"We Are All Animals" as written by and Alan/swinnerton Donohoe....
We are the animals,
Who have lost our hair.
Retained some of our teeth,
And gained a choice

We'll chase food, money and sex,
Until satisfied.
And when its time to rest,
Ask 'whats next?

We are all animals [Repeat: x4]

Well its hard enough to retain control,
When our instincts are egging us on,
With biologists and chemists reducing our souls,
To four letters
And when we think about it,
We're like a masterpiece,
Whose glimpsed, the artist?

We are, the machines,
Carrying our various genes.
Then discarded,
When the job is done.
We are the disciples,
Who have lost our way.
Kicked from our pedestal when Darwin burnt the book

We are all animals [Repeat: x4]

Well its hard enough to retain control,
When our instincts are egging us on,
Biologists and chemists reducing our souls,
To four letters
Will genes replace Genesis?
We're like a masterpiece,
Whose glimpsed the artist?

We like to think we're at a special place, the stars revolve around the human race,
But we're just mammals, just, primates
Like chimps or guerrillas
We see the hair on our face,
And look at another primate,
You and I, we relate


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"We Are All Animals" as written by James Horn-smith Alan Donohoe

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    General CommentAgain a lyrical masterpiece...

    underlining the behaviour of large chunks of society like animals, and still thinking we are superiour

    "We like to think we're at a special place; the stars revolve around the human race,

    I get the impression these guys may like the old theory of evolution :)
    but we're just mammals, just, primates..."
    sandimanon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think these lyrics raise the issue of people believing God created the world as it's told in the Bible, and scientists revealing that we actually evovled from animals. It can be seen in the line: "Will genes replace Genesis?"
    Manchineon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree, this is about evolutionnism and the place of mankind in evolution.

    "Kicked from our pedestal when Darwin burnt the book"
    The habitual Genesis/evolutionnism dilemma, the burnt book being the Bible.

    "with biologists and chemists reducing our souls,
    to four letters..."
    Refers to DNA (letters TAGC) and the fact that our mind is only a succession of electro-chemical reactions in our body.
    ARRGon April 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWonderfully conceived song in my opinion
    rapiston April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is a lyrical masterpiece, from one of the most under-rated indie bands of the century - man these guys beat those northern Monkeys hands down!
    PompeyOon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjust
    PompeyOon October 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyer there is a real sense of hopelessness in this song, and resignment to the theory of evolution, though, of course it is just a theory! there is a yearning for something more which i like, the last few lines are great, 'we see the hair on our face/ And look at another primate/You and I we relate...' the way he reduces our actions to that of just normal animals is interesting- I see hair- We relate- Let's have sex etc. Personally I think he underestimates the human race though...
    TragicAnatomyon March 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"TragicAnatomy" is a perfect example about what this song is about: That we think we know it better than other people, when in fact, we are not wiser. Evolution is a theory like the one that the Earth revolves around the sun. People always think "theory" means that it's a mere idea or suggestion rather than a proven fact.

    The song is pretty clear actually and deeply philosophical, realizing, that we are not special but not trying to explain or wish or believe it away but to accept it and say, "Well, who cares. We are just animals, live with it and enjoy life."

    It reminds me of a Travis' B-Side called "We are monkeys" which has a similiar theme: songmeanings.net/…
    SoWhyXon July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEr, a fact is something proven, prove evolution to me and then stop being so condescending, SoWhyX.
    deltasunlighton February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI lvoe this song...
    Too bad they broke up :(
    I was hoping to see them live, too!
    skyyscraperon October 29, 2009   Link

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