Bat bit and ten (?)
White stick with a red light
Floats past her on the right
White stick on the rock
Roping in the wind
Are you hungry?

Do you know what to eat
Floating in the blue
I hear you your voice
It comes out above my head
Close to you, close to you

There is one bird in my house
She said you woke up from a dream
He heard Mama Cass
He felt better if i would
have known those things
It damped his mood for a second
Then he remembered where he was
He regained his perspective
That felt a
Lot better

It gets much better
He laid down on his bed
With the front door open
And the sunlight
flooding into the room
He smelt tire
He laid back listening to a fly

He saw washing hanging
In the sun
He caught a fleeting
glimpse of a man
moving uphill
pursued by a bus
He saw a white church with a
Three blue-domed roof
A crucifix on the top
And an ant walked
Along the edge of his book
He heard another bell
And a braying mustache (?)
And a moped started up
Sounding like a chainsaw
of tiny firecrackers
And he smelled tire again
A fly came dim
Along the shaft of sunlight
Coming through the open door
He watched it cross the room
And get halfway and then it
Turned around and left, he laughed

There is one bird in my house


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Bird 1 song meanings
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    General CommentI think it's about the bird that stole/took over Karls house.
    AnsOnkruidon November 23, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst, one note: What I've always heard is that he's smelling thyme, not tire.

    So, I have no idea whether this is what the author intends the meaning to be, but here's what I imagine when I listen to this song:

    He's asleep, having a dream about a white stick, a rock, etc. A voice interrupts, waking him: are you hungry? do you know what (you want) to eat?

    The voice comes out above his head because it's someone leaning over him while he sleeps. He notices that she's close by, which makes quite an impression on him (he repeats it: "close to you, close to you")

    "There is one bird in my house": bird being slang for an attractive lady. A wife or girlfriend? a nurse or caretaker? Don't know.

    She explains: "you woke up from a dream". He's still a bit disoriented, but he starts to wake up and feel better when he hears music (the fact that he recognizes Mama Cass suggests to me that he might be a bit older?) and remembers where he is. Feeling better, he settles back into bed.

    The rest of this is just what he observes. Some of it is seen through the open door or a window (the washing hanging in the sun, the man walking uphill "pursued by a bus" -- which I love, by the way. The man gets off the bus and starts walking uphill in the direction the bus was traveling, he can get a little distance ahead before the bus starts moving again, appearing to pursue him).
    Some of it is within the room, like the ant along the edge of his book.

    And he smells thyme because she's started cooking.

    He's just lying there, taking it all in, feeling pretty good, chuckling at the fly that can't seem to make up its mind. Best part of it all, though: "there is one bird in my house" - he woke up to a pretty lady.

    One more note: this shifts from first person ("it comes out above my head, close to you") to third ("he heard Mama Cass") at about the same place in the story where the guy fully wakes up. We go from being immersed in the first person of the dream world, to the third person of the waking world where we're observers along with him.
    bouncingleafon January 20, 2017   Link

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