"The Rabbit, the Bat, and the Reindeer" as written by and Scott Mcmicken Toby Leaman....
Well, I don't want a thing to do with you kind
And I ain't got no time to kill on your dime
Strung up, hanging 'round
Looking like you're upside down

Well, I ain't wanting to shed no blood, that's your crime
And I ain't wanting to sling no mud, I clean it up
You ain't what I'd call a friend
I wouldn't even if I could pretend
Man, you ain't like anybody else

As night becomes the sun to rise
As dirt becomes the butterflies
As sure as though it always seems to stay the same
And I'll be waiting anxiously
And I'll be falling fast asleep
And I'll be dreaming of the day the dream died
Uh huh

No sticks, no stones could break my bones like you can
If I knew hate, I'd call it love for you, man
High up on the hill, cheaper than a dollar bill
Man, you ain't like anybody else

Should we pretend that it's the end?
Are you my curse or are you my friend?
And if we got hit to the end of the road
Will you be there to carry my load?

I'm getting it back with that terrible feeling
My vision is cracked, but it looks like it's healing
I'm getting it back like it's four in the morning
When the sun only shines as if it's giving a warning
I'm getting it back with the rest of the leap year
I'm keeping the rabbit, the bat, and the reindeer
I'm getting it out, whatever I've gotta keep in
I'm telling the truth, said it don't win with pretend
Should we pretend?
Should we pretend?
Should we pretend?


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"The Rabbit, the Bat, and the Reindeer" as written by Toby Leaman Scott Mcmicken

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    General CommentI think this song describes the epitomine love hate relationship. They can destroy you like no-one else but then make you feel alive like no-one else. It's one of those marvleous oxymoronic kind of things.

    Whatever it's about, it's an effing brilliant tune!
    josie303on July 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with josie about the love hate thing. i dont care what it's about though, i'm going to listen to this song forever. some idiot from Pitchfork (online review) called Fate a "survivor album." FREAKING IDIOT THIS MUSIC ROCKS!!!!!
    ShawneeChildon August 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTHE RABBIT (Easter)
    THE BAT (Halloween)
    THE REINDEER (Christmas)
    terriblyvexedon August 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe little piano arpeggio at 0:55 is why I love Dr. Dog. All their songs are interspersed with so many perfect little notes that you only notice on the tenth listen.

    Or at 2:54, when the bass finally changes. Beautiful.
    AlfieParkon September 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song really reminds of feelings of perceiving some kind of entity and also really has a Jesus vibe. Dr. Dog are masters of writing songs that are vague and well written making them really accessible and open to interpretation.
    but seriously, Jesus references abound. They always write spiritual songs that aren't gospel. Also draw a pair of rabbit ears, bat wings and reindeer antlers. Damn I could write a thesis on this song.
    parkerpathwalkeron December 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is full of metaphors referring to sobering up. Particularly the part at the end, "I'm getting back with that terrible feeling", for example. "My vision is cracked but it looks like its healing". Four in the morning, about the time you start to sober up if you've been drinking all night. The bat refers to the bacardi logo, the reindeer refers to the Jagermeister logo, and I'm sure the rabbit is some other type of liquor or maybe beer. That's my theory anyway
    MTalbot25on July 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's obviously about the sad state of politicians, and how they pander to us "normal" people, but in the end, they "ain't like anybody else". References to "the hill" and dollar bills continue to make me feel like this is about keeping hope for the day when a truthful, real politician will come along, and it seems even more relevant in this election year.
    freebert248on September 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like a support song for Barack with all the "same" and "change" discussion in the song.
    freebert248on September 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentScott said at a concert I went to that this was "an exercise in hating someone". It's a song about hating someone. He said it probably doesn't sound like a hate song because he doesn't actually hate anyone, which is why it's an "exercise".
    mattwood24on October 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis was so good live!
    byrd06on October 21, 2008   Link

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