A Pretty Girl Is Like...
The Magnetic Fields Lyrics


A pretty girl is like a minstrel show It makes you laugh
It makes you cry You go It just isn't the same on radio
It's all about the makeup and the dancing and the Oh,

A pretty girl is like a violent crime If you do it wrong
You could do time but if you do it right it is sublime
I'm so in love with you, girl, It's like I'm on the moon

I can't really breathe, but I feel lighter A melody is like
A pretty girl Who cares if it's the dumbest in the world
It's all about the way that it unfurls A pretty girl is like

A pretty girl

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The Magnetic Fields - A Pretty Girl is Like (Day 19)

The song is a sardonic response to Irving Berlin’s “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody.” Merritt’s interest in what is commonly called “The Great American Songbook,” always a principal influence on his work, was particularly salient during the writing of 69 Love Songs.


Stephin Merritt explains in the album interview booklet:

I think ‘a pretty girl is like a melody’ is rather an insulting thing to say, and this is a protest song against that. If you say a pretty girl is like a melody, then she’s like all sorts of things you wouldn’t want to hear: a pretty girl is like the Communist party, a pretty girl is like a–like falling into a vat of acid.

"A melody is like a pretty girl
Who cares if it's the dumbest in the world?
It's all about the way that it unfurls
A pretty girl is like
A pretty girl"

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