Had a white and black sheltie
Had no name when we first got him
Should have taken better care of him
But he had it okay
Sorry when I get unruly
When you carry on so much I get a little tired

Hope you get over your teething
It's not easy when you feel sick
Had a sprightly walk you'd like him
When he'd keep up along your side
"Grab your bags," that's what he told us
Me and Mike looked at each other like "Whoa, what was that then?"

Derek never woke up at night
And in the morning he's ready to go
And he never had a voice like you to scream
When he wanted something
Should have been so much more willing
To help out with all the things
That a dog like him needed

What do you
See when you
See inside of me

You can count
When you count
Count on me

What do you
See when you
See inside of me



Lyrics submitted by erolsabadosh, edited by UncleHuggedMeFunny


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  • +2
    General Comment:do you think this song is about raising nadji versus raising his dog derek, the dog couldnt let him know the troubles and hes always psyched and tired at the same time where the daughter is a lot harder to keep track of? how he learned from raising the dog how to better
    Bubbloyon July 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:this album is so great.
    tcaon July 29, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:my name is Derek!
    Waqckuon September 10, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation:Here's my answer to nominal's question about what the line "Wrap your peckers what he told us. me and mike looked at each other Like, whoa what was that then?!"

    the singer is remembering something from his past that he and probably his own brother "Mike" experienced. Probably his father or grandfather or crazy uncle tells the 2 youngsters to "Wrap your peckers" / use a condom so you don't have kids when you're older. He and Mike are too young to understand what the "father-figure's" advice means and they are "Like, whoa what was that then?!". Also probably relating that if he and Mike can't even take care of their dog, then they shouldn't have kids when they're older...

    realq0464253 is right on about the song in general. the way i see it, the singer is having an internal discussion with his baby child and remembering his past growing up. The beginning of the song has a lullaby feel to it. he thinks/tells his child about the dog Derek he had and that the child would have liked it. He is comparing the child to the dog and the responsiblity of taking care of a child/dog. He apologizes to the child for getting "unruly" and "tired" or irritated when the baby is crying at night or wants something or is sick or teething or having to get it ready in the morning.

    A child is an even greater responsibility than the dog, but he is up the the task now! He looks at the infant and "asks" it, "what do you see when you see inside of me?" And then he pledges to the child that he/she can always "count on me" when you ever need to "count of me".
    tmferencakon July 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song is triumphant. the album is a triumph.
    flex.on July 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song is obviously about a dog noah had growing up.


    and it's

    "had a white and black sheltie
    i don't know when we first got him
    should've taken better care of him
    but he had it ok

    sorry when i get unruly
    when you carry on so much
    i get a little tired

    hope you get over your teething
    it's not easy when you feel sick
    had to sprightly walk you like him
    when he peed all up on your side

    grab your bed cast what he told us
    me and michael dared each other like we were posited (or something like that)

    derek never woke up at night
    and in the morning he's ready to go
    and he never had a voice like you
    to scream when he wanted something

    should have been so much more willing
    to help out with all the things that i felt like we needed

    what do you, what do you...
    see when you, see when you...
    see inside of the eye, of the eye...
    see inside of the eye, of the eye...

    you can get up, you can get up...
    when you get up, when you get up...
    count on me, count on me...
    count on me, count on me...

    what do you, what do you...
    see when you, see when you...
    see inside of the eye, of the eye...
    yousendmeon August 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:panda's comparing his daughter to his childhood dog.
    clevername is right.
    imagineiton December 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think it's clear that this is a song about a childhood dog and how it prepared Panda Bear for fatherhood, but keeping in mind that it's the last song on the album, especially following a song as dark as "Cuckoo", I think it's supposed to have some sort of deeper meaning. I've heard rumours "Cuckoo" is about a miscarriage Avey Tare and his wife had, if this is true, there is extra contrast between this song and the prior when Panda talks about fatherhood.
    I also think the "What do you/ see when you/ look inside of me" was meant to conclude the album and leave the listener with food for thought. It makes sense because the first song, peacebone, tells us that "it's not my words that you should follow, it's the indsides", if the whole album was a glance at their insides, it makes sense they'd end it by asking us what we saw.
    Peace!
    realg0464253on June 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:See inside of me
    ide of me
    ide of me
    ide of me

    Possibly?
    Kbaileyyyon December 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i think everything is right except for shar pei. it sounds too weird. but this song rules
    mcmonsoonon July 12, 2007   Link

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