"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

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"Panda Bear" as written by Adam R. Young

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

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