Animal Collective's Hippie Poetry
Of course there isn't, as it's a terrific-sounding serving of musical rapture that finds the sweet spot between experimental electronic music and euphoric folk jams. (I got a fever, and the only cure is ... more didgeridoo!)
But what about the lyrics?
So far, they haven't really registered with me, as I've been too transfixed by the woozy harmonies, shimmering textures and effervescent rhythmic patterns to pay the words much mind. But maybe I need to, as a quick sampling of the "Merriweather Post Pavilion" lyric sheet suggests that this merry band of Maryland indie-rock hippies graduated from the school of ... well, some really expensive private school where they want you to be in touch with your feelings or something.
Don't believe me? Check out these two hippie-poetry samples.
One is by Animal Collective, another is from some random person's personal Web site. (Said person regards her work so highly that it's collected on what she calls the Bad Poetry Page.) See if you can guess which one is AC's.
I chase after your thoughts
Antelopes followed by a lumbering lioness
I don't believe you are ever wrong.
A dancer who was high in a field from a moment
Caught my breath on my way home
Couldn't stop that spinning force
I fell into you.
(The answer - plus more AC/random poets comps - after the jump.)
In the flame center of your eyes
I see Utopian dream world far away.
When we share our points of view
You get a glimpse of me
I get a glimpse of you.
Is it much to admit I need
A solid soul and the blood I bleed.
In your eyes I am only myself
And the world only what is seen, touched, tasted
Let's see the sound of the heat from the sound of the rain
It's easy to sleep when I'm with my brain.
I am me, that's all that I can be
No more, no less, never to be second-guessed.
Birds sing and in the air the sound of spring
And in the wind the flowers bring
Their presents to the day.
Feeling envy for the kid who danced in spite of anything
And we're out in the flowers and feel better
If I could just leave my body for the night.
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Posted by: GPinTN | January 16, 2009 11:03 AM
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