Phil Ochs - The Doll House Lyrics




Lost in the valley of vaults
Fell from the path, it was nobody's fault
That I was alone
Time dripped from the trees
Left through a nail, fell to my knees
Before the throne

And the crown was covered with jewels
Sparkling schools of beautiful falls
The magnificent battle was fought
And the Cinderella soldier fish was caught

And the lady from the lake
Helped me to escape
And led me to myself at last
Though I danced with the dolls in the doll house

The flower fled from my feet
Tom Sawyer voice through the hole of the key
Landed so gently
The castles cover the cave
I had no choice, the visions were brave
And the phantoms were friendly

And Pirate Jenny was dancing for pennies
Knucklebones tossed in a spin
There were silver songs on her skin
And she wasn't caring when the ship came in

And the lady from the lake
Helped me to escape
And led me to myself at last, at last
Though I danced with the dolls in the doll house

My costume dropped to the floor
Naked at last, I couldn't fight any-more
And the service was rendered
A poem fell from the wine, buried the past
The future was mine and the present surrendered

And the ballet master is beckoning faster
The ballerina was posed
In the fragile beauty we froze
Let go, let go, let go, let go, let go

And the lady from the lake
Who helped me to escape
Left me with myself at last
Though I danced with the dolls in the doll house





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  1. Respected Public Intellectual Yagne Goosh

    Well-textured song. It’s a shame Phil ruined it with that part fueled by his Dylan obsession.

  2. Cleo Carol Knopf

    Gorgeous song. There's that chorus where he seems to be imitating Bob Dylan at 2:25. I feel like the song is about being like a doll, controlled by someone else, doing what is expected by others and the struggle to do what is true to oneself.

  3. Spinning Spin

    A rare hero lives on in my head. Thanks phil

  4. algalverge

    incredibly beautiful

  5. Edmund Smith

    song immediately sends chills

  6. OnionFart

    his service was rendered alright

    Spinning Spin

    Surly just moking sir bob dylan here

    Keltic34 1ThoughtYouKnuskii!!1

    DesolateGrunt Sure was. Wat?

    Groovy Guru

    Spinning Spin so so wrong!