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Song Released: 2012


Dirty Paws Lyrics

Jumping up and down the floor,
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...

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    anonymous
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    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



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 20th, 7:04am report


    Remember the dragonfly only heard this stor from the talking trees, so I think it's about all the interactions of nature, and how the trees see all.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 30th, 3:58pm report


    I think that this song is the beginning of a story told through the entire album. This song describes the problems that a guy started. People blame him for everything and want to kill him. In King and Lionheart, the guy falls in love and settles down. In Mountain Sound, the enemies find him and he runs away with his wife/GF. In Slow and Steady and From Finner, I'm still a little confused but I think in the midst of it the guy gets captured and killed, but his love gets away and in Little Talks she crazy from his death. In Six Weeks, she finds a new love who pulls her out of her bad mental state, but she soon realizes she can never love him like she loved the old guy, expressed in Love Love Love. I'm a little lost about the rest of the album.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 3rd, 2014 12:16pm report


    I think it is an interpretation of a tall tale from Ice-land. They are having fun with the literal translations. Nice guitar.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 9th, 2014 8:53pm report


    I think this is one of those songs that is just open to the vastness of human interpretations. Its a beautiful song though. I agree with the war references and the battle between animals. I also believe it has alot of grip in the lesson of strength in numbers and defeating the evil that plagues you



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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th, 2014 7:27am report


    While creative, these war references seem a bit far-fetched.

    Or perhaps I'm not as creative.

    I see the song as a poetic reference to the ebb and flow of the seasons. The green forest is alive with bees and birds, only to be overcome by the beast that descends from the mountains (snow, winter). The birds that don't migrate remain, but the bees are gone (for the year).

    The animals of summer retreat into hibernation, the forest grows dark and black and the war for the planet is lost, for now.

    Recall that these folks are from a part of the globe that is very winter-centric. It wouldn't be surprising that they'd wax poetically about the onset of winter as a war; as something of such gloom and darkness that it would generate metaphors of war and death.



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    anonymous
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    May 1st, 2014 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.[12] A Romanian folk tale says that the dragonfly was once a horse possessed by the devil.[citation needed] Swedish folklore holds that the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people's souls.[13]: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".[12] 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.[14]



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    anonymous
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    Apr 4th, 2014 4:22pm report


    I am very sure that this is clearly not right, but "My head is an animal" could refer to being a completely obzessed fan, the animal iz the King of All Cosmos and his son is the Prince rolling up all the items the pet dragonfly is actully just a pair of wings that are a present that is unlocked in the game, so the prince rolls off, goes with his own spirit (the birds) the prince is kind of an underdogcompared to the King, and the bees are a really nasty level on Katamari Damacy so the prince is the prince's dirty paws arolted up the objects and defeated the level, returning to the Cosmos where the katamari gets popped up into the sky.

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    anonymous
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    Mar 23rd, 2014 3:48pm report


    I think it's about the story of ferngully it's kinda like a fairy tale that was made into a movie

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    anonymous
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    Feb 16th, 2014 2:01pm report


    Who is the son who mowed the lawn and the dragonfly in the WWII interpretation (which makes a lot of sense btw)?

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    anonymous
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    Feb 13th, 2014 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.



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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!



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    anonymous
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    Jul 24th, 2013 7:25am report


    I think it's a song about a war between the evil bees and the good birds fighting for a better world..

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