"Little Fury Bugs" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
You'll discover that casual friends kept
Notes in their pockets to remember your name
And all these places we went to see sights
Just gave them excuses to get to the game

There's a look in the faces tonight that's untrustable
As the hope that you'll never return in a while
But you're always on time, so

Sleeping soundly; the back of the car felt more like a home
Than I would have ever have thought.
And through the evening the engine kept on
Until we hit Chicago and decided to stop

There's a look in the faces tonight that's untrustable
As the hope that you'll never return in a while
But you're always on time, so

There's a look in the faces tonight that's untrustable
As the hope that you'll never return in a while
But you're always on time, so


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"Little Fury Bugs" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    General Commentto me this song is about living in a situation where the people you try to be friends with may not have much in common with you, and you don't know them well, but you try to play along anyway.
    schlieffenon March 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's "Little Fury Bugs" and I'm reasonably sure the title refers to the classic Dinosaur Jr. track "Little Fury Things." Not sure of the significance of that, exactly, but both are great and wonderful songs.
    BorrowedTuneon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti'm willing to bet this song is about the feud between lou barlow and j mascis, given the title which references "little fury things" by Dinosaur Jr. and "bug" which was their last album with barlow on it.
    bab808on November 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOkay. so i have a new take on the song... i originally thought it was about him and this girl that he met in title track and they were traveling together for some reason... maybe a chance encounter and they decided to meet im not quit sure how my mind came to that conclusion, but then i read down about fake friends analogy of BugsyValentine... and it blew my mind so i had something to ad about the confusion of the lines

    "Sleeping soundly, the back of the car felt more like a home
    Than I would have ever have thought
    And through the evening the engine kept on"

    well my take on that is that he is so messed up by this girl through the album so far and the breakdown was the employment pages and the aftershock was for what reason... "So slick with your sarcastic slew with phrases like i thought you knew" pretty self explanatory.

    sorry getting side tracked SO
    MontroseKisson May 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOkay. so i have a new take on the song... i originally thought it was about him and this girl that he met in title track and they were traveling together for some reason... maybe a chance encounter and they decided to meet im not quit sure how my mind came to that conclusion, but then i read down about fake friends analogy of BugsyValentine... and it blew my mind so i had something to ad about the confusion of the lines

    "Sleeping soundly, the back of the car felt more like a home
    Than I would have ever have thought
    And through the evening the engine kept on"

    well my take on that is that he is so messed up by this girl through the album so far and the breakdown was the employment pages and the aftershock was for what reason... "So slick with your sarcastic slew with phrases like i thought you knew" pretty self explanatory.

    sorry getting side tracked SO my take on that verse is that he is trying to kill him self it is that bad... he had a hose through from the exhaust to the back seat where he went to sleep in hope of not waking up. anyway thats what i got from it maybe a little extreme but yeah.
    MontroseKisson May 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentReading through these interpretations I think we're all spot on. My original interpretation was that this song has to do with fake friends and the dark undertone of nightlife. I think the song's feel gives it away even more than the lyrics, the song just kind of reeks of false personalities and fake gestures. You can tell that Ben Gibbard is foreign to the sometimes fake world of social life, and probably felt a sense of disgust and betrayal.

    However you wanna interpret it, this song always stuck out to me on the record. It's just so slow and dark. I definitely related with the feelings expressed here to. I ain't scurred but I thought this song was a stick-out on the record yadig it was cool though.
    conortiffinon February 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI don't know. I can't say it's NOT about that but to me it's not. To me it's about something totally different. Not necessarily friends, just people he feels obligated to be around all the time. I can't say who, 'cos I don't know myself but anyway, this song is beautiful.
    Title_Trackon March 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo me, the first verse of this song is about realizing not only do "your" 'friends' not care about "you" enough to remember who "you" are, they don't want "you" around, but "you" always show up anyway so the game continues. Second verse seems kind of self explanatory: He's sleeping in the back of his car. Why, I don't know.
    strykerchickon April 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentagian, my song mother fuckers
    j.acobon May 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of how you dont really fit in anywhere and how your all alone, kinda depressing but he's still got a sexy voice.
    moseson May 31, 2004   Link

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