rhythm, paying homage to her lineage of dance and introduced her new, modern achievements in dance. Mata Hari had the command of a professional and entertained with excellence.
    https://goo.gl/images/SefA1Z
    Elizabeth Percy, bloodline ancestor failed to act and did not honor her feelings which put her children at risk. At the turn of the 18th century, she had to veto the fixed twin soul reunion planned for Soulmate Algernon MacLeod's descendant.
    https://pin.it/kucjvcvocglypi
    Charlotte was guilty of two more sins. She needed to interrupt an Intelligence meeting to instate a time limit for witholding news of the investigations of Top Secret cases from public knowledge.
    She failed to come through with dutiful correspondence with Percy Shelley which resulted in his death.
    https://goo.gl/images/BntqnG
    Bloodline descendant Marilyn Monroe spent her whole life in higher level reckoning. She made three more poor calls. At 13 she failed to confront Paula Howard about unauthorized vault entry, she needed to enforce marriage with Rudolf MacLeod rather than marry others instead, she needed to show Agnes Moorehead unusual photos.
    https://youtu.be/uRQL_B41Bu0
    On higher levels, Amy Knorr, bloodline descendant, finally paid penance and physically took punishment. But Amy too, had been hurt. Julian Casablancas' bloodline had not been a Saint.

  6. Marcia Otero

    Be careful what u wish for

  7. Arundel Mercure

    Love the song, but Natalie Merchant is so SMUG. She's perfect, every on else is just a dumb puppet. I'm a sincere and honest liberal, but this sort of condescension is why Trump won.

  8. Arundel Mercure

    Why is she torturing that puppet? What did that puppet do to her? I like a lot of her songs, but Natalie is such a pretentious priggish snob. To whom is this song addressed again?

    Thomas Allen

    You are dead wrong

  9. Executive Decision

    The. Jam.

  10. joel lee

    seen this live on the eden tour was amazing show r.i.p. mr buck

  11. Bill G

    Donald Trump is the Happy Puppet.

    André Alves

    Antifa, BLM, UN, Obama, Dem party are the real happy puppets

    Marrianne Swango

    Arent he hahha

    Curtis ZZZ

    Can we just leave Natalie's stuff un-tainted by derangement please?

    kgbeezr75

    Puppet-master sure, but not the puppet.

  12. Jade Morgan

    Well said.
    Nobody understands good sarcasm anymore

  13. 3msyndicate

    Is it making you sane again to let another man tug at the thread that pulls up your nodding head?
    Natalie was woke af in '89.

    Jade Morgan

    3msyndicate
    as was i

    Gretchen Baskwell

    Who frickin cares.old duhhhhhh

  14. James Ruff

    This song is obviously about the fanatics of Christianity who follow the dullard strung on the wire waiting for the Master to save them, while lifeless...the one who knows how to move them that way

    Portcullis

    @24AheadDotCom I have never perceived this song as being specifically about any particular Faith or religion.To me,it is more about ('happy') unthinking people in general who are manipulated,or slavishly obey or follow a leader (political/religious or any other type) without questioning things.Having said that,I would say that the lyrics of 'Wonder' and 'Ophelia'do not indicate Natalie Merchant's own stance on religion.'Wonder' is written from the point of view of a seriously ill or disabled child who defies medical odds,and 'Ophelia' is written in the third person. .

    james jones

    This guy don't know what he is talking about.

    24AheadDotCom

    @james jones Which guy?

    mrssalina

    @James Ruff Hardly - a man or woman who has true faith in Christ is puppet of nothing on this Earth because they realize everything on this is Earth is corrupted and flawed.

    Tobias Phillips

    I don't think it's about any particular aspect of life. There's no reason it should be specifically about religion. I reckon you;'re just one of those die-hard athiests who likes to feel superior and stick his nose in other people's business.

  15. Shawnee Dee

    I use to watch their videos on the first incarnation of VH1. I really enjoy Nat's voice.

  16. Lonnie Kerr

    Natalie made the band and this is a wonderful trip to better music and yes they were very understated but I guess at the time it just made them more personal to you like your own treasure. They deserved to have made more money for sure but they kept real and i respect Natalie and the band to this day for that.

  17. Jericho Mccune

    They renewed the copyright. This song is from "Blind Man's Zoo," their 1989 album.

  18. stuart shearer

    How can it be late 80s when the copyright is 2006?

  19. knowlight knowright

    Puppets are happy???

  20. André M. de Souza

    10000 Maniacs are a happy & lovelly part of my adolescence :)

  21. ARIADNE OLIVER

    Hello, how are you? this is a very great song. I am older than you no doubt. I am 57 and that was right in the middle of the early 30's . So sorry about your mom, I believe she must have been of my generation. Was she? this was late 80's to me when this song was really popular.
    regards,

  22. Jean Loup Knecht

    I didn't give much mind to 10000 maniacs back in the 80s, but my interest in the band has grown with time. They didn't happen by chance, all of them were really special.

  23. Allen Vestal

    Does anyone else think they realize this song is about US presidential elections?

  24. loser71

    Most underrated album EVER!!!! Pure masterpiece from start to finish!

  25. Amber Puga

    The lyrics ring so true today and for such a long time. Imagine if people actually thought for themselves are far ahead a society we would be....

  26. uncpatsskins alfonzo

    i remember the spin magazine cover i got with the OH NATALIE! i think her hand was covering her lips! it was so cool!

  27. uncpatsskins alfonzo

    LOVE HER! what a voice and what a song!

  28. DJ CARITAS

    i still got the tape from 1993 greate songand here it go again 19 years later what a memorys

  29. Jonah Marley

    An ode to Obama... and everyone who voted for him.

    Leroy Teó

    ...YEAH!!...because Trump was a better choice!!...😠

  30. tbonesays

    How does she sound so profound while reading hippy verses?

  31. transonicbuoy1

    @doctorw2 I dedicate this song to all the Japanese women in the world.

  32. Mmmyess

    Not my favorite video, but what a terrific song! As with "What's the Matter Here," the guitar solo is perfect for the song.

  33. Jim Limbach

    No more kenmores for me!

  34. docdrew11

    @katxv That's awesome, this band has been a big part of my life for the past 17-18 years. They come and go but always stick wtih me. :)

  35. Dave Elfers

    I love how she gets a little more intense around 2:50
    Natalie's voice either give me goose bumps or a tear in the eye, depending on the song

  36. AlyssHeart88

    Ive been listing to Natalie all my life.. She is my moms Favorite singer ever. She was my 1st concert. And now that im older.. her music speaks to mw more than ever. Every verse is its own beautiful poem. She is what music should be.. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does and that is REAL talent.

  37. juka Mart

    Listen!!!!! Christina, Gaga, Britney and those pseudo artists on MTV. Take a bow bitches, here is your MAJESTY. NATALIE....!!!!!! you have a lot to learn before you call yourselves artists.

  38. Anth Dunn

    IMMENSE! RIP ROB BUCK!

  39. Anth Dunn

    IMMENSE!

  40. JoLynn Barrett

    @clintonw202

  41. Scorpio Tanner

    This song is what couples live today!!! Ha Ha!!! Puppets on a string So Sad!!