"Coconut Skins" as written by and Damien George Rice....
You can hold her hand
And show her how you cry
Explain to her your weakness so she understands
And then roll over and die

You can brave decisions
Before you crumble up inside
Spend your time asking everyone else's permission
Then run away and hide

You can sit on chimneys
With some fire up your ass
No need to know what you're doing or waiting for
But if ever anyone should ask

Tell them, I've been licking coconut skins,
And we've been hanging out.
Tell them, God just dropped by to forgive our sins,
And relieve us our doubt.

You can hold her eggs
But your basket has a hole
You can lie between her legs and go looking for'
Tell her you're searching for her soul

You can wait for ages
Watch your compost turn to coal
But time is contagious
And everybody's getting old

So you can sit on chimneys
With some fire up your ass
No need to know what you're doing or looking for
But if ever anyone should ask

Tell them, I've been cooking coconut skins,
And we've been hanging out.'
Tell them, 'God just dropped by to forgive our sins,
And relieve us our doubt.

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"Coconut Skins" as written by Damien George Rice

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    General CommentI think all the themes are connected. My take:

    First verse: Don't give away all the secrets that will make a relationship bland and unrewarding. Basically, don't become a whipped pussy; ie- roll over and die.

    Second verse: Make brave decisions, don't just do whatever someone else tells you you can.

    Chorus: You can be a pompous asshole who thinks he knows it all, and act like you have it all figured out. You can even figure you are one on one with God, but you're just a pretentious fool.

    Third verse: You can't possibly be everything she wants, even if you try. Don't be too much of a romantic. Don't act like animal instinct is beneath you, because it's still part of you. You are most likely not having sex with her to become enlightened.

    Fourth Verse: Don't spend your whole life waiting, we're all getting older and we won't be here forever.

    The only thing I don't quite understand is the significance of coconut skins. Do people really eat, or lick, them? If so, then idk it just represents some mundane aspect of everyday life. And if not, maybe he's trying to say doing all these things is like licking coconut skins - unrewarding, not nourishing.

    ^^and that is all just my opinion, but I'm loving this song
    letterstonoelleon November 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLove the artist. Creative song. I believe it's about two choices. One choice is a steady relationship where every weakness is known and sometimes people don't measure up (i.e. the hole in his basket). The other choice is the wild life with little responsibility and a "fly by my pants" take on life. The former is scary because it involves love and commitment while the latter (which is what he decides to choose) is easy and safe. He doesn't have to answer to anyone (which is more exciting) and what's more important is he can't let anyone down.
    FatBottomedGurlon September 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about a guy that is not a good catch because he will wait until it's too late to make a meaningful life for himself. (he'll open up his heart to the one he loves when he's on his death bed) A person that licks coconut skins and hangs out is like a surfer-pot head with no motivation to do much other than that. (nothing against surfers OR pot heads)

    If the one that loves him puts all her eggs in his basket, she'll be sorry b/c his basket is faulted and she'll lose them.

    He waits for others to tell him the way life should be rather than braving the decision himself. This guy better get a reall fire under his ass or else he's going to have to use a chimney to get one there...and that's just artificial.
    17146173on December 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo be honest I think this is a rather upbeat song and isn't supposed to be at all as pesimistic as you all think. If you're not working towards something you're wasting time. Everyone's rushing around, but nobody's really being themselves and just enjoying life.

    And then come the chorus he's basically saying screw it all, next time somebody asks you tell them we've been hanging out and wasting time, and we don't need to feel bad about it or worry about anything. Hence God dropping by to relieve doubt.

    I may be way off the mark but that's what I take from it.
    Wootfeston December 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'You can lie between her legs and go looking for…
    Tell her you’re searching for her soul'

    best line of the album
    danj0on December 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust in case people are wondering--not sure if anyone has commented on it already, or if this is just common knowledge (it wasn't for me lol)--from what I understand, coconut skins is actually a marijuana reference, or more precisely a reference to rolling papers. So, "I've been licking coconut skins..." in other words, he's been rolling some joints. Haven't we all..... :D.

    Awesome song, definitely my favourite by him!
    NightsLikeTheseon June 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is this song about?? Can anyone explain it to me?
    kdavyon November 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNow I could be wrong, but i think its like 4 different stories cause they dont all seem to be connected but i could be wrong.
    chunkymonkey102on November 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBasicly, dont put your whole trust in someone untill you know for sure that it wont leave you ****** up
    flash_52on November 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't stand this song.

    It sounds like it's trying too hard.
    But I'm not sure what it's trying too hard to do.

    ..I don't know, it just doesn't sound right.
    The rest of the album so far seems good though.
    schadenfreude87on December 04, 2006   Link

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