Fireworks
Animal Collective Lyrics


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Now it's day I've been trying
To get that taste off my tongue
I was dreaming of just you
Now our cereal, it is warm

The track dead in a rubble
Of the night from the fall
Now I can't walk in a vacuum
I feel ugly, feel my pores

It's the trees, of this day
That I do battle with, for the light
Then I start to feel tragic, people greet me, I'm polite
"What's the day " "what are you doing? "
"How's your mood?" "how's that song? "
Man it passes right by me, it's behind me, now it's gone
And I can't lift you up, my mind is tired
It's family beaches that I desire
A sacred night, we watch the fireworks
The frightened babies through
They've got two flashing eyes and they're colored why
They make me feel that I'm only all I see sometimes

I've been eating with a good friend who said
"A genii made me out of the earth's skin"
But in spite of her she is my birth kin,
She spits me out in her surely blood rivers
All the people that lurking in dominions of a hot turk dish
If elephants are reaching for our purses
Then meet me after the world with the shivers

I've been eating with a good friend who said
"A genii made me out of the earth's skin"
But in spite of her she is my birth kin
She spits me out in her surely blood rivers
All the people that lurking in dominions of a hot turk dish
If elephants are reaching for our purses
Then meet me after the world with the shivers

I've been eating with a good friend who said
"A genii made me out of the earth's skin"
But in spite of her she is my birth kin
She spits me out in her surely blood rivers
All the people that lurking in dominions of a hot turk dish
If elephants are reaching for our purses
Then meet me after the world with the shivers

"What's the day "what you doing?"
"How's your food "how's that song?"
Man it passes right by me, it's behind me, now it's gone
And I can't lift you up 'cause my mind is tired, it's family beaches that I desire
That sacred night where we watched the fireworks
They frightened the babies and you know they've got two flashing eyes
And if they are color blind, they make me feel, that you're only what I see sometimes

And I can't lift you up 'cause my mind is tired, it's family beaches that I desire
That sacred night where we watched the fireworks




They frightened the babies and you know they've got two flashing eyes
And if they are color blind, they make me feel, that I'm only all I see sometimes

Overall Meaning

The Animal Collective song "Fireworks" is a complex meditation on memory, desire, and the intersection of the personal and the collective. The song vividly conjures up specific images, such as warm cereal and frightened babies at a fireworks show, while simultaneously weaving together abstract lyrical themes that explore the human experience more broadly.


The opening lines of the song suggest a disorientation and a feeling of having awoken from a dream. The singer is trying to shake off a taste that lingers on their tongue, but remains fixated on a specific person (presumably a lost love). The references to warmth and rubble suggest a kind of interiority, a sense of being consumed by one's own thoughts and feelings.


The song then shifts to a more external focus, with the singer describing a battle with the trees for light. Here, the natural world is personified as an antagonist, and the singer's struggle for illumination becomes a metaphor for the broader human quest for meaning and understanding. The repeated refrain of "What's the day?" and "What are you doing?" suggest a kind of mundanity and social obligation that is contrasted with the singer's deeper yearnings and sense of alienation.


Overall, "Fireworks" is a complex and haunting song that balances specific detail with universal themes, resulting in a deeply moving meditation on the human condition.


Line by Line Meaning

Now it's day I've been trying
The singer has been trying since morning to get rid of the bad taste from their mouth


To get that taste off my tongue
The singer is trying to remove the unpleasant taste from their tongue


I was dreaming of just you
The singer was dreaming about a particular person


Now our cereal, it is warm
The cereal they were eating has now become warm


The track dead in a rubble
Something has been destroyed, and the artist realizes that they cannot move forward


Of the night from the fall
The night has ended and something has fallen apart


Now I can't walk in a vacuum
The singer cannot walk in a space where there is no life or activity


I feel ugly, feel my pores
The artist is feeling unattractive and self-conscious about their pores


It's the trees, of this day
The artist is struggling against the trees for the light on this particular day


That I do battle with, for the light
The artist is fighting against the trees to get the light they need


Then I start to feel tragic, people greet me, I'm polite
The singer starts to feel sad, but still responds politely to people greeting them


"What's the day " "what are you doing?"
The artist is asked about their day and what they are doing at the moment


"How's your mood?" "how's that song?"
The singer is asked about their mood and the song they were listening to


Man, it passes right by me, it's behind me, now it's gone
The singer feels like time is passing quickly and events are becoming distant memories


