"From the height of the highway onramp we saw,
two dogs, a-dead in a field,
Glowing on the Oakland colliseum green seats wasteland,
Dogs, dogs we thought were dead,
They rose up, rose up when whistled at,
Their rib cages inflating like
men on the beach being photographed,

A guard dog, guard dog, for what? for what?
Against overzealous penniless athletic fanatics,
Getting into games through a hole in the fence,
For the owner of the blue tarp tent,
Pitched by a creek beneath an onramp,

In the privacy, of the last three,
Skin and bony trees, devoid of leaves,
And us undeceased, and with our new CDs,
Zippin' on dead east, Oakland

It's hard to stand the sight of two dogs dead
under a sky so blue,
You have to stop the blood to your head,
to fit the breath in front of you,

We secretly long to be some part of a car crash,
Long to see your arms stripped to the tendons,
The nudity of swelling exposed vein,
webbing the back of your hand,
To be a red tendoned dog,
To be red tendoned dogs,
Blood breathing by the side of the highway

I long to be dead,
center of a curious crowd,
To be touched,
sticky like nearly dried paint,
Their soft silent stare, nursing your face,
Anticipating the slightest pinch I flinch of pain,
Everyone blank in accident awe,
as the car crash fiberglass dust,
straight up settles on your raw muscle tissue

It's hard to stand the sight of two dogs dead
under a sky so blue,
You have to stop the blood to your head,
to fit the breath in front of you,

To be a red tendoned dog,
To be red tendoned dogs,
To be red tendoned dogs,
To be red tendoned dogs,
To be dead center of a curious crowd

Against my misery I don't think I've seen my screeching pain, I can now feel what's around us. It is some sort of harmony, the harmony of overwhelming murder"

Lyrics submitted by tiredgorilla

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    General CommentThis is a great example of how cLOUDDEAD can observe and twist simple scenarios and turn them into surreal abstract metaphors and analogies for more complicated concepts.

    I agree that "It's hard to stand the sight of two dogs dead under a sky so blue" pretty clearly identifies the inherent struggle self-conscious organisms must face concerning mortality: the end of "me".

    "We secretly long to be some part of a car crash"
    -We [esp. as a society], have the desire to be a part of a spectacle, to be the center of attention to curious bystanders, strangers . . to be known and recognized, to be significant, even in a transient moment.

    Now, let's just have some fun.
    "I long to see your arms stripped to the tendons, the nudity of swelling exposed veins."
    Could this reflect also, the desire to see the 'raw' in others, an essence, something 'underneath the surface of the skin'? The raw, visceral mechanics of 'others'? To see the exposed machinery of something like you, it becomes a spectacle also. The desire to be involved in and witness spectacles is seems to be a strong motif.

    Now who has got the gonads to relate the sample of Werner Herzog's speech there back to the song?

    Also, has anyone seen or heard of David Cronenberg's 'CRASH'? This song always reminded me of it, more obviously because of the coupling of car crashes with desires....a sort of fetishizing of it..
    gummo5on March 08, 2009   Link
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    General Commentok, the first thing i noticed, is there arent actually any dead dogs in this song. They see the dogs as they're passing the oakland colliseum after buying some new shizzle. the dogs are guard dogs for some guy in a tent below the onramp, making sure no one sneaks into the games. :P.

    that's the easy part.

    the rest of the song, to me, seems to be showing the need to be acknowledged, and the center of attention. The vocalist feels the only way he can do this, is to be part of a car crash, and gettin fecked up, which would also put him out of his misery of being ignored.

    an all round cool btu disturbing song.
    Gibby_pwnz_youon September 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentya Gibby has got the beginning part right. the dogs are just laying down but guarding the coliseum - which has an whole in the fence which people try to sneak in. My interpretation of the rest: they use the dead dogs are a metaphor for what we want to be. We want to be the focus of attention, but the way we get there is the mutilation of ourselves. its like a kid who acts to gain the notice of his neglectful parents. We must seem harmed (dead dogs) to gain any kind of notice and any love. We all want people to be with us so we scar and hurt ourselves so people will feel sorry enough to take notice. That is what I feel anyway.
    s-furyon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree mostly with S-Fury, yeah. I mean, excluding the whole story about the guard dogs, assuming that this whole scenario he sets up is useless for the sake of interpretation, in short, we all want to be 'Red Tendoned Dogs,' constantly nurtured and tended to. You want to make reasons for people to notice you, to be a red tendoned dog. And the line 'it's hard to stand the sight of two dogs dead under a sky so blue' is my basis. No matter what your reasoning, any good person would never up and ignore someone in big trouble while everything else is fine.
    Jezroon June 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe imagery in this song is so good. its really hard to decipher meanings in clouddead songs, especially since they jump around to talk about different things. but the red tendoned dogs line repeated sounds amazing.
    deepspace9mmon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentquite a dark song lyrically. what all the imagery is supposed to mean is anyones guess.
    my take:
    a person is confrontend with actual death, it reminds her/him of his own mortality. the next thought is thinking about dying yrself, that's pretty much explred in the whole second verse (to be dead center of a curious crowd).

    great lyrics. great song. love it.
    proximaon August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'd agree with Proxima's interpretation.

    I mostly just wanted to add that there's no such words as "tofers ellis". The word you're looking for here would be OVERZEALOUS.

    It makes sense, you know.
    Echolalia0on November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI dont think the lyrics or general meaning are that significant in this song. but it is about death and how it feels like to confront death in the form of two dogs. but anyway, I like this song a lot.
    justlikeoldtimeson March 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPretty good transcription of the lyrics. Very close to what I hear.

    However, the last paragraph is completely off. It's actually a quote of Werner Herzog from the film Burder of Dreams. Here's what he says:

    "The birds are in misery. I don’t think they - they sing. They just screech in pain. (...) Taking a close look at - at what's around us, there - there is some sort of a harmony. It is the harmony of... overwhelming and collective murder."
    lautreamaxon August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSorry, the name of the film is Burden of Dreams. Typo.
    lautreamaxon August 17, 2007   Link

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