"Laminated Cat" as written by and Jeffrey Scott/o'rourke Tweedy....
Springtime comes and the leaves are back on the trees again
Snipers are harder to see my friends
Weeding out the weekends

Summer comes and gravity undoes you
You're happy because of the lovely way the sunshine bends
Hiding from your close friends
Weeding out the weekends

Candy left over from Halloween
A unified theory of everything
Love left over from lovers leaving
Books, they all know they're not worth reading
It's not for the season

When autumn comes you sit in your chair and you stare
At the TV square
Hiding in the deep end
Weeding out the weekends

Winter comes and the days all start late
There's motion on the boughs where the dark shapes prowl
Feeling out the feelings
Feeling out the feeling

Candy left over from Halloween
A unified theory of everything
Love left over from lovers leaving
Books, they all know they're not worth reading
They're not worth reading


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"Laminated Cat" as written by Jim O'rourke Jeff Tweedy

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    General CommentThis is a reworking of the Wilco song (cut from "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) "Not for the Season." I think it's an expression of time passing and not much changing. The words are kind of depressing, but there's a kind of unexplainable hope in there.
    Michialon January 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song means to me that Jeff Tweedy is a freakin' genius. It's a very simple song, but the way he can turn it into something so complex and meaningful, even at a solo show with just him and his (magical!) guitar, is just amazing. This particular songs is a great example of how he just balances darker more contemplative aspects with the lightness of things like the seasons and "candy leftover from Halloween."
    melissssaon April 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love the first two verses of the chorus:
    "Candy left over from Halloween
    A unified theory of everything"

    It's like what's clearly not important and utterly material (and even traditional, as the Halloween festivity in the USA) can develop into a metaphysical riddle -just because the day is cloudy and you're sitting in front of the TV doing nothing.
    The song articulates that two registers, the little everyday stuff and the elaborated thoughts, as seasons pass.
    wadajoon August 18, 2012   Link

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