Dresden Dolls, The - Sing Lyrics

There is this thing that's like touching except you don't touch
Back in the day it just went without saying at all
All the world's history gradually dying of shock
There is thing that's like talking except you don't talk
You sing
You sing

Sing for the bartender sing for the janitor sing
Sing for the cameras sing for the animals sing
Sing for the children shooting the children sing
Sing for the teachers who told you that you couldn't sing
Just sing

There is thing keeping everyone's lungs and lips locked
It is called fear and it's seeing a great renaissance
After the show you can not sing wherever you want
But for now lets all pretend that we're gonna get bombed
So sing

Sing cause its obvious sing for the astronauts sing
Sing for the president sing for the terrorists sing
Sing for the soccer team sing for the janjaweed sing
Sing for the kid with the phone who refuses to sing
Just sing

Life is no cabaret
We don't care what you say
We're inviting you anyway
You motherfuckers you'll sing someday...

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Dresden Dolls, The Sing Comments
  1. KissMyAspergers

    Lol my mom can't stand AFP's music but she LOVES this song. I think that says a lot about it. ❤

  2. Chad Thompson

    Who’s the bastard who censored this song...? Fail.

  3. Hiro Protagonist

    What’s wrong with the audio on this video? :/

  4. Ben Newton

    This song is about forgiveness, not empowerment. Its about looking on the other side to those that you may have hurt or wronged or arguments you didnt see the other side of. Its not a song about self-empowerment. Look at amanda. Thats not her being effing mazzy star over here. This song is looking at the other side of what you know, understand and believe. This is my breakfast, because it humbles me.

  5. zedata57

    Fantastic song.

  6. john crawford

    Damn i forgot all about this song and just revisited it. So fuckin powerful. Its rare a song gets me so emotionally. YOU MOTHERFUCKERS JUST SING FOR ME!!!!

  7. Matthias Thurow

    Who censored Amanda Palmer?

  8. Matthias Thurow

    0:54; 03:09

  9. Tranquilino Padilla

    Sing to God.prayers And God who can see you in secret will reward the openly

  10. chumpy -

    You motherfuckers will sing some day tho

  11. chumpy -

    1000 likes 4ever

  12. First Last

    I heard this song for the first time in Germany back in like 2008 or something, I was repulsed by it. It wasn't the songs fault but my own. I came back to it today because I dunno, it is exquisite now for some reason.

  13. David Lowden

    The censorship is artistically reprehensible.

    YouTube shouldn't even allow censored videos to be posted. It's essentially destruction of property. If you don't like certain words, don't say/write/sing them. But don't ever cling to the delusion that anyone has the right to censor anyone else.

    dutch wolff

    Ah, but, for assholes like me, I see shit like this... I go buy the fucking album from an outlet that I'm relatively sure gives the most return to the artist (sad to say, but it's I-Tunes. And a big fuck you to all the wanna-be hippie/artisanal/grass-roots.org fake-ass money-makers...)

    dutch wolff

    holy shit! quick! sumbody buy grass-roots.org !!!

  14. LifeByCynic

    This will always be my favorite Dolls song. Just sing.

  15. bbbushhh

    ....standard reaction...tears in eyes and happy :)

  16. Lil-tunechi19892

    what is the tittle about?

  17. Mirrortricks Mc

    Just sing.

  18. Encryptexx

    censored!!!??? really? fuck.

    Lumania Nilin

    A song talking about being free for just 3 minutes gets censored. The irony is delicious (and sad)

  19. Rodrigo E. Torres

    Qué mentada de censura.

  20. MoonstruckVox

    Whenever I'm feeling unconfident about my singing and I get really depressed and just want to give up, I listen to this song.


    ....a bit late but "just sing".....

  21. Modern Moonlight

    33 People Are Motherfuckers Who Will Sing Someday :))))

  22. Anna Hudgins

    I've been a hardcore DD fan for quite a while now and I just now discovered this music video. Ooops.

    Ms. B

    +Anna Nikole One of my all time fav DD songs :D

  23. DiScOrD tHe LuNaTiC

    One of the very few songs that can move me to tears.

    The Mid Engined Legend

    It just did for me.

