"Birdie Brain" as written by and Matthew Friedberger....
I hate the steam train that whistles woozy my bird brain,
That sends my spaniel insane.
And I'll stop riding side saddle if they don't stop the clickity clattle,
I'll jump in the undertow penguin paddle and drown in my wedding gown.

I've been told the Bronx River stream on moonlit nights is meant
To seem like the Rhone in a glacier icy dream but then in a poof t's sulfur steam.
I hate the aeroplane that nearly misses my birdie brain,
That terrifies my terrier insane.

And I'll stop riding side saddle if they don't stop the clickity clattle,
I'll jump in the undertow penguin paddle and drown in my wedding gown.
I was drinking by the Des Plaines River when the naught of night
Served for making me shiver and me the squirrels would hold hands

And quiver cause that damnable diesel never fails to deliver.
I hate the livery cars that have my bird brain seeing stars,
That drive my Doberman to drink in bars.
And I'll stop riding side saddle if they don't stop the clickity clattle,

I'll jump in the undertow penguin paddle and drown in my wedding gown.
I hate the steam train that whistles woozy my bird brain,
That sends my spaniel insane.
And I'll stop riding side saddle if they don't stop the clickity clattle,

I'll jump in the undertow penguin paddle and drown in my dressing gown.


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"Birdie Brain" as written by Matthew Friedberger

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    that's all I've got to say. between geographical landmarks, horseback riding, dresses, penguins, and sporadic dog breeds, I don't know what to think of this song.

    I do knot that I love it, however.
    JamieLou007on December 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm not even going to try to guess what it means...but it's still a fucking awesome song.
    phantompenguinon December 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's about modern society being too convoluted, too mechanized. The speaker(s) just want a return to simplicity because their current life is driving them insane.
    lou weedon March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love it! It's so upbeat! the lyrics don't make a lick of sense, though....mr. weed has something going though
    cloudson May 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthaha, my friend listens to this while on like, shrooms
    untied_shoelaceson August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song seriously gave me brain damage. I do not know what to think of it. All I know is that the stupid bubble sound in the background seriously drives me.
    All in all, a song that remains in your head for a long time.
    Ghizzleon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love how phonetic the Fiery Furnaces' lyrics are. They sound so good, even if you don't know what they mean. Like "clickity clattle" and "whistles whoozy", they're just fun to say and hear. It does seem like it might be a criticism of how humanity has negatively effected all other life on the planet, but then, it also might just be a really lovely way of saying noisy trains and planes are annoying..Good stuff, either way. :)
    justacrosshairon July 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI hate the livery cars that have my bird brain seeing stars,
    That drive my Doberman to drink in bars

    I think "the livery cars... seeing stars" refers to delivery cars with famous people on them. maybe "drive my doberman to drink in bars" is meant to sound like "drive my sober man to drink in bars". that's the only thing that comes close to making sense to me. Maybe the other lines have things like that, however I could be totally off.
    tidoboyoon August 25, 2010   Link

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