"Kennel District" as written by and Scott Kannberg....
Hold on tight she wears the seek
It's got more stars than the sky
It's still forbidden to excuse
That little look in your eye
I was busted in my gut that time
That time I said 'I know it's true'
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
I can't believe she's married to rope
I would have turned down the light
But she always marked my fear
Doesn't make it alright
I wanted to stay there
But you know I needed more than that
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?
Why didn't I ask?


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"Kennel District" as written by Scott Kannberg

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    General CommentThis is an uncharacteristically beautiful song. It's not written by Malkmus like most of Pavement's songs, but rather by Spiral Stairs. These lyrics make a lot more sense than the "she wears the seek" I've been puzzling over for days; I like the "It's got more stars than the sky" version of the lyrics better, though.

    Anyway, this song is about lost love; the singer keeps getting put off by the one he wants until it's too late. Perhaps he realizes afterwards that he'd been looking at the situation the wrong way; if he had, instead of maybe just been obsessed with loving her, tried to get to know her or paid attention (asked), they could've turned out all right.

    Although after looking at the "rope" line, it seems as if she's hung herself, the impetus of this song appears to be that after she's gotten herself into a completely different, irretrievable situation, they meet up again and he realizes what happened and regrets it.
    quixyon June 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWent back to look at the older version of "Kennel District" found on "Crooked Rain x2: LA's Desert Origins". A lot less sophisticcated lyrics, and all over the place when it comes to tune. I transcribed it just to have:

    Doesn't look like she wears the suit
    She's got no scars in her eyes
    When she talks to you it looks like
    She's got something to hide
    Did she bust you in the gut that time
    That time I said 'I know it's true'?
    Why didn't I ask? why didn't I ask?
    Why didn't I ask? why didn't I ask?

    I can't believe she's married to roe
    I would have turned down the light
    And she really likes you a lot this time
    I guess that makes it all right.
    I wanted to stay there
    But you know I needed more than that
    Why didn't I ask? why didn't I ask?
    Why didn't I ask? why didn't I?

    [awoo]
    Why didn't I ask? why didn't I ask? etc.
    quixyon June 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe title refers to how their ex drummer sold dog kennels outside his place at one stage. I'm going to assume that's what it is.
    ZEROpumpkinson April 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo much meaning for the little amount of words it has. Crimson and Cloveresque. quixy: I'm not sure how you got that; i'm going by your word.
    mybodyisacageon December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI saw Scott play this with his band in Calgary this year in a small bar as part of the 'Sled Island' festival. Needless to say, all of the 50 people (mostly male, mostly drunk) in the crowd were arm in arm jumping over each other yelling the words... ahh so much fun.
    acorm88on December 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningSpiral says that this song was written about Steve Earle.

    "so how weird is this? watching Earle and what's in the bottom corner? [Pavement tour poster] if only he knew Kennel D was about him?"

    twitter.com/spiralmusic/status/…
    Miamasaon December 19, 2015   Link

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