"Effigy" as written by and Andrew Wegman Bird....
If you come to find me affable
Build a replica for me
Would the idea to you be laughable
Of a pale facsimile?

So will you come to burn an effigy?
It should keep the flies away
And when you long to burn this effigy
It should be of the hours that slip away, slip away

It could be you, it could be me
Working the door, drinking for free
Carrying on with your conspiracies
Filling the room with a sense of unease

Fake conversations on a nonexistent telephone
Like the words of a man who's spent a little too much time alone
When one has spent too much time alone

So will you come to burn my effigy?
It should keep the flies away
If you long to burn an effigy
It should be of a man whose has lost his way, slips away

It could be you, it could be me
Working the door, drinking for free
Carrying on with your conspiracies
Filling the room with a sense of unease

Fake conversations on a nonexistent telephone
Like the words of a man who's spent a little too much time alone
When one has spent too much time alone


Lyrics submitted by TDeMello, edited by stay2seewhatisay, distancehasaway

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  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionWhat the hell is up with these lyrics? I think they belong to the CCR song by the same name.

    This is the correct version, I believe:

    If you come to find me affable
    Build a replica for me
    Would the idea to you be laughable
    Of a pale facsimile?

    So will you come to burn an effigy?
    It should keep the flies away
    And when you long to burn this effigy
    It should be of the hours that slip away, slip away

    It could be you, it could be me
    Working the door, drinking for free
    Carrying on with your conspiracies
    Filling the room with a sense of unease

    Fake conversations on a nonexistent telephone
    Like the words of a man who's spent a little too much time alone
    [ From: elyrics.net/read/a/andrew-bird-lyrics/… ]
    When one has spent too much time alone

    So will you come to burn my effigy?
    It should keep the flies away
    If you long to burn an effigy
    It should be of a man whose has lost his way, slips away

    It could be you, it could be me
    Working the door, drinking for free
    Carrying on with your conspiracies
    Filling the room with a sense of unease

    Fake conversations on a nonexistent telephone
    Like the words of a man who's spent a little too much time alone
    When one has spent too much time alone
    sga24on March 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Hold on just a second
    Don't tell me this one you know
    I know this one I know this song
    I know this one I love this song"

    I love the way he sings this line. He uses the natural melody in the way someone would actually say this line. When a friend recalls a song this way, it has this natural music in the highs and lows and emphasis and Andrew Bird amplifies and uses it.

    Am I making any sense? It's hard to convey. But it's beautiful and interesting.
    Way_AEon January 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe gave a pretty detailed intro to this song when I saw him in Portland a couple months ago. He did say it was about a guy who sits at the end of the bar and makes unsolicited comments. He also said that the guy didn't have a ton of friends, may have played a little too much dungeons and dragons, and really wants and tries to be able to communicate with people but just doesn't remember or know how. Very touching, beautiful song
    MrNovember33on May 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWalking the dog = Working the door
    Mooncutteron December 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^ correct
    mw828on December 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe key word in this song is "find" because, "finding someone affable" and "knowing someone affable" are different. If you are finding someone affable they may not be affable(friendly, personable) and the "hours that slip away" are the learned result that someone is a completely different person that whom they perceived.

    "Fake conversations on a nonexistent telephone"

    This whole thing also seems like an internal conversation of thought.

    I may be reading way too into this because Andrew Bird tends to have an inventive way of string together words and phrase to create narrative.
    leeallstaron February 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningHe mentioned in a show that this song is about a "guy that sits at the end of the bar and makes unsolicited comments." I didn't really get this song until he said that.
    bocmaximaon February 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's:

    "When you long to burn this effigy" - not "learn"

    jetfan1824on March 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis one, I always understood. This one, he wrote about me.

    Or at least he could have.

    Every time I fear this song, I well up.

    Thank you Andrew....
    Xaphiuson July 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*hear. not fear.
    Xaphiuson July 03, 2011   Link

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