"What Would I Want? Sky" as written by Philip Lesh, Robert M. Peterson, David Michael Portner, Noah Benjamin Lennox and Brian Ross Weitz....
Sky,
What do I want
Sky (What would I want, sky)
Is everything alright?
You feelin' moany?
You feelin' lonely?
You're not the only
Is everything alright?
You feelin' stormy?
You feelin' phony?
You're not the only

Do you get up up up?
Clouds stop and move above me, too bad they can't help me,
What is the right way?
Do I float up up up, and not stop and look around me?
Grays where that color should be, what is the right way?

Old glass is clinkin' and a new order's blinkin' and I,
I should be floatin', but I'm weighted by thinking
I got on the river, wait, can't make it change,
But the sky gets filled up too fast and the tide seen them sayin', you better,
Give me some money, stop, daydreamin' dude.
When the thought of horizon is hiding from you,
What would you want? sky (what do I want? sky)

Is everything alright? You feelin' lonely?
You feelin' moldy? You're not the only
Is everything alright? You feelin' stormy?
You feelin' foamy? You're not the only

Do you get up up up?
Clouds stop and move above me,
Too bad they can't help me, what Is the right way?

Do I float up up up?
When I stop and look around me,
Grays where that color should be, what is the right way?

Old glass is clinkin' and a, new order's blinkin'
And a- I should be floatin', but I'm weighted by thinking
I will fly up the river that'll make me some change,
Well the sky gets filled up too fast and the tide she kept waiting,
But, give me some money, stop, daydreaming dude,
When the thought of horizon is hiding it's blues
What would you want,
Sky (what did I want, sky) (what would I want, sky)


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"What Would I Want? Sky" as written by Philip Lesh, Robert M. Peterson, David Michael Portner, Noah Benjamin Lennox, Brian Ross Weitz

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  • +16
    General CommentBelow are the lyrics for the official version on the upcoming, Fall Be Kind EP.
    ----------------

    Good deeds.

    Sky!

    [What would I want? Sky!]

    Is everything alright?
    You feeling moany?
    You feeling lonely?
    You're not the only

    Is everything alright?
    You feeling stormy?
    You feeling phoney?
    You're not the only

    Do you get up up up?
    Clouds stop and move above me
    Too bad they can't help me
    What is the right way?

    Do I float up up up?
    When I stop and look around me
    Grey is where the color should be
    What is the right way?

    Old glasses clinking and a
    New order's blinking
    and I -
    I should be floating but I'm weighted by thinking

    That I got on the river
    Really can't make you change
    And the sky gets filled up too fast
    and the taxi man's saying, "You betta
    give me some money; stop daydreaming, dude!"
    When the point of horizon is hiding from you
    What would you want sky?

    Are you taking it lightly?
    Lost in the flurries
    You start to worry
    You will be buried
    Taking it lightly
    and so I hurry
    I start to worry
    Here come them flurries

    Is everything alright?
    You feeling lonely?
    You feeling moldy?
    You're not the only

    Is everything alright?
    You feeling stormy?
    You feeling foamy?
    You're not the only

    Do you get up up up?
    Clouds stop and move above me
    Too bad they can't help me
    What is the right way?

    Do I float up up up?
    When I stop and look around me
    Grey is where that color should be
    What is the right way?

    Old glasses clinking and a
    New order's blinking and I -
    I should be floating but I'm weighted by thinking

    I'm a fly on the river
    That'll make me some change
    When the sky gets filled up too fast
    and the taxi cab's waiting, "You betta
    give him some money;
    stop daydreaming, dude!"
    When the point of horizon is hiding it's blues
    What would you want sky?

    What would I want? Sky!

    What would I want? Sky!
    enjoyyourrootson November 19, 2009   Link
  • +6
    General CommentTwo things you need to keep in mind when you listen to these songs:
    1. Avey Tare's writing is modern surrealism...it all might mean something, but then again it doesn't have to necessarily.
    2. What the song means to Avey is NOT what they want you to think of as "the song meaning" by any means, like any good art it has multiple interpretations... so basically anything anyone says is right.

    I just enjoy this song for what it is. Every time I close my eyes and listen to it it just paints such a beautiful picture on my eyelids. I was at a show where this was brand new for the most part. I have quite an intimate association with this song because of that.
    TomPowers724on June 20, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentWhat a great song. There is so much going on both musically and lyrically. Of course it can take on a number of interpretations but I think it's clear that the overall point they are getting across is that desire to reach into some kind of more perfect world- that world that is always beyond our grasp, like the sky. (or good dreams)

    I really love the imagery present in this song. They paint this picture of a really dreary scene with the reference to a gray sky and flurries. For me it really conjures up an image of a gloomy and cold late autumn/early winter afternoon. Then the clincher is when they mention the taxi and this bright yellow image stands out in severe contrast to the previous dreariness. This kind of powerful imagery is a mark of good lyricism, and just good writing in general. Props to these guys.

