"Climbing the Walls" as written by and Mike Gibson John Crist....
I can't talk, I got to go
Don't call me back, I won't get the door
Got to focus on the job
'Cause I got a new job climbing the walls

I was grinding my teeth, I was wasting my youth
And using up my teeth
Now I'm done chewing my nails
Hanging my head, chasing my tail
It got so bad I quit my job
Then I got a new job climbing the walls

Too much junk, too much junk
Can we please clear out this house?
In the trunk, in the trunk
And then we'll take it all to the dump
Then we won't need the car
'Cause we'll stay where we are
And I'll have all this room

I got tired of pacing the floor
Sick of it all, I'm done with the floor
Walked away ever since I got a new job climbing the walls

I was grinding my teeth, I was wasting my youth
And using up my teeth
Now I'm done chewing my nails
Hanging my head, chasing my tail
It got so bad I quit my job
Then I got a new job climbing the walls

The deep end, the deep end
People talk a lot, but they don't know
They pretend, they pretend
They don't really know how deep it goes

Now I misunderstood,
Thought the wall was just good
For staring blankly at

I got tired of pacing the floor
Sick of it all, I'm done with the floor
Walked away ever since I got a new job climbing the walls

Now I'm done chewing my nails
Hanging my head, chasing my tail
It got so bad I quit my job
Then I got a new job climbing the walls
Got a new job climbing the walls
Got a new job climbing the walls



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"Climbing the Walls" as written by Mike Gibson John Crist

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is almost certainly a reference to Franz Kafka's book "The Metamorphosis." In the play, Gregor Samsa, who is incredibly overworked wakes up one morning to find that he has been transformed into a giant cockroach.

    Like the opening line of the song, Gregor's initial concern is his inability to speak and therefore answer when his parents and boss come to his door. He also cannot open the locked door for him.

    Throughout the story, Gregor discovers that he can find solace through climbing on the walls of his room. He also realizes that he doesn't really need any of his old things, and would be happier in an empty room, hence the lines about getting rid of his old junk.

    Finally, the last verse speaks of how people (i.e. Gregor's family) "talk a lot, but they don't know." This refers to his family's constant discussions about him that regarding him as completely unintelligent, while in reality he has retained all of his cognitive function. They don't realize how deep his deprivation of human contact has eaten away at him by the end of the book.

    It is not unlikely that They Might Be Giants would write a song about a book by Kafka. They have a habit of writing intellectual songs, and songs referring to literature.
    Wilduckon November 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Narrator got fed up wasting his life with is pointless, meaningless job so he quits. Like most people who hate their jobs, they think it'd be great to be able to just do nothing. But now he realizes that not having a job and doing nothing can drive you absolutely crazy, which is what is happening to him. His "new job" is "staying at home going crazy", metaphorically speaking.
    The "Too much junk..." verse refers to him being so bored that he starts cleaning the house (as some people tend to do) to keep him busy...like you just flip out and go damn we don't need this, and this and that, what are we doing with all this junk? Basically he becomes obsessive/compulsive to deal with his boredom/craziness.
    The "Deep end..." verse refers of course to the narrator going "off the deep end". Where some people talk about going crazy, he really is, he knows first hand what it's like now.
    whoson1st0on May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like speed addiction.
    karolallanon August 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of some kind of addiction too, made me think of pot
    IwasaScouton August 28, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI can't talk, I got to go
    Don't call me back, I won't get the door
    Got to focus on the job
    'Cause I got a new job climbing the walls

    I was grinding my teeth, I was wasting my youth
    And using up my teeth
    Now I'm done chewing my nails
    Hanging my head, chasing my tail
    It got so bad I quit my job
    Then I got a new job climbing the walls

    Too much junk, too much junk
    Can we please clear out this house?
    In the trunk, in the trunk
    And then we'll take it all to the dump
    Then we won't need the car
    'Cause we'll stay where we are
    And I'll have all this room

    I got tired of pacing the floor
    Sick of it all, I'm done with the floor
    Walked away ever since I got a new job climbing the walls
    [ Lyrics from: lyricsfreak.com/t/… might be giants/climbing the walls_20668229.html ]
    I was grinding my teeth, I was wasting my youth
    And using up my teeth
    Now I'm done chewing my nails
    Hanging my head, chasing my tail
    It got so bad I quit my job
    Then I got a new job climbing the walls

    The deep end, the deep end
    People talk a lot, but they don't know
    They pretend, they pretend
    They don't really know how deep it goes

    Now I misunderstood,
    Thought the wall was just good
    For staring blankly at

    I got tired of pacing the floor
    Sick of it all, I'm done with the floor
    Walked away ever since I got a new job climbing the walls

    Now I'm done chewing my nails
    Hanging my head, chasing my tail
    It got so bad I quit my job
    Then I got a new job climbing the walls
    Got a new job climbing the walls
    Got a new job climbing the walls
    ---

    Now we can read it!
    Dizzleson August 02, 2012   Link

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