step out of your skin
put it in a jar
i thought they were my friends
but they were cannibals

where should i begin
telling you what i am?
I'm a normal alien

we thought we were alone
but we had just started
we thought we left home
but we never departed
there's poison in the air
but we don't care

tell you what I'll do
we can fall in love
take me home with you
I'll do what you want

put me in a lab
splice all of my genes
we can fall in love again

we thought we were alone
but we had just started
we thought we left home
but we never departed
there's poison in the air
but we don't care
(x4)

we don't care (x4)
but we don't care, don't care (x4)
but we don't


Lyrics submitted by linzebra, edited by Torpedo69

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    General Commentim pretty sure its put me in a lab, splice off all my genes. but maby im wrong its hard to tell
    trickyboarder93on March 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeah I think that makes much more sense too. Does anyone have any ideas on what the song is about?
    I think it could be about how we think we're making progress with science (splicing genes for example), and that everything that's new is better, without thinking about the negative (side) effects. Experimenting with nature, modifying it, "improving" it to what we like it to be, making everything artificial (alien). And even though we know it can be bad (poison in the air) we ignore it (we don't care). Maybe thinking we've come a long way in gaining knowledge and "perfecting" the world (we thought we left home), whilst we actually know very little, compared to all we don't know, and maybe we haven't made anything better (but we never departed), because maybe it's best to just let things be the way they are.
    I'm not sure though, as usual.

    I don't really know how this song relates to We Care. There are some links though. This one mentions "alien" and We Care mentions space ships. The songs mention caring and not caring, and being alone (we thought we were alone vs. we are alone) and the air (there's poison in the air vs. we breathe the air). There could be more links between the songs, but then I'd have to spend some more time on it.
    brainisinthedirton March 28, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionStep out of your skin, put it in a jar
    I thought they were my friends but they were cannibals
    Where should I begin in telling you what I am?
    I'm a normal alien

    We thought we were alone, but we had just started
    We thought we left home, but we never departed
    There's poison in the air, but we don't care


    Tell you what I'll do
    We could fall in love
    Take me home with you, I'll do what you want
    Put me in a lab, splice all of my genes
    We can fall in love again


    We thought we were alone, but we had just started
    We thought we left home, but we never departed
    There's poison in the air, but we don't care

    We thought we were alone, but we had just started
    We thought we left home, but we never departed
    There's poison in the air, but we don't care

    We thought we were alone, but we had just started
    We thought we left home, but we never departed
    There's poison in the air, but we don't care

    We thought we were alone, but we had just started
    We thought we left home, but we never departed
    There's poison in the air, but we don't care
    But, we don't care
    We don't care
    We don't care
    We don't care
    We don't care (don't care)
    But we don't care (don't care)
    But we don't care (don't care)
    But we don't care (don't care)
    But we don't...
    RLPon April 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn, i was about to put these up...
    gotta love this song.
    "i'm a normal alien"
    oh hell yeah!
    trixie-trashon July 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis this song supposed to be related to "we care"?
    AJL14on October 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits put me in a lab spice all of my genes
    jackdudeon April 04, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI just had a revelation.

    Maybe, this song is actually a sequel to We Care, right?

    Like, in We Care, it's the aliens tricking a human (humans?) into thinking that they can trust them, that they care, but this one is them betraying them, taking their skin, and wearing it.

    "Step out of your skin, put in in a jar
    I thought they were my friends, but they were cannibals."

    Eh? Makes sense, doesn't it?
    crazy8rgoodon January 19, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm thinking that both "We Care" and "We Don't Care" are really just about getting high or tripping. I'm still working on piecing this theory together, but it seems to make sense so far. Read the lyrics for "We Care" first. Everything in that song seems like it's about getting high except I'm still not sure what it is that they care about or what that line even means.

    I'm pretty confused about what this song (We Don't Care) means, though. But I'm pretty sure they're talking about getting high again. For example the line "we thought we left home, but we never departed" is probably talking about tripping. And the "poison in the air" is probably smoke. Maybe they smoked salvia and tripped??

    But I'm also thinking that maybe the songs are a progression. Like since "We Care" is at the beginning of the album, it's talking about them getting high and being excited about it, and then they put "We Don't Care" later in the album, so it's about them coming down from their high and maybe sitting at home on the couch with "poison in the air" and now they just don't care about anything because they're high.

    I don't really ever fully understand what MGMT is talking about, but I'm huge a stoner so I like to think I kind of see things from their point of view.
    cheezbergheron April 12, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think in this song "we" is most of the people in the world who dont care about the environment, and in the song "we care" the "we" is MGMT and the people who do care.
    lippermanon June 22, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretationwe care -is the aliens came to earth peacefully and nice.

    we dont care- then this song is next, its like the humans treated them like experiments and stuff

    i know that the songs are related and somewhat like what i explained but im sure theres more to it. but we- means the aliens, not humans. because he says 'im a normal alien', and in the song we care, its first person speaking coming to earth.
    vessellsbon June 26, 2010   Link

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