  24. LaDameDeShalott

    I would love to listen to this song covered by Anna Calvi, I think her voice and her way of singing are somehow similar to Amanda's.

  25. Zombite Creations

    Hands down my favorite song EVER.

  26. Stan Theman

      Compare root canal and singing, I'd rather have root canal.  Hate the time, trouble and the whole "Now we're one" crap.

    Joseph Chastain

    Singing is an awesome experience. I feel so sorry for you.

  27. Emiliano Ortega-Guerrero

    rock and roll yeah


    I agree that the censorship is completely unnecessary and damages the integrity of the song, but let's not target rap as inferior, okay? Like any genre, it is perfectly capable of producing innovative, insightful music.


    The swearing is unnecessary to the message tbh

  29. Jackitreborn

    I like the way she moves her face, its like shes chewing something n speaking

  30. Misty Moore

    Years and years after first hearing this song, I still cry.

  31. GSoS2000

    Mine too....

  32. Ms. B

    my fav dresden song. <3

  33. Mr. Miyagi

    There is thing keeping everyone's lungs and lips locked
    It is called fear and it's seeing a great renaissance
    After the show you can not sing wherever you want
    But for now let's just pretend we're all gonna get bombed
    So sing

  34. Ian Tucker

    No, the 16 dislikes on this fucking video are because they edited the crap out of it. Some cuss words are there to express a valid emotion and fuck fuck fuck is sometimes appropriate. LoL

  35. Donald William

    It's horrible!

  36. patduss

    seriously dude why would you compress the audio on this track. Can't anyone hear the distortion and pumping ???

  37. Shadow Poison

    ok I have to admit danger days isn't their best album but sing is one of the best on there.

  38. Emery Becker

    I do like it, but just not as much as the rest of their songs. It is a good song, but I love the rest of theirs so much.
    Danger days just isn't really my album.

  39. Shadow Poison

    you gotta be fucking kidding me!!!! >:( Why do you not like mcr's sing? It has so much meaning to so many people.

  40. Emery Becker

    I don't really like the mcr sing, it's my least favorite of their songs, but I still love Amanda and MCR

  41. Mr. Miyagi

    Anyone else notice that she is the spitting image of Magda Goebbels? ~creepy~

  42. Hillary Freake

    Go on my profile and watch my cover of this please! :)

  43. Joshuwaa

    guru singh

  44. pentumplementgum

    Oh shit! hahaha

  45. 1001orpheus

    We caught you. Heheheh....

  46. 1001orpheus

    The drummer sure loves the derby or bowler hat.

  47. amanteinc

    Makes perfect sense. They wrote two versions, this and the one they actually curse in which comes out in an album marked "Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics." Hiphop / rap artist only make one version cause they Don't Give A FUCK.

  48. shylsp420

    I have always adored you <3 I starting listening when I was 10 and never stopped. 8 years down and i'm doing better than ever (:

  49. Brett Jordan

    I've loved this song since it was first released. After I arrived home from Afghanistan I'd watch the clip and bawl my eyes out. Thank you Amanda and Brian for getting it.

  50. fun747

    i love how your name comes form flowers in the attic (or at least that's what it reminds me of)

  51. William Meyer

    Yes, Virginia... Sing

  52. legaata

    Her facial expression in this video is similar to that of the children in the "I don't like Mondays" music video by Boomtown Rats.

  53. SuneTheMairn

    She looked comepletely psycho...

  54. Natalia Novak

    @blazia6 You're listening to the wrong rap song, yo!

  55. Jesus Jones

    @blazia6 Do you live in NA? any good R&B/rap/rock/bluegrass song WILL get bleeped if they swear.... idiot.

  56. Lylahkirina

    how can a vid like this get 17 dislikes ??? this song is perfect is the song im a ianist songwriter and singer and is this song i sing when i want to remember who im and why im living my life for music

  57. LOLimmy123

    There is this thing that's like touching except you don't touch

  58. Ben Ashdown

    sound is goosed on this......:(

  59. kissyaaaaah


  60. JackieTheCaveman

    They've muted Amanda's swearing! Fucking hell! Motherfucking roadrunner

  61. mastiloko

    i love Amanda! xD

  62. Sary Walrus

    This song always makes me feel better.

