Mrs. Potato Head: Does a new face come with a warranty?

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Unarguably, this is the deepest song I’ve heard in a long time.

It deals with some themes that I write regularly about, like self love, and the power of being yourself.

Today, I’ll be breaking down this song and writing about my views on it. If you’d like to listen to this song, you can find it at the end of this post.

Lyrics// โ™ฅ

Verse 1.

If you weren’t born with it
You can buy a couple ornaments
Just be sure to read the warning, kids
‘Cause pretty soon you’ll be bored of it
Sexual, hey girl if you wanna feel sexual
You can always call up a professional
They stick pins in you like a vegetable

{What this means}

You’re pretty? Not pretty enough for society. In this day and age, regardless of how you naturally look, the media will tell you that you could enhance something. Lip fillers, for a big pout. A face lift, because you can’t ‘let yourself go’ can you? Oh no, no. If you want to look sexual (Which is your job, ladies.) If you’re desirable to a male, you’ve done well.

Thinking of plastic surgery? There’s two sides to everything, remember that. The plastic surgery industry is big- multi billion dollar big. Think your doctor will CARE if you aren’t happy? Too bad for you. They’ll be laughing. Kids, read the warnings. Beauty ideals are constantly changing and evolving.

Pins; the needles used in procedures. ‘Vegetable’ refers to Mrs Potato head, who, it suggests, lacks individuality and has been strung along by the various lies of society.

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Refrain/

Kids forever, kids forever
Baby soft skin turns into leather
Don’t be dramatic it’s only some plastic
No one will love you if you’re unattractive

{What this means}

As we grew up, we lost our childish innocence, our ‘rose colored glasses’ view. Maybe we grew up too fast. We were too naive for our own good. We were taught that it’s better to be fake than undesirable through societies eyes. Beauty is everything now. However, it fades, and you’ve got to have some way to get it back.

 

Chorus/

Oh Mrs. Potato Head tell me
Is it true that pain is beauty?
Does a new face come with a warranty?
Will a pretty face make it better?
Oh Mr. Potato Head tell me
How did you afford her surgery?
Do you swear you’ll stay forever
Even if her face don’t stay together
Even if her face don’t stay together

{What this means}ย 

Mr and Mrs Potato head: Husband and wife. Has removable body parts that can be placed anywhere. Potatoes= Vegetable. i.e (Person who cannot think for themselves.)

“Is it true that pain is beauty?” Mrs. Potato Head, tell me, do you feel beautiful? Because if you don’t, you can’t go back. You’re as plastic as a barbie doll. Mr Potato Head, do you have a well paying job? You must to be able to afford her surgery. You go to great lengths to change what is already beautiful.

If her face falls apart, if she comes out with a botched surgery, will you stay by her side? Promise me you’ll stay forever. Forever is a long time, isn’t it?

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{Verse 2}

If you want a little more confidence
Potatoes turn to french fries, yeah it’s common sense
All you need’s a couple more condiments
And a hundred thousand dollars for some compliments
It’s such a waste
When little girls grow into their mother’s face
But little girls are learning how to cut and paste
And pucker up their lips until they suffocate

{What this means}

Plastic surgery can fix anything. Including confidence issue, says oh so wise society.

French fries.. in their original form, no thanks. But cut up, skinned, cooked? We’ll go crazy for them. Plastic surgery.. can you see the similarities? It’s all changing, getting rid of what you don’t want, and coming out with something so much better.

All you need is a little bit of this and that, a man with a well paying job. Got 100,000 dollars Mr Potato Head? Now you’ll get compliments. Pour in.

You grow up into your mother’s image, but this comes with a twist. Society has normalised the ‘cutting and pasting’ of our bodies. The making of perfection.

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Overall storyline;

Crybaby (Melanie Martinez fictional alter ego) is sitting down, watching television. She is eating a cookie when an advertisement for ‘dolly diet pills’ comes on. She watches intently. Next, an advertisement for blonde wigs.

Crybaby goes into the bathroom, staring at herself, crying. As if only suddenly aware of her ‘flaws’. She attempts to ‘fix herself’. Puts on a wig, pops a pill and stuffs tissue down her bra.

Going back to watching television, a show comes on. Mr and Mrs Potato head. Mrs has just come home and greets her husband at the door. He presents her with flowers and a smile. Following him into her bedroom, he gives her a necklace. Then, she finds out she’s booked in for a facelift.

Mr and Mrs Potato head arrive at the Doctors. Mrs Potato Head has been forced by her husband into getting the surgery done. He hands over 100,000 dollars and they’re taken into an operating theater where Mr Potato Head gives instructions on what to ‘fix’.

Mrs Potato Head comes out with a botched surgery. She is almost lifeless. When Mr Potato Head finds out, he tries to make it better, giving her a blonde wig to wear over her hair. Mrs Potato Head was hopeful, but her smile died when she realised he had made a mistake. That really only fell on her however, the consequences.

After this, her husband leaves her, giving flowers to another woman.

Crybaby realises that she is beautiful just the way she is.

โ™ฅ//

-Don’t kill the flowers growing inside you for somebody who can’t appreciate the way you bloom.

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Dissecting a poem: What’s behind the words is what really matters..

I read this poem as: No matter what you do, what you try, your real, central being will always exist. At one point, you’re going to have accept this, and stop trying to ‘fix’ yourself; to conform, in order to fit in and gain others’ approval. Find a home within yourself. A flawed, imperfect home. Don’t try to find yourself, but see the truth for exactly that- the truth. You are not lost, therefore you cannot be found. You are simply in denial.

