"Elephant" as written by and Kevin Parker....
Bet he feels like an elephant
Shaking his big grey trunk for the hell of it
You know that you're dreaming about being loved by him
Too bad your chances are slim

And it’s not like Mr. Shock
To get shy when I ask who always is on top?
There must be something deep down in the middle down there
He’s not too easily scared

He’s got friends but they got the feeling
Wouldn't care too much if he just disappeared
Oh, look, see there he is now coming down the stairs
(Here he comes)

He pulled the mirrors off his Cadillac (yeah)
‘Cause he doesn’t like it looking like he looks back
He talks like his opinion is a simple fact
Somebody grabbed his collar
He cried the whole way home
He won’t remember a thing 'til it starts again
That’s how it is 'til the end (yeah)


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"Elephant" as written by Kevin Parker

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  • +8
    General CommentIt's a song about someone with a big ego - someone who feels as big and strong and important as an elephant. Someone without humility.

    In our age, that also may mean someone with lots of money, hence the references to Cadillac and collar.

    Funny enough, after the lyrics "he is now coming down the stairs", you can hear a noisy, "fat" descending sound (at 1:07 and again at 2:42), sounding like a theme from Money, by Pink Floyd (a song with lyrics related to these).

    I love the way they use distorted, clumsy sounds to represent musically that kind of character. That's synesthesia.
    Camel fanon August 09, 2012   Link
  • +6
    Song MeaningAfter listening to the rest of Lonerism, one would know that the album is about the loneliness of the writer. This song, however, is sharp contrast to that theme. In Elephant, he describes a man who "You know you're dreaming about being loved by".

    This man is very outgoing, loved by some, and envied by about everybody else. And he is described by the lyric of the year in my opinion, "He pulled the mirrors off his Cadillac/'Cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back". But this enviable man is simply not real.

    This man is who we all aspire to be. The man of which we all love and love to hate at the same time. We all share the common desire to please fellow human beings. And this song is about the man who lives the dream to do such a thing. We all wish we had the money to afford to rip mirrors off a Cadillac and be described in this way. A loner isn't a person who lives like this, but he does dream like it which is how I have formed my opinion of the song.
    Overall, awesome song and album!!
    lfcfan7on March 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation'Bet' he 'feels like' an elephant
    ...
    He’s got friends but they got the feeling
    Wouldn't care too much if he just disappeared
    ...
    Somebody grabbed his collar
    He cried the whole way home

    Making fun of people who think the whole world revolves around them, but no matter how much they posture, no one cares about them, and they aren't really all that powerful.

    He won’t remember a thing 'til it starts again
    That’s how it is 'til the end (yeah)

    But he never learns his lesson, he's blind to all else except his own image of himself.
    phguyon May 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction"Too bad it just is a sin"
    I hear
    "Too bad your chances are slim"
    kliperson July 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI found more mistakes is text thanks to friend...

    Too bad your cances are slim
    Whom would not care too much if he just dissapeared
    He won´t remember a thing and then it started again
    kliperson July 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    MemorySynesthesya yay

    About the cover album; i like to imagine that i'm the elephant behind those bars while hear whole Lonerism.


    thx Noel Fielding <3

    and...
    "Oh, by the way...wich one is pink?"
    comodinaon September 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagree it is about someone with a big ego , but at the same time its saying by being such a big head you just generate resentment and alienation onto yourself.. The 'elephant' need everything they say to be treated as gospel but at the same time there is a desperation to this craving. Its basically song about your boss - even though they are a total cock and probably won't change they are proably far more lonely and wretched than you are!
    BustleyNightson October 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe bit where it says "he pulled the mirrors off his Cadillac cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back" sounds similar to the lyrics of arctic monkeys 'the blond-o-sonic shimmer trap' , where it says "and she snapped wing mirrors off a Cadillac, a particularly pretty one, and it meant that she never had to strain her back when she was putting her lippy on"
    They sound quite similar and have similar meanings of a person with a large ego
    Songsongon August 30, 2014   Link
  • -1
    Lyric CorrectionI'm sure it's going to be revelatory when the official lyrics are shown, as I found multiple places that all had different lyrics. Whether a few different words or phrases to entirely different stanzas, it was all varied.
    So I won't submit my own interpretations or guesses, but before the full album arrives in October 2012 I'm interested in the final report.
    TiE23on July 28, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General Commentbig ego dude who has a macho bisexual/homosexual slant towards his life. interplay between speaker and referent

    speaker is not ashamed by his bisexuality :
    Bet he feels like an elephant
    Shaking his big grey trunk for the hell of it
    You know that you're dreaming about being loved by him
    Too bad your chances are slim

    And it’s not like Mr. Shock
    To get shy when I ask who always is on top?
    There must be something deep down in the middle down there
    He’s not too easily scared
    vodonnon March 29, 2013   Link

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