If I say too bad
I'll take a lesson in my head
I've got to have till I am dead

Now I've got these chores
And I'm never going to hurt no one
And when at last my work is done

If I (x9)

If I say too bad
I'll take a lesson in my head
I've got to have till I am dead

Now I've got these chores
And I'm never going to hurt no one
And when at last my work is done

If I (x36)

I only want the time
To do one thing that I like
I want to get so stoned
And take a walk out in the light drizzle
At the end of the day
When there's no one watching

At the end of the day
When there's no one watching


Lyrics submitted by mcmonsoon, edited by SnowIsGone

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  • +6
    General CommentI like that they use the word "chores"
    Kind of reminds me of all the chores we had to do as kids. And how adult jobs are just a continuation of that.
    the word "Chores" also has a negative connotation. No one really likes doing chores. Likewise, we don't always like our daytime jobs, but we take on the responsibility, and do our part to keep the economy flowing.

    I think it's a very humble song too.
    "I only want the time to do one thing that I like."
    He's willing to give up almost all of his time doing these chores if he can just have a little time to himself to get stoned and go for a walk alone. Fucking beautiful.

    While the lyric is definately "stoned," I don't the song is trying to glorify drugs. The lyric "when there's no one watching" implies that he just wants to be alone and at peace, not start a fucking riot or a party.

    So basically, if you're a contributing member of society, and you're not trying to stir up trouble, you should be allowed to do what you want (whether it's getting stoned or going sailing).
    sgr7447on August 09, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General Commentedit the lyrics with:

    If I say too bad
    I'll take a lesson in my head
    I've got have till I am dead.

    Now I've got these chores
    Now I'm never going to hurt no one
    And when at last
    My work is done

    I only want the time
    To do thatr thing that I like
    I want to get so stoned
    And take a walk out in the light drizzle.
    At the end of the day
    When theres no one watching.

    Its not going to happen.


    --taken from the Strawberry Jam booklet
    millyme!on September 20, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think basically the point they are getting across is this is about a man who is working hard every day, and is getting slightly irritated with it. All this guy wants to do escape when no one is around so he can finally be by himself and finally get a chance to chill.

    Finally being away from mainstream society, and all the things that it bring.
    ieatspoonson August 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti can't explain what animal collective does to me.

    i want to marry each and every one of their songs. and die from choking on them. and then be buried in them.
    blueoftheskyon September 11, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou should probably wash your mouth out now. You sound just like a greasy scene kid
    blahblah123123on September 11, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti'm sure it's "and i'm never gonna hurt no one" rather than "and i'm not gonna hurt no one."

    just puttin it out there.
    clouds1on June 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti definitely think this is about the stresses of everyday life and how all you want is to escape and relax. slow down time and just take a moment for yourself with no one to bother you. specially how the tone changes when he says "At the end of the day When there's no one watching", the mood throughout the beginning is fast pace meaning everyday life and the ends peacefully with you taking the time to relax.
    11111122222on July 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it means, I want to be the one that will finish the work of the world, and then bask in the feel of utter completion and freedom. With every step a modest "you're welcome."
    CaseyEclecticon July 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a guy who wants to get all his chores done so he can go outside when no one is watching and get stonned.
    handshakedrug213on July 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"So basically, if you're a contributing member of society, and you're not trying to stir up trouble, you should be allowed to do what you want (whether it's getting stoned or going sailing)."

    I agree with that.

    There's a drug reference in nearly all of their songs.
    rellioon August 21, 2007   Link

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