"Blue Spotted Tail" as written by and Robin Pecknold....
Why in the night sky are the lights hung?
Why is the Earth moving 'round the sun?
Floating in the vacuum with no purpose, not a one
Why in the night sky are the lights hung?

Why is life made only for to end?
Why do I do all this waiting then?
Why this frightened part of me that's fated to pretend?
Why is life made only for to end?

In the city only for a while
Here to face the fortune and the bile
I heard you on the radio, I couldn't help but smile
In the city only for a while

Why in the night sky are the lights hung?
Why is the Earth moving 'round the sun?
Floating in the vacuum with no purpose, not a one
Why in the night sky are the lights hung?


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"Blue Spotted Tail" as written by Robin Pecknold

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  • +8
    Lyric CorrectionHere are the correct lyrics from the album version:


    Why in the night sky are the lights hung?
    Why is the Earth moving 'round the sun?
    Floating in the vacuum with no purpose, not a one
    Why in the night sky are the lights hung?

    Why is life made only for to end?
    Why do I do all this waiting then?
    Why this frightened part of me that's fated to pretend?
    Why is life made only for to end?

    In the city only for a while
    Here to face the fortune and the bile
    I heard you on the radio, I couldn't help but smile
    In the city only for a while

    Why in the night sky are the lights hung?
    Why is the Earth moving 'round the sun?
    Floating in the vacuum with no purpose, not a one
    Why in the night sky are the lights hung?
    casiopt10on March 26, 2011   Link
  • +8
    General CommentThis song is one of the few that makes me cry when I hear it. Not because it is particularly sad or depressing, but because of the simplicity of the lyrics. He's pondering the vast emptiness of the vacuum of space and the seeming meaningnessless of life, but the comforting, mellow notes that go along with his words add so much colour and warmth to the song that it almost answers his own question. Sometimes questions don't have to have answers. Sometimes things just are, and that's the beauty of life. (Just my two cents.)
    CrimsonGirl88on April 04, 2011   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationThough some things can't be answered, they are still beautiful to reflect on.
    There is a girl, and he cannot be with her, but he doesn't mind thinking about her.
    poetogethron August 10, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationListened to this one all summer, when the lights from the city made the night sky glow orange. For those of us who live in the city, you get used to the bile to face the fortune. For those who don't, it's hard to get used to it, and you start to wonder why people would choose to live there with such a short life to live.

    Maybe that's what he's thinking, maybe it's not, but what an ethereal, gorgeous song.
    lunaharpuaon October 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationWhat makes this song most effective is its placement in the album after "The Argument" from the previous track. You get this feeling like you're being twisted into the ground while your insides are raked, and then all of a sudden here comes the Blue Spotted Tail. It's lyrical content is totally helpless, and the structure and melody are peacefully hokey. A song about an existential crisis and pondering the emptiness of life sung to an elementary structure and melody. I interpret it as being a very sarcastic piece, again, much due to its placement in the album. If there is any resolve felt from this track, it's artificial and unsatisfactory. Like faking a smile. I think that's the point.
    musicheadnumber9on April 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's "why do i do all this waiting then?"
    doshyon April 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think this song is as sarcastic as some people have said. I'm tired of people calling hopeful things ironic or sarcastic just so they can say that they "get it". This song is simple because it asks very simple questions that are asked every day by the youngest child to the oldest person.
    Swudgeon September 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI think "generals" might be "journals".

    Beautiful song.
    SecondSkinon July 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow! This sounds A LOT like Sibylle Baier in a very, very good way!
    ZoddTheImmortalon January 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the Earth's significance...maybe been about his life's significance.
    iquitmysceneon April 23, 2011   Link

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