"How Does A Duck Know?" as written by and Brad Roberts....
How does a duck know what direction south is?
And how to tell his wife from all the other ducks?

You can cut a chicken's head off
And it will keep on running and twitching

When everything seems planned out
When everything seems nicely planned out
Well the human race will come and smack your face

How come all my body parts so nicely fit together?
All my organs doing their jobs, no help from me, no

A person pulls a spider's leg out
To watch it keep on moving and twitching

When everything seems planned out
When everything seems nicely planned out
Well the human race will come and smack your face

Satan lives here
On grain and earth, rain and air

How come I just smoke and smoke and smoke
And curse every butt I spit out?
All night long I grind my teeth and I wake up when I cough

You can put me in and iron lung
And I will keep on breathing and twitching

When everything seems planned out
When everything seems nicely planned out
Well the human race will come and smack your face
You might be dead, but you keep your head



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"How Does a Duck Know" as written by Brad Roberts

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    General CommentThis is such an AWESOME song! I can't believe no one has written about it! Can someone tell me wot this song is about?
    Geeballs14on June 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think Roberts is just once again questioning the mysteries of life. Throughout the album he seems to be struggling with Creationism. It seems like he accepts some form of it, but not without some skepticism and doubt.
    PoprocksCkon January 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the above. I think Roberts wants to believe in a God and Heaven ("God Shuffled His Feet") but has some doubts about his specific beliefs ("In the Days of Cavemen", "How Does a Duck Know", "Here I Stand Before Me")
    Song-Meisteron August 14, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think all of you are wrong. I don't know Roberts' religious views, but I'd lean on the atheist side. How Does A Duck Know is about how Humanity can not only fuck up other animal species but itself. Notice how he mentions that humans can kill or harm other species and, yet, ends the song with a human hurting himself by constantly smoking.

    "When everything seems planned out the Human race will come and smacks your face."
    somedudeIguesson June 19, 2017   Link

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