Also Frightened
Animal Collective Lyrics


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Venture my way into the dark
Where we can slip, one takes one by the hand
Let them crawl into the logs that dam
Brown changed the hue of her pen

Excited and screaming, their voices go wild
And rise with the birds mating up in the pines
Down to puddles that breathe, covered by leaves
With mud they'll make prints on their backs
But how?

Will it be just like they're dreaming?
Will it be just like I'm dreaming?
Will it be just like they're dreaming?
Will it be just like I'm dreaming?
But how?

If they're awake till the dawn, well we won't
Fret that they don't have our eye
The ghosts came crowding around and then I
Woke, you slept there on your side

From our window, two lanterns draw signs on the night
And light our two shadows, I watch with delight
Will I want them to be who they will be
Or to be more like their dad?
But how?

Will it be just like they're dreaming?
Will it be just like I'm dreaming?
Will it be just like they're dreaming?
Will it be just like I'm dreaming?
But how?

When influence is threatened
Maybe I should let them
Maybe we should let them
And I have a question

Are you also frightened?
Are you also frightened?
Are you also frightened?
Are you also frightened?
Are you also frightened?
Are you also frightened?
Are you also frightened?
Are you also frightened?

No one should call you a dreamer




No one should call you a dreamer
No one should call you a dreamer

Overall Meaning

The song "Also Frightened" by Animal Collective appears to be about the fear of the unknown future and the anxieties that come with parenting. It starts with a call to venture into the darkness with someone, indicating a desire to explore something unknown or perhaps to confront fears. The line "let them crawl into the logs that dam" may be referring to the way we can hide from our fears, but eventually they will find their way out.


The next lines suggest a joyful and carefree scene in nature where people are playing in mud puddles and enjoying the sounds of the birds. However, the chorus repeats a series of questions about whether our dreams for ourselves and our children will come true. The uncertainty of the future is highlighted with the question "But how?"


In the next section, the singer mentions "ghosts" crowding around, which could represent fears, doubts, or other negative emotions. The idea of being watched from a window and seeing two lanterns creating shadows is a metaphor for the choices we make in life and the impact they have on others. The final chorus is a plea for empathy and understanding, asking if the listener is also frightened and suggesting that labeling someone a dreamer is not helpful.


Overall, the song is a reflection on the fear of the unknown and the anxieties of growing up and parenting. The lyrics are written in a somewhat abstract and dreamlike style, but the central themes are relatable and thought-provoking.


Line by Line Meaning

Venture my way into the dark
Let's explore the unknown and take risks together


Where we can slip, one takes one by the hand
We'll guide and support each other as we navigate through challenges and obstacles


Let them crawl into the logs that dam
Let them find comfort in unexpected places and situations


Brown changed the hue of her pen
Small things and details can have a significant impact and evoke emotions


Excited and screaming, their voices go wild
The thrill of exploration and discovery brings out their joy and enthusiasm


And rise with the birds mating up in the pines
The beauty of nature and its cycles inspire them


Down to puddles that breathe, covered by leaves
They appreciate the small wonders and intricacies of the natural world


With mud they'll make prints on their backs
They don't mind getting dirty and experimenting with new things


But how?
They wonder about the unknown and the future


Will it be just like they're dreaming?
They question whether their expectations and aspirations will become reality


Will it be just like I'm dreaming?
They ponder whether their personal hopes and dreams will be fulfilled


If they're awake till the dawn, well we won't
They won't judge or criticize others for their choices or lifestyles


Fret that they don't have our eye
They won't insist that others conform to their standards or ideals


The ghosts came crowding around and then I
Memories and regrets can haunt and affect them


Woke, you slept there on your side
They appreciate and cherish the presence of loved ones in their lives


From our window, two lanterns draw signs on the night
They observe and appreciate the beauty and significance of shared experiences and moments


And light our two shadows, I watch with delight
They embrace and enjoy the mystery and beauty of life


Will I want them to be who they will be
They wonder whether they should impose their expectations on others or let them follow their own path


Or to be more like their dad?
They question whether their values and beliefs are worth passing down to future generations


When influence is threatened
They recognize that external factors and pressures can challenge their beliefs and decisions


Maybe I should let them
They consider whether it's possible or desirable to resist or control these external influences


Maybe we should let them
They acknowledge that their choices and actions can impact others and society as a whole


And I have a question
They want to start a dialogue and explore different perspectives


Are you also frightened?
They empathize with others' fears, doubts, and uncertainties


No one should call you a dreamer
They reject the notion that having dreams and aspirations is naïve or unrealistic




Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY
Written by: Brian Ross Weitz, David Michael Portner, Noah Benjamin Lennox

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