"3 Umbrellas" as written by and David Michael Portner....
Jump out and do you in

It's not about us holding hands
I don't have to be on top of your plans
Tuck me in and I'll show you my teeth
And I could say I love ya
I'm hiding beneath my dark
Three umbrellas

Can we talk about the finer things
When we're hanging out the heavy misleavits
Now it should be like all my songs
And we're all just like brothers
You see me beneath my dark
Three umbrellas

They were laughing at the ?
They were laughing at the ?
I've been hiding under my three umbrellas
I've been hiding under my three umbrellas

Do other people act like fools?
I wonder if they feel like we do and
Always teasing well I can't imagine
If I didn't know ya
I don't take for granted my
Three umbrellas

And if you want to talk, let's sing
That it's been about us finding new things
Let's go always pleasing to share with some people
But they'll never know ya
Oh just how I feel 'bout you
Three umbrellas

They were laughing at the ?
They were laughing at the ?
I've been hiding under three umbrellas
I've been hiding under three umbrellas

?

They were laughing at the ?
They were laughing at the ?
I've been hiding under three umbrellas
I've been hiding under three umbrellas

I've been hiding under three umbrellas
I've been hiding under three umbrellas


Lyrics submitted by snappypappy

"3 Umbrellas" as written by David Michael Portner

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

3 Umbrellas song meanings
Add your thoughts

10 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    Lyric Correctionit's not about us holding hands.
    i don't have to be on top of your plans, oh
    tucked beneath them i'm showing my teeth
    and i could say i love you i'm hiding beneath my dark
    green umbrellas.

    can we talk about the funny things
    when we're hanging out the hairy mess leaves it's
    how it should be like my songs and we're all
    just like brothers you see me beneath my dark
    green umbrellas.

    and we're laughing at this lover scene
    and we're laughing at the older brothers

    i've been hiding under
    three umbrellas.
    i've been hiding under
    three umbrellas.

    do other people like us fools?
    i wonder if they feel like we do we're
    always teasing and i can't imagine if
    i didn't know you i don't take for granted my
    three umbrellas.

    and if you wanna talk and sing
    that it's not about us, fine with me
    please that's always pleasing to share with some people
    but they'll never know you or just how i feel about you
    three umbrellas.

    and we're laughing at this lover scene
    and we're laughing at the older brothers

    i've been hiding under
    green umbrellas.
    i've been hiding under
    green umbrellas.

    it's softened my heart oh
    but how could you do
    oh think every girl knows that we're
    it softened my heart oh
    but how could you do

    (^^ that part's fuzzy.)
    fghtffyrdmns09on November 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm this song sticks out most after my first listening experience of "down there"

    perhaps he is referring marijuana when he says green umbrella. I kind of feel like weed to me is my green umbrella that "I've been hiding under". maybe that is what he is trying to say. AC as a whole are one of my most admired group of musicians but i find so much difficulty in deciphering the meanings of their songs sometimes

    bottlerocket88on November 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think his three umbrellas represent the three other members of animal collective, and he is telling his lover how he misses them.
    priscillaamadeuson December 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAvey recently separated from his wife, and a lot of the album has to do with this. It has to do with problems in relationships. And the three umbrellas representing AC is the most logical option to me.
    bermudaernon January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe doesn't say "I've been hiding under three umbrellas", he says "I've been hiding under green umbrellas".

    "Three umbrellas" is used only in two spots; the first is "I don't take for granted my three umbrellas", and the second is a call-back at the end of the next verse.

    And I strongly suspect it "three umbrellas" alludes to how 1 + 1 = 3 ifyouknowhatimean. Father, mother, child each standing in the rain has an umbrella. Thus "my three umbrellas" means "my family".

    I'm not necessarily going to say there isn't also a marijuana reference in there, but essentially every song he's even written gets described by someone as "actually a metaphor for doing drugs" and I think it's just a lazy way to interpret something that's a tad opaque. David Portner just writes a bit like a Modernist.
    Frapazoidon August 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI've been listening to this song and have been researching lyrics on several sites, trying to gather a set of lyrics that is accurate. There are some parts of which I'm still doubtful, but then there are some others which I would say I've made up correctly, please revise them and listen to the song with them in consideration:

    "Can we talk about the funny things?
    when we're hanging out the heavy mist leaves"

    "View other people lie like fools
    I wonder if they feel like we do
    when always teasing but I can't imagine"

    "And if you don't wanna talk let's sing
    that it's been about us finding new things
    that's always pleasing to share with some people
    but they'll never know you or just how I feel about your
    three umbrellas"

    That's about it. The last bit of the song is pretty much undecipherable, have no clue about it. Hopefully someone will disclose it sometime, though.




    Pointless Pointon October 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningdefinitely about the other ac members. confirmed by the man himself in an interview:
    "It’s basically a song about those other guys, Brian, Josh and Noah–the “3 Umbrellas.”
    milkdudeon November 06, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this is about being real with friends. In Avey's case probably dealing with the hustle and bustle of touring/recording/traveling. 3 umbrellas are Panda Bear, Deakin and Geologist. Perhaps a double meaning of they keep him sane and the band is a cover for his personal life. This is an intimate song to them that see beneath the glamour and he appreciates them.
    musicaleuphoriaon November 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThere's a written interview somewhere on the internet where Avey confirms that this song is about his relationship with the other guys in the band - Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin.
    dekay0on December 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere's a shot at the ending part:


    And you soften my heart, oh I hope that you care
    Hoping you were gonna send 'em away
    mtlca20891on February 11, 2015   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain