I like the tone of your trumpet
C'mon let's spill some paint
Let's raise a glass of milk to the end of another day
And to the kiss that's still intangible
The kids are alright just unmanageable
They won't do a damn thing you say

Your voice is all detached on a radio-wave breeze
We have another caller with a bachelor degree
Talkin alien invasion as the only chance for unity
Well sorry to interrupt you caller
But that's a physical impossibility

You'd be tossed up or wash up
The narrator relates
In a spartan antarctican walk for many days
Meet with Emperor Penguin devotion to the egg
And their women are swimming from half an ocean away

Don't sound so detached this is you and me
Just give me your opinion before you turn to leave
But your crust is just incredible
The radio was edible
When you said don't wipe your asses with your sleeves
You're a physical impossibility

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    General CommentI love this song, it's really great! not sure of the meaning really. The only thing i can relate to tho is "Talkin alien invasion as the only chance for unity
    Well sorry to interrupt you caller" Which in my mind i take as we has humans don't get along as we should, and it'll take an outside threat to bring us togethre, to fight back as one, as a family. I play hockey and there is one thing i know for sure! Sometimes it takes a good bench-brawl to bring a team closer together as a whole.
    Daryl24on November 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHere's an interesting piece of synchronicity-- The topic and title of this song, Emperor Penguin, was also the subject of a hit documentary this year, 2005, March of the Penguins. The Hip have another song whose topic came up in 2005, New Orleans is Sinking. It's a baroque spiral!
    DevastatorJr.on December 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh, and this is one of my favorite songs. Who can write about middle-aged relationships like Gordo? I think it's about the sort of bonds of married life, using beautiful metaphors.
    DevastatorJr.on December 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Emporer penguin line is a great metaphor. The female lays the egg and the male penguins look after the eggs for about two months while his partner returns to the sea, as laying the egg takes a huge nutritional toll.
    paullieannakeatson January 29, 2006   Link

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