This is a sad fuckin' song
We'll be lucky if I don't bust out crying

How does it feel?
Your night light, your curling iron
Lit up by the sweat of others,
For many's the day
But not from November to May

The floor is littered
With woodchips and apple cores
And hulls (holes?) of acorns
There is a chattering sound

Because they were squirrels; real squirrels.
(And there were thousands)
This isn't some kind of metaphor,
Goddamn, this is real


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Squirrel Song song meanings
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    General CommentAlbini himself commented that this song is about a guy who wants to isolate himself from the world, so he tries to generate electrical power using squirrels. However, his efforts backfire and his life is overcome by these thousands of squirrels and they become the main purpose of his existence, totally defeating the purpose in the end.
    Tetragrammatnon June 22, 2003   Link
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    General Commentgo to scarysquirrel.org. ack. squirrels.

    Anyway, I don't get this song. He says it isn't a metaphor...but it still doesn't make sense. Hm.
    -=TiedToTheTracks=-on July 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits obviously fucking mental this song, if you ever get the chance to see Shellac live do it, and the pure insanity of the meaning given by Tetragrammatn will become understandable, the guy is a loon, but in a good way, but they do say madness and genius are close to one another...
    deathray666on January 03, 2005   Link
  • -2
    General Comment"Albini himself commented that this song is about a guy"
    it seems unlikely to think a guy would have a curling iron...if a person is using the labor of others to fuel such an appliance, i think it's safe to say it's a girl. the part about it not being a metaphor makes things difficult, though.
    ataritardon July 18, 2008   Link

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