"An Animal In Your Care" as written by and Hadji Bakara Dan Boeckner....
Time after time
You will forgive me
Like an animal in your care
But give it time
You will outlive me
And take the bow back you put in my hair

Made a parade of myself in the street outside your house
For the New York photographer there
I fell for crime and I fell for beauty
I fell for you because you're the only one that cared

And when I die
You can put on costumes
In the style of the clothes I wore
And sing the songs your lover taught you
When you were too young to know that this was what they were for.

La la la la. La la la la. La la la [Repeat: x 2]

Like some dead relative
You will remember me most by my funeral
And all the beautiful toasts you made
Take back the spade
We've both been filling up our days like we were filling in a grave

You let me hang, hang, hang around
You put your ribbons in my hair
It's in this language that I found
I am an animal in your care

An animal in your care
An animal in your care
An animal in your care

It's in this language that I've found
I am an animal in your care

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"An Animal in Your Care" as written by Dan Boeckner Arlen Thompson


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    General Comment"You put your ribbons in my hair" -- reminds me of "If you ride over there they'll put bows in your hair" from "The Men Are Called Horsemen There" (Sunset Rubdown). That song seems to be about sexuality, or lack thereof, and this one definitely alludes to emasculation, with the narrator being only a pet to the subject of the song. Great tune.
    krugforprezon May 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJeez, Krug's a little more Bowie than that. Where exactly is the sexuality? It's more than likely he's using the word "pet" in a social respect, some kind of sycophant or tag-along or something, him and his girlfriend broke up. No lyrical pretentiousness to worry about, as always with Wolf Parade.
    chocobunnyon June 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think in "And sing the songs your lover taught you" there's "mother", not "lover". It would be reasonable because later on he sings "you were too young to know".
    mrs.jazzon October 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's mother all right & I also thinks it's brains instead of days for the filling up bit.

    I have to play this song at my funeral because it sums up some of my best friendships, thanks again Spencer.
    russeon October 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti keep singing "bad boys whatcha gonna do?..."
    Duckson July 06, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningDefinitely. a relationship. and a fight between the couple. and in they end up breaking up. Then in the after math they realize how much they really loved each other. And how much they depended on each other... I think.
    Dinosawron July 12, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics of this song creep down into my soul
    brokenbiscuiton March 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSeems like it's about an old musician, that you always thought would be around, dying. Perfect examples are like Bowie and Prince. The songs your mother taught you; you get older and listen again with a different ear. Shit like that.
    JoeDivisionon May 28, 2016   Link

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