    There's also a lot of interesting stuff going on on the theme of change and the idea of old and new. These ideas are present in Graze and I Think I Can as well. Animal Collective seems to be really concerned about pushing forward with ideas rather than rehashing the same thing over and over, which is a noble pursuit. It strikes in particular in this song with the line "Old glasses clinking and a new order's blinking. I should be floating but I'm weighted by thinking" and with the following verse. There is a strong theme here, especially with the fact that they are sampling an ancient Grateful Dead line throughout but altering the meaning of it ('Willow sky whoa I walk and wonder why' to 'What would I want? sky'). It's like throughout the song you are hearing this echo from an earlier time, a time that we nowadays romanticize as being a great era of peace and happiness that we'd like to escape to. Yet the line we are hearing from the Grateful Dead has been altered to mean something different and fit in this modern tune in this modern world. Then, almost similarly, the second verse has some subtle lyrical changes as well. He becomes a fly on the river, the point of horizon isn't hiding from you it's hiding its blues, and an argument could be made that the meaning of the word 'change' itself changes to mean coins in the river. Also remember all of this is taking place on a cold autumn day. What happens in the season of Autumn? Things change. Colors are changing all around, people's attitudes change with the weather, and some years in the U.S. we have presidential or congressional elections, changing the power structure of the government. With all this fluctuation of the world around me and all these musical experimentations going on in the song itself (it's in 7/4 time btw), I know exactly what I would want: Sky.

    There's still a lot more to talk about and I don't wanna get to the point of over-analyzing, but I want to convince you of the brilliance in these lyrics and show that there are all sorts of things going on here just from these raw subtle words. I think Animal Collective is truly one of the best bands of our time and I only wish I had known about them sooner.

    (also I think the lyrics, even the corrected ones in the comments, still have some errors. The best version I've found is here: lyricalcollective.wikispaces.com/…)
    mynamegoeshere1234on November 27, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI love the line "When the point of horizon is hiding from you
    What would you want sky?" I think that has something to do with not being able to see the finish line. Because the horizon is where the land hits the sky. if you can't see where they meet it seems as though the land goes on forever.
    doodles123on November 25, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTo me, the song is about losing track of your goals and being stuck in a rut. He feels as if he's floating down a river with no control over where he's going. The sky is his idea of the future he is working towards, what he hoped to make of his life. It gets filled up too fast because he feels everyone around him is already off on their journey. The clouds that stop and move are people he sees that have achieved the life they were looking for. But they can't help him reach his own aspirations. The horizon line is his future; where the ground of the present meets the sky of his aspirations.

    The "old glasses clinking, and a new order is blinking" line makes me think he is a bartender or a waiter, stuck in a job or city he never intended to stay in. He should be floating in the sky, living out his dreams, but he's weighted down by confusion over a life thats sending him down a path that doesn't change.

    Of course, a song as well written as this is up for many interpretations, it's all based on individual experiences; and this interpretation comes from a college junior who needs to get back to writing a rhetorical theory paper.
    zcb4573on December 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm already in love.
    kappav2on November 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThanks to enjoyyourroots for posting the right lyrics, and I definitely think this song perfectly encapsulates feelings of anxiety and depression, "You feeling stormy? You feeling phoney?" reminds me of what Holden Caufield feels in The Catcher In The Rye. It's could also be about wanting the best for yourself when things are changing all around you ("I should be floating, but I'm weighted by thinking", "Grey is where the color should be"). This song is just so rich, Animal Collective is amazing at putting feelings into words.

    Also, on the sample- The original Grateful Dead lyrics Lesh is singing are "Willow sky, woah" and we are intended to mishear them. Genius.
    pantonecyanon November 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationYou guys are confused. This isn't about drugs. Just because a song has surreal imagery, doesn't mean the subject is drugs.

    I think this song is about the tension between the daily stresses/struggles of life and the innate desire to see beauty and dwell in things bigger than oneself. It's a typical animal collective proto-religious view about how we grasp for nature beauty and love, but sadly often forget just to look up and enjoy the beauty of something as simple as the sky.

    "I should be floating but I'm waited by thinking" is the essence of the song. The blue sky is so amazing, yet our eyes are down and we're thinking about how lonely/homely/stormy we are, and grappling with the stressful and complex existence of urban life.

    The cabbie interaction is classic. Even when the singer is "daydreaming" -- in other words enjoying the beauty of the sky -- he gets pulled out of it by the prosaic world. The cabbie just drags him out of it, and makes him have to deal with money, and all the daily troubles of life.

    By the way, i love love love this song ... so astounding. It's rare that a song as long as this (nearly 7 minutes) carries my interest the whole way. Usually I find that really long songs are just not justified. They are self-obsessed noodling or not interesting. Not so here. Animal Collective makes the whole thing work. Bravo!
    sungloveron January 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy interpretation of the song is the lead singer is feeling negatively about himself and uses winter as a metaphor to explain his current emotional state. He says he should be 'floating'(enjoying things), but he's weighted by thinking (stress, insecurities). He asks himself 'what would i want?' and he wants 'sky' (clarity).

    that's what i got from it
    ryansully89on February 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA beautiful part of their music that i have always leaned towards is the ambiguousness of their lyrics. The way he sings, and the the words he chooses personalizes the listening experience. We hear what we want to hear, take meaning where it speaks to us deeply.

    But...

    The lyrics:

    When the point of horizon is hiding from you
    What would you want sky?

    Seem to point to the theme most in the song...

    We're probably all saying the same thing. About his references to life's troubles, to our reactions, our attachments, preoccupations, short-sightedness...whatever.
    But sky points towards the flip side of these ever-changing 'things' in our lives. Sky points towards the spirit behind. The beyond. The formless Being.

    So with the cyclical nature of the 7 bar beat, the repeating lyrics, and the contrast between the petty things and the overwhelming vastness, the entire song doesn't define anything at all.
    It's a microcosm of everything we experience every day of our lives. If you're listening to it you're just becoming aware of this.
    Because we're all becoming aware of ourselves, our connections, our meanings, our beings.

    And the horizon is simply the limit of our sight....for now.

    We will find sky, and see further...deeper.

    Being

    thetellurianon December 17, 2010   Link

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