I got home this morning
With the sun right in my eyes
And there was no warning
Yes, it took me by surprise
As it hit me like an act of God
Causing my alarm
That I had not become a cephalopod
I still had legs and arms
Yes, I still had legs and arms

And today was supposed to be the day
Molecules decide to change their form
Laws of physics lose their sway
And youthful indiscretion now is suddenly the norm
With the good kids sprouting horns
Yeah, yeah

And today was supposed to be
Not just another day
Today was supposed to be
Not just another day
Was supposed to be
Today was supposed to be opposite day

Those who can't quite function
In society at large
They're going to wake up on this morning
And find that they're in charge
While those the world's set up for
Who are really doing quite well
They're gonna wake up in institutions
In prison or in hell
In prison or in hell

And today was supposed to be the day
Molecules decide to change their form
Laws of physics lose their sway
And youthful indiscretion now is suddenly the norm
With the good kids sprouting horns
Yeah, yeah

And today was supposed to be
Not just another day
Today was supposed to be
Not just another day
Today was supposed to be
Not just another day
Today was supposed to be
Not just another day
Was supposed to be
Today was supposed to be opposite day

But if you think there's something else
Well, you're right
There is, there's something else
But if you think I'm gonna tell you, think again
Why should I even think of telling you what there is
Yeah, 'cause silence is knowledge and knowledge is power
I'm under explicit orders to dare not speak it's name
Listen up, I just work here, oh, I dare not speak it's name
I can't keep talking about it, oh, I dare not speak it's name


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  • +3
    General Commentin his clever way, i think this is andrews way of saying opposite day is the kind of reality we're in. it could be a lot better and doesn't make sense at all, but here we are. and that part at the end is bird saying, im trying to help you find the answers to the deepest questions in life, but im not going to give them away. he's kind of like an angel... but more like a conduit. he's found enlightenment and now he's trying to help us get there ourselves (and great artists like andrew bird are instrumental in enriching our boring lives).
    claptonx461on March 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is partially about justice, and the lack thereof. The verse about "Those who can't quite function/In society at large" gaining power and those "Who are really doing quite well" losing all power reminds me of the Bible verse where Jesus says that the first shall be last, and the last first. But it isn't like that at all; the meek never inherit the earth and the rich never fall to ruin. Bird, in this song, is expressing disappointment and frustration that nothing ever changes, that opposite day never comes.

    The very last verse makes me wonder though. I think it implies hope? That there is justice, we just have to work for it. Or it could mean just the opposite - people refuse to acknowledge the injustice, and so it remains in the world, unchallenged. One thing about it that I think I can safely say is that, per my interpretation, it's a different voice than the narrator of the rest of the song. I get this mainly through the change in tempo and melody, which the lyrics here don't reflect, but those who know the song know what I'm talking about! So it's someone different singing that verse. Who it is or what that means, I don't know.
    thejlaron November 08, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, the last stanza references the idea that you are only in possession of the truth if you are silent. Any concept which can be conceived has a logical opposite, for duality is inherently necessary to formulate concepts, so if you think you "know" something by having some concept floating in your head, you are really creating cognitive dissonance and have strayed from true knowledge. The "something else" is something else to life, to the universal experience, other than the incessant stream of abstract input. The resulting power that one has when they are silent is the power of timelessness, the power to direct the primal action principle of the universal towards any manifested potential at this moment.
    bistro7on November 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone else get a sort of biblical end-o'-the-world feel from this song? "That I had not become a cephalopod I still had legs and arms" seems to suggest a kind of transformation like the one Milton describes coming over Lucifer and his underlings in Paradise Lost (although I don't think they were transformed into squids and mollusks).
    Also, with the less confident (read: meek) waking up to find themselves in charge (read: inheriting the earth), among a number of other references, it sounds to me like Bird is trying to describe someone's surprise at the apocalypse not happening... perhaps criticizing the notion of the apocalypse? It all sounds kind of grandiose, when I put it like that....
    Elected Potatoon March 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the part about the cephalopod is a reference to The Metamorphosis, and the idea of suddenly turning into a bizarre creature.

    I hear "Today was supposed to be just another day". There doesn't seem to be a "not" in there anywhere, although that's what the lyrics say and that's obviously what it means.
    teiladnamon May 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's from the standpoint of someone complaining about the world not comforming to what's conveniant for him. So Andrew Bird's point is, "did you really expect the world to just change for you and make you happy? Your bitching is insane because you've been living for how long and should realize that the world doesn't cater itself to you. How could you be surprised that you didn't wake up as a mollusk".
    afterbirthon September 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBEST ending ever
    bestwombat11on January 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps it's just me, but I got a pretty strong hint of Cthulhu/Lovecraft from this song. Maybe it's just the references to cephalopods, the insane, and 'dare not speak its name'. Lovecraft often mentions beings from outside of our dimension that need not follow our laws of physics. I can definitely see this song as being some by a disappointed cult member bemoaning the fact that the Great Old Ones are still asleep.
    Iakaristoon February 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes this sound like the Beatles to anyone? I kept feeling like it was influenced by them.
    troubleinharlemon August 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about opposite day.

    Ninny...
    JesusIsAfterYouon August 26, 2005   Link

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