"Lie Still, Little Bottle" as written by and John S./flansburgh Linnell....
Lie still, little bottle, and shake my shaky hand
Black coffee's not enough for me, I need a better friend
One pill at the bottom is singing my favorite song
I know I must investigate
I hope that I can sing along

There's no time for metaphors cried the little pill to me
He said, "Life is a placebo masquerading as a simile"
Well, I knew that pill was lying
Too gregarious, too nice
But as he walked I had to sing this twice

Lie still, little bottle
Don't twist, it ain't twistin' time
With every move you make you just disintegrate my ever-troubled mind

Lie still, little bottle, and shake my shaky hand
Black coffee's not enough for me, I need a better friend
One pill at the bottom is singing my favorite song
I know I must investigate
I hope that I can sing along

Lie still, little bottle
Lie still
Lie still, little bottle
Lie still
Lie still
Lie still


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"Lie Still, Little Bottle" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +2
    General CommentFor all their efforts, none of the angst-rock bands of the 70s, 80s, and 90s ever quite captured the terror of drug addiction the way the imagery of this song does.
    maddsurgeonon September 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti dunno i listen to this song and think that it's about taking a tylonol to stop a hangover after a hard night of drinking...there's only one pill left and drinking coffee wont stop the hangover...
    jingy23on March 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's about amphetamines. TMBG specifically said it had nothing to do with alcoholism.
    "Black coffee's not enough for me...I need a better friend" - in other words, something similar to coffee but stronger (Amp); "lie still, little bottle and shake my shaky hand" - common side-effect of strong stimulants is shakiness. He needs the pill to lie still because he is shaky, and thus it's hard for him to grab his last amphetamine. He wants to "shake hands" -shaking hands with the pill in this case meaning making a connection, allowing him to grab the pill with his hand as one would normally grab or "shake" another person's hand
    regeneratoron May 03, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTerror? This song is fun.
    Bender is greaton November 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is someone intentionally overdosing on pills.. "one pill at the bottom.." he's going to eat them all. And the pill is gregarious, ie social.. Wants to be with others of it's kind.
    Althornon October 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf any other band had written this, I would have said it is about suicide or drug abuse. As it was written by TMBG, I going to have to go with jingy23 and say it is about a hangover cure.

    Though hearing it at college, that pill sounds like ritalin...
    ThisCharadeon May 01, 2011   Link

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