"Panda Bear" as written by and Adam R. Young....
I'm moving to Tokyo
'cause I'm tired of San Francisco
My contracts are finally void
And I am getting out
On houses and building tops
I swallow the beams and sundrops
If my echos could reach your ears
Then I could save my calls
What happens when I'm above
The east river when you are in love
We're staring at all these lights
And I am going blind

Fill all of the navy yards
With hard working security guards
'cause the numbers are wearing off
My plastic access cards
How can I begin to say
I feel better off when we stay
In Paris on winter nights
Beneath the snowy veil
Content like a panda bear
Still breathing the fresh mountain air
I'll put on a diving tank
And sing when I inhale



Lyrics submitted by robs99

"Panda Bear" as written by Adam R. Young

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Panda Bear song meanings
Add your thoughts

6 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentPanda Bear is perhaps one of Adam Young's darkest songs. To understand why, you've got to understand that you should never strap on a diving tank unless in the water, because too much oxygen can and will kill you. This song is about someone about to commit suicide, judging from "I'll strap on a diving tank, and sing when I inhale..." He's inhaling purified oxygen to which prolonged exposure means death, or perhaps it's a metaphor for a just-as-lethal method. He's "content like a panda bear" because he's wrapped up everything in his life worth finally doing; he remembers the time he spent in Paris with an unknown companion in a "snowy veil."

    Oh, and think about the first lines of both verses. They both describe actions of retreating from life; it's like he's wrapping up everything before he takes the plunge.

    Arbieleonon November 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorites. : )
    Alysennon June 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorites. : )
    Alysennon June 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so summery and fun!
    music_is_my_life001on June 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan anyone tell me what this song means?
    sillygirl3112000on December 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentContent like a panda bear,
    Still breathing the fresh mountain air.. <333
    dreamsdontturntoduston March 29, 2012   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain