"Alley Cats" as written by and Joseph/taylor Goddard....
Two people are alley cats
We have an unhappy cat
He is restless, needs attention, loses patience, seeks affection
Monkey grooms, blossom blooms
Do you dig germs, The Germs?

Well we wear each others heads like hats
Speak in tongues like alley cats
Cradle them in both our laps
When we lie alone

Wear each others heads like hats
Speak in tongues like alley cats
Cradle them in both our laps
And we die alone

Well we sleep inside a blanket-y bed
Planted like the crocuses
In the song my mother said
She wanted us to sing

We sleep inside a blanket-y bed
Planted like the crocuses
And I wish my mother could
See the ring I got

Oh oh there is no pain I know
Oh oh there is no pain I know
Oh oh there is no pain I know

The other night you said you might try to kill that thing I love
It is too strong for you, it is encased in glass and stone
The other night you said you might try to kill that thing I love
It is invincible, it is encased in glass and stone
You painted a song, you painted a song
It started when I was young and now it is in my lung
You painted a song, you painted a song
It started when I was young and now it is in my lung

Two people are alley cats
I get to thinking about our cat
He is restless, needs attention, loses patience, seeks affection
Monkey grooms, blossom blooms
'Do You Dig Worms?' The Worms?


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"Alley Cats" as written by Felix Martin Alan Thomas Doyle

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    General CommentI'm convinced that around the "Oh there's no pain I know" bit that it's mixed with an alternate line (sung by Joe, I think) going "Oh, there is no pain I don't know." I'm probably just hearing things, but I like pretending that it says that as well. Maybe it was intentionally meant to sound similar, idk.

    Anyway, it's a great song with great lyrics. So many different bits to love.
    sadscienceon February 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt says on Wikipedia "Taylor described "Alley Cats" as one of Goddard's more private songs and speculated that the song seemed "to partly be about his mother and wishing that she was alive to hear this song that he's singing". Taylor stated that the words of the chorus "relate to when you're feeling something that you really love is coming to an end, and saying that's not really possible"."
    beebeebeeon March 08, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationWhether it's intentional or not idk but 'Monkey groom's blossom blooms' is a reference to the Chinese story Monkey. Damon Albern did a musical of it and it's meant to be one of the most famous ancient Chinese stories.

    Anyway, so the monkey character ascends to heaven and is given the title of groom, and then later on looks after this tree which he takes all the blossom and makes a magic potion. How it ties in with the next line is not obvious... or what it really adds to the song, but it's too specific to be an accident. Just so y'all know.
    guest111on March 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHot Chip always makes bizarre and seemingly nonsensical lyrics (and likely nonsensical)

    but damn do they back it up with beautiful sounds
    Way_AEon February 03, 2010   Link

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