"Tuna In The Brine" as written by and Daniel Johns....
I fondle keys to my heart when everyone's heart
Seems so calm
And you found the lock
To my dorm and opened the door to my trust
Fund my vestry
The light in my darkest hour is fear
Denies me of anything good so
Don't lose your heart you'll need it
You'll have to take another pill and tell another lie
And lie amongst your lies like tuna in the brine.

Take everything that you're not and don't be so
Scared to tamper (temper) with (temper) "tampered with" evidence (tamper)
Cause you'll come along for the sun if you come at all
To lose your heart you'll have to take, take and take.

Painting a lie seeing the colors but you seem
Closer to everything

Closer now than we ever have been
We're closer now than we ever should (we) be
Closer now than we've ever been before
Closer to everything

Busking for change and changing everything
Feeble fables aren't changing many things
It's my time to shine like a tuna in the brine
For my pregnant paws aren't changing anything
To all of the animals who keep sipping the sweat
From my back,
You're making me ill
And
I can't get enough
So take another pill and tell another lie
And lie amongst your lies like tuna in the brine.


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"Tuna in the Brine" as written by Daniel Johns

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  • +2
    General Commentdamn good song, the album rocks and i really like the bit that goes
    "Take everything that you're not and don't be so
    Scared to tamper (temper) with (temper) "tampered with" evidence (tamper)" coz its amusing to me, it sounds rather like sumthing in a disney musical, lol!!!
    the_stuff_of_epicson September 08, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe tuna in the brine metaphor is so wonderfully original. Somehow, makes tuna seem a lot less mundane when he sings it. I say tuna: boring. He sings tuna: epic and moving. Bah.
    Artemisianon July 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfor apacherosepeacock, I heard somewhere that the song is about getting caught in the lies you tell, so the line "lie amongst your lies like tuna in the brine" is accepting the level you've sunken to as you live with the lies you've told
    glory_fadeson June 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIf you close your eyes and listen to this song from beginning to end, you'll start to see the 'Diorama colours' flashing before your eyes. I swear. That's what Daniel can do.

    This song is in typically-cryptic Johns-style, where the lyrics make no sense at all and yet you can still feel (sort of) what he's singing about. Remember the Oompa Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Their song was a warning about over-indulgence. I think that's what this song is about... it does allude strongly to drugs ("take another pill") but I don't think he specifically means like ecstasy or anything.. it's like anything indulgent, be it chemical, sexual, edible, etc. He's saying that if you choose to over-indulge then you best be prepared to live with the consequences.. "Don't lose your heart, don't lose your heart" he sings, over and over again.. he's just saying to keep your wits about you, don't let this thing suck you in completely.. because if you do, you'll have to "take and take and take and take.." - i.e. keep having more, it'll never be enough.

    At the end of the song though, the image of the tuna in the brine (which to me is like complete saturation, literally like a little tin of tuna that is smothered in oil - what a f*cking brilliant analogy) changes from something haunting to something hopeful - "it's my time to shine like a tuna in the brine" (amazing double meaing - oily tuna looks shiny..! ) "for my pregnant paws aren't changing anything" - the best line in the song for me. Comes from the expression "To take a pregnant pause" which is a brief pause y'know... he's saying his hands are idle, because he's been doing nothing but over-indulge until this point, but he knows that he's "not changing anything" so he has to give it up. Again the "paws" or pause allude to a kind of inertial, saturated state-of-mind... and also.. right at the end "you're making me ill and i can't get enough" - even though it's making him sick, he still needs more...

    I await their new album with glorious and dubious anticipation, because at the same time as i can't wait to hear new stuff, i also don't know how they're going to top Diorama. But i'll leave that to Daniel. Bless him.
    sandmanon December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe dissociatives. rock.
    they are no silverchair, but y'know. they rock.
    eviction articleon March 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how he sings "It's my time to shine, like a tuna in the brine."
    These once living things shine the most when they're dead. I love that.
    omaringtonon March 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"This song is about exposing yourself and allowing yourself to shine" - Daniel Johns...

    So I guess he's trying to get to a certain point.
    Cabrosaon February 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the opening lines Johns talks about someone who has “opened the doors to my trust”. Someone who has perhaps helped him break out of his shell. He then seems to describe what it was like to be locked up in depression and how he lived his life as a lie. The song now becomes a warning to others not to go through the experiences he went through. He warns not to let fear rule your life, because fear will lead to lies, many lies, and if you let them rule your life you will eventually “lie amongst your lies/ like a tuna in the brine”. He then seems to advise you to work to fix your flaws instead of covering them up with lies and selfish acts. This is the gist of the rest of the song.
    SkwidKidon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs on the album. in an interview daniel says he feels "particularly close" to this song. i like your explanation of the song skwidkid. :)
    linkin_parkon June 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song because I can relate to it, your explanation of the song Skwidkid was really good! :)
    _gothqueen_on August 15, 2002   Link

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