The core of your true self is never lost. Let go of all the pretending and the becoming you’ve done just to belong. Curl up with your rawness and come home. You don’t have to find yourself; you just have to let yourself in.

-d. antoinette foy

What kind of relationship are you in? Let’s reevaluate your love life โค๏ธ

All relationships look different. 

Some may look like this: ๐Ÿ‘ซ

Others more like this: ๐Ÿ‘ญ ๐Ÿ‘ฌ

All relationships are healthy, but what happens when they aren’t? 

This is what I’m going to discuss today. Just the other day, I realised that I needed to take action within my own relationships, and use some of the advice I give.. Nobody likes a hypocrite. So here’s the deal: I was in a happy, fulfilling relationship, but where did it go wrong? My boyfriend had been ghosting (seemingly disappearing without a trace from all social media!) me. It was frustrating. A long, two week ordeal. No good for anybody. I messaged and messaged. First it was to say I missed him, to ask where he was, to ask if he happened to be dead, because heck, it felt like it, and then.. nothing. No reply. He wasn’t coming back. This was probably his way of effectively avoiding confrontation and not having to bother with a breakup. Maybe that’s what bothered me the most. The fact that he showed so little respect and decided that I wasn’t important enough to even warrant an explanation. 

I realised, I had a tendency to fall for the wrong people and while I generally played the right cards, I continually made small, costly mistakes. 

As a generally rule, avoid the following like the plague: 

1. The ‘small minded, egotistical’ type 

Want to make some decent conversation? I think not. Want to be with someone  who cares about something other than themselves? Good luck. These kind of people take vanity and selfishness to a whole new level. 

2. The kind who believe too much in themselves, and a bit too little in you. 

As they say, confidence is sexy- but being a cocky bastard? No thanks. You can try, but that is one hell of an unsustainable relationship. No respect involved, and forget about feeling good within yourself. 

3. The cheaters

The cheaters. This one is obvious. Once a cheat, always a cheater. Don’t think you’re the only one!

4. The flighty type 

Maybe they say you’re different, and they’ll never leave you, but how sure are you? Forever is just a word people say when it suits them. Unless you get lucky, that is. 

5.  The kind that are ‘too’ open ๐Ÿ˜ถ

Sexually open. Politically open. Religiously open. Racially open. These are the kind of people who don’t have a stop button- or a filter. This always spells trouble, have no doubt. T-R-O-U-B-L-E. 

6. The kind who forgot to learn about equality when they were in school. 

Yes. 

No, you’re not an equal couple. God forbid you’re above. No, you’re below.. Waaaay below. Down with the dogs honey. 

Oh, what’s that? Yes, like Donald Trump.

7.  The kind who do shocking things.. ๐Ÿ˜ถ

Like steak money from a charity started to raise funds for terminally ill kids. 

Shout out to Donald Trump.

The nerve. OH, the nerve. 

8. The kind that don’t have any shits to give 

Think you’re in the perfect relationship? If your significant other still cares years (or months.. or days) down the track, you’re good to go.

9. The ones who want you for your ‘parts’ ๐Ÿ‘€

Well, excuuuuuuse me ๐Ÿ˜พ 

You are not cuts of meat in a butcher shop. Don’t let anybody treat you like you are.

10. The ones who care but don’t really care 

They hide behind a clever front, but once you’ve seen their true colours, ladies, you show them the door.

How many slaves work for you?

That chocolate bar you just ate, the cotton shirt you have onโ€ฆ what about that iPhone you have? How about that carpet underneath your feet? How about every single thing you own? EVERY SINGLE THING. That’s a lot, right?

Made by slaves? That’s the sad reality. The answer to this question is a ‘yes’.

Every day, across the world, tens of millions of people and children are forced to work against their will. Barely paid, crowded and in dirty conditions. Suicides aren’t out of the ordinary. Does this happen in big reputable brands? Of course! Just search up ‘Apple’ and ‘Slavery’ and you will be surprised. Surprised, and angered, I hope. For many of us, we don’t think about how something came to be. We don’t think about the people who suffer in order for us to have the newest and latest. Therefore, WE should be the ones making change, and saying sorry. You are never too old to say sorry.

They are the ones to carry the cocoa beans. They are the ones to pick the cotton. They are the ones that carry all the burden.

Emancipation.. not a slave was freed.

Conditions so terrible in companies that there is a need to install suicide nets! So terrible that they have to force their employees to sign agreements stating that their family members canโ€™t sue the company in case they were to take their own life. Companies bringing in millions or billions of dollars, but their workers..? They’d be lucky to get a dollar. Not all companies are aware of this era of modern slavery.

Oh, the irony when you and I learn about this slavery on a device that has probably touched the sweat and tears of a soul chained to labor.

Change is hard in the world. Make a difference by educating yourself and others.

How many slaves work for you? Take the survey here. Be sure that you fine tune your answers for the most accurate results (gear/setting button on the left hand side of your screen).

 

-Hello! This is a post edited by me from https://thelivingmeblog.wordpress.com-

She has a fantastic blog with some inspirational articles. This post really touched me and so I decided to share it with all of you. To see the original post, follow this link: https://thelivingmeblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/how-many-slaves-work-for-you-2/

Thank you!-