  63. Elle Keener

    Seriously, the build up. Phenomenal.

  64. strawberryfrazel

    okay so i am a HUGE fan of my chemical romance, and i heard Gerard (the singer) was really into the Dresden Dolls and he said it was a basically a woman who sang and played piano and a drummer, and i sing and play the piano so that really got me interested so this is the 3rd song i have listened to by them and im really impressed i like them i think i am going to listen to more haha

  65. azael pintor


  66. dhicks3

    The white statues remind anyone else of BioShock?

  67. psychokillercrab


  68. ryeguy48

    I usually have to be in a certain kind of mood for a song to make me cry, especially the first time I hear it. The first time I heard this song was just now. I was in a perfectly normal mood, eating breakfast and watching youtube videos. Then I listened to this. Now I'm crying into my cereal. In a good way though!

  69. KadajusFunToy

    @stinknus how so

  70. stinknus

    Jacks Mannequin totally ripped off this song

  71. Kirsty Gingell

    @gardenguyvic Why should I? I don't like many dresden doll songs, so it would be a waste of money.

  72. Garden.

    @Sploggez Buy the fucking album.

  73. 200timwhite

    @pentumplementgum RAINING BLOOOOD!!! hahaha

  74. Krystal Rose

    @PyroPrincess33 oh well.

  75. PyroPrincess33

    @MentalRecluse Not cool.

  76. ilovefluffysheep


  77. Kirsty Gingell

    lol, paused the video so I could get the url and download the mp3 so I'm not doing too many things at once, and I totally got a good facial expression of Amanda at 2:35. xD

  78. gurochichi

    funny story gerard's a dredsen dolls fan :LL
    i like both vers :3

  79. Kory Fail

    This song is so beautiful, I started crying when I listened to it.

  80. NightWalker6690

    @MCRisSOawesome agreed they didnt steal anything the lyrics music and style is different idk y ppl think they stole it both are good songs

  81. Louise McHugh

    The 16 dislikes were from people afraid to sing...

  82. violetheatherbrown

    I am a fan of both MCR and Dresden Dolls. Dude, these are two completely different songs that happen to have the same title. It's not like singing is an obscure thing to sing about.

  83. Genevieve Kuzak

    Oh great MCR, I don't even like this song I think its really cheesy but for MCR to do a rendition of this makes me *facepalm

  84. bumblebee6074

    if mcr did 'steal' this song..i actually prefer mcr's version tbf..

  85. Mike G

    @MCRisSOawesome look at the lyrics of "sing" by both bands.

  86. marleux feyt

    to the 13 people who couldn't appreciate singing - i'd appreciate it if you'd shut the eff up.

  87. Krystal Rose

    @strangeling354 DUDE! YOU'RE RIGHT! I'M NOT COOL!!! CAUSE ALL MY COMMENTS ARE SHIT!!! so...I let fellow fans down .... 0.o Oh well?

  88. Mike G

    @strangeling354 I think it's unecessary for my chemical romance to blatantly steal the ideas of a GREAT song by the dresden dolls. They even used the same song title.

  89. Mike G

    @xXemosrockhardXx thank you

  90. Mike G

    Sing for my chemical romance raping the ideas of DD.
    God I hate that band

  91. Alexx Souter

    @IdiotsForObamaCom Why wouldn't you sing for someone who lacks the freedom of thought you so clearly have? Someone who has been so brainwashed by the lack of freedom in their homeland that they don't really have a choice?

  92. Lhene9

    @immaeighteen Fuck yeah

  93. jonathan driver

    you have to respect talent, simple as that. The dolls and Amanda Palmer herself have a thoughtful energy that few others seem to have. Long may her light shine in a sea of darkness.

  94. twistedtick

    @immaeighteen I fucking agree!

  95. Ellie Needham


    Funnily enough, no. No, that would not help. :s

  96. Ellie Needham

    God, I can't watch this without crying! <3

  97. Ellie Needham


    Her eyebrows are drawn on with liquid eyeliner, not tattooed on.

  98. cyb ber

    desperatly in love with a.p.