Of Monsters and Men: Dirty Paws Meaning
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Song Released: 2012
Dirty Paws Lyrics
My head is an animal.
And once there was an animal,
It had a son that mowed the lawn.
The son was an ok guy,
They had a pet dragonfly.
The dragonfly it ran away
But it came back with a story to...
anonymous Sep 21st, 2013 9:46pm report
The song is about WWII where the Bees are the axis powers and the birds are France and England. The Dirty Paws are the US and the creatures of snow are is Russia. When it says that the Bees declared a war it means it literally and the Queen Bee is Germany. The forest is Europe. The first verse is to lead on the metaphor that humans are animals in their bestiality in war. Although this also may be about WWI due to the "holes" reference representing the trenches and the killing machines being the newly introduced turrets and artillery. The US is called dirty paws due to its presence in most international wars. The four dirty paws are the wars that it's fought in ( Revolutionary, Civil, WWI, WWII ) those are the most significant at least. Sorry for the length I was just spewing my thoughts
anonymous Jan 8th, 2013 1:47pm report
The song is a folksong about how it came to be that Iceland use to have no bees.
The folk song is a story of how the bees were destroyed by a war between them and the birds.
Bees were introduced to Iceland.
anonymous May 1st, 5:48pm report
In Europe, dragonflies have often been seen as sinister. Some English vernacular names, such as "devil's darning needle" and "ear cutter", link them with evil or injury. A Romanian folk tale says that the dragonfly was once a horse possessed by the devil. Swedish folklore holds that the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people's souls.:25–27 The Norwegian name for dragonflies is Øyenstikker ("eye-poker"), and in Portugal they are sometimes called tira-olhos ("eye-snatcher"). They are often associated with snakes, as in the Welsh name gwas-y-neidr, "adder's servant". The Southern United States term "snake doctor" refers to a folk belief that dragonflies follow snakes around and stitch them back together if they are injured.
anonymous Feb 13th, 2:58pm report
The song may be interpreted as referring to the second word war where the Bees are the axis powers and the birds are France and England. The Dirty Paws are the US and the creatures of snow are Russia. When it says that the Bees declared a war it means it literally and the Queen Bee is Hitler's Germany. The first verse is play on the metaphor that acknowledged mans bestiality in war. The killing machines refers to the use of bombing of civilian cities. The US is called dirty paws as an acknowledgement of the role of the US infantry (the Dogfaces) in the winning of the war. The four dirty paws refer to the four primarily infantry based wars that the US has fought. (Revolutionary, Civil, WWI, WWII ) interestingly only in the american civil war did the use of Dogface or Dogtags come into prominent use.
anonymous Dec 29th, 2013 12:30pm report
I think "Dragonfly" is the name of the dog belonging to the animal with the son who mowed the lawn. "Dragonfly" ran off one day & had an adventure in the woods. Dragonfly fought in a battle between the birds & the bees. Obviously "Dragonfly" is the four dirty paws that helped the birds. Afterwards she returned home. It's like the story Roverandom by J. R.R. Tolkien.
anonymous Oct 22nd, 2013 10:47am report
I don't think there is any deeper meaning related to historic wars, I think that it is just meant to tell a story of a war in the forest or possibly the war on pollution and deforestation.
anonymous Oct 14th, 2013 10:41pm report
To me it sounds like the dragonfly witnessing a war between the birds and the bees, then goes back to the animal and his son. And I picture "Dirty Paws" as a wolf that the birds came to, to ask for help.
anonymous Oct 3rd, 2013 10:11pm report
it isn't ment to mean anything, it's supposed to make you think it means something! it's open to your own interpretation!
anonymous Jan 18th, 2013 1:07pm report
I think Dirty Paws is a honey badger cause honey badger don't give a sh..
anonymous Dec 25th, 2012 12:27am report
This is about an Icelandic Fantasy story, I'm not sure on which one bit this band is from Iceland and it only makes sense.
anonymous Aug 31st, 2012 8:56am report
That WW2 interpretation was laughable. "It is about..."
The four-legged creature is on the birds' side.
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