"Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts" as written by and Spencer Kyle Krug Arlen Thompson....
I got a hand
So I got a fist
So I got a plan
It's the best that I can do
Now we'll say it's in God's hands
But God doesn't always have the best goddamn plans, does he?

I ain't quite the beauty
Pulls out two guns and shoots at the pretty, pretty pure white--
Gotta keep thinking, things, hunters and kings
To block out the view, I gotta get
New bell to ring
New song to sing
A steady hand to ring
A readiness of things I do
I gotta get a new plan to bring to the people
People I can trick them into thinking anything
Oh rust it just right in the light
It's gold, it's gold

I got
Water and holes in my hands
I'm a digger of holes in the land
It's the easiest way
And you know
It's the easiest way
So I go

Lalalalalala

I got water and I got holes, so
Lalalalalala
Sons and daughters of hungry ghosts
I got water and I got holes, so
Lalalalalala
Sons and daughters of hungry ghosts

Lalalalalala

I got a hand
So I got a fist
So I got a plan
It's the best that I can do
Now we'll say it's in God's hands
But God doesn't always have the best goddamn plans, does he?

I can't believe in the guns
I can't believe in the view

I sing, sing
Lalalalalala

I can't believe in those hunters and kings

I got a new plan to bring
I got a new song to sing
And it goes
Lalalalalala

And you know it's the easiest way


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"Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts" as written by Dan Boeckner Arlen Thompson

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  • +2
    General Commentthat line "god doesnt always have the best god damn plans does he" is the best line on this album
    mcscumbagon December 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThere are at least three Modest Mouse references in this song, and I just noticed them all at once today.

    "Pulls out two guns and shoots at the pretty, pretty pure white"
    Cowboy Dan.

    "to block out the view"
    The View.

    "I got water and I got holes,"
    "I'm a digger of holes"
    Ugly Casanova's Diggin' Holes In Water is not on any albums, but was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studios
    BlueCadetThreeon February 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it might be "Now I would say it's in God's hands, but..."
    miles11on September 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThanks. Cokemachineglow.com has got a really good interview (cokemachineglow.com/feature/interview/…) with Spencer Krug and they've talked a bit about this song:

    CMG: Like, what’s a “Hungry Ghost”?
    SK: It’s – ok I’m going to forget the details now, so I’m going to sound kind of dumb…But in one particular Buddhist religion – and don’t ask me why I referred to something Buddhist – but there are these neat characters in Buddhism that are these tortured characters. They symbolize one of the levels of Hell. I forget the name for it – but there are a bunch of different levels of Hell, and one of them is this level where hypocrites and liars go; not the worst sins, sort of middle-ground punishment. And when they get there, they turn into hungry ghosts, that’s the best translation for it. And hungry ghosts are always thirsty, and always hungry. They’re sort of like that character Tantalus in Greek mythology: he can’t eat or drink, but he’s always hungry or thirsty. And these ghosts, they have really tiny throats, so if they try to eat, it chokes them and they die, because they only have these little straws for throats. I THINK that when they drink water it turns into fire.
    CMG: That happens to my grandfather.
    SK: Yeah, so Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts is addressing my own generation, I guess. Insatiable thirsts, and hunger for whatever…
    artbloton October 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHoles could also be graves, specifically, your own grave.
    artbloton October 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs for the line about god's plans, the previous line is "Now we'll say it's in God's hands" which is just a platitude, like saying good luck. I think that they're saying if you leave it up to god, don't expect everything to work out. After all "god helps those who help themselves".
    And if they are atheists, how is that relevent? It doesn't detract from what they're trying to say, and they don't have an obvious religious agenda, for or against, so take it for what it's worth. Too many many good bands get claimed by one side or the other and it's pointless- so think for yourself and look at what they're saying, not if they ascribe to the same religious views as you.
    justaguy81on February 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningSpencer's words on this song...

    CMG: "Like, what’s a 'Hungry Ghost?'"

    Spencer Krug: "It’s — ok I’m going to forget the details now, so I’m going to sound kind of dumb…But in one particular Buddhist religion — and don’t ask me why I referred to something Buddhist — but there are these neat characters in Buddhism that are these tortured characters. They symbolize one of the levels of Hell. I forget the name for it — but there are a bunch of different levels of Hell, and one of them is this level where hypocrites and liars go; not the worst sins, sort of middle-ground punishment. And when they get there, they turn into hungry ghosts, that’s the best translation for it. And hungry ghosts are always thirsty, and always hungry. They’re sort of like that character Tantalus in Greek mythology: he can’t eat or drink, but he’s always hungry or thirsty. And these ghosts, they have really tiny throats, so if they try to eat, it chokes them and they die, because they only have these little straws for throats. I THINK that when they drink water it turns into fire."

    From an interview did. Can find the full version here: cokemachineglow.com/feature/2439/…
    MaxpowerSupremeon July 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure that "I can't believe in those other things" is actually "I can't believe in those hunters and kings." Maybe a commentary on world leaders and they're willingness to fire first and ask questions later?
    Diamond Bollockson October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the lyric in the second verse is:
    Pulls out two guns and shoots at the pretty, pretty view
    I gotta keep thinking, things, hunters and kings

    thanks for the interview
    nadia1on October 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo at the risk of being the guy that thinks everything is about world leaders and war... I'm going to agree with Diamond Bollocks and say my best guess is the song is about our leaders and war.

    My best guesses:
    He's calling some leaders hungry ghosts because they have an insatiable thirst for power just like the hungry ghosts he described are always hungry and thirsty
    "So I got a fist / So I got a plan" points to war.
    Hunters and kings sounds like power hungry world leaders as Diamond points out.
    Talk of new plans for the people and tricking people etc..
    Digger of holes in the land == bombs? Not sure on that one.
    aoeuhntson October 11, 2005   Link

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