Well I guess I'll treat her right
I guess I'll treat her right more this time
I'll try not to rely
Try not to rely on the perfect line
And I see no boundaries
Except for the ones I'm in
And I don't expect you to overcome them
For that's my job description

In a world of players and private eyes
Unless you realize this
There's a whole lot you could miss
Do you know which one I am
I am the cigarette smoking man
Once an hour I light the flower
And burn baby burn

When is it your turn
Lord tell me when the sun goes down
Cause I feel much better then anyway
Well I see much much better then anyway
Well I feel exposed
Although I feel at home
Dressed as a black plastic rose
All flowing head shoulders knees and toes
We dance, we dance, we play, we rant and rave

Oh this childlike wildlife is flooring me
Oh this childlike wildlife is flooring me

Early in the morning
Late in the evening
Evening, we kinda get delirious
Breaking from the seriousness
I try not to get disoriented

Having chewed too many up on my side
Is it any wonder how I missed your smile
Is it any wonder how I write
Pages layered upon pages
Which to no one else but me can be accounted for
For this moment's sake

I do not become me
For path, tunnels or straightaways
I do not watch as often as I should
So instead I sketch my life a comfortable creature
Slow and beautifully
Ooo, the smells and tastes of the past nights
Well, they're still locked up in my gentle jaw

Not that I am wanting them to go
Just that they are
And I'm very much aware
The madness of slow motion as you move your legs to walk
I'm very much aware
Of this madness when you talk

This childlike wildlife is flooring me
Oh this childlike wildlife is flooring me

We dance, we play
Oh lord, we rant and rave
We dance and we play always

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    General Commentwow..
    he has an amazing voice much insight
    favorite part--
    "i do not become me...."
    and "im very much aware of this madness when you talk" reminds me of someone i know..their madness floors me always
    motorcycledrivebyeron June 12, 2003   Link
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    General Comment(This is a long shot because honestly I have no idea, but nevertheless:)
    I think it's about a competitive relationship in which both parties are intelligent and stubborn and unwilling to let go of rationality and emotionally/personally expose themselves to one another, before overcoming that. Meaning aside, I am SO IN LOVE with the constant "la dah dah DA-ah"s and such. Fabulous rhythm.
    silentsailoron July 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI interpret this as reflecting on a relationship, that even though it may have ended (the fact that the tempo changes seems to indicate something happened) but the person still serves as a muse, hence the "Is it any wonder why I write... pages layered upon pages".
    AthenAltenaon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI respect your interpretations, but I took a different approach. I think by the title, "Childlike Wildlife", Mraz is referring to the night life, or the club/concert-scene if you will. If you've ever been to a concert, well, you know could be compared to 'wildlife'. And it is rather 'childlike' because most clubs are filled with young people.

    Mraz is reflecting on the madness of night life. It FLOORS him. Essentially, I feel this song is about being in a club and trying to find what makes you important and special enough to be noticed by a girl or group of people. You may say the wrong thing to a girl one night, but the next night, 'you'll treat her right next time and try not rely on the perfect line'. This song (or poem at this point) is the inner dialogue of someone in a world where most of the action is certainly happening outside.

    Conceivably, I could go explain line by line, but I implore you make your own interpretation.
    pbechon May 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment^what pbech says is correct, however, my orignal Romantic notion about this song was that Jason was having this wild, passionate fling with this 'bad girl'. I'd still like think of it as that.
    trendyuenon May 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the club/rave scene and drugs, more specifically ecstasy, and the resulting relationships with others and self... Currently, my favorite Jason song.
    enthenoelon March 23, 2009   Link

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