I see a sea anemone
The enemy
See a sea anemone
And that'll be the end of me.

While the vicious fish was caught unawares in the tenderest of tendrils
Underneath her tender gills

I will become this animal
Perfectly adapted to the music halls
I will become this animal
Anomalous appendages
A non-animal

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
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 know this one

Underneath the stalactites
The troglobites lost their sight
Uh oh

The seemingly innocuous plecostomus
though posthumus
They talk to us
They talk too much

See a sea anemone
The enemy
See a sea anemone
That'll be the end of me
Vicious fish was caught unawares
In the tend'rest tendrils
Underneath her tender gills and

I will become this animal
Perfectly adapted to a music hall
I will become this animal

Anomalous appendages
A non-animal


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    General Comment"The seemingly innocuous plecostomus
    though posthumous
    They talk to us
    They talk too much"

    Plecostomus are the algae suckers people have in their fish tanks to clean the walls. I suppose analyzing the death of one of those would tell us a lot about the tank's history, which might reflect our own history... It's a cute analogy, those little wall suckers always with their mouths at us as if trying to tell us something.
    RealityRippleon June 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe amount of alliteration and anaphora in this song is amazing!
    We all know by now that Andrew Bird doesn't really write lyrics with a meaning in mind. He likes funky words that have a nice sound to them.
    And this here is beautiful: "I see a sea anemone
    The enemy
    See a sea anemone
    And that'll be the end of me"

    (sigh) I love him.
    grrsawnon January 14, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI see it as not a transition or transformation. To me it all wraps together in the lines, "I will become this animal; Perfectly adapted to the music halls." It's the artist's reflection of his place in the world of music.
    benlskinneron May 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentplacostamous?

    I think I hear "Posthumous", which works in the context of digesting and disecting too much. It makes me think of post show moments when he meets and talks to fans and the random chit-chat that occurs. And I am sure that people will randomly make some comment about a transition or ask "Why didn't you play etc?" You know the small critques....and how they can creep in if you let them.

    Which is really fantastic when you stop to think about it because that is exactly what we are \ I am doing here at this very moment. Posthumously trying to disect his work.
    Bug2on January 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI deliberately didn't read any posts before me so this would be a completely honest interpretation. I think what he's saying is that all forms of life are basically the same. When he dies he will become a "Non-animal" just as all other life will become. "See a sea anemone the enemy" Is saying that there really is no enemy, just the ones that we humans create for ourselves or each other. Most of this song is Andrew Bird using language beautifully and artistically to illustrate a fairly simple point. I think most of his songs are like that. The verse that is "Hold on just a second" etc. Is illustrating an urge for a concrete feeling that is exclusively human. (That may be why it is in an unorthodox time signature). It is only us humans that feel emotions that we want to hang on to and look back on. But then he goes back to the (I will become this, etc.) A Non-animal.
    scapegoatmilkon March 20, 2010   Link
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    Memory"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"

    When a past love of mine and I first began spending our time together, we often shared music for hours and hours. I remember the quality of time it was just pulling up a song that resonated with ourselves. We would forget about time and sit silently across each other listening to the song to observe what it meant to each other. I remember I pulled this song up and during that line, it was such a beautiful experience because it reflected that interaction that we had and it was very special. This is one of my favorite pieces of music.
    weltschmerzisthewordofthedayon June 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust wait until people start getting their copies, and have someone who has a copy to the real lyrics upload them. these aren't correct.
    patm718on January 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is my favorite song of the new album.

    The last Andrew Bird concert I went to, before he played this song, he said it was inspired by an episode of Planet Earth in which a salamander, called the troglobite, spends so much time in a cave that over time his eyes disappear. I just recently revisited Planet Earth during the discovery channel marathon and saw the exact scene he was talking about.

    youtube.com/…

    At about five minutes, the segment I'm talking about begins. Watch it!
    wild_ cosmiaon January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI like the narration by Sigourney Weaver much more, but this is the only one I could find on Youtube.
    wild_ cosmiaon January 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is also my favorite song off of the album. I listen to it over and over and it has thankfully knocked What if God Was One of Us?" out of permanent rotation in my head when my mind wanders.

    I love the alliteration and the imagery. I can imagine a sea anemone under the sea, its tentacles stretched out like an exotic flower waiting to sting some unsuspecting fish for its meal. Beautiful and dangerous at the same time. When I walk around the office I sometimes wonder what animal best suits my office mates and the way they move.
    Yalegirl03on February 19, 2009   Link

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