As sweet as a plum
And lovely as dawn
Rolling its tongue over its gums
Like tiger and me
As happy as could be
Sat out on the porch
As the whole of the sky
Clouds quietly over
And it starts to cry
Softly on my shoulder
We don't want to grow up
But we have to grow up
As sad as I am
I do understand
I do understand,
It just makes me sad

My tiger my heart
We're growing apart
We're trying to be friends
But it's hard sometimes
To be friends with something
That eats butterflies
And pencil sharpeners
And i think it would be
Happier being free

My tiger my friend
My little godsend
I know someday we'll be happy again




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    General CommentDoes this song remind anyone else of Calvin & Hobbes? WHen I listen to it, I just picture this is the sad business that takes place when Calvin grows up and he finally has to let go of his beloved imaginary friend.

    If it isn't, it's still a very innocent and bitterweet song.
    lizandthecityon May 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so obviously calvin and hobbes song.

    it's too close to be coincidence. eating butterflies and pencil sharpeners?! c'mon!

    great song though!
    mali_djavaon August 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSO CUTE.

    the entire album is cute.
    elleonon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEverytime I hear "it's hard sometimes/ To be friends with something/ That eats butterflies," I can't help but laugh :)
    napasahon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJof stated in an interview that he had no knowledge of Calvin and Hobbes at the time when he wrote My Tiger My Heart.

    Nonetheless, that imagery will always stay with me.
    auguruson June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I think it's about the inevitable. Growing up, and growing apart. Loosing the glow of innocence that comes and goes with youth. The tiger could represent anything and everything that was once precious as a child, to me it sounds like a best friend that you just couldn't hang on too. In a way the tiger is childhood. (=
    PhonyPonyon September 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I always thought the tiger represented childhood as well. This is one of my favourite songs, it's so sweet, touching and sad. The Boy Least Likely To capture childhood thoughts and feelings so beautifully.
    CaughtYourRainbowson April 19, 2007   Link

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