Young red bird
They're just natural feelings
I can't keep from changing my brains
Bending my wants with my rights
Are my friends still half right
Should I keep them separate from me
It's unclear
Then I get a cold
Can I get a light
It's a certain type of easy pace
That's what we need to make it

Come in close
I trust you
Your nose dipped in my sweat
It dripped on your beautiful sweater
Kind of nice
Should I really lie with you
I never know
When I'm on my own
Are there more important things to do
Then kiss or sleep today we gotta wake up

Then I talk to your breath and we
Enjoy the air
And I creep on your chest
To the hut I have
Where I pluck a few notes
On the strands of your hair
And I'm singing to you
What to do if I'd ask you to make funny faces
With me in the mirror of the bathroom

Know your next
You make me feel alright
Are you just like me
Never gonna pick one kind of fruit
Like a mushed banana on your tooth
And you like the sting of the cherry juice
Never eat an apple
That's just one color

Young red bird
They're just natural feelings
Like walking off to ride my bike
Or just bump into you
I haven't seen you in a week or three days
Though it really bugs me
It's nice to find new ways to smile
I keep thinking that
When you feel sad you can't pout
Cause what this song's about is me singing
I'm just wondering what to do with you myself and me
Naked in the mirror of the bathroom


Lyrics submitted by mattm2114, edited by UncleHuggedMeFunny

Flesh Canoe song meanings
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  • +3
    General Comment"For instance," says Portner, "to me the song 'Flesh Canoe' is about my relationship with Noah at a certain time."

    Lennox perks up, his eyes bulging out. "That's news to me."


    --- Excerpt from a hilarious Animal Collective Interview:
    cmj.com/articles/…
    mailboxon February 05, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is jello mixed with muscle relaxers
    Jawshuaon January 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthahaha...i read the interview mailbox is referring to. I definitely thought that a flesh canoe was a vagina...
    I love this song and the "easy pace" stage of a relationship he describes in it. It reminds me of staying in bed with someone you love, being under the sheets in the morning with the new light streaming in through the window ok I'm done
    crystalsunshineon April 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI do believe this is just his subconscious flowing. And I love it.
    howzitgoing2endon March 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know exactly how this feels
    elliottequeon August 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentflesh canoe, well this song is about how he as a man is torn from what he wants and what he needs. He's trying to see if his feelings are real, or merely created through intimacy. He is just trying to figure out what distinguishes feelings of love from lust.
    veggiespleaseon November 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me, this is an ode. it's an ode to a pretty girl, who is the young red bird.
    and yes, flesh canoe is a vagina.
    it's beautifully written, i love this song.
    birdogyceon December 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about the special relationship you have with the first person you love and have sex with. shes the young bird and they are both young and innocient and figuring each other and themselves out. and they both move on thats the part "know your next you make me feel alright are you just like me never gonna pick one kind of fruit like a mushed bannana on your tooth and you like the sting of the cherry juice never eat an apple thats just one color" and they fall in love with other people and experiment with other people but in the end that person is still always in the back of there mind and he is still trying to figure out what to do with those feelings for her.
    ohiunderstandon January 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are correct, but they are not presented correctly. As stated above, it "just his subconscious flowing." Think of it as a relationship on fast forward. The hyphens symbolize one thought.

    -Young red bird: they're just natural feelings-

    -i can't keep from changing-

    -my brain is bending my wants with my rights-

    -are my friends still half right?
    and should i keep them seperate from me?

    its unclear-

    -then i get a cold-

    -can i get a light?-

    -theres a certain type of easy pace
    thats what we need to make it..-

    -come in close i trust you-

    -your nose dipped in my sweat
    it dripped on your beautiful sweater

    kind of nice-

    -should i really lie with you?-

    -i never know when im on my own-

    -are there more important things to do then kiss or sleep today we gotta wake up...-

    -then i talk to your breath
    and we enjoy the air

    and i creep on your chest to the hut i have
    where i pluck a few notes
    on the strands of your hair

    and im singing to you
    what to do if I asked you to make funny faces with me in the mirror of the bathroom?-

    -I know your next-

    -you make me feel alright-

    -are you just like me?
    never gonna pick one kind of fruit
    like a mushed bannana on your tooth

    and you like the sting of the cherry juice

    never eat an apple thats just one color-

    -young red bird: theyre just natural feelings

    like: walking off to ride my bike

    or just bump into you

    i havent seen you in a week or three days

    though it really bugs me
    its nice to find new ways to smile-

    -i keep thinking that when you feel sad you cant pout

    cause what this songs about:
    is me singing
    im just wondering
    what to do with you myself and me naked in the mirror of the bathroom-

    Okay, so this song is about him singing and wondering...what would he do if he and this other person was in front of a mirror. Songwriters don't lie, do they?
    kyle16813on March 08, 2010   Link
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    General Commentfrom tiny mix tapes-

    The lyrics present the simple joys of exploring each other's bodies in a love affair. Tare sings, "I'm just wondering what to do/ with yourself and me/ naked in the mirror/ of the bathroom."
    emergeon January 30, 2006   Link

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