What Would I Want? Sky – Animal Collective

Listen here:

Animal Collective is a New York City based band with very eclectic tastes. They have a number of releases with a variety of lineups but they have stayed true to their message throughout. I love these bands that really know who they are and what they want to say with their music.

Lyrics here, more below:
Sky!
[What would I want? Sky!]

Is everything alright?
You feeling moany?
You feeling lonely?
You’re not the only

Is everything alright?
You feeling stormy?
You feeling phoney?
You’re not the only

Do you get up up up?
Clouds stop and move above me
Too bad they can’t help me
What is the right way?

Do I float up up up?
When I stop and look around me
Grey is where that color should be
What is the right way?

Old glasses clinking and a
New order’s blinking
and I –
I should be floating but I’m weighted by thinking

That I got on the river
Really can’t make you change
And the sky gets filled up too fast
and the taxi man’s saying, “You betta
give me some money; stop daydreaming, dude!”
When the point of horizon is hiding from you
What would you want sky?

Are you taking it lightly?
Lost in the flurries
You start to worry
You will be buried
Taking it lightly
and so I hurry

I start to worry
Here come them flurries

Is everything alright?
You feeling lonely?
You feeling moldy?
You’re not the only

Is everything alright?
You feeling stormy?
You feeling foamy?
You’re not the only

Do you get up up up?
Clouds stop and move above me
Too bad they can’t help me
What is the right way?

Do I float up up up?
When I stop and look around me
Grey is where that color should be
What is the right way?

Old glasses clinking and a
New order’s blinking and I –
I should be floating but I’m weighted by thinking

I’m a fly on the river
That’ll make me some change
When the sky gets filled up too fast
and the taxi cab’s waiting, “You betta
give him some money;
stop daydreaming, dude!”
When the point of horizon is hiding it’s blues
What would you want sky?
What would I want? Sky!
What would I want? Sky!

I love this simply because you could look at it a million different ways. Overall though, it just feels like the noise in your head. That buzz that you can’t get rid of in a world where we are inundated. So the noise comes. And when it won’t stop? What would I want? Sky, of course. To me that means peace, silence, tranquility, the ability to stop, to think, to escape. I just love the way they built the song and that’s what I see and feel when I listen to it.

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2 Responses to What Would I Want? Sky – Animal Collective

  1. larrylootsteen says:

    Not what I intended but true nonetheless!

  2. Deb says:

    Not surprised you’re feeling a bit inundated with sound, U2 has the ability to hijack one’s ears, mind, heart & psyche for periods of a time. Time to go listen to the sky! Nice post. thanks.

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