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Mermaid vs. Sailor extended play artwork
Marina and the Diamonds
Mermaid vs Sailor
Released November 23, 2007
Format CD (with EP)
Length 4:04
Writer Marina Diamandis
Mermaid vs Sailor track listing
"Plastic Rainbow" is track number 6.
Previous track
"Simplify"
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"Plastic Rainbow" is a song by Marina and the Diamonds on her extended play, Mermaid vs Sailor.

Background and compositionEdit

In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Diamandis revealed that "Plastic Rainbow" was the first song she'd ever written at the age of 19 or 20. She described the song's lyrics as "lame," but that writing the song gave her a feeling she'd never had before, leading her to want to become a songwriter.[1]

LyricsEdit

I have let you melt me down
Into a plastic rainbow
And I have left myself to hang
In a halloween sky
I let you tattoo a frown
Onto a face of white snow
Now I see footprints of a man
Runnin' through my eyes

Do I despise these perfect lies
I tell myself each night and day?
Go kiss my blackened heart goodbye
I'm runnin' out of things to play-ay
Hey, see I need to forget

That I've become a plastic rainbow
And I'm meltin' in the sun
And I am fallin' from the sky
In a million multi-colored lies
I've had enough of your ideals, ideals
Yeah-eah, yeah-eah
Yeah-eah-eah, ehhhh, ehh

I'm gonna break her like a Barbie doll
Push her face down in the dirt
Blue Maybelline mascara
Is runnin' down my favorite shirt
And whoever thought that messing with me
Was ever gonna hurt
With plastic swords, too many times
Your black suspenders and her mini-skirts

Do I despise these perfect lies
I tell myself each night and day?
Go kiss my blackened heart goodbye
I'm runnin' out of things to play-ay
Hey, see I need to forget

That I've become a plastic rainbow
And I'm meltin' in the sun
And I am fallin' from the sky
In a million multi-colored lies
I've had enough of your ideals, ideals
Yeah-eah, yeah-eah
Yeah-eah-eah, ehhh, eh, eh, eh

Yeah, I became a plastic rainbow
Yeah, I fell from the sky
In a million multi-colored lies
Your comments helped for a while
But now all I seem to do is
Smile, smi-ile, smi-i-i-ile
Oh ohh, oh ohh, oh-oh, ohh
Oh oh, oh oh-ohh, do I, I smile?


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