Are we safe at home tonight?
The sound moans an eagle crying out but trying not to show he's lost his pride
He looks for somewhere safe to die
And goes alone
His brother trying hard to push him in to give it one more try
Is it OK?
That my instinct wants him to survive
All of the deer just stand and look uptight
Look at the light! That's life or something

I'm sorry I caught you in my life
I'm hunting yet I don't know why
Eagle on my head tonight flies alone and needs some air before the height
That always seems a bit too high
And just that day
I could crush you with my tires driving down
from the mountains I can't climb
I'm just getting by eating or something
And I'm sorry I caught you in my night
I'm hunting yet I don't know why

But you backflip In the open
But you backflip in the oh why we he down on our bed and stuff anyway
why we he down on our bed and stuff anyway

Now my heart is taking over
Now my heart is taking over

When people start talking
It's hard to know why
Are we speaking our minds,
or just passing the time?

It's addictive like smoking
That clouds up the room
But I'd like to keep joking
and talking to you!

But you backflip in the open
But you backflip in the open


Lyrics submitted by tzaranblue, edited by Kribsbjerg

Crimson song meanings
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  • +1
    Lyric Correction"I'm sorry I cut you with my knife" perhaps?
    sterile.starson November 07, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationWow I love this song. They always keep such great songs for B-sides but I understand why they made that choice here, cuz this song doesn't sound too much like the rest of Centipede Hz. Anyway here is my long interpretation of the song... even though nobody is going to read it I love to read into Avey's lyrics so why not.

    First, I think the eagle in the first verse is a metaphor for Avey's will or soul for the relationship that the song is about. He's kind of looking at it as a separate being from himself, and I love how early in the verse he says the eagle is ready to die (or give up on the relationship), but later he says his instinct wants him to survive. Basically, I think he's trying to say that deep down he knows he doesn't want to continue the relationship, but on another level he actually wants to keep it going.

    After that, I think he's saying "I'm sorry I cut you with my knife, I'm hunting and I don't know why." It seems like he's apologizing for unnecessarily lashing out at the girl this song is directed to in anger, probably as a result of the stress of the relationship.

    The second verse is a bit more ambiguous for me, but I think he's talking about a different eagle now. It sounds like he's saying "Eagle on my head tonight who flies alone and leaves her aerie for a height that always seems a bit too high." I think this eagle is the girl in the relationship, and he's saying that he's thinking about her, as she's left home for unfamiliar territory. I feel like he might be worried that she's out somewhere cheating on him in this verse.

    I love the part shortly after this when Avey starts to raise his voice and ask "Why was he down on our bed and stuff anyway?!" (side note: I'm not completely convinced he's saying "bed and stuff" but you get the point regardless). It's so emotional. He drops the metaphor that's been going for the whole song and has to ask her this, probably something he keeps asking himself. But he quickly catches himself there and knows he's getting carried away - "Now my heart is taking over."

    And finally, the bit after that:

    "When people start talking
    It's hard to know why
    Are we speaking our minds
    Or just passing the time?
    It's addictive like smoking
    That clouds up the room
    But I'd like to keep toking
    And talking to you"

    I love this. I think Avey is making the observation that sometimes people don't mean what they say, and he wonders, why do people talk, if this is the case? But he admits it's addicting to talk, regardless of how genuine the conversation may be. Then he relates it to the rest of the song by saying, "it clouds up the room, but I'd like to keep toking, and talking to you." I think he's saying that when he's talking with whoever the girl is, that he's not completely sure what's genuine and what isn't. But regardless, talking to her is good, and he wants to keep doing it. Kind of ends the song on an uncertain note, but if the meaning was definite it wouldn't be an Animal Collective song.
    dekay0on December 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSo just the basic concept is a little tricky. However, it seems to tell of a person struggling between:
    1. A culture or tradition of hunting, and his own morals of love for living things.
    2. An internal struggle, the protagonist cannot control himself, and against his own will and desires, he kills. Plus the title does lean towards this as well, crimson is a huge symbol for blood.

    However bare with me for a moment through this Quick lyric correction/dissection:

    Are we safe at home tonight?
    The "____" moans, an eagle crying out but trying not to show he's lost his pride.
    He looks for somewhere safe to die, and goes alone.
    His lover* trying hard to push him in to give it one more try.

    Is it okay that my instinct wants him to survive?

    All of the deer just stand and look uptight
    'Look at the light!'

    That's life, or something...

    Well, I'm sorry I cut you with my knife, I'm hunting, and I don't know why.

    Eagle, on my (egg/head) tonight, flies alone and needs a "____" for a height that always seems a bit too (high/hot).
    And just that day, I could crush you with my tires driving out from mountains I can't climb.
    I'm just getting by...

    Eating, or something.

    And I'm sorry I cut you with my knife, I'm hunting, and I don't know why.

    Put your pamphlet in the open.

    Why was he down on our tennis court anyway?!!

    Now my heart is taking over.

    (whoooooo!)

    When people start talking, its hard to know why.
    Are we speaking our minds?
    Or just passing the time?
    It's addictive like smoking, that clouds up the room.
    But I'd like to keep toking, and talking to you.

    Put your pamphlet in the open.


    Okay so for the the obvious:
    'Im sorry I cut you with my knife, I'm hunting and I don't know why'
    is the biggest hint to the concept, but most importantly the 'I don't know why' is such an extremely powerful phrase. The act of doing something while being unaware of why exactly you're doing it, and just the way its delivered, along with one of the main leads/motif through the song.
    This and:
    'why was he down on our tennis court anyway?'
    are the two, standout built-up, eruptions and strongest sections in the first eerie flowing story telling, half of the song.

