"In a Jar" as written by and Joseph Mascis....
I'll be grazing by your window
Please come pat me on the head
I just want to find out what you're nice to me for
When I look up, don't think I don't know
About all the scabs you dread
It's hard to stomach the gore

I know you don't have the patience
To peel them off no more
In a jar where you believe
All I could do was lick your hand
In a jar the scars are plain to see
I hope somehow you'll know I understand

I'll be grazing by your window
Please come pat me on the head
I just want to find out what you're nice to me for
Then you smile and decide to take me in
'cause I look you by your bed
But I can feel it just a little more

I'll watch you fall apart, babe you know it
You know I'm young and stuff, babe don't blow it
Just unscrew the top, yeah
Pick me up now just can't stop

In a jar where you believe
All I could do was lick your hand
In a jar where scars are plain to see
I hope somehow you'll know I understand
Scabs collect beneath your bureau
From the knife wounds you got


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"In a Jar" as written by Joseph Mascis

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    General CommentI think it's about a relationship. He doesn't understand why she's interested in him and holds this girl in high regard on, puts her on a pedestal. She senses this and exploits him, treating him like a pet. He feels that there is something more tp the attraction than having him as a pet though. I think the song lyrics may have been written over a period of time. Some of it when he didn't understand what she saw in him. SOme of it when he was thinking about how she treats him. And finally that bit, perhaps in retrospect, where he says he thinks there was more to it (I.e she loved him?)
    Mindglowon December 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorites if anybody knows whats going on here with the guitars pray do tell
    shawnsiciliaon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentStalking Uma and watching her pick shit off her knees
    latino_kenoon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIsn't the lyric- "Cuz i look cute by your bed"

    Well anyway, i used to think this song was about a dog and this chick takes him in and picks the fleas off him and stuff. I don't know though.
    KidArson121on October 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it does seem like it could be told from the perspective of a pet. Like maybe all the things a pet wants to say but... can't, you know? Beyond that I'm totally in the dark.
    TheSilverNobleon March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its supposed to be "in a jar where you fed me". Could be wrong on that though.
    Its definitely from a pet's perspective, but what is the deal with the dreaded scabs and knife wounds? This song seems to be more about the pet's owner. Someone with dark secrets of victimization or self abuse or something. Someone whose only confidant is kept in a jar by their bedside and somehow understands all their problems.
    What's up with the bizarre moaning and screaming in the middle of the song? Is that a porno dubbed into the song?
    Anyway this is a hell of a song. Lou's cool bassline carries the whole thing through and then j's solo is stellar as always.
    placeboheadwoundon April 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMurph's dumming is solid as well. Don't leave out the little bald man.

    I'm pretty sure it's "where you beleive." I'll check sometime though.
    At first I thought maybe it was about someone who was attacked, and they spent their last moments with their pet who might not quite get it. However, I'm really not sure. I think, though, that the scabs may indicate some kind of pain or problem that the owner only talk to about with her pet, and the pet's just hoping she knows that he really does understand her problems.
    I have no idea what you're talking about with moaning. Unless you're talking about the way he says "more."
    TheSilverNobleon June 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe moaning thing sounds like the guitar player singing into his pickups. i've seen a few people do that. its pretty neat.
    Ted Bannanaon July 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read somewhere that tthis song is actually about one of the band members having a strange relationship with a girl when he was young real young "like 6 or 7" and the girl was one year older than him and he would go over to her house after school and liked her and I guess she thought he was cute and she would kind of control him... if I find the link i'll post it
    shenmue4lifeon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI hear the moaning bit now... I couldn't make it out on my computer speakers, but it came through on my headphones. Weird.
    TheSilverNobleon September 06, 2006   Link

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