Grass
Animal Collective Lyrics


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All the pieces are where they ought to be
But it's clear that we don't look lightly
Take a place around the tabletop
Make a push to wake the moment up

Say, you want to say what's wrong
Any way to blow up the cover
There's a way through bogs
As long as there's a light to discover it

Like a twisted stick, let's dig through the sick and find a level space
Cinch to say

It's a gut that feels all things unknown
And a ring within the brain, you know
Not ashamed to say the instinct's there
But a virtue to deny the bait

Know the cost and move to cause an endeavor
Globbed onto something
In the lawn, there's room to improve
As there's a need to uncover it

As a joker sucks, let's sift through the muck and lift this dingy veil
Same old tale

Get mixed in this crippling fixture, try and approach the hidden mixtures
Get mixed in this crippling fixture, try and approach the hidden nature

For a misplaced stash, let's search through the trash
And write this ignorant lurch, wicked urge





Raise the gab above a whisper, speak to sound a spoiling blister
Raise the gab above a whisper, talk to cure a blistered picture

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Animal Collective's song Grass suggest a desire to uncover hidden truths and bring them to the surface. The opening lines suggest that everything is in its proper place, but there is a feeling that something is still not right that cannot be ignored. The second verse shifts to a more guttural, instinctual feeling of needing to uncover something, even if it means denying temptation. The chorus repeats the desire to uncover hidden truths, emphasizing the need to speak up and break the silence.


The second half of the song builds on this desire to uncover the unknown. The lyrics mention a misplaced stash and digging through the muck to lift a dingy veil, suggesting that there are hidden secrets to be found if one is willing to put in the effort. The final lines of the song urge the listener to raise their voice and speak out to heal what has been blistered, emphasizing the power of speech to bring about change.


Overall, the lyrics of Grass convey a sense of restlessness and a desire to uncover hidden truths. The song urges the listener to speak out and take action, suggesting that there is power in the act of uncovering what has been hidden.


Line by Line Meaning

All the pieces are where they ought to be
Everything is in its proper place


But it's clear that we don't look lightly
Despite everything being as it should, we are not content and want more


Take a place around the tabletop
Gather around and come together


Make a push to wake the moment up
Put forth effort to seize the opportunity and make the most of it


Say, you want to say what's wrong
If you want to express what's bothering you


Any way to blow up the cover
Find a way to expose what's hidden


There's a way through bogs
Even in difficult situations, there is a solution


As long as there's a light to discover it
As long as there is hope to find a way through it


Like a twisted stick, let's dig through the sick and find a level space
Like finding a straight stick and using it to uncover something that's hidden


Cinch to say
Easy to express


It's a gut that feels all things unknown
A deep sense of intuition that recognizes the unknown


And a ring within the brain, you know
A mental process that recognizes familiar patterns


Not ashamed to say the instinct's there
Not embarrassed to admit that intuition is present


But a virtue to deny the bait
It's important to resist temptation


Know the cost and move to cause an endeavor
Understand what it will take and take steps to achieve it


Globbed onto something
Attached to something


In the lawn, there's room to improve
Opportunities for growth exist in unexpected places


As there's a need to uncover it
There is a desire to find and reveal this potential


As a joker sucks, let's sift through the muck and lift this dingy veil
Like a vacuum cleaner, let's work to clear the dirt and uncover what's hidden


Same old tale
A familiar story or situation


Get mixed in this crippling fixture, try and approach the hidden mixtures
Involved in a challenging and difficult situation, attempt to understand and solve the problems


For a misplaced stash, let's search through the trash
For something that is lost or hidden, we must look in the least likely places


And write this ignorant lurch, wicked urge
Record and confront this foolish impulse


Raise the gab above a whisper, speak to sound a spoiling blister
Raise the volume of discussion and address the issue that is causing discomfort


Raise the gab above a whisper, talk to cure a blistered picture
Speak frankly and honestly in order to heal a painful situation




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

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@klynt8

I was walking on feet just like my fathers and my knees were trying to reach you at
Your mothers cause my nose was screaming that you smelled like a lover but my hands
Were happy to treat you like a brother then

We do the dance up on the plains
Then I shake your shoulders
You push me down into the grains
Who rubs our noses in the night? we do we do

Pow pow now now pow pow now now

I've been into the plants and simple treasures
And I sew patches on pants and I get pleasure
And I don't make particular plans cause they don't matter
If you keep on foolin in bed with my sleeping patterns

We do the dance up on the plains
Then I shake your shoulders
You push me down into the grains
Who rubs our noses in the night? we do we do

What's with all the changes since the time I was aware its like the apple eating people that we once were aren't there
Did they empty out their pockets and debase their younger faces and you must make sure your happy when you leave your summer places
Pretty little femur sitting in my cherry dream boat id be sad if your rejected from my hip bone and my knee if I sailed away from continents and touched my lovers hair then you'd be very happy if I touched her there

You'd be very happy if I touched her there, I was very nervous how I felt in there I was very cautious whatd you say hey there
Would you like to see me often though you don't need to see me often
Cause id like to see you often though I don't need to see you often

We do the dance up on the plains
Then I shake your shoulders
You push me down into the grains
Who rubs our noses in the night? we do we do



All comments from YouTube:

@jodyrowe90

I think Noah's drumming is criminally underrated, especially on Feels. His unique approach to percussion elevates AnCo from psychedelic rock/pop to something far more interesting and experimental.

@haikat4

Fun fact: It was recently revealed that the rattle noise at the beginning of this track is a distorted recording of a band member pissing.

@Justin-rm6su

I fucking love Avey yelling in the chorus so much

@Blooodhail

This song is too fucking short.

@ghoulish6125

The intro to this song is literally a sample of one of them pissing and I will never unhear that lmao

@deepstaria0868

that’s so them

@SpiderVakarian

I love this album more than I love myself

@names9769

I hear you

@roccopentimalli2548

This song saved me from a bad trip last night

@cc9756

pow pow now now... It makes me feel like i'm 16 all over again

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