They want trash
They want you batting a lash
I'll eat styes from elephants' eyes
They're in touch
With their inner crutch
They wont stab but they'll grab
And that's just like the other

We get nerves
And we drown it in booze
We take lives from elephants' eyes
They're in bed
With their cutting lead
It wont stop if you shop
With the lovers of bloodshed

I went to school, and saw slides
Of where I'm meant to be
Where I'm meant to be

We read time
Like a kid eating limes
We're in town when bees are let out
We get laughs
Through an osmotic patch
We're attached to the past
Cause our future's a bleak one

I went to school and saw slides
Of where I'm meant to be
I'm meant to be


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Eating Styes From Elephants' Eyes song meanings
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    General CommentMaybe, hating the type of girls who try to get the best of you and you realize this and you know they are aware of their own problems so you drink alcohol and smoke weed to try to forget. You fall vicitim to lack of motivation and time passes quickly, kids cant really handle lime its too sour and they make a face. Sort of how you cant keep track of how fast time is going by when you are being consumed by "partying" too much. I think the whole slide line is about him missing his childhood, missing as in he failed to experience it.
    Allergictt2greenon May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentand also, i think this song is about childhood and the way that school and society try to condition, us. 'They wont stab but they'll grab
    And that's just like the other' theyre stabbing us. 'i went to school and saw slides of where im meant to be' basically, school tells us what to do, and what are the right paths to take. 'We're attached to the past
    Cause our future's a bleak one' well thats obvious, the way things are shaping out, the future will suck. then it talks a fair bit about using drugs or alcohol to overcome all of the pressure associated with schooling 'drown it in booze' 'osmotic patch (most likely a transdermal opiate'
    javsavon November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've never actually heard this song, but I want to interpret it anyway since there's no clear interpretation, here.

    They want trash / They want you batting a lash / I'll eat styes from elephants' eyes [teachers and elders teach kids to be a certain way as they grow in school, but The Shins's singer says he'll do as he pleases.]
    They're in touch
    With their inner crutch
    They wont stab but they'll grab [they're not allowed to hurt their students with weapons, but they'll manhandle kids, still]
    And that's just like the other [and it's not any better than hurting with weapons]

    We get nerves
    And we drown it in booze
    We take lives from elephants' eyes [we do as we please...]
    They're in bed
    With their cutting lead
    It wont stop if you shop
    With the lovers of bloodshed [pain won't stop if you hang with the wrong people or do the wrong things.]

    I went to school, and saw slides
    Of where I'm meant to be
    Where I'm meant to be [school shows kids videos, and the kids get the impression that that's how they're supposed to act, too]

    We read time
    Like a kid eating limes [like someone said before, time passes by so fast, we ignore it at first, but then it comes by and we don't even realize it.]
    We're in town when bees are let out
    We get laughs
    Through an osmotic patch [??? i don't know]
    We're attached to the past
    Cause our future's a bleak one [no hope for the future...even with the brainwashing of school]

    I went to school and saw slides
    Of where I'm meant to be
    I'm meant to be
    jessieyon March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere's this from?
    Cynothoglyson January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome. but some of the lyrics here are wrong. for instance it is 'we get nerves' not 'we get news.' and its not 'orgasmic plant', its 'osmotic patch', fentanyl styles. so im gonna resubmit
    javsavon October 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe title sounds like a reference from Catch-22.
    thathaw1on March 15, 2008   Link

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