"The Jungler" as written by Tim Smith, Paul Alexander, Eric Nichelson, Mckenzie Smith and Eric Pulido....
Oh it must be over there
See in the tall weed
With his head leaned by an anthill
By some water with a trumpet
Lightly sleeps the jungler

But I'm not too sure
That we'd go out like that
So when we're older maybe sooner
We'll take the fumes from factories to love us

Half important not important
Not unless you go for gusto
Maybe we could overtake him
With a trumpet
Lightly sleeps the jungler
Wakes up and there goes with the gold
But not all the gold
Safely waits in this place
And when it's clear I'll get our gold
I'll get our gold.

When we're older
We will thank the jungler
For all the gold that comes
Out our pockets


Lyrics submitted by amestheamazing

"The Jungler" as written by Eric Pulido Eric Nichelson

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    General CommentThe Jungle by Upton Sinclair possibly?
    DenverBoundon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song= new James Bond theme
    amestheamazingon November 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is probably my favorite midlake song, alongside young bride. bamnan and silvercork was such a great album.
    thewinepressson February 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is where I got my username.
    I love love love this song.
    Probably the first Midlake song I fell in love with.
    Good times.
    goforgustoon May 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSocial Security and other things..
    :>on September 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat is all fine and dandy, but does anyone know what the hell a 'Jungler' is??
    MaryMagdalenaon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe juggler is the economy.
    axiom255on October 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I hear this song I think of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I think "The Jungler" is the bosses of the factory workers that Upton references in his book. As the workers are struggling with despicable wages and conditions in these factories, more focused on the children in such factories..as there are references to age. "so when were older maybe sooner."
    these lines strike me significantly with The Jungle..
    "when we're older
    we will thank the jungler
    for all the gold that comes
    out our pockets"
    The song is all about the greed of the man "in charge" taking all of the profits for himself and then those affected theorizing about getting "him" back and giving him his just rewards for all of his petty greed. In the end it's all just ruse they play out for themselves in their heads because they couldn't actually pull any of it off as much as they hate everything that the amoral man in charge has forced upon them. If it wasn't for 'The Jungler' they may have become corrupt themselves.

    it's just a theory. :]
    but I definitely agree with DenverBound that it has to do with Upton Sinclair's book.
    indiegal5on December 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe booklet says (though 'amestheamazing' is generally correct):

    oh it must be over there see in the tall weeds
    with his head leaned by an ant hill by some water
    with a trumpet lightly sleeps the jungler

    but i'm not too sure that we'd go out like that
    so when we're older maybe sooner
    we'll take the fumes from factories to love us

    half important not important
    not unless you go for gusto
    maybe we could overtake him
    with a trumpet lightly sleeps the jungler
    wakes up and there goes with the gold
    but not all the gold
    safety waits in this place
    and when it's clear i'll get our gold
    i'll get our gold

    when we're older we will thank the jungler
    for all the gold that comes out our pockets
    IHaveReadTheBookleton December 28, 2009   Link

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