"How Many Cans?" as written by and Mark/doughty Degliantoni....
Is you am a dog?
Is you got a dog?
Is you am a dog?
Hold closed the jaw.

How many cans must I stack up
To wash you out of my mind,
Out of my consciousness?
How many times must I cash out
To bring you back the check, fat
Off of my slenderness?

She says "Yeah,
But he's not in right now".
You pause.
You like her answer.

You know that but you go on.
You know but that you go on.

How many cans must I stack up
To wash you out of my mind,
Out of my consciousness?
How many times must I cash out
To bring you back the check, fat
Off of my slenderness,

Slenderness,

Slenderness,

Fire.


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"How Many Cans" as written by Michael Doughty Mark Degliantoni

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    General CommentNot sure. To me it sounds like a relationship thing, for sure. I think the "How many cans must I stack up" could mean like how much beer could must he drink to forget her. *shrug*
    AJBlank2003on December 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe it's about his ex-girlfriend that broke up with him a day before he went to Jamaica (and that's where he met Dervin, as Alpha13 said).

    Links:
    nypress.com/14/21/sg/…
    mikedoughty.com/blog/archives/…
    sjj92on May 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont get this song...but it's good the bass line is simple but funky
    SixStringSoulon March 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he is talking about trying to forget a failed relationship:

    "How many cans must I stack up
    To wash you out of my mind,
    Out of my consciousness?"

    Maybe she cheated on him?

    "She says "Yeah,
    But he's not in right now".
    You pause.
    You like her answer."
    Grisnjamon July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot of Soul Coughing's songs don't mean anything at all, but here's what Mike Doughty had to say about it.

    Mike Doughty--"Astounded that I wrote this. Don't know where the fuck it came from. Well, I there was this thirteen year old kid in Jamaica named Dervin--he played snare drum and sang, his father played upright bass, they'd wander the beach --and they did this old Jamaican standard called "When I Fall In Love", and it had this incredibly spooky vibe to it. I guess that was the seed."
    Alpha13on December 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've seen the site with that description. You left off the part about the lyrics though:

    "But where did the words come from? Couldn't say. They scare me."
    Mad Slanted Powerson March 06, 2006   Link

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