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Bellies Are Full
Portugal. The Man Lyrics


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Look at him working
Wearing his hands to the bone
Just to prove where he came from

The man's always worried
The man only worries his eyes
That pain is bellies of mention

But if we had the money
We'd climb our way back down somehow
And if we're in the garden
Don't you know that our bellies are (full)

His eyes always moving
Licking about as they please
You know he's always in question

Hair falling about him
Favors fair please and polite
Very fond to have known you

But if we had the money
We'd climb our way back down somehow
And if we're in the garden
Don't you know that our bellies are (full)

Full now that heaven's out the way
Full now that heaven's out the way, heaven's out the way

No, don't you feed them hungry or hold somebody (hold tight, maybe we're all hungry and lonely)
When you're sleeping through that night all alone ('cause those fires don't burn well alone)

Look at him moving, listen to feet falling bare on the stone all about him
That tamborine's ringing, those bells have all worried their minds
'Cause there's no sort of safety here

But if we had the money
We'd climb our way back down somehow
And if we're in the garden
Don't you know that our bellies are (full)

Full now that heaven's out the way
Full now that heaven's out the way, heaven's out the way
Full now that heaven's out the way

Don't, don't you feed them hungry or hold somebody
When you're sleeping through that night all alone
Don't, don't you feed them hungry or hold somebody
When you're sleeping through that night all alone

Don't you feed them hungry or hold somebody (hold tight, maybe we're all hungry and lonely)
When you're sleeping through that night all alone ('cause those fires don't burn well alone)
Don't, don't you feed them hungry or hold somebody (hold tight, maybe we're all hungry and lonely)
When you're sleeping through that night all alone ('cause those fires don't burn well alone)

Overall Meaning

The song "Bellies Are Full" by Portugal. The Man, seems to be an ode to resilience and self-reliance. The song appears to be about a man who is working hard to make ends meet, through long, hard hours, in order to provide for himself and his family. The lyrics evoke a sense of empathy for this man, always worried about his pay, always wondering if his bellies are full. The song speaks to a larger issue of economic hardship, to which Portugal. The Man suggests that climbing back down is necessary for economic survival.


The song also speaks about the danger of relying on others, as the line, "Don't you feed them hungry or hold somebody when you're sleeping / Through that night all alone," suggests. The song seems to imply that the only person that one can depend on is oneself, and that relying on others can lead to disappointment and regret.


Overall, the song "Bellies Are Full" is an introspective exploration of the idea of economic hardship, self-reliance, and the consequences of relying on others.


Line by Line Meaning

Look at him working
Notice the man toiling away at his job


Wearing his hands to the bone just to prove where
He works so hard that his hands have calluses, just to show his place in society


He came from
Where he comes from says a lot about him


The man's always worried
The man is frequently anxious


The man only worries himself if his pay and
His concerns revolve around his salary


His bellies of mention
He worries about having enough to eat


If we had the money, we'd climb our way back down somehow
If we were wealthy, we'd find a way to return to our roots


And if we're in the garden don't you know that our bellies are full
If we're in a situation where we can enjoy our surroundings, all is well


His eyes always moving
He's restless, always looking around


Licking about as they please, you know he's
His eyes dart wherever they please


Always in question
He's always wondering


Hair falling about him
His hair is tousled


Favors fair please and polite very fond and
He likes to be courteous and kind


Glad to have known you
He's happy to have met you


Now that heavens out the way
Now that we've gotten past the hard part


(full, now that heaven's out the way, that heaven's out the way)
Everything is better now that we're past the tough times


Don't you feed them hungry or to hold somebody when you're sleeping
Don't let others take advantage of you when you're vulnerable


Through that night all alone
When you're left on your own


(Hold tight maybe we're all hungry and lonely cause those fires don't
We all may be searching for something to fill our emptiness


Burn well alone)
We cannot find fulfillment by ourselves


Look at him moving, listen to feet falling bare on the stone all about him
Watch as he walks on the stony ground barefoot


That tamborines ringing, those bells have all worried their minds
The sounds of tambourines and bells have disturbed their thoughts


Because there's no sorted of safety here
There is no guarantee of safety in this environment


Do-don't you feed them hungry or hold somebody when you're sleeping
Don't let others take advantage of you when you're vulnerable


Through that night all alone
When you're left on your own


(Hold tight maybe we're all hungry and lonely cause those fires don't
We all may be searching for something to fill our emptiness


Burn well alone)
We cannot find fulfillment by ourselves


Don't you feed them hungry or hold somebody when you're sleeping
Don't let others take advantage of you when you're vulnerable


Through that night all alone
When you're left on your own


(Hold tight maybe we're all hungry and lonely cause those fires don't
We all may be searching for something to fill our emptiness


Burn well alone)
We cannot find fulfillment by ourselves




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Baldwin Gourley

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@problyzuited5564

Reminds me of the hangout fest greatest era of 2011 to 2014 noon on Sunday on the beach with sunlight to kick off the day so sweet this was great live the whole set rocked with soul

@VivaLaRevolution6925

Yoy guys have the best riffs I love ur albums and eps saw you in Columbia MD in 2015 been a fan since 2013

@spoocyguy

Sickest breakdown! Always rage out proper whenever I drink and put this album on.

@dominiquedollinger7910

Baaammm fucking awesome! i love the old sound of portugal the man

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still the dopest dope I've ever smoked!!!

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Sounds like The Black Keys o.o I LOVE P.TM :D

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