And I can't lift you up, my mind is tired
The singer is feeling mentally exhausted and unable to offer support to someone else


It's family beaches that I desire
The artist wants to spend time with their family on the beach


A sacred night, we watch the fireworks
The artist remembers a special night when they watched fireworks


The frightened babies through
The sound of fireworks scared babies


They've got two flashing eyes and they're colored why
The babies had two eyes that were flashing and colored


They make me feel that I'm only all I see sometimes
The artist feels like they are the only one who can see certain things at times


I've been eating with a good friend who said
The artist is eating with a friend who mentioned something


"A genii made me out of the earth's skin"
The friend claims that a genie created them out of the earth's skin


But in spite of her she is my birth kin
Despite the friend's strange claims, they are still related


She spits me out in her surely blood rivers
The friend gave birth to the artist


All the people that lurking in dominions of a hot turk dish
There are lots of people lurking around a place where hot Turkish food is served


If elephants are reaching for our purses
If there are financial issues or struggles


Then meet me after the world with the shivers
The singer needs to meet someone later when they are feeling scared or uncertain




Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY
Written by: BRIAN ROSS WEITZ, NOAH BENJAMIN LENNOX

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@addieshore7097

Now it's day, I've been trying
To get that taste off my tongue
I was dreaming of just you
Now our cereal, it is warm
Attractive day in the rubble
Of the night from before
Now I can't walk in a vacuum
I feel ugly, I feel my pores
It's the trees of this day
That I do battle with for the light
Then I start to feel tragic
People greet me, I'm polite
"What's the day?" "What's you doing?"
"How's your mood?" "How's that song?"
Man it passes right by me
It's behind me, now it's gone
And I can't lift you up, My mind is tired
Oh, it's family beaches I desire
A sacred night, we'll watch the fireworks
The frightened babies poo
They've got two
Flashing eyes, they're colored why
They make me feel
That I'm only all I see sometimes
I've been eating with a good friend
Who said a genie made me out of the earth's skin, and
In spite of her she is my birth kin
She spits me out in her surly blood rivers
All the people out lurking
In dominions of a hot Turk dish
If the elephants been reaching for our purses
Then meet me after the world with the shivers
I've been eating with a good friend
Who said a genie made me out of the earth's skin, and
In spite of her she is my birth kin
She spits me out in her surly blood rivers
All the people out lurking
In dominions of a hot Turk dish
If the elephants been reaching for our purses
Then meet me after the world with the shivers
I've been eating with a good friend
Who said a genie made me out of the earth's skin, and
In spite of her she is my birth kin
She spits me out in her surly blood rivers
All the people out lurking
In dominions of a hot Turk dish
If the elephants been reaching for our purses
Then meet me after the world with the shivers
"What's the day?" "What's you doing?"
"How's your food?" "How's that song?"
Man it passes right by me,
It's behind me, now it's gone
And I can't lift you up cause my mind is tired
It's family beaches that I desire
A sacred night where we watch the fireworks
They frighten the babies and you know
They've got two
Flashing eyes and if they're color blind
They make me feel
That you're only what I see sometimes
And I can't lift you up cause my mind is tired
It's family beaches that I desire
A sacred night where we watch the fireworks
They frighten the babies and you know
They've got two
Flashing eyes and if they're color blind
They make me feel
That I'm only all I see sometimes



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@celtics3456789

You know you have written an incredible song when half the people interpret it as incredibly sad while the other half interpret it as incredibly happy. One thing's for sure, it's incredible.

@LaGuerre19

and all the people agree " it incredibly opens up a box of emotion in me"

@matthewmquick

well said.

@ramfancy6023

Well....
This is my most sacred song
Always makes me nostalgic, almost every time Y end up crying...
Sad and happy
This is all for me
Persons Y no longer have on this world... And some special friends

@bornanagaming3329

Yeah it's incredibly neutral (not happy or sad)

@gweenxbean6606

I’m the glass half sad type

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@tsoliot5913

How can this possibly be 15 years old? I'm a father and husband now. When I first heard this I had to sneak in to bars and shows. My god, where do our lives go so fast?

@ElusivEnigma

My life hasn't moved and I still feel the same way

@jjz3130

I agree. I remember being a wide eyed kid listening to this song with my friends doing awesome stuff. Now I'm a lonely adult listening to this, a relic of the past. This song already triggers intense emotions in me, and now that I'm much older the emotions have just gotten stronger. Its overwhelming.

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