"Cow" as written by and Mark Linkous....
Saint of barges
Queen of nails
Sparkling drum sets
Murders of crows

Metal teeth of
Carousels
Lighting cigars on
Electric chairs

Buildings are rooks
Nature's a vice
Rattle of diesels
Snakes eating their own tails

Pretty girl, milkin' a cow, oh yeah
Pretty girl, milkin' a cow, oh yeah
Pretty girl, milkin' a cow, oh yeah
Pretty girl, milkin' a cow, oh yeah


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"Cow" as written by Mark Linkous

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    General CommentHow come nobody has any comments on these songs ?? They are so beautiful. For everyone, who doesn't this music yet.... Get out of your f*cking chair and run to your cd-store .... !!!!!!! :@
    ajhaanon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHow come nobody has any comments on these songs ?? They are so beautiful. For everyone, who doesn't this music yet.... Get out of your f*cking chair and run to your cd-store .... !!!!!!! :@
    ajhaanon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree. but what do you think of the song?
    basically what i thought about it was...these are the mysteries of life...this is what's beautiful, what's ironic, what's intriguing.
    luey_babyon September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHaha, great song this. I hope more people enjoy it.

    Pretty girl, milking a cow. Hell yeah!
    ajhaanon November 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with luey_baby:

    it's about some random things which people seldom notice or think about. Unlikely adjectives and descriptions of objects found in everyday life. As for the pretty girl milking a cow, i think it just cemented the fact that Mark Linkous talked about those that appealed to him rather than find them horrible. I mean snakes eating their own tails aren't the first thing people think about when asked of "favorite things."

    RIP Mr. Sparklehorse
    edgeheadon March 17, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionI can't really say what I think the lyrics are about, but since allusions to things like literature and other songs are common - among other things - in the Sparklehorse tracks, the "snakes eating their own tails" part makes me think of Ouroboros.

    I've been trying to find a way to play with that, but no success.
    PagliacciInSpaceon March 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSaint of barges
    Queen of nails
    Sparkling drumsets
    Metal teeth of carousels
    Buildings are rooks
    Nature's a vice
    Snakes eating their own tales

    -All seem to be relating beautiful or extraordinary things to the mundane.

    "Murders of crows" was mentioned in Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' song "The Carney". I can't see any connection there,
    though.

    The chorus, "Pretty girl milkin' a cow" might have roots in the old Irish folk song "A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow", but I don't see any connection there, either.

    Well, I gave it my best shot.
    This song has such a great jam to it.
    Mark Linkous, your lyrics will remain a mystery.
    RIP
    Willboeon July 08, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is how I kinda see the song, I grew up and still reside in Virginia. I lived in a small country town. Whenever my family and I got to go the city it was like... the most exciting and mysterious trip I had taken as a child.

    I think he's dissecting life in the city and "country."

    However, as interesting the city was he rather be back in a small town with simple things like: a pretty girl milking a cow.
    brandontylerboothon June 02, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningAt the beginning he speaks of death as holy and virtous through his dream to be set out at sea on a boat which is a "barge" then he goes on by saying that the only thing that keeps him sane or alive is his music or "sparkling drum sets" because it makes him forget about his darkness or "murder of crows" the "metal teeth of carousels" symbolizes the terror he sees in industry and just the tampering of nature and simple life in general, that were basically killing ourselves or "lighting cigars on electric chairs" Building represent darkness as a "rook" is a type of crow. The "rattle of diesels" just expands on the idea of our self destruction. "pretty girl" to me symbolizes commercialism and the cow is supposed to stand for fertility and innocence in literary terms. Commercials always try to appeal to the consumer through commercials that put on these masks like everythings rainbows and flowers and to purchase these things that will eventually lead to the downfall of man.
    joshbow3rson January 25, 2012   Link

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