    You can get the idea that the protagonist has killed something/someone, against his own desires. A very common feeling in stories involving a terrible incident or tragedy is one asking themselves, for example if a school bus accident occurred a mother would ask ' why did she have to take the bus, why didn't she chose to walk to school today'
    It's about the little variables that alter the results of our actions, and how drinking a glass of orange juice instead of milk has the possibility of completely changing someones future situations.
    This may be a bit obvious, but sometimes an explanation of the simple helps one to enter the story a little better.

    More lines that relate to the concept:
    'Is it okay that my instinct wants him to survive?'
    Protagonist reflectively questioning his own intuitive beliefs/morals, against those of killing, whom someone has been pushing against me, or that he is uncontrollably killing by some sort of mental state/. In his heart he wants 'him' to survive.

    With that being explained, we can now rewind to clarify the point of the Eagle. If we can sport the idea of the eagle being the protagonist, then that seems to make the story a bit clearer.
    'An eagle crying out but trying not to show hes lost his pride'
    Using an eagle is a great choice, pride is a huge symbolism for them, and they tear fish and fuck shit up. But this eagle does not want to kill, and tries to hide this inner struggle as best as possible.

    ("eh whats wrong wit jerry oveah dere, he aint even touch his trout?!"
    "yeah! HEY JERRY Whatya some kinda pidgeon or sometin'?! HAAA"
    "heh Yea Frank, I bet hes one of dos vegatalibrians or sometin' hahahaha")


    'All of the deer just stand a look uptight 'look at the light!'
    thats life or something.'
    Protagonist reflecting on how Deer are known to naively become stunned in headlights when a car rushes towards them. He pictures, the deer saying to itself in curiosity "look at that light ovea dere paul you see dat? Got damn dat shit is beautiful, i'm not even that high, but shit that thing is gorgeo-----....'
    So the protagonist then hesitantly settles, that's life or something.

    Ignoring the next line referring to the eagle, I have no idea specifically what the lyrics are here, but I do hope that it is 'Eagle on my egg tonight'
    Because that would then change the concept from being an eagle, to then eating an eagle, while still relating to the concept of killing as a whole. It would also however, make me believe that this song is actually intact, about cannibalism or murder in someway. That would be p.badass and also, not strange given Davey and Brian's love for horror films... Nevertheless, I digress...

    'I could crush you with my tires driving out from mountains...'
    '... I'm just getting by. Eating or something'
    Protagonist reflecting again here, this time relating the unpredictability of life, to some sort of justification for his killing. He could of killed this thing by accident, on a dark trip home from the mountains, or he could just be getting by in life, eating to survive.
    Yet the point here, is that it wasn't an accident, and he did not kill for survival.

    Again he apologizes to the once living thing, he doesn't know why hes doing this, or he does not want to.

    Now a huge question left will be the 'pamphlet', I think without insight from the writer, I myself could never interpret the meaning behind it alone. All I know is that someone should really put theirs out in the open, the protagonist has already asked a few times...

    To conclude this with the last paragraph, and a final thought:
    I feel as if this last paragraph isn't part of the story, some epilogue of sorts. It's the most simplest to decipher out of the entire body of work, yet, extremely passionate, philosphical, and brilliant at the same time.
    Questioning human nature, human behavior, and human interaction.
    'When people start talking, it's hard to know why'
    Fucking brilliant, Amen to that man.

    'Are we speaking our minds? Or just passing the time?'
    Are we entertaining others and ourselves? Are we entertaining our own ideas and opinions? Or are we just pointlessly pushing air through our larynx's while moving our mouths to enunciate, uttering noises with no purpose or meaning behind them?
    But not specifically adhered to speaking, generalized with everything we do. Are we really all the things that are outside of us? (lol jk)

    It's addictive, like hot boxing your bros basement till you can barely see your hands out in front of you.
    But the protagonist wishes to enjoy these interactions with a certain someone, regardless if they're actually 'speaking their minds' or 'passing the time'. It doesn't matter currently because hes enjoying it.

    Now the bigger picture? With the story's meaning and metaphor, then related and added into the final paragraph?
    I have no clue. I have to say though, that the added (woooo!!!!) transitioning into the final part, makes me believe that the first half is a telling of a story, rather than a personal experience transformed into a story.
    Its just a hunch, reminds me more of the post-apocalyptic story in cobwebs, than the personal reflection of For Reverend Green. I like it just the way it is though, I might even put my pamphlet out in the open tonight.

    Lastly, if indeed written by Davey, this is some of his best story telling/writting in his colllection. It's really impressive, how putting it to song can bring out the power and emotion behind the story even more. That's a talent in itself and the boys really did an excellent job. The eerie flow, to the tension, to the enormous build up and release. It makes me glad they still possess these skills, those magic feelings that initially drew me in.
    YukiikuYon January 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think it could be about a lover who has been cheated on and his behaviour is either spiting their partner or he did something before he got cheated on. they've had a falling out over it but there is a feeling of remorse and wanting to repair things.
    classifiedm10on January 28, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI'd like to know what it means by "but you backflip in the open" exactly. I can guess but.....
    whereartestebanon May 23, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti like this song like...so much better than centipede hz.

    (currently getting fat from stress eating rather than what i generally do when i'm stressed out, which is the opposite. but apparently no one's ever going to see me irl again, so it doesn't really matter.)
    mylastnameishorrificallyaccurateon September 06, 2013   Link

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