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Coverage: Amanda Palmer, “I Google You”

August 20, 2008

I’m still fairly thrilled that one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman, is collaborating with one of my favourite Boston artists, Amanda Palmer (of the Dresden Dolls). Palmer’s solo CD, Who Killed Amanda Palmer?, is scheduled for release in early September. A companion book of photographs is in preparation, and Gaiman is contributing the text (a set of short stories). Gaiman also wrote the lyrics to “I Google You” (video above); however, this is actually a cover, not a collaboration, as the words were originally written for folk/lounge singer Peri Lyons.

Gaiman also posted the lyrics:

I Google you
late at night when I don’t know what to do
I find photos
you’ve forgotten
you were in
put up by your friends

I Google you
when the day is done and everything is through
I read your journal
that you kept
that month in France
I’ve watched you dance

And I’m pleased your name is practically unique
it’s only you and
a would-be PhD in Chesapeake
who writes papers on
the structure of the sun
I’ve read each one

I know that I
should let you fade
but there’s that box
and there’s your name
somehow it never makes the pain
grow less or fade or disappear
I think that I should save my soul and
I should crawl back in my hole
But it’s too easy just to fold
and type your name again
I fear
I google you
Whenever I’m alone and feeling blue
And each scrap of information
That I gather
says you’ve got somebody new
And it really shouldn’t matter
ought to blow up my computer
but instead….
I google you

More: Amanda Palmer; Neil Gaiman

2 comments

  1. […] opens today and, while debcha might be most excited about the production of a favored author’s work, I have multiple reasons to be excited. I like gothic spooky, but can’t stomach horror […]


  2. […] Google you” gets better everytime I hear it.  A witty yet sad tale of modern love/stalking. The lyrics celebrate how easy it is to search her loves “practically unique” name, although there […]



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