"Parakeet" as written by and Mike Mills Peter Buck....
You wake up in the morning
And fall out of your bed
Mean cats eat parakeets
And this one's nearly dead
You dearly wish the wind would shift
And greasy windows slide
Open for the parakeet
Who's colored bitter lime

Open the window
To lift into a dream
Baby, baby
You can barely breathe

A broken wrist
An accident
You know that something's wrong
You fold the leavings of your past
No one knows you've gone
The sunspot flares of the early
Nineties light up your wings
And scan the shortwave radio
It's tracking outer rings

[Chorus]
Open the window
To lift into a dream
Baby, baby
You can start to breathe

The tectonic dispatcher shifts
To smooth the ocean floor
And flattens out to warmer wind
Of Brisbane's sunny shore
Where Buddhas tend to mending wrists
A tea made from the leaves
Of eucalyptus fragrances
And coriander seeds

[Chorus: x2]

You wake up in the morning
To warm Pacific breeze
Where mean cats chew on licorice
And cannot climb the trees


Lyrics submitted by xpankfrisst

"Parakeet" as written by Mike Mills Peter Buck

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThis is a song about hating your job and boss (the mean cat) and wanting to escape to go travelling. The protagonist is a "parakeet" that has to be released from the cage of work. The story follows from the US to Fiji to Oz's Gold Coast which is a well travel route across the Pacific
    badpreacheron May 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a really uh wierd song...
    RockinRoseon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about hating your job and boss (the mean cat) and wanting to escape to go travelling. The protagonist is a "parakeet" that has to be released from the cage of work. The story follows from the US to Fiji to Oz's Gold Coast which is a well travel route across the Pacific
    badpreacheron May 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI heard he wrote it about the trade of parakeets...
    simsfreqon October 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI get the impression that its about escaping from an abusive relationship or unhappy past.
    Almost Realon November 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAccording to Stipey, this song was inspired by an anonymous message on his answering machine that said "Parakeet"
    PeskyJaseon October 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Parakeet thing on the answer machine, AND, the parakeet trade issue are both correct to my understanding, from accounts by Michael...

    JP
    jpalbickeon November 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I see it as being about escaping from the cruelties of your life and going somewhere kinder.
    logeson November 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think michael stipe said its about abuse, and escaping that ...
    JohnTheSavage1on December 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the song was about hating one's life and wanting to escape. Nothing is more free than a bird flying away .The barriers of one's life(mean cats) always interferes.
    dcarlson51269on September 18, 2013   Link

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