You bought me a rabbit to keep me company
and I'm here in my car and the rabbit's here with me
heading out highway one, respecting posted speed limits
and I tried to figure this one out but I can't find any meaning
and I'm sick and tired of trying to figure out your gestures
and I'm sick and tired of wondering what your presents mean
I'm gonna take this rabbit into Malibu
and he'll chew on sour grass while I wolf down dexadrine

the wind comes through the open window and I button my shirt
and the rabbit's riding shotgun my teeth hurt
you sent me a package marked "live animals inside"
and the sun's coming up quickly above the rising tide
and I'm sick and tired of trying to figure out your gestures
and I'm sick and tired of wondering what your presents mean
I'm gonna take this rabbit into Malibu
and he'll chew on sour grass while I wolf down dexadrine
dexadrine


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    General CommentFrom Wikipedia:
    Dextroamphetamine is a powerful psychostimulant which produces increased wakefulness, energy and self-confidence in association with decreased fatigue and appetite.
    (Dexedrine is a brand name of dextroamphetamine.)

    Make of it what you will, because I tried to figure this one out but I can't find any meaning.
    ;-)
    PureSophiston June 05, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationIn my opinion that song is about a guy recieving a rabbit as a present from a girl that is in one-way love with him. He's not overthinking about the meaning of the present (he's just sick and tired about it), while she thinks he doesn't love her because he's the terrible/perfect lonely guy (that's why he would need a rabbit to keep him company). So he has to take the rabbit with him also when all he wanted to do is taking Dexedrine lying down on a field.
    lolaroidon December 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentNow this could just as easily be a song about John getting a rabbit, but personally I took it to be a reference to a white rabbit; a motif that permeates drug-abuse related music. In an interview John gave to Marc Maron, he says that he believes that his girlfriend that he dated during his heroin and speed days was "stepping on his dose" or limiting his dose. He didn't go into detail, but if he was suspicious of her stepping on his dose, this could have led to fights perhaps. Anyway, the idea of a rabbit as a gift leads to the issues of trying to figure out what it means and him not dealing or interacting with the rabbit in any way and opting for a different drug. If the rabbit is viewed as a drug (say, a metaphor for heroin) the same issues would arise. Why would she send me drugs if she is stepping on my dose? She doesn't want me getting high one minute and she gives me drugs the next and this is all so confusing. I thought it would be genius if he meant the rabbit as a metaphor for drugs because both an actual rabbit as a gift and drugs as a gift will raise the same questions and issues for John, and the use of dexadrine only reaffirms the drug relevance of the song. But again, this could just as easily be a song about John receiving a rabbit. Love the song.
    milesawayon November 22, 2015   Link

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