We'll feel sublime.

Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Would I complete myself without the things I like around?
Does the music that I make play on my awkward face?
Do you appreciate the subtleties of taste buds?

My friend and me were having laughs
In a living room filled with arts and crafts
He said "I like their clothes and their charming ways,
But what I really want is a simple place,
With no fashion clothes 'cause you can't eat those"

Only Ma'd pretend to like the clothes you showed to me,
Something in my heart can tell me it's a weakness,
And maybe you will have more luck playing those tasty games,
But me, I called and called and never heard from her again.

She's too good to share our favorite things,
I'll keep an open mind if you let me in.
Don't let your temper rise, don't get a bitter face.
Try not to judge me on my kind of taste.
And don't go changing clothes when they don't like yours.

Am I really all the things that are outside of me?


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  • +7
    General Commentthis song is about being yourself.. I think the "Things" outside of me are other people's judgments, not material things at all.
    "Would I complete myself without the things I like around?" I think is talking about people that the singer likes..including someone he cares about romantically.

    In the third verse it becomes clear that something is wrong with the singer and his girl. The reference to 'clothes' (which appears several times in the song) is about the image of ourselves that we present to the everyone else. So "Only Ma'd pretend to like the clothes you showed to me" is saying something about how his girl is making him show/be a different person than the one that is really inside of him. The second to last line "And don't go changing clothes when they don't like yours" sounds like advice. The singer realizes he cannot change who he is for another person (nor should he have to).
    The last line though is thoughtful...does how other people see you define who you are? I sure hope not

    I love this song and Animal Collective...try not to judge me on my kind of taste
    slaorenzon January 28, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAm I really all the things that are outside of me?
    Would I complete myself without the things I like around?
    Does the music that I make play on my awkward face?
    Do you appreciate the subtleties of taste buds?

    My friend and me were having laughs
    In a living room filled with arts and crafts
    He said "I like their clothes and their charming ways,
    But what I really want is a simple place,
    With no fashion clothes 'cause you can't eat those"

    Only Ma'd pretend to like the clothes you showed to me,
    Something in my heart can tell me it's a weakness,
    And maybe you would have more luck playing those tasty games,
    But me, I called and called and never heard from her again.

    She's too good to share our favorite things,
    I'll keep an open mind if you let me in.
    Don't let your temper rise, don't get a bitter face.
    Try not to judge me on my kind of taste.
    And don't go changing clothes when they don't like yours.

    Am I really all the things that are outside of me?

    ---
    Merriweather Post Pavilion is a fantastic album. And this song is the best on the album in my opinion.
    Second place is Bluish and third is Summertime Clothes
    DiePolizeion January 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe "things" outside of him, are literally all the "things", material subject, outside of him...
    He's speaking of taste as style whether it be clothing, art, or anything at all.
    He is just tired of everyone being so judgemental.
    and his response is "Am I really all the things that are outside of me?"

    maybe we are. but i sure hope not.
    enjoyyourrootson January 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmerriweather is going to be epic.
    enjoyyourrootson December 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. one of my favs.
    amazing lyrics, like my favorite bit:
    "Try not to judge me on my kind of taste.
    And don't go changing clothes when they don't like yours."

    so truthful.
    zoolahon January 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentslaorenz nailed it, it's about being yourself and not caring what other people may think of your clothes or other material things. though, sadly today you are judged upon whos wearing the latest trend or what have you and not for the person you are(highschool FTL). One of my fav AC songs because of the lyrics.
    stickyickyzeon November 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpretty sure it's 'charming PLATES,'
    and 'fashion clothes, 'cause you CAN'T eat those.'

    Panda's backing vocals:

    I don't get them, not their hearts, their taste.
    There's no need to protect my comforts.
    Serious threats, threats, threats.

    I know that body's built like rock,
    but I'll take you on.
    How would you talk to all your kids?
    Keep them on your knee.

    I don't get them, not their hearts, their taste.
    There's no need to protect my comforts.
    Serious threats, threats, threats.
    sporchabrotheron January 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat does "Am I really all the things that are outside of me?" mean?
    Brostopheron September 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm so glad this album leaked. i love i love i love I LOVE!
    kstemzon December 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis, along with every other song on merriweather, is amazing.
    rentboyon December 27, 2008   Link

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