"Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat" as written by and Max Bemis....
I watch my yellow cat
Invade my red cat in the yard
The feline war has raged for years
So I assume it'd be too hard
For me to drive my foot between them
I would never risk the scratch
Just to prove to one or both of them
A cat is just a cat

Again, I watch my cousin greg
Watch mtv inside his home
He makes fun of the hip hop videos
From the couch he rides alone
Snug in the cushion of his cackling
He forgets his living doubts
He has relied on this for years
You will not yank the carpet out

These are my friends
This is who they have been for always
These are my days
This is how they stay

I watch this dude
Each night, same table
He creates and crumples up
His eyes are wide from sipping endlessly
His endless coffee cup
He feeds me quotes
That lonely goat
I watch him grazing by himself
I will not stop him when he rambles
I'm becoming one myself

Lou is bugged
Shot up with drugs
He sweats this bird he hardly knows
All that he wants is to see someone
He respects without their clothes
So like some hybrid mother/lover
She'd soothe and heal his wounds
And kiss those dying ears so softly
That the reaper stops to swoon
Oh please

These are my friends
This is who they have been for always
These are my days
This is how they stay

These are my friends
This is who they remain forever
This is how we stay

I watch my neighbor's son
Play with his shotgun in the street
I think I'll blaze all day
And marvel at the massive food I eat
It's strange, I'm skinny when I'm standing
But I'm buddha when I sit
And if I'm truly so enlightened
Why'd I waste your time on it

As I look back at countless crossroads
And the middle where I stay
Right up the beaten path to boredom
Where the fakest fucks get laid
By the faux-finest finds
It's been that way
God damn you, how you stay
With every scummy, crummy hour
Of the scummy, crummy day

These are my friends
This is who they have been for always
These are my days
This is how they stay

These are my friends
This is who they remain forever
This is how we stay


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"Yellow Cat/ Red Cat" as written by Max Bemis

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about apathy and laziness. The main character sees all these things going on around him, but never bothers to do anything to change them or stop them because it would be "too hard" ("the feline war has raged for years / so I assume it'd be too hard / for me to drive my foot between them / I would never risk the scratch"). The main character isn't the only one who is like this; his friends are too. His cousin Greg spends all his time watching MTV and making fun of the videos, and that's how he deals with his insecurities. The "dude" spends all his time drinking coffee, being alone, and rambling to anyone who will listen to him; the main character sees himself in this dude. Lou is a drug addict who wants someone else to fix him (to be some "hybrid mother/lover") instead of fixing himself. The neighbor's son plays with his shotgun in the street, and no one even cares even though it could be very dangerous. The main character sees this happening, but instead of intervening, he just lets it happen (like he did with the red cat and the yellow cat) and smokes weed all day. He's stuck in the middle of the crossroads, in a sort of limbo where nothing ever changes and he's too lazy to make change happen. His friends are stuck in the same situation; "these are my friends / this is who they remain forever / this is how we stay".
    carpathiaon July 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGood point about the ignorance of racism and violence, Ive never thought about that before.

    As for the Yellow = peace, red = war comment, why would his "yellow cat invade his red cat".

    I read somewhere this song is about how life never changes and nobody does anything about anything.
    leeko518on January 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song clearly has to do with life after the initial stimulation of growing up and learning. After one 'settles down' the routine kind of kicks in, and most don't do anything to stop themselves from living the same day over and over.

    I think the 'cat invasion' kind of describes his utter boredom as he's reduced to describing an ordinary cat fight as some kind of international war. The line 'just to prove to one or both of them a cat is just a cat' is important too - he feels superior to the two animals yet their lives have more purpose and direction than his own, which is a life of constant repitition and no conflict.
    shaverkidon January 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn general: It's about the emotional swings max has. This whole song is a representation of a depressed, cynical phase.

    He feels disgusted that he's become content with such a jaded day to day life, and sees everything in an apathathetic, pessimistic view. He judges things for both face value and for the deeper meanings.

    This song is amazing because it can be taken both literally and metaphorically.

    The building of intensity (volume and controlled feedback and the likes) are another amazing contributor to the meaning...

    Before "i watch my neighbors son" it builds to where you think your speakers might explode.

    I could listen to it again and again and again.
    RustyJon May 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti also love that buddha line. i think it means that when he's "standing," meaning with other people, he's weak and frail as he has profressed to having social anxiety. when he's sitting, by himself, he's buddha. peaceful, assured, chillin like a villian.

    he's pretty darn nice with the words.
    elf4life420on November 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about how he is watching his cats and he looks down and thinks how futile their quarrel is that he can just drive his foot between them but he wont even risk a scratch on something so unimportant. then he thinks about it and says "then again...." look at my cousin greg whose life is just as futile and unimportant as those cats and he continues to look and sees his neighbor and lou and his neighbor's son and finally, himself. He sees how in the big scheme of things everyone is just as unimportant as his cats fight and classifies himself with them, hence the "friends" remark. He ends the song on a depressed note, looking back on his life and remarking how he is still in the middle of the crossroads, on the beaten path to boredom.
    Ceejinator9999on April 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me it's just a guy looking around at his strange friends who are just like him and how they pass the time and the shit they deal with...this is how spend their days and deal with their inner conflicts (cat vs cat)...smoke pot, make fun of MTV, and talk women...this is my interpretation of course and thats what makes this band and Max's lyrics always awesome are there flexibility and the way they can be applied to any listener somehow...underrated band very underrated song
    DangerBirdon March 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentConsidering practically every song on this album talks about sex, I always sort of thought that Yellow Cat vs. Red Cat could've been about two girls he honestly never really cared for, and when they end up fighting over him he's so indifferent to the situation he doesn't even care to tell them that both of them are meaningless hookups.

    But looking at it from the war perspective makes a lot of sense, too...
    askldorfismon October 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyellow cat-israel
    red cat-palestine
    max-US

    just my theory...
    zbkeepitreaaalon January 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, half of you are idiots!! It's obviously about rasism, and attacks on different races, and how most people just sit around and ignore it and do nothing about it... It's so obvious!
    xDeathForMyBirthdayxon June 30, 2010   Link

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