"Elephants" as written by and John/homme Baldwin....
We're painted as monsters
Borracho, cansado
Do you know what the people say?
I plucked from the garden
Of wretched beliefs
I offer a rose
And smile with harmless teeth
Then slick back my hair,
You know the devil's in there
Alone in the garden
Like lumbering giants
In a shameful parade
We came to ruin all
And make a rotten trade

Make you roll over
So roll over
Get over

Scattered on the shore
Slowly washed away
Feeling somewhat deserving
Of what will be someday
Now I can never stay melancholy
For the memory of your face
Now I can never stay melancholy
For long

Before I move on

We're unwanted strangers
Exploited and dangerous
Unable to hide
Or even dream of it
Como estas?
Parting the seas
We're lepers who stroll
Why you afraid sweetie?
I slick back my hair
You know the devil's in there
So keep one eye open baby
We're so easy to spot
Lepers riding atop
Pachyderms full of germs
Elephants broken and screaming and oh

Roll over
Are we coming over?

Scattered on the shore
Slowly washed away
Scattered on the shore
Slowly washed away
Away, away
Feeling somewhat deserving
Of what will be someday
Now I can never stay melancholy
For the memory of your face
All alone in the garden
Of long lost hopeful plans
Now I can never stay anything
For long

So come on
Move
Roll over
Are we coming over?

Get it on


Lyrics submitted by BalloonMan, edited by travismwh

"Elephants" as written by Josh Homme John Baldwin

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  • +2
    General Commentthey opened up with this when I saw them in Boston. fucking AMAZING.
    XDanny_TorrenceXon January 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song on the album.... be back to explain it later dudes.
    kwelion November 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsalvador dali - elephants
    MrRobinsonon March 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like:
    You know the devil's in the air

    also

    We're unwanted strangers,
    exploitive & dangerous,

    Anyways, i think its about sex. Possibly taking a girl's innocence.
    "We came to ruin all, and make a rotten trade
    To make you roll over, so roll over"
    Dustbucket22on March 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@tiptapman

    Glad i wasn't the only one that thought this! First thing that popped in my head when this song starts
    Tillbeon September 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust corrected it as I heard it. Correct me!



    We're painted as monsters,
    borracho, cansado.
    Do you know what the people say?
    I'm Plucked from the garden
    of wretched beliefs,
    I offer a rose
    & smile with harmless teeth.

    Then slick back my hair,
    YOU KNOW THE DEVIL'S IN THERE?
    Alone in the garden.
    Like lumbering giants
    in a shameful parade,
    we came to ruin all &
    make a rotten trade.

    To make you roll over
    So roll over...
    yeah over

    Scattered on the shore,
    surely washed away.
    Feeling somewhat deserving
    of what will be someday.
    No I can never stay MELANCHOLY,
    I've the memory of your face.
    No I can never stay melancholy for long...

    Before I move on.

    We're unwanted strangers,
    exploitive & dangerous,
    unable to hide or even dream of it.
    the Como estas,
    parting the seas,
    we're lepers who stroll,
    why you afraid sweety?

    I slick back my hair,
    you know the devil's in there?
    So keep one eye open baby.
    We're so easy to spot,
    lepers riding atop.
    Pachyderms of germs,
    elephants broken & screaming &...

    Roll ahh (over)
    Are we coming over

    SCATTERED ON THE SHORE,
    surely washed away.
    away away
    Feeling somewhat deserving
    of what will be someday.
    No I can never stay melancholy,
    I've the memory of your face.
    All alone in the garden
    of long lost hopeful plans.
    No I can never stay anything.....
    for long.

    So come on
    Move
    Roll Over
    Are we coming over
    ifamericansknewdotorgon December 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEvil seductive guy. Like in "Scumbag Blues" and "Caligulove." Josh Homme likes that sort of character, I guess.
    Crane42on January 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI reckon the song might be about life in a supergroup - they've all been there, Dave Grohl and JPJ saw the worst of what can happen.

    "Plucked from the garden
    of wretched beliefs,
    I offer a rose
    gaijinroseon July 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationPretty sure these are the correct lyrics. "Now I can never stay melancholy for the memory of your face" makes the most sense and would fit the pattern (last four lines, third stanza): Now, For, Now, For.


    We're painted as monsters,
    Borracho, cansado
    Do you know what the people say?
    I plucked from the garden
    Of wretched beliefs
    I offer a rose
    And smile with harmless teeth
    Then slick back my hair,
    You know the devil's in there
    Alone in the garden
    Like lumbering giants
    In a shameful parade
    We came to ruin all
    And make a rotten trade

    Make you roll over
    So roll over
    Get over

    Scattered on the shore,
    Slowly washed away
    Feeling somewhat deserving
    Of what will be someday
    Now I can never stay melancholy
    For the memory of your face
    Now I can never stay melancholy
    For long

    Before I move on

    We're unwanted strangers,
    Exploited and dangerous
    Unable to hide
    Or even dream of it
    ¿Como estas?
    Parting the seas
    We're lepers who stroll,
    Why you afraid sweetie?
    I slick back my hair,
    You know the devil's in there
    So keep one eye open baby
    We're so easy to spot,
    Lepers riding atop
    Pachyderms full of germs,
    Elephants broken and screaming and oh

    Roll over
    Are we coming over?

    Scattered on the shore,
    Slowly washed away
    Scattered on the shore,
    Slowly washed away
    Away, away
    Feeling somewhat deserving
    Of what will be someday
    Now I can never stay melancholy
    For the memory of your face
    All alone in the garden
    Of long lost hopeful plans
    Now I can never stay anything
    For long

    So come on,
    Move
    Roll over
    Are we coming over?

    Get it on
    ZackofSteelon January 14, 2014   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI think it could be about a group that is "painted as monsters". I think it is about atheists, who have a very bad reputation for no particular reason.


    "Painted as monsters"
    atheists are painted as monsters


    "Plucked from the garden
    of wicked beliefs"
    people believe that that is true.


    Other quotes supporting this theory is "Then slick back my hair,
    YOU KNOW THE DEVIL'S IN THERE?"



    The second verse is about paranoia

    "We're unwanted strangers,
    exploited & dangerous,
    unable to hide or even dream of it.
    Como estas,
    parting the seas,
    like lepers who stroll,
    why you afraid sweety?"

    The parting the seas line is also good.
    FeelTheFunkBlaston August 09, 2010   Link

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