Reptiles and Samurai
Inhabit my head
Invading my dreams
Sleeping in my bed
They battle but they never die

They hear what I hear
Watching through my eyes
They don't like what they see

Reptiles and Samurai
Are under my skin
They hide in my mind
They speak with my tongue
They run amuck in my terrain

They are not friends
But they are forced reluctantly
To share my brain

Reptiles have silly grins
Dark eyes shiny teeth some have fins
Samurai they smile never
Serious pretty swords very clever

Sometimes I watch you from this place way in the sky
Your faces young and shiny transform right before my eyes
Without warning, without reason
To Samurais and lizards
Reptiles and Samurai
Samurais and lizards
Reptiles and Samurai

Reptiles and Samurai
Inhabit my head
Invading my dreams
Sleeping in my bed
They battle but they never die

Reptiles have pretty scales
They run real fast they like to bite some have tails
Samurai like their water hot
Very brave they eat raw fish they fight alot

Sometimes I watch you from this place way in the sky
Your faces young and shiny transform right before my eyes
Without warning, without reason
To Samurais and lizards
Reptiles and Samurai
Samurai and lizards
Reptiles and Samurai

Reptiles and Samurai
Reptiles and Samurai
Samurai
Samurai


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Reptiles and Samurai song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentIn Freudian terminology, I believe that this song is about the struggle between the id (the reptile hindbrain) and the superego (the part of our personalities that govern our participation in society). Without going into a lengthy diatribe on whether or not Fruedian imagery has any validity, let me simply ass that the superego is said to restrict the id and its drives, in order to ensure that the ego (the self) is able to maintain its position in society -- basically, that you make decisions based on how best to survive in society, as opposed to what you want at any given moment. "They are not friends/ But they are forced reluctantly/ To share my brain...Are under my skin
    They hide in my mind/ They speak with my tongue/ They run amuck in my terrain".

    The reptiles and lizards in the song are depicted in imagery of consumption, biting, primal images. They are also beautiful, with "pretty scales." The samurai, on the other hand, are expressions of order, manners and society. Granted, they do "fight alot," but they are otherwise expressing an ideal of culture and social grace.

    "They hear what I hear/ Watching through my eyes/ They don't like what they see" expresses that the singer feels these two forces to be not only in conflict with each other, but in conflict with the world "outside." The singer would appear to be in a continual state of discord with society, social rules, or his current place in society.

    Enter the love interest: "Sometimes I watch you from this place way in the sky/ Your face is young and shiny transformed right before my eyes." An adoration for another person, and the singer imagines a place above the psychological terrain he has set up earlier in the song, a sort of deity position outside of conflict. This impression of aloofness is shattered when the singer's feelings for this adored person is broken up by the conflicted feelings of his id and his superego, between his animal instincts and his need to not make a socially diastrous maneuver.
    devonappleon November 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe it's actually about reptiles and samurai?
    enuma elishon May 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn. Anybody know what this one's about? On the live DVD Danny says "Now my good friend Sluggo will explain to you the difference between reptiles and samurai!" But there must be something more.
    ModernDandyon July 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, it's not like Danny Elfman to write a song that's has an obvious meaning, and quite a pointless one at that. I'm sure that the reptiles and samurai (and don't forget the lizards) are metaphors for SOMETHING, but until Mr. E himself reveals the cryptic message to us, we'll probably never know for sure.
    truth_or_happinesson August 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn terms of RPGs, a reptilian samurai is a wholly believable concept.
    Jordo013on April 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the two composers who live in Danny Elfman's head. The samurai, who wants to be taken seriously, and the reptile, who wants to be taken anything but seriously.
    danielulfmanon August 14, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's pretty simple once you've figured it out, like a riddle.

    The person he's in love with is as different from him as reptiles are from samurais. He can't stop thinking about her even though they have nothing in common.
    JofaGuhton March 08, 2006   Link

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