"Bambi" as written by and Prince Rogers Nelson....
I wanna tell you there's a really good reason
Why I came home wasted in the middle of the night
A tiny kingdom at the bottom of the trees
Where I was always a winner and I was usually right

Oh, you can watch it when you get a bit older
But for now in the bad bits, I should cover your eyes
She painted pictures with the tips of her fingers
Sewing buttons to Bambi, tying strings to a kite

Turning into black and white
Underneath the swinging lights
Buried awake
But I still got my stripes
'Cause you're the killer with the colored kite

I wanna tell you there's a really good reason
Why I came down easy, spinning threads to your throne
A tiny kingdom at the bottom of the trees
Where I was always a winner and I was barely alone

Turning into black and white
Underneath the swinging lights
Buried awake
But I still got my stripes
'Cause you're the killer with the colored kite

Tangled up, tongue tied
Don't know what to do
Tangled up, tongue tied
Don't know what to do

Turning into black and white
Underneath the swinging lights
Buried awake
But I still got my stripes
'Cause you're the killer with the colored kite

Turning into black and white


Lyrics submitted by hihileila, edited by P514sub

"Bambi" as written by Monks Hook

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  • +5
    General CommentI think the song is about inheriting alcoholism from his mother.

    She comes home drunk, and even though she tries to hide it from him, he still sees it.

    "Turning into black and white" it becomes a memory.

    "Barely awake but I still got my stripes" She did a pretty good job of hiding it, but it still had an effect on him. He has all these memories of his mom abusing alcohol interwoven with some of his other childhood memories of her.

    Now that he's inherited the alcoholism, he can reflect back on this blur of memories and process them, realizing his mom is "the killer with a colored kite." In other words, he now understands that she was drunk and was indirectly "killing" him by exposing him to it and passing it on even though she was also doing her best as a mom.

    He seems to acknowledge that he understands it was a difficult time for his mom and why she was drinking when he says "a tiny kingdom at the bottom of the trees, where I was always a winner and I was usually right." That line implies that she was feeling down like a loser, and that she felt like she was making mistakes or being wrong. Maybe his parents were going through a divorce? In the next part "where I was always a winner and I was barely alone", implies she was either alone now or at least feeling lonely without the alcohol.

    Great song.

    BTW, pretty sure it says "barely awake" not "buried awake."
    fwbrodieon April 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's "barely awake" and "spinning threads to A throne" according to the lyrics sheet.
    Christa426on June 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTheir lyrics can have so many different meanings but for me this song is trying to explain an addiction. How life can feel boring or turn into black and white. But your addiction is a killer with a colored kite in a black and white world.
    randatronicon August 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the verses, a mother might be trying to explain her actions to her young child. She wants to explain about coming "home wasted" and shields him from tragic ending of the movie Bambi ("you can watch it when you're a bit older"). For the choruses, the son may be hurt/confused from childhood trauma/his mother's inadequacy ("you're the killer") and unable to resolve his anger ("i still got my stripes... don't know what to do"). As in the old saying "a tiger can't change his stripes." He begs his mother to "tell [him] what to do."

    Just a thought :)
    cutoutcloudon August 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does he say after "underneath the swinging lights"? "Very awake"?
    SummerAnticson May 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionhere's what I got, some minor corrections:

    I wanna tell you there's a really good reason
    why I came home wasted in the middle of the night
    a tiny kingdom at the bottom of the trees
    where I was always a winner and I was usually right

    oh, you can watch it when you get a bit older
    but for now in the bad bits, I should cover your eyes
    she painted pictures with the tips of her fingers
    sewing buttons to Bambi, tying strings to a kite

    turning into black and white
    underneath the swinging lights
    buried awake
    but I still got my stripes
    'cause you're the killer with the colored kite

    I wanna tell you there's a really good reason
    why I came down easy, spinning threads to your throne
    a tiny kingdom at the bottom of the trees
    where I was always a winner and I was barely alone

    turning into black and white
    underneath the swinging lights
    buried awake
    but I still got my stripes
    'cause you're the killer with the colored kite

    tangled up to untie
    don't know what to do
    tangled up to untie
    don't know what to do

    turning into black and white
    underneath the swinging lights
    buried awake
    but I still got my stripes
    'cause you're the killer with the colored kite

    turning into black and white
    lxsdron May 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am so glad you've got these up already. I need to start singing the right words in time for Bonnaroo! This song is incredible, by the way.
    Christa426on May 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentafter listening to this 50+ times today it just hit me ... "tangled up, tongue tied".
    hihileilaon May 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionand it's definitely "tell me what to do" rather than "don't know what to do"
    lxsdron June 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song hits home pretty well for me. From what I think it means anyways.

    They never cease to amaze me, I love all their work.
    thescientist77on July 05, 2010   Link

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