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The Shins Lyrics


Gold teeth and a curse for this town
Were all in my mouth
Only I don't know how they got out, dear
Turn me back into the pet
I was when we met
I was happier then with no mindset

And if you took to me like a
Gull takes to the wind
Well, I'd've jumped from my trees
And I'd've danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would've fared well

New slang when you notice the stripes
The dirt in your fries
Hope it's right when you die, old and bony
Dawn breaks like a bull through the hall
Never should have called
But my head's to the wall and I'm lonely

And if you took to me like a
Gull takes to the wind
Well, I'd've jumped from my trees
And I'd've danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would've fared well

Godspeed, all the bakers at dawn
May they all cut their thumbs
And bleed into their buns 'til they melt away

I'm looking in on the good life
I might be doomed never to find
Without a trust, a flaming field
Am I too dumb to refine?
And if you took to me like
Well, I'd've danced like the queen of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would've fared well

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: James Mercer

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Dan Maftei

Album covers:

0:06 Husker Du - Zen Arcade
0:14 Replacements - Let It Be
0:17 Husker Du - New Day Rising
0:21 Slint - Spiderland
0:25 Sonic Youth - Sister (back cover, lower right photo)
0:29 Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
0:35 Squirrel Bait - [self-titled EP]
1:14 Cat Power - Moon Pix

What am I missing?



Bryant Colon

If any of you were wondering, here's all the things this video is referencing (there's some I missed though)

0:00 Husker Du - Zen Arcade album cover
0:13 The Replacements - Let it Be album cover
0:17 Husker Du - New Day Rising album cover
0:20 Slint - Spiderland album cover
0:24 Sonic Youth - Sister album cover (bottom right on back cover)
0:28 Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime album cover
0:35 Squirrel Bait - Squirrel Bait (EP) album cover
0:51 -Sonic Youth (again)
1:04 Cat Power - Nude as the News music video
1:13 Cat Power- Moon Pix album cover
1:38 Slint - Spiderland (again)
1:51 Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime (again)
2:29 Husker Du - New Day Rising (agian)
2:42 Sonic Youth - Sister (again)
3:08 Sonic Youth - Sister (again)
3:28 Slint - Spiderland (again)
3:32 Minutemen - Double Nickels (again)
3:35 Husker Du - Zen Arcade (again)
3:39 Replacements - Let it Be (again)

You're welcome



Ethan Brown

Gold teeth and a curse for this town were all in my mouth.
Only I don't know how they got out, dear.
Turn me back into the pet I was when we met.
I was happier then with no mind-set.

And if you'd 'a took to me like a gull takes to the wind.
Well, I'd 'a jumped from my tree
And I'd 'a danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would 'a fared well.

New slang when you notice the stripes, the dirt in your fries.
Hope it's right when you die, old and bony.
Dawn breaks like a bull through the hall,
Never should have called
But my head's to the wall and I'm lonely.

And if you'd 'a took to me like a gull takes to the wind.
Well, I'd 'a jumped from my tree
And I'd 'a danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would 'a fared well.

God speed all the bakers at dawn
May they all cut their thumbs,
And bleed into their buns 'til they melt away.

I'm looking in on the good life I might be doomed never to find.
Without a trust or flaming fields am I too dumb to refine?

And if you'd 'a took to me like
I'd 'a danced like the queen of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would 'a fared well.


Edit: I come back three years later to find that over 350 beautiful people liked these amazing lyrics. Thank you all so much <3



All comments from YouTube:

ARTV

All the feels come rushing back with this one.

Oscar Pop

I no longer like this song anymore

Jennifer York

💯

Simon

Yes

Marco Perez Lynch

literally

Gunther Ultrabolt Novacrunch

absolutely.

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Dan Maftei

Album covers:

0:06 Husker Du - Zen Arcade
0:14 Replacements - Let It Be
0:17 Husker Du - New Day Rising
0:21 Slint - Spiderland
0:25 Sonic Youth - Sister (back cover, lower right photo)
0:29 Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
0:35 Squirrel Bait - [self-titled EP]
1:14 Cat Power - Moon Pix

What am I missing?

Alex Lopez

I like how they zoomed in on the San Pedro street sign for accuracy at 1:51

Dan Maftei

I thought I saw Sister but I keep looking for it and I don't see it... At least not the album cover that I'm familiar with. What timestamp is it?

EDIT: Got it, it's one of the photos on the back cover.

Meglet Montrose-Cazalet

Thaddeus Gutierrez What’s a hodge podge rip-off? The music video, the song, or music today? Sorry, it seems like you’re maybe responding to my comment about a thread of consistency among bands who were genuinely influenced by the Replacements, but maybe not, so that’s why I’m asking. Plus this song came out in 2001 so if you’re saying the song is a ripoff and “music sucks right now” means you’re assuming it’s current, well, obviously, no.

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