"it's the colorless picture
in a heart shaped frame
the silhouette of a dough eyed girl
who at one point had a name"
Forget, for a moment, that there should be hyphens between heart and shaped and dough and eyed because that's not the real issue here. I laughed out loud when I saw the phrase dough eyed girl because I pictured a girl with pizza dough dripping from beneath her eyebrows. No, I thought the lyrics should have read doe-eyed girl, meaning this girl was naive or had the large eyes of a baby deer.
I assumed that lyricsmania.com made this mistake between the two homophones. (Homophones, as we all know, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and usually different spellings.) Then I decided to browse through the official website of the Silversun Pickups, and a brief glance at their lyrics tab revealed the same thing as the lyrics website: dough eyed girl.
I was going to use this blog entry as a way to lambaste both the band and lyricsmania, but something told me to investigate further. Imagine my embarrassment when I discovered that dough-eyed is an actual term, albeit a slang one. According to urbandictionary.com, dough-eyed refers to women who "hang around [a wealthy man], be he attractive or not, looking to marry him for his money." So, it's another term for golddigger. Incidentally, the term dough-eyed does not appear in my standard dictionaries, real or virtual.
Before I apologize to the Silversun Pickups and to lyricsmania.com, I wonder which interpretation the band intended when describing the girl in "Common Reactor." If the band was singing about a girl who was after a man for his money, then yes, she was indeed dough-eyed. But if she was an all-too-trusting girl with an innocent, wide-eyed look on her face, then the term doe-eyed should have been used. With a hyphen.