Am I an afternoon's pastime
A thing on a string
To be thrown and retrieved
Like a phone call received
On somebody's birthday
To tease and delight
And then say goodnight
And then just say goodbye?

Am I a toy on a tray
A soft piece of clay
Queen or clown for the day
Machine ballerina
Soldier of tin
Standing so loyal
While you sit so royal
Then I'm put away?

[Chorus]
For your approval
Perusal
And your possible
Refusal
I'm amusing
I'm a puppet for your play

Am I your Mad Magazine
Skin trampoline
Pin-up pinball machine
Your fantasy girl
Of puzzling parts?
But none fits or starts
We match wits but not hearts
I'm heard but never seen

[Chorus]
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Machine Ballerina Lyrics

Suzanne Vega – Machine Ballerina Lyrics

Songwriters: VEGA, SUZANNE
Machine Ballerina lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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