"Elephants" as written by and John Baldwin Gourley....
Conductor stood up and took role call
He sent love and happiness into the next car
"Are you in today?"
The bags are in and we plan no stops?
Just fearing sleeping in the box
“Are you in today?”

Who built the love?

Mayor stood up in high demand
He spoke in trash cars and garbage rails
“Are you in today?”

Found the feet won't lift the feed
Slipped to the shoes just before the bed.
Beds are empty as the throats and banks
That rise free of the cries and crimes that cry
Are you in today?

"Will there be a better place?"

Teacher stood up and took role call
Sent the boots, the coats, the caps the colors
Are you in today?

Slip into the water
Slip into them jewelry cuts
Slip into the mind the coats the caps the colors and the banks
That jail the problems that go
Are you in today?

I found gold?gold got it got it?
Pears and peaches and Doctor Hippo
Met for a drink in those marshmallow clouds
Shout at pavement that's sprouting up turnips
Who are shouting right back,
“We don't need your lectures”


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"Elephants" as written by John Baldwin Gourley

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    General CommentWow all you guys are totally wrong.
    This song is deff. about mushrooms.
    Theres a few gimmics

    The bags are in and we plan no stops.
    Are you in today?
    Sent the boots, the coats, the caps the colors.
    I found gold?gold got it got it.
    Slip into the mind the coats the caps the colors and the banks
    And then then
    Pears and peaches and Doctor Hippo
    Met for a drink in those marshmallow clouds
    Shout at pavement that’s sprouting up turnips
    Who are shouting right back,
    talking about the trip.
    Evan Gilliardon December 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentok i could see the divorce thing a little but a few things didnt quite make sences but i love brompton's thought that its a metaphor for dying. you have great evidence and the part about fearing sleeping in the box really jumps out at me with the coffin theory. the end needs a little more help but it fits better than the divorce ending. im not so sure about the conductor being a preacher. maybe he just playes the role of "death" and you are on the train to heaven (or hell) and sending love and happiness to the next car could be he is reasuring everyone that they will be fine because most would probably be in a panic (that is if they died suddenly and were not sure if they were alive) those are my thoughts. and true it might be drugs, (which im sure they were super high when they wrote it) but i used to do a lot of shit too and i've gone on "god trips" and the things you think about are beyond your sober mind. it is possable for portugal trip in metaphor ha ha
    4estbeston July 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst in response to "accidental messiah",

    I can't even begin to see how "Pears and peaches and Doctor Hippo, Met for a drink in those marshmallow clouds" is a reference to marriage counseling. Everything you said is wrong dude.

    Its disgusting how far you're trying to stretch the meaning of a good song, trying to make someone's artistic vision relate to your lame-ass life.

    Just because you have some kind of issue with divorce doesn't mean this song has anything to do with it.

    Now as far as this song, its just cool prose and it doesn't have a bunch of deep hidden meanings in it. These guys write pretty dense, strange lyrics a'la the Blood Brothers. Its just P.TM's scrambled artsy take on life... if you want dramatic lyrics about divorce, listen to some teeny-pop screamo band. They'll help you out.
    minus_the_herdon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHAHAHA.
    I have no problem with divorce whatsoever. I'm not trying, at all, to change anyone's "artistic vision" [Where do you get off, by the way, saying anything about anyone's artistic vision?] to fit my "lame-ass life". And I never said anything AT ALL about it actually being about divorce. Just that, because the lyrics are vague, allowing it to be interpretted in many different ways, it reminded ME of a divorce.
    The "Pears and peaches and Doctor Hippo, Met for a drink in those marshmallow clouds" thing was a fleeting thought at 12:45 AM. Divorcing couples tend to go out for drinks with lawyers, during the proceeds, as bars are generally considered neutral territory. At the time, in my head, this made alot of sense.. it doesn't make much sense anymore.
    I clearly stated that I was sure I was wrong. But I felt like giving my opinion because I was bored and sleep deprived.
    As far as listening to "teeny-pop screamo" obviously, if I wanted that I'd listen to it. I'm not up nights just SEARCHING for songs about cliche goings-on, but, sir, sometimes things just click in your head, even if they don't really make all that much sense.
    Get over youself. You are way too condescending for your own good, man.
    accidental messiahon July 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with accidental messiah.. its a big metaphor.. the conductor being the marriage conselor "stood up and took role call" made sure both husband and wife were there.. "he sent love and happiness into the next car" he was trying to help them renew their love for the future.. "the bags are in and we plan no stops" basically they were gonna see it through til the end.. "just fearing sleeping in the box" usually through counsenling the two are seperated, and the box possibly being a own room hotel room
    xheyshortyxon July 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with accidental messiah.. its a big metaphor.. the conductor being the marriage conselor "stood up and took role call" made sure both husband and wife were there.. "he sent love and happiness into the next car" he was trying to help them renew their love for the future.. "the bags are in and we plan no stops" basically they were gonna see it through til the end.. "just fearing sleeping in the box" usually through counsenling the two are seperated, and the box possibly being a own room hotel room
    xheyshortyxon July 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsorry for the double comment.. i also meant ONE room hotel room***
    xheyshortyxon July 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell, accidental messiah, you pretty much just solidified your position as my future baby daddy with that response.

    why anyone feels the need to write off someone else's interpretation of a song is beyond me. imo, portugal the man hardly ever makes sense anyway, and are just singing strings of lyrics they threw together, so i commend anyone who can find some sort of meaning in their songs.
    willworkforchanelon August 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti can't even begin to decipher half of johns lyrics. i just let it be haha.
    merengue pieon October 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhatever this song means, its my favorite!
    i love Casey Bates (Gatsbys American Dream)'s ending.
    arielolon January 02, 2008   Link

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