the chores are done
the tractor's parked inside the barn
the cows are grazing in the field
horses in their stalls
ma's cooking up a meal
that reeks(?) from the dirt on my hands
it's on my hands

the sores and bumps on my body speak
of the work that i've done
such a long day
it'll be a long tomorrow
(is in our eyes)
long day tomorrow
the day is warm in my blue jeans
(bring the axe down
bring the axe down)
(sittin up on the crooked fence)
pull the hoe across the yard
tip my hat to nothing in particular
just glad to be so simple

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    General Commenthmm...
    not sure about those missing lyrics
    hard to tell with both voices going
    should be "ma's cooking up a meal"
    not "mean"
    wonderful song
    wish i could figure out the rest of it
    indierocker13on May 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsome help with the missing lyrics near the end...
    the back voices say
    it sounds like "from the harvest the wheat is in our eyes"

    "The day is warm in my blue jeans
    Sittin up on the crooked fence
    Tip My hat...."

    [other voice]"Bring these hooks down, bring these hooks down(?)
    Pull the hoe across the yard"

    I wish i could tell what he's saying in the screaming.
    patchrickon May 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentnice one on those missing lyrics patchrick! sounds right as far as i can tell.
    as far as anything else goes, it's "the tractor's parked ininde the barn", not "locked".
    such a great song so early in Panda's career.
    qualiaon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentinside, rather.
    qualiaon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPretty self-explanatory on the meaning... the last line says it all.
    enjoyyourrootson November 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAAAH seriously just looking at the development of panda bear's music since he was a young lad making inspiring music like this to his brilliant work on Tom Boy and with Animal Collective is quite interesting. In his early days, he uses a mix of choir-boy vocals and experimental guitars/effects to churn out gripping masterpieces that just get better and better the more one hears it; and this song in particular represents this trend quite well: his mysterious screaming vocals on top of some rather uniquely tuned wacky guitar chords just make me smile every listen. other tracks such as O Please Bring Her Back also illustrate some pretty epic acoustic guitar use along with some very emotional and inspiring lyrics. lyrics aside, the way he sings is extremely emotive: he sings the words as if its the last time he'll be able to, and does so almost hesitantly, and so it thus comes off in a weird subtly soft and boyish tone. i just love his pre-sampling days.
    AntiGravityTapeson July 13, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"tip my hat to nothing in particular
    just glad to be so simple"

    This sums up a few of Panda's songs. He talks in interviews about how he likes a laid-back life. He likes simplicity and a slow-paced environment. This song has simple lyrics that just give a pastoral image of a farmer working, and enjoying his situation. It's a sad sounding song, though, maybe because Panda doesn't really have this life. Like "Sometimes When It Hurts Bad Enough It Feels Like This", he's longing for simpler times when he was a youngin' and got to listen to Little Thinker tapes and have fun with music and drawing and being a carefree imaginative kid
    PairOFishon October 29, 2014   Link

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