"Bright Paper Werewolves" as written by and Robert E. Jr. Pollard....
C'mon polluted eyeballs
Stop scouting out the field
Jump up bright paper werewolves
And everybody everywhere

Anyone can scratch
And anyone can win
So bring out another batch

They want to get out of here
But they can't find the exit
They cling to the cinema
And they can't find security
Then they finally got recognized
So they left in obscurity and misery

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"Bright Paper Werewolves" as written by Robert E. Jr. Pollard

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    Song MeaningIt's obviously about being somewhere like a 7-11 with a hang-over (I'm guessing11am-noon on a Saturday) and staring at women and also noticing how quietly desperate the lives of the people around you are.

    I'm trying to help you guys but you gotta meet me half-way.
    TedPikulon September 28, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationA werewolf is something that's scary. adding the descriptions of paper -something that can symbolize fragility- and brightness -something that may mean "showing off"- makes me think he is trying to refer to someone who wants to appear intimidating yet maybe inside they are fragile, broken? maybe?
    The second verse has this high tone of sarcasm: "so, bring another batch". Almost referring to them as if they're the type of people that like to dream about winning the lottery and obsessively buy tickets as a routine.
    In the third verse he continues to pound on the "dreaming" feature of these people he's describing. Movies, or the movie industry tend to portray something somewhat detached from reality. He makes it obvious then by saying that their dream is to leave the place they live in, or maybe the type of life they have. Finally they hit "the lottery", and leave, but with a sour and bitter taste of emotion.
    I tend to believe he's maybe referring to fellow musicians with a different attitude than Guided by Voices has towards the music world. Musicians who are shallow and focus on the financial success-side of the industry. They dream, but it's a dream that even if you could reach it with success, at the end it may leave you in a dark place.
    kidnapper777on October 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThat's not true at all. Only the first verse is like that, and I'm doubting it's just a word collage.
    PhilipWithOneLon November 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about the desperate people who blow all their money on lottery cards. Anyone can scratch, anyone can win.
    lordoverstockon May 08, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis is a word collage. It is meaningless.
    Erodeoon March 01, 2011   Link

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