"Flyswatter" as written by and Mark O. Everett....
Little field mice
Living under the house
Never eating much
Tough life for a mouse
And if you think you're
Gonna be spared
You're wrong

Field mice, head lice
Spiders in the kitchen
Don't think twice 'bout
Whatever keeps you itchin'
Ice water, flyswatter
Gonna get you through
The day

Heat is rolling in like
Hell's red rug
Stinking like the
Breath of Beelzebub
And if you think you won't
Walk on coals
You will

Field mice, head lice
Spiders in the kitchen
Don't think twice 'bout
Whatever keeps you itchin'
Ice water, flyswatter
Gonna get you through
The day
The day

Field mice, head lice
Spiders in the kitchen
Don't think twice 'bout
Whatever keeps you itchin'
Ice water, flyswatter
Gonna get you through
The day

That's real good
Oh yeah


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"Flyswatter" as written by Mark O. Everett

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    General CommentI think it's about how people don't care for all the things that bug them. They put the mice in mouse traps, kill off the head lice and squash the spiders. And of course the flyswatter is made to kill flies. It's just about the whole apathy towards them.
    Appers66on June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcreepy yet cool. eels are so good, more people need to listen to them (especially the quiet emotional stuff from electro-shock blues).
    xpankfrisston April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteels are amazing. If you just listen to their sound you might think that they're just a guitar-pop band. But their lyrics are much darker than people would think.
    therymzon April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe music for this, especially the beginning, sounds really familiar to me... Was it ever in a soundtrack for a movie?...
    sexwithoutfuryon September 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis reminds me a lot of the poem "to a mouse" by robert burns- it's got the same premise of a conversation with a field mouse, and both pieces talk about the day-to-day difficulties of life.

    sexwithoutfury: i know a couple songs were played in The Anniversary Party.
    sweetpea_246on May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, I love the Eels, the music at the strat is used in the desperate housewives advert.
    HighonaCleodon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this tune,its creepy but so kool. e wrote this about mice that were in his basement
    scottecooperon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI picture a family having, like, a picnic on their lawn in a 40's-50's time when they realized there are mice coming out of their house or something. Like, the underlying creepiness of things most find so charming. I always interpret this as the empty feeling of summer. Most will probably disagree with this, because I've never known someone to dislike summer in the way I do, but this is just my interpretation. In summer it feels like you should be doing something, the sun doesn't go down before you sleep, everything feels sticky and raw, and you're waiting for something to happen, whether that be a fun barbecue or someone poisoning the lemonade.
    AmericanRudieon March 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is, by far, my favorite Eels song at the moment. Novocaine for the Soul is awesome too but what I love about the Eels is how so many of their songs have a lullaby/music box innocent sound to them yet have dark lyrics. I agree with Appers66 that the song is about not being bothered by life's annoyances but the video is amazing. There is so much going on, like people not being who they seem...the "nun" turns surfer girl when no one is looking and another "nun" is a skateboarder. The lead singer calls the police about the clown in the surveillance van [who turns out to be literally a clown] while the cop just skips through the woods chasing bubbles and playing with flowers. I see it as symbolic of how in life you're "on your own" with your problems but you can get through the day by facing each annoyance as it comes- using ice water and a flyswatter as means to take back control of your life and rid your life of problems. The field mice living under the house "don't eat much and have a tough life for a mouse" meaning those [who are a minor annoyance to you] are living sad lives trying to live off the scraps in your life. It is also such a pleasure whenever there is modern music where you can actually understand the lyrics just from listening. I find the Eels' music very addictive! On one YouTube video someone commented this song would make a great music box tune and I agree!
    RoseTeaCup1216on January 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song too me is a lot more about how in life, there are the small things that will weigh you down, and annoy you, but you have to find that release, your "flyswatter". Little field mice
    " Living under the house
    Never eating much
    Tough life for a mouse
    And if you think you're
    Gonna be spared
    You're wrong " This confirms my first point about how small things ( mice ) will always annoy you, and they're basically impossible to avoid.

    " Field mice, head lice
    Spiders in the kitchen
    Don't think twice 'bout
    Whatever keeps you itchin'
    Ice water, flyswatter
    Gonna get you through
    The day "
    The first few lines represent all the annoyances you can have, and how they can come in all different forms, but you have to find a way too ignore them. Then it says, that your ice water, your flyswatter will help you get over those differences. Drinking ice water after a long day to relax, and having a fly swatter to get rid of annoyances, or smack 'em away.
    "Heat is rolling in like
    Hell's red rug
    Stinking like the
    Breath of Beelzebub
    And if you think you won't
    Walk on coals
    You will" links to my first point, you cant avoid annoyances. Even "That's real good
    Oh yeah" can be linked to him showing relief at the "end of the day", although its just the end of the song. All of this can also be linked to the youtube video, were a nun goes skateboarding after (presumably) long day. A nun goes skateboarding, a clown stalks girls, a little child plays in the sand, but discovers an annoyance. Or you could take it the other way and its a child toiling and passing the time, and finding relief. either way.
    vantason May 23, 2016   Link

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