Jumping up and down the floor,
My head is an animal.
And once there was an animal,
It had a son that mowed the lawn.
The son was an ok guy,
They had a pet dragonfly.
The dragonfly it ran away,
But it came back with a story to say.

Her dirty paws and furry coat,
She ran down the forest slope.
The forest of talking trees,
They used to sing about the birds and the bees.
The bees had declared a war,
The sky wasn't big enough for them all.
The birds, they got help from below,
From dirty paws and the creatures of snow.

And for a while things were cold,
They were scared down in their holes.
The forest that once was green
Was colored black by those killing machines.
But she and her furry friends
Took down the queen bee and her men.
And that's how the story goes,
The story of the beast with those four dirty paws.



Lyrics submitted by mike


Dirty Paws song meanings
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  • +2
    My Interpretation:I feel there is a disconnect after the third line that separates the entire song. I feel that we are saying humans are really animals, but I'm not sure why that matters in the rest of the song. Regardless,

    My interpretation is based on a rather simple statement: I don't think the dirty paws belong to the dragonfly. In fact, I don't believe the dragonfly did anything more than play witness to a bear destroying a beehive.

    The song made me question who the creatures of the snow might be, but I believe these to be little cubs. After all, the song ends by saying the story was simply about the creature with the four dirty paws (and furry coat) so the creatures of the snow are both dependent on the aforementioned creature and auxiliary (i.e the bear was feeding the cubs).

    And for a while things were cold,
    They were scared down in their holes.
    The forest that once was green
    Was colored black by those killing machines.

    ...the (now dead) bees are the black killing machines, and the other creatures who had to bear witness to this atrocity tried to avert their attention by burrowing into their holes.

    Something worth noting, the trees said the bees waged war against the birds; I don't take this to mean anything more than the bees were encroaching on their livelihood.
    poetogethron August 03, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:Nanna said in an interview 3 months ago that the band's NAME "became a big part of the way that we write LYRICS." The band's name contains two key ideas. The first idea is that human plans go wrong and end badly (ie "the best made plans of mice and men"). The second idea is from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, who suggested that "man was more monstrous" than the monsters he creates.

    So the band's prime lyrical thrust may be that man's monstrous arrogance will bring him down. With that in mind, the dragonfly can be seen as the enslaved pet of a man, man's cruel harnessing of another species that should fly free. Man is depicted with an animal head because he is in fact an animal too, though he may be in denial about this.

    In the dragonfly's story, the "bees" are a metaphor for man, who seeks to dominate the earth with "killing machines." The dragonfly's story looks forward to a rebellion and overturning of the power of the bees. That is, it looks forward to a time when man will cease to dominate the earth and live in harmony with it instead. The fertile metaphor of "the birds and the bees" is used to emphasise how species, that should work together to make an abundant earth, do not because of the betrayal of nature by those busy machine building mechanical "bees," that is, us. The "beast with the 4 dirty paws" is, in turn, a metaphor for nature fighting back against man's arrogance.

    "Dirty Paws" is a parable seeking harmony in nature, which has been disrupted by man's arrogance.
    yhtrownuon July 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I think that this song could be about WWII.

    "Dirty Paws" is the USA (I'll get to this later); the bees are the Axis Powers; and the birds are the Allies. The "creatures of snow" are most likely England, Russia, and France.

    The birds - the first countries to declare war on Germany, Italy, Japan, ect. - got help from the USA, England, Russia, and France - hence "Dirty Paws and the creatures of snow".

    "The forest that once was green was colored black by those killing machines" represents the toll the war took on the world. The forest = the world, killing machines = the countries fighting in the war, colored black = all the death.

    Dirty Paws and the creatures of snow/her "furry friends" - USA, England, Russia, and France - take down Germany (the queen bee) and Italy and Japan (her men).

    Now for Dirty Paws: the last line of the song is "the beast with those four dirty paws". I think that the four dirty paws could represent wars America took part in:

    1. American Revolution
    2. Civil War
    3. War of 1812
    4. WWI

    That's my interpretation of the song. It's a great song from my favorite band.
    emilyrae41on April 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Of monsters & men are story tellers who let u interpret urself rather than there being one opinion. I see dirty paws similar to "dirty hands" has in done something bloody. also the line "My head is an animal" she is thinking like and animal. primitive, instinct based, not compassionate.
    capartingon June 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:This song is pretty literal in what it's saying

    When Spring starts, paper wasps create nests that grows while housing several generations of workers. At the end of Summer, the Queen produces eggs which will develop into insects that will leave the nest to mate and start the process over again next year.
    Once this generation leaves, those nest's life is basically over. This means anything left behind is ripe for picking, and crows seem to have the uncanny ability to know just when this time occurs to gobble up the larvae and bugs lying around.
    Of course, paper wasps also create nests in the ground as well. Just as the crows and jays do, coyotes, skunks, and foxes will dig up these nests to eat those protein-rich larvae as well. Coincidentally, coyotes, skunks, and foxes are known to eat grass as well.
    Once more: Dragonflies are carnivorous bugs that prey on other insects and have been known to eat bees and wasps.


    This song is about a young (I'll say Fox) growing up and having their own pup. Growing up a bit, the pup now hunts small bugs and berries but usually sticks to grass as it's the most abundant source for him around the area. While out searching for food, this pup spots a dragonfly and chases it around semi-playfully leading the fox to a nearby forest.
    As I've said before, Foxes will dig up nests and eat the larvae and whatever else after the next generation ups and flies away. Well, the pup loses interest in the Dragonfly and runs off to search for these nests. He wasn't alone, though. Birds and other animals alike were eating what was left of both the nests and bugs.
    They didn't get all the nests, though. Those left behind in the nests that were still intact didn't dare leave them (either due to self-preservation or just instinct since their duty was finished). Outside what few nests remained was a feeding frenzy of birds and animals; the most notorious one being the Pup that followed the Dragonfly. After most wasps (including the Queen) eaten or somehow killed, this story ends with that Dragonfly flying back to where the Pup first saw it.

    tl;dr It's a song about the feeding frenzy that occurs in forests over 'left-over' nests.
    Onimaruson September 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Nanna,

    My comment has been disappeared from this forum...
    Anyway, I have posted it on the You Tube site as well.
    It is about The Book of Revelations.
    Have you seen that?
    If I'm right, I would discuss it with you.

    Zoltan
    ZoltanPetoon July 13, 2013   Link

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