"Snail Shell" as written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh....
Sir hand
Or is it ma'am
I fell out of my right place again
And you
Considered me
And now I'm where a snail has to be

I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell

Was it something you would do for anybody?
Was it what you'd only do for me?
I need to know because you see
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell

Friend
Look what you gave
And how can you ever be repaid?
How may I give you a hand
From the position at your feet where I stand?

So let me thank you for putting me back in my snail shell
I'd like to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell

Was it something you would do for anybody?
Was it what you'd only do for me?
I need to know because you see
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell

Snail Shell
Thank you
Snail Shell
Thank you

Ah
Ah
Ah

Was it something you would do for anybody?
Was it what you'd only do for me?
Or was it something where you acted when you saw the need
And knew that there would be a way the act could be repaid
And so it may, but for today
I want to thank you for putting me back in my snail shell


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"Snail Shell" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    My InterpretationI know this is going to sound lewd and/or trite, but I think the song is clearly about masturbation, and the closed life that the singer has withdrawn himself to while doing it. "Sir hand, or is it ma'am?": He's not sure whether his hand is male (since it's his hand and he's male) or female (since he was just "intimate" with it). Using his hand for his "companionship" has allowed him to withdraw himself into his "snail shell" without having to interact with the outside world. He even wants to give his own hand "a hand" in return for the pleasure it has given him, but doesn't know how to do it. Every line seems consistent with my interpretation to me.
    SeamusMacon December 24, 2012   Link

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