I’ve gotta big big big heart beat, yeah
I think you are the sweetest thing
I wear a coat of feelings and they are loud
I’ve been having good days
Think we are the right age to start our own peculiar ways?
With good friendly homes
You get me freaked freaked freaked on Preakness
I’ve never met a girl that
Likes to drink with horses
Knows her Chinese ballet
I must admit you smell like fruity nuts and good grains
But could you show my purple gaze a thing or two at night?
It’d make me sick sick sick to kiss you and I think that I would vomit
But I’ll do that on Mondays
I don’t have to work away
I like it when I bump you
An accident’s a truth gate
I’m humbled in your pretty lens
I’ll hold you don’t you go
Sometimes you’re quiet and sometimes I’m quiet, Hallelujah!
Sometimes I’m talkative and sometimes you’re not talkative, I know
Well I’d like to spread your perfume around the old apartment
Could we live together and agree on the same wares
A trapeze is a bird cage and even if its empty it definitely fits the room
And we would too
And my dear dear dear Khalana
I talk too much about you
Their ears are getting tired of me singing all the night through
Lets just talk together
You and me and me and you
And if there’s nothing much to say
No silence is a bore
I’ve gotta big big big heart beat, yeah
I think you are the sweetest thing
I wear a coat of feelings and they are loud
I’ve been having good days
Think we are the right age to start our own peculiar ways?
With good friendly homes
Sometimes you’re quiet and sometimes I’m quiet, Hallelujah!
Sometimes I’m talkative and sometimes you’re not talkative, I know
Sometimes you hear me when others they can’t hear me. Hallelujah!
Sometimes I’m naked and thank god sometimes you’re naked. Well, hello
Can I tell you that you are the purple in me?
Can I call you just to hear you would you care?
When I saw you put your purple finger on me
There’s a feeling in your bottle
Found your bottle, found your heart
Gives a feeling from your bottled little part
(Stevie Wonder version)
I just called to wonder if you care
I just called one try but it was busy
I got that feeling from your bottle found your bottle
Found your heart
I’ve got that feeling from your bottled little part
Eh-oh!
Gotta crush high
Thought I crushed all I could
Crushed all I can then I crushed your hand
Crush high
Don’t want it to stop
Cause stories of your brother make my crush high bop
And you couldn’t really know cause its in my toes
And sometimes I wonder where’d that crush high go
Crush high
Then i go and take some pills
Cause I cant do all of my dose and still feel ill
You get that WOOOO!


Lyrics submitted by FuneralCatering, edited by smuckersje, sandboy, electricwrists

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  • +7
    General Commentthis is my new favorite song. such a great album.

    i think it's about being extremely infatuated with someone. and celebrating that.
    newyearsprojecton August 28, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI love this song. Its about being in love with someone, definately. Animal Collective are amazing at being cryptic yet at the same time really transparent, aren't they?

    This song is so fun to listen to, I think it's my current favourite song off Feels.

    Incidentally, does anyone know who or what Khalana is? I figured it was a name, but it doesn't appear anyone ever was named that or something? I mean, when both behindthename.com and wikipedia fail ya you know that name's gone to like 2 people in the past thousand years.

    It IS apparently a town in Iraq, though! Something tells me he's not singing about that, though. It WOULD make a hella twist to find out this was another war song, though, wouldn't it?
    Appers66on July 30, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI always find myself jumping up and down when this song comes on.
    Especially the "You get that, whoo" part.
    That part's really fun.
    Pbnjxxon May 05, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe drums in the beginning definitely sound like his beating heart.

    His obsession (or infatuation) is causing him to speak extremely fast.
    I also believe that his obsession is causing him to feel nauseous: "Make me sick sick sick to kiss you and I think that i would vomit".
    Then he says:
    "Crush high then i go and take some pills
    Cause i cant do all of my dos and still feel ill".
    I would say that the 'crush high' is making him feel sick, so he takes medicine to make himself feel better so the high will last longer.

    When the songs says, "Sometimes you're quiet and sometimes I'm quiet..." the tone of the song sounds nervous- like the feeling you get when you can't think of anything to say because you are so nervous.

    Then during and after the part: "Can I tell you that you are the purple in me?..." He speaks slower maybe because he wants tell the person how he feels without sounding too insane.

    Then at the end when he starts with, "the crush high...," the way it is sung also makes him sound really giddy to give a better idea of what the crush feels like.
    summeradolescenceon January 08, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commenttrippiest love song ever.
    =]
    leakybrainson November 24, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIs it not one of the great love songs of our time? I'd hazard to say so...
    A_Raging_Bullon July 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't think the ending is necessarily about being on coke. He uses the term "crush high" and it made me think of being a kid, and when you have a crush on somebody, and you get those butterflies in your stomach and your heart races around them even if nothing's going on.
    So when he meets this girl, he's saying he's surprised that he feels that way around her, because he thought he had crushed all he could...etc. I don't know about the pills. I'm still thinking on that one. But I guess that's my take.

    As for "I wear a coat of feelings and they are loud" those are definitely the right lyrics. You can clearly hear them in the acoustic version someone posted a link to on YouTube. I think they make a lot of sense. It's like describing colors as being loud, I like to think of the feelings as being colors on a coat, and they're bright and vibrant, etc. because he's in such a good mood around this person. As opposed to being darker or more subdued colors.
    adamanteveon August 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou guys are fucking morons talking about coke?
    crush high is just the "high" you get from having an insane crush like he does.

    and when he says..

    And sometimes i wonder whered that crush high go
    Crush high then i go and take some pills

    he is saying someitmes he doesnt get that natural "high" from the crush he has. so instead he goes and takes some pills for a high.
    enjoyyourrootson October 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn mood rings, the color for "in love" is purple. I wonder if that's where purple comes into this song?

    "can i tell you that you are the purple in me?
    can i call you just to hear you would you care?
    when i saw you put your purple finger on me"
    iheartninjason December 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat's a good thought of what the purple means. I always thought the purple had to do with what the color purple is associated with, which is romance, wisdom, mystery,creativity etc. so i thought that maybe that had something to do with "the purple in me"
    perfectdisguiseon December 30, 2005   Link

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