You were a shameless child
Bandied by stiff cross currents
Anything but mild
'Yes' and 'no' just simply weren't invented yet
Oh yes oh no

Then one day you'd had it
Exiled your close advisers
Ousted your dog-eared rabbits
You're through with pacifizers
You're through with pacifizers now
You're through with pacifizers

Here we go mistaking clouds for mountains
Here's the thing that brings the sparrows to the fountains
Here's the thing that makes you run for the highlands
Here we go mistaking clouds for mountains
Autonomy

Then one day you'd had it
Exiled your close adviser
Ousted your dog-eared rabbits
You're through with pacifizers
You're through with pacifizers now
You're through with pacifizers now
You're through with pacifizers

Here we go mistaking clouds for mountains
Here's the thing that brings the sparrows to the fountains
Here's the thing makes you run for the highlands
Here we go mistaking clouds for mountains
Autonomy


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  • +4
    General CommentThe lyrics book that came with the deluxe box set of the new album says "autonomy", and at a show last fall he said the song was about his mother telling him he had "declared his autonomy" by throwing away all of his stuffed animals while she was away one day.

    Also, I love it when he makes up words like "Pacifizers" or "Hobis-Hots". It fits so well with the whimsical nature of his music.
    jethanron March 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI (mis)heard it as "oh, ton amis" -- "your friends". Exiled all your friends, close advisers. I mis-hear a lotta Bird's lyrics.
    kdkitchenon April 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPfizer is a pharmaceutical company. Maybe his pacifizers is connotative of anti-depressant use.
    atdonovanon May 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that I have read various interviews that Bird says this song is about him throwing his stuffed animals out of his crib when he was little.

    The clouds for mountains part I have also read in interviews being about him touring around and being really tired emotional and physically after a rough show and catching sight of clouds that he thought were mountains and being so tired that he just started laughing. Interesting either way, and I do love singing that lyric.
    rosierogers221on August 01, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI believe the lyric is "it's all tall to me," not "autonomy."
    brandontautologyon March 18, 2012   Link

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