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Ocelot, Ocelot where have you been
Morning is over and noon slouches on
Your stripes could all fade in the poisonous day
When you see the sunlight move out of the way

You prance with the beasts who parade every night
And silently slouch through the forest by night
Don't be the only one left on the block
Come hide in the herd
And float with the flock

Ocelot, Ocelot where are you now
You never listen to me anyhow
You wandered and ambled, you walk now you run
Knowing you'll bake like a snake in the sun
Ocelot, Ocelot where are you now?
Won't you come out to play?


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    General Commentsomeone told me this song is about a cat. that's all i know. will someone please elaborate?
    fallonon November 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti mean if that's true then its just about his cat going outside. can't you read the lyrics?
    phgdmbon January 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat my take on it is that Trey is Ocelot and this is Tom Marshall speaking to Trey about his addictions and how it changed him and how Tom would like for him to come back so to speak.
    Umphreak98on February 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think umphreak has it in a nutshell... but i think its "prance with the beasts who BERATE every night".

    Ocelot, Ocelot where have you GONE - what happened to trey?
    Morning is over and noon slouches on - Get over your criticisms it been too long since the beginning.
    Your stripes could all fade in the poisonous day - you will wear down your distinctive sound with these criticisms
    When you see the sunlight move out of the way - ?

    You prance with the beasts who BERATE every night - you embrace these negative comments by these "beasts"
    And silently slouch through the forest by night - ?
    Don't be the only one left on the block
    Come hide in the herd
    And float with the flock - join the others in criticising trey - its easier.
    Overall i think its about people criticising trey because of his addictions, it effecting his music, and the general agree with the big guy idea. please say anything ive missed.
    Volcashumpon July 03, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe ocelot is a beautiful animal that has much value to offer to the world. It was once an endangered species. Trey is an ocelot because there are so few like him in the world. This song is all about how it is not right to deprive the world of the beauty of Trey's music, much as it would not be fair to deprive the world of the ocelot's aesthetic beauty.

    Ocelot, Ocelot where have you been (Trey, where have you been?)
    Morning is over and noon slouches on (Trey has been doing drugs and sleeping late)
    Your stripes could all fade in the poisonous day ("Stripes" here is referring to lines of worry on Trey's face from negative reviews. "Day" refers to being out in public and performing in front of people. Trey thinks the day is poisonous because of these reviews. The criticism is poisonous. But if he went out into the "day", he would find that his worry lines actually would fade away.)
    When you see the sunlight move out of the way (Don't let critics "burn" you with their reviews. Just don't read them, don't pay them any attention.)

    You prance with the beasts who parade every night (Trey is out partying every night with "beasts," those who rely on the base pleasure of drugs for satisfaction rather than the higher forms of enjoyment, such as the pursuit of art and music. The beast is also frequently a reference to the devil in literature. Many link drugs with the devil.)
    And silently slouch through the forest by night ("Silently"=he is not playing or performing music. "The forest by night"=avoiding the public and performing.)
    Don't be the only one left on the block (All your friends are going out to perform, come with us.)
    Come hide in the herd (Join your friends, be social, come out into the public!)
    And float with the flock ("Float" refers to the idea that coming out of hiding and performing with his friends will allow him to reach higher heights and float out of depression and negative emotions. Being social and performing in public will make him feel better.)

    Ocelot, Ocelot where are you now
    You never listen to me anyhow (I know my requests for you to come out and play music publicly will probably be fruitless as they always have been in the past.)
    You wandered and ambled, you walk now you run (You are lost and confused. Trey needs to find his path because right now he doesn't know where he is going or how to get there.)
    Knowing you'll bake like a snake in the sun (Trey can't handle the criticism; it'll kill him. Remember: sun/day refer to criticism here.)
    Ocelot, Ocelot where are you now?
    Won't you come out to play? ("Play" is double entendre here. It means "come out and have fun," referring to the classic question posed to parents by neighborhood children, asking parents if their friends can come out and play. It also refers to play in the sense of playing music.)

    Love this song! Great lyrics.
    doogie1387on August 16, 2012   Link

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