This house is sad,
Because he’s not
inside it

Where does he hide
When someone comes,
To the front door

There’s no one, there’s no one, there's no one, no one
There’s no one, no one, there’s no one, no one,
There’s no one, no one, there’s no one, no one,
There’s no one, no one, there’s no one to say meow, kitties,
Meow, kitties,
Meow, kitties,
Meow, kitties,
Meow


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Leaf House song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentOn the radio today there was nothing but animal collective on this one station and I heard this song twice, which made me think of what this song is about... If anyone has read House of Leaves, I think that's where a lot of this song came from. Besides the obvious (the name), the lyrics:

    This house is sad,
    because he's not inside it...

    In the book the characters get obsessed with a house that has a labyrinth inside it and they explore it. One of the main characters Navidson wants to forget about it but can't and always returns to try and figure out how it works or why it's there. It breaks up his family and ruins his life.

    There's no one, there's no one, there's no one
    There's no one, there's no one, there's no one...

    Everyone that enters the labryinth feels a sense of something waiting to attack, they just never actually see anything. This might be what they were telling themselves.(?)

    Meow, kitties
    Meow, kitties...

    In House of Leaves Johnny Truant says Zampano always had cats around him, and he was always wondering why.

    If anyone has read the book I'm talking about, let me know what you think. Maybe I'm just over thinking this because of some stuff I was smoking but I thought this was pretty cool!
    ChrisSquarepantson January 19, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH ANIMAL COLLECTIVE BEING SO AWESOME DAMNIT!
    ?
    slinkstersarson February 28, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSorry to be the typical stoner kid, but this song is amazing high hehe
    Bokonism101on May 13, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti can honestly get HIGH off this music alone...its so inspirational.
    slow_down_the_worldon October 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite Animal Collective song.
    (KITTIES!)
    rudexgirlon March 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentin the beginning of the song, they're chanting
    'I love you' you have to listen pretty close, b ut I KNOW that they're saying "i love you' in the beginning 15 seconds.
    visitingfriendson July 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentand you have nothing better to do with your time than declare the the supposed lameness of musical artists on the internet??

    THAT's pretty lame.
    bluegrassishon October 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthas anyone thought this might be referring to the book "house of leaves" by mark danielewski?
    horatiion March 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI checked the booklet for this CD and it says "All tongs were mixed by Rusty, Panda, and Avey at Green Leaf House in January 2004" Might be an influence for the title.
    meeblaxon June 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it's about a person who hasn't left their house in a long time because they're in mourning over their dead cat who they can't converse with anymore.
    love_is_freeon December 17, 2009   Link

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