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"Paper Wraps Rock"

[ from the album "Circus Maximus" (1986) ]

Lyrics

You can never overestimate Garbo
You can never undress Monroe
They may have never heard of Plato
But there's one thing they did know

If you want to be desired for a thousand years
Keeping it platonic is a good idea
"Cut it out Socrates, can't we just talk"
Scissors cut paper, but paper wraps rock

Never underestimate Mary
The original virginal bride
Interpretations may vary but I say
God was her piece on the side

Prudence is the proper doxy's friend
The paradox is heaven sent
The wickedest words are in the Good Book
Scissors cut paper, but paper wraps rock

Never underestimate the face of Helen of Troy
The face of a woman who never agrees to please
She's Paris in a drag of plaster and papyrus
That's why they never undress, they never undress
They never undress in this non-stop striptease

Never underestimate the huntress
The protected species of whore
The chariot of Diana Regina's an enormous
Limousine with bulletproof doors

It's rule number one for the wise coquette
Stick a long filter on your cigarette
Shimmer through a window that's twice locked
Scissors cut paper, Oh but paper wraps rock

Never underestimate the face of Helen of Troy
The face of a woman who never agrees to please
She's Paris in a drag of plaster and papyrus
That's why they never undress, they never undress
They never undress in this non-stop striptease

Never underestimate 'Never'
And you'll live to love another day
A woman never made a living
By giving anything away

If you want to be more major than a majorette
Stay as rigid and as frigid as a statuette
Stay out of the kitchens and the sweatshops
Scissors cut paper, but paper wraps rock

Undress your best behaviour Helen of Troy
Every Green Bus Drives Fast and so does time
Brush off the plaster of Paris
Every Good Boy, Every Good Boy,
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, where's mine?

She will forget you in all except your name
In all except the face you wore
And the empty words you were good at saying
Or else all except the pretentious knots
That covered the paper
That wrapped up rock