Dear Dirty
I'm a man strong as a ...
And I live in a cave, using my blood to draw, my blood to draw
And I live in a cave, only for food to eat, food to eat
Something I come up to, something I come up to, something I come up to
Using the blood to draw, blood to draw
Animals, like the bull
Dear Dirty

The I go to find more things
Go to walks to find things I,
I can use to make new tools to kill
All these animals, all these things
Dear Dirty


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    General CommentI saw those lyrics on the official unofficial Andrew Bird Fansite, but they don't seem to make much sense:
    Dear Dirty on the man-struments
    and I live in a cain using the blood-toothed
    and I live in a cain only for
    for two years (x2)

    something to come up to (x3)
    using the
    blood-toothed drawers (x2)
    animal, lots of boon
    Dear Dirty

    Now I go to find more things
    girlfriend wants to find things
    I can used to make the tools to get
    all these animals or all these things
    Dear Dirty
    blanon February 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never saw him talking about this song, so this is a free interpretation.

    There's a caveman, and he is sending those letters to Dirty, because he liked her profile in an online dating site and would like to meet her. He describes himself as a strong yet sensitive (he draws, he's an artist) man who has a finacial stability, because he owns his own cave. Then he talks about his hobbies, work and routine, wich is going out and finding things to kill animals (like the bull).

    blanon February 22, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningAndrew Bird explained this song at his concert last night.

    Basically someone he knew found a piece of paper in the street, and this is what was written on it. Then he joked that he wasn't sure if it was some sort of third-grade writing assignment where they had to write about a caveman's life in letter format, or if it was a legitimate letter to someone.
    ...Or something like that. I don't remember the story exactly but that was the gist of it.

    So it's not really supposed to make sense... even AB doesn't understand exactly what it means.
    Kdashon May 06, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHere's how the lyrics sounded to me from a recording taken at Gezelligheid 12-16-2012 (Live at Fourth Presbyterian Church) found at archive org slash details slash AndrewBird (downloadable, apparently with his permission).

    Dear dirty, I’m a man strong and tall
    And I live in a cave,
    Using the blood to draw, blood to draw
    Animal like the boar
    Oh animal like the boar

    Dear dirty
    I'm a manstrument too
    And I live in a cave
    Using the blood to draw blood to draw
    And I go to find more things
    Go for walk to find things
    'Cause I could use some goo
    Animal love the gore

    He said the lyrics were written by a friend named Jay (Jay Ryan maybe? Who has done a lot of his posters)
    abirataon December 22, 2012   Link

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