Gold and Green
Red and Blue
Are the lights on the signs that line Charlotte avenue.
From the corner window, I watch the falling white flakes.
God must be carving the clouds into animal shapes.

Animal shapes, animal shapes
God must be carving the clouds into animal shapes.

We have no goodwill, no goodwill to give.
To those who try to take away the things we need to live.
Friend, this is from your friend, offa Natchez Trace.
The last dream left worth believin' starts with animal shapes.

Animal shapes, animal shapes
Nothing better get in the way of whatever it takes.

Later on, somewhere else, I said some things I didn't mean.
Yes, I know everybody's on a first name basis with the king.
From a corner window, I watch the falling snowflakes.
God must be carving the clouds into animal shapes.

Animal shapes, animal shapes
God must be carving the clouds into animal shapes (x2)


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    General CommentI absolutely love this imagery.

    Anyone have any read on "first name basis with the king"?
    higfaceon September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the king is Jesus, you know how people say jesus is their personal lord and savior. So i take those lines to mean he insulted his friend, who won't forgive and forget, and it's no consolation to the singer that jesus forgives him. the first verse has lots of christmas imagery, and the second one seems to hint he is tentatively accepting of god or spirituality, but then the king lines seem to put in doubt of that or denial in the face of real world problems. iduno could be reaching here, its only two lines so theres not alot to work with.
    enjoymywaffleson May 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about American revolution in various forms with a focus on the revolutionary war itself. The Natchez trace was a trade route in early america and was probably used surreptitiously during the revolution. I think "animal shapes" might be referencing the shapes of the states (colonies) succeeding from great britain. "God must be carving them", as Thomas Pain was denying the divine origins of the king (after the bloodline was severed by the "French Bastard" william of orange), so popular treasonous speech would be that it was god's divine will to have our own country. After all we have "nothing good to give, to those who would take away the things that we need to live" (freedom, taxes, quarrtering soldiers, involvment in foreign wars, what got us into breaking from GB). "Later on I said some things I didn't mean, I know everybody's on a first name basis with the King": 'Old fat king George', Great Britain was cracking down on treason as they were becoming aware of how pissy we were getting and talking lots of trash about King George. That's why "he didn't mean it", lol, didn't want to get strung up.

    So I think he is probably starting out in present day Nashville on CHarlotte avenue where cops are busting someone for who knows what, (perhaps a protest) and then he slips into the poetic war symbolism. Let me know what you think of the theory :)
    mothmeetsclothon July 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHe insults the king (George Bush? possible..) and people get offended. He is surprised because he doesn't think people are so sensitive to the criticism of our leaders (first name basis with the king).
    couldBanyoneon November 01, 2006   Link

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