"If I Had A Tail" as written by Michael Jay Shuman, Josh Homme, Dean Anthony Fertita and Troy Dean Van Leeuwen....
Gitchy, gitchy
Ooh la la
Da doo ron ron
You won't get far

I'm machine
I'm obsolete
In the land of the free
Lobotomy

I wanna suck, I wanna lick
I want to cry and I want to spit
Tears of pleasure
Tears of pain
They trickle down your face the same

It's how you look
Not how you feel
A city of glass
With no heart

If I had a tail
I'd own the night
If I had a tail
I'd swat the flies

Yeah, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Yeah, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh

Gitchy, gitchy
Ooh la la
Da doo ron ron
It won't get far

Animals in
The midnight zone
When you own the world
You're always home

Get your hands dirty
Roll up them sleeves
Brainwashed or true believers?
Buy flash cars
Diamond rings
Expensive holes to bury things

I'm machine
I'm obsolete
In the land of the free
Immortality

If I had a tail
I'd own the place
If I had a tail
I'd swat the flies

Oh-oh-oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh

See me dancing on the stars
See me dance

If I have a tail
I will control the night
If I have a tail
I will control the night
If I have a tail
I will control the night


Lyrics submitted by SongMeanings, edited by Disen, thedanger, stealthissound, wampaking, Cassabian, sparna, Hivnom, MilkManMike, thisendworld, TheBronze, Niamh168

"If I Had a Tail" as written by Michael Jay Shuman, Josh Homme, Dean Anthony Fertita, Troy Dean Van Leeuwen

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  • +5
    General CommentCorrect lyrics taken from the ...Like Clockwork Double LP:

    Gitchy, gitchy
    Oo la la
    Da doo run run
    You wont get far

    I'm machine
    I'm obsolete
    The land of the free
    Lobotomy

    I wanna suck
    I wanna lick
    I wanna cry
    I wanna spit

    Tears of pleasure
    Tears of pain
    They trickle down your face the same
    It's how you look
    Not how you feel
    A city of glass with no heart

    If I had a tail
    I'd own the night
    If I had a tail
    I'd swat the flies

    Gitchy, gitchy
    Oo la la
    Da doo run run
    You won't get far

    Animals in the midnight zone
    When you own the world, you're always home
    Get your hands dirty, roll up them sleeves
    Brainwashed or true believers?
    Buy flash cars
    Diamond rings
    Expensive holes to bury things

    I'm machine, obsolete
    In the land of the free
    Immortality

    If I had a tail
    I'd own the night
    If I had a tail
    I'd swat the flies

    See me dance along the scars?
    See me dance?
    MilkManMikeon June 05, 2013   Link
  • +5
    General CommentWatched the video and the main character ( girl masked in the car) reminded me of the heroin in Stieg Larson's trilogy. In France "tail" is often used to refer to"dick". So to me that might be a girl singing this song. ( Like if i had a tail i could do things my own way and not be a victim). The lyrics to this song are very metaphoric and rich, they can be interpreted in so many different ways. I guess it's a collage of very different emotions, ressources and references. Once more it's a powerful text.
    Aleskeon June 28, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about a sociopath who lusts for and acheives action, sex and substance abuse in an urban setting but who doesn't want the reality of his or her actions to compromise his or her conscious. If the actions are contemplated the addiction ceases to exist and life becomes mundane. The person is the metaphysical interpretation of a "monster" hence the notion "If I Had A Tale". The ending is surrealistic in the portrayal of the literal manifestation of the monster by association of the sounds of the sociopath meta-morphing into the anthropomorphic representation.
    Psicosis1on June 02, 2013   Link
  • +3
    Link(s)The first two lines

    Gitchy, gitchy Ooh la la
    Da doo ron ron

    Are from "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle and "Da Doo Ron Ron" by The Crystals.

    [url=songmeanings.net/songs/view/66134/… Marmalade[/url]
    [url=songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858686722//… Doo Ron Ron[/url]
    unlistedon June 27, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMade an account to say your lyrics are spot on, Disen needs to get his ears checked.
    Stolidon May 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think...

    Out of motion
    Midnight soul

    Should be:
    Animals in
    the midnight zone

    also

    If I had a tail
    I know... goodnight

    should be:
    If I had a tail
    I'd own the skies
    thedangeron May 16, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first line »Gitchy, gitchy, oh la la« are an callback to the chorus of the song Lady Marmelade i think.
    SpaceLordon May 31, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he's saying that pop culture is more like a freak show than a talent show.
    Loppermannon January 19, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I saw them play in April '14, Josh specifically said that his song was about too many people telling you what you can and can't do. Basically, it's about social standards and conformity to them; life is much more simple if you do not conform.
    tcbaklashon September 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust realized its I'd own the night for second line chorus.
    Ktgkyleon May 23, 2013   Link

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