"Under A Anvil Tree" as written by and Andrew Broder....
I'm a total wreck when you don't call
Fancy me a brand new Newton sitting
Under an anvil tree
Waiting for an anvil to fall

They call me Mr. It's A Big Deal
I don't ever go to movies
So when I go to movies
It's a pretty big fucking deal

Flop like a fish on a dock
Conk me with a frying pan to make me stop

Clothes in a dryer
Leaves in the breeze
One day a dump trunk will dump two tons of kittens on me

After dark
All bark no bite
At night
All bite no bark

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"Under a Anvil Tree" as written by Andrew Broder


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    General CommentAndrew Broder, I think, is a very absurd person. It's hard to tell which lines are tongue-in-cheek and if this is a serious song or not.

    It sounds so beautiful at the end of the lines "Dump two tons of kittens on me" and "..pretty big fucking deal." The refrain at the end is pretty cute too.

    I think this is a metaphor for a cartoon world. Anvils on head, conking heads with frying pans. Relating this to a failing relationship perhaps, i.e. the first line? That's my interpretation, but maybe he just chose lyrics that "sound good."
    scienceon December 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song! love the phone call at the beginning.

    i think Broder is a very under-rated lyricist for how he masks very sad themes in cartoony imagery. in this song, it's like absurdist way of looking at his depression and feelings of isolation from other people. he feels teased by people he knows for being so gloomy all the time ("They call me Mr. It's A Big Deal"). he also feels really anxious, like something bad is about to happen to him ("sitting under an anvil tree waiting for an anvil to fall"), and like he's floating through the world completely under the control of some other force ("clothes in a dryer, leaves in the breeze").

    the line "One day a dump trunk will dump two tons of kittens on me" could either be interpreted as hopeful, like one day he'll be able to appreciate happier things - or it could be seen as him feeling like he's being crushed under the weight of the saccharine image of happiness the rest of the world seems to project. like it completely covers his own existence, and his depression.
    ellaguroon May 29, 2012   Link

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