"Fitz and the Dizzyspells" as written by and Andrew Wegman Bird....
Comes and goes
Like in fits and dizzy spells
Like the weather

And it blows
Like it knows what's going wrong
Like it's clever

Has a name but the name goes unspoken
Weather vanes
Were all twisted and broken
So soldier on, soldier on

Flailing to the whir of a snack machine
And muted screams of an old regime
And then oh
Something gets in it
The nightshade gets in it
We were all fast asleep
Were all so fast asleep
But you woke us
You woke us from the strangest dream that an aubergine could ever know
Would ever know

Lava flows over crooks and craggy cliffs to the ocean
And explodes in a steam heat fevered cyclical motion
Has a name
But the name goes unspoken
It's in vain
Cause the language is broken
So cast your own, cast your own
Soldier on


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Fitz and the Dizzyspells song meanings
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    My InterpretationComes and goes
    Like in fits and dizzy spells
    Like the weather

    And it blows
    Like it knows what's going wrong
    Like it's clever

    Has a name but the name goes unspoken
    Weather vanes
    Were all twisted and broken




    Could it simply be about love?
    TTamon March 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAnd it gloats like it knows what's going on...

    Lava flows over crooks and cragged cliffs...

    It's in vain 'cause that language...

    Also, I had:
    And then oh, something gets in
    The nausea gets in

    I'm not 100% on that, and I'm also quite sure it's not "regime" in that second instance.
    Mooncutteron December 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfrom the lyrics booklet:

    Comes and goes
    Like in fits and dizzy spells
    Like the weather

    And it blows
    Like it knows what's going wrong
    Like it's clever

    Has a name but the name goes unspoken
    Weather vanes
    Were all twisted and broken
    So soldier on, soldier on

    Flailing to the whir of a snack machine
    And muted screams of an old regime
    And then oh
    Something gets in it
    The nightshade gets in it
    We were all fast asleep
    Were all so fast asleep
    But you woke us
    You woke us from the strangest dream that an aubergine could ever know
    Would ever know

    Lava flows over crooks and craggy cliffs to the ocean
    And explodes in a steam heat fevered cyclical motion
    Has a name
    But the name goes unspoken
    It's in vain
    Cause the language is broken
    So cast your own, cast your own
    Soldier on
    TDeMelloon January 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningMaestro Bird has mentioned a couple of different meanings for this song over the past few months. While at his performance in Denver, he spoke of a fishing trip with his Dad where he got horrible food poisoning. And he was amazed at his bodies reaction to expelling the toxins.
    In Seattle he mentioned it is his "barn burner" song, and live it is estastic, more so than on the album.

    I think it is very fun to say the word aubergine (eggplant) aloud. It flows nicely from the mouth, and creates a natural smile when it leaves.
    Bug2on March 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about both physical and mental illness, where Fitz(fits) would be mental and Dizzyspells would be physical. Just maybe Andrew Bird has considered every possibility for his songs, I mean, doesn't his creativity just scare you? then again, he does have alot of time on his hands.
    An amazing song, but it's possible theme kinda kills how goddamn happy it is.~
    CaptainNeroon November 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I'm not 100& sure about some of it. Feel free to give suggestions.
    wild_ cosmiaon December 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas a name, but the name goes unspoken...
    Flare into the whirr of a snack machine...

    I do think Mooncutter's right about "something gets in" but I'm not sure if it's "nausea" or "magic" in the next line. And it sounds like "cast your own" to me near the end, where you've got "cause you're wrong"
    thriggleon December 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentokay, for what i hear: he just says "explodes in a steam heat" etc, there is no "like" between them. and it is a very close tie between "sickly commotion" and "cyclical motion." oof!
    but, what a fun little tune :D
    peopledontdanceon January 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDamnit! I thought with 5 comments someone would have maybe suggested what he was actually talking about. Because I really have no idea & I'd love to know someone else's thoughts...?
    blomon February 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell the "old regime" is a historical term referring to the reign of the monarchs before the July Revolution.

    If that helps any.
    I just can't see how it would fit into the song...
    birdheadon February 16, 2009   Link

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