Lion in a Coma
Animal Collective Lyrics


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When all this mess will ever get away
Away they part from Chinatown
Weaving in and out of line
Sidewalk's full of merchandise
My nervous tick has capped a lip
My cheeks are chewed down to the bit
Upon the roof is stealing at
The hustling crowds still reach down
I go up there and light a leaf
And wish our turn was not so brief
I'm paler than a summer blouse
That's packed inside a haunted house
I packed my bags and feel the family here is cropped by many hands
That dig and plant me for the spring, come dig me out my lucid brain

This wilderness up in my head
This wilderness that's up in my head
This wilderness needs to get right out of my clothes and get into my bedroom

Is there no reason it can be
The way it was musically
My three best friends so casually
Just letting go so joyfully
And if I let my wrist get tired
And if I let my spirit cry out
I'll always be happy or down
Is it just trying to divide?
It makes me think my dearest things
Are not what they're supposed to be
I trick myself when it gets hard
I've got to keep up, oh my god
And hope that I will not be wrong
And keep my faith in sound and song
I'm blooming but my roots
Reminds me not to leave them back in time

This wilderness up in my head,
This wilderness that's up in my head,
This wilderness needs to get right out of my clothes and get into my bedroom

Lion in a coma, lion in a coma, do do do do
Lion in a coma, lion in a coma, do do do do

Sometimes the sun will shine, yes I am just feelin' fine
Sometimes I'm not aware where I am or what I care
Sometimes I'm well-to-do but I don't know what to do
Sometimes I don't agree with my thoughts on being free

Please don't leave me
Things that feel good,
I've been lucky trying to feel good

Sometimes the sun will shine, yes I am just feelin' fine
Sometimes I'm not aware where I am or what I care
Sometimes I'm well-to-do but I don't know what to do
Sometimes I don't agree with my thoughts on being free

Please don't leave me
Things that feel good
I've been lucky trying to feel good

Lion in a coma, lion in a coma
Who wants to smell the fine aroma
Lion in a coma, lion in a coma
Who wants to run again at home
A lion in a coma, lion in a coma
Who wants to use his aching bones
A lion in a coma, lion in a coma
Don't keep a lion in a coma

Lion in a coma, lion in a coma
Who wants to smell the fine aroma
Lion in a coma, lion in a coma
Who wants to use his aching bones
A lion in a coma, lion in a coma
Who wants to run again at home




A lion in a coma, lion in a coma
Don't keep a lion in a coma

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Lion in a Coma" by Animal Collective express a feeling of disorientation and confusion as the singer navigates their way through the streets of Chinatown. The first verse describes the chaos of the surroundings, with the sidewalk full of merchandise and the singer's nerves frayed to the point of self-harm. The chorus contains a plea for escape from the mental wilderness that is causing such distress, with the singer wishing to leave this confusion behind and find peace and clarity.


The second verse delves further into the singer's mental state, with a sense of yearning for things to return to how they once were. The mention of three best friends and the joy they once shared suggests that there has been some kind of change or loss that has left the singer feeling adrift. The final verse repeats the chorus, with the inclusion of a lion in a coma adding a surreal and dreamlike quality to the song.


Overall, the lyrics convey a sense of unease and disillusionment, with the singer searching for a way to quell the mental turmoil and find a sense of direction and purpose.


Line by Line Meaning

When all this mess will ever get away
I wonder when this situation will finally be resolved.


Away they part from Chinatown
They leave Chinatown behind.


Weaving in and out of line
Walking through the crowds in a zigzag pattern.


Sidewalk's full of merchandise
The streets are lined with products for sale.


My nervous tick has capped a lip
I'm trying not to show my anxiety.


My cheeks are chewed down to the bit
I'm biting my cheeks out of anxiety.


Upon the roof is stealing at
Someone is sneaking onto the roof.


The hustling crowds still reach down
The busy streets continue on below.


I go up there and light a leaf
I smoke something on the roof.


And wish our turn was not so brief
I wish our time together was longer.


I'm paler than a summer blouse
I'm very pale and weak-looking.


That's packed inside a haunted house
Like someone trapped inside a haunted house.


I packed my bags and feel the family here is cropped by many hands
I'm leaving because I feel like my family has been mistreated by others.


That dig and plant me for the spring, come dig me out my lucid brain
People who care for me have planted ideas in my head that I need to get rid of.


This wilderness up in my head
My thoughts and emotions are overwhelming.


This wilderness that's up in my head
My mind is like an untamed wilderness.


This wilderness needs to get right out of my clothes and get into my bedroom
I need to process my emotions and thoughts in a more intimate way.


Is there no reason it can be
Isn't there a logical explanation for this?


The way it was musically
How it used to be musically.


My three best friends so casually
My closest friends who are acting so relaxed and carefree.


Just letting go so joyfully
They're enjoying themselves without any worries.


And if I let my wrist get tired
If I become exhausted and give up.


And if I let my spirit cry out
If I let myself become emotional.


I'll always be happy or down
My emotions are constantly changing.


Is it just trying to divide?
Is something deliberately trying to separate us?


It makes me think my dearest things
It's causing me to question what I hold most important.


Are not what they're supposed to be
They're not living up to what I expected.


I trick myself when it gets hard
I lie to myself to make things easier.


I've got to keep up, oh my god
I need to maintain my facade of being okay.


And hope that I will not be wrong
And hope that my decisions won't lead me astray.


And keep my faith in sound and song
And turn to music to keep me going.


I'm blooming but my roots
I'm growing and changing, but still grounded in myself.


Reminds me not to leave them back in time
I need to remember my past experiences and where I came from.


Lion in a coma, lion in a coma, do do do do
Repeating the phrase 'lion in a coma.'


Sometimes the sun will shine, yes I am just feelin' fine
Sometimes everything is great and I feel amazing.


Sometimes I'm not aware where I am or what I care
Other times, I'm completely lost and unsure of myself.


Sometimes I'm well-to-do but I don't know what to do
Sometimes I have everything I need, but I'm still uncertain.


Sometimes I don't agree with my thoughts on being free
Sometimes I have conflicting thoughts about my freedom and what that means to me.


Please don't leave me
I'm afraid of being abandoned by those I care about.


Things that feel good, I've been lucky trying to feel good
When things are good, I'm grateful to be happy.


Who wants to smell the fine aroma
Who wants to enjoy the good things in life?


Who wants to run again at home
Who wants to be comfortable in their home?


Who wants to use his aching bones
Who wants to keep pushing themselves despite feeling tired?


Don't keep a lion in a coma
Don't keep yourself trapped - break free and live your life.




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

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