Taste
Animal Collective Lyrics


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Will you find my
Will you find my
Will you find my
Will you find my

Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Would I complete myself without the things I like around?
Does the music that I make play on my awkward face?
Do you appreciate the subtleties of taste, bud?

My friend and me were having a laugh
In a living room filled with arts and crafts
He said "I like their clothes and their china plates
But what I really want is a simple place
With no flashy clothes 'cause you can't eat those"

Only Ma'd pretend to like the clothes she showed to me
Something in my heart can tell me it's a weakness
And maybe you would have more luck playing those tasty games
But me, I called and called and never heard from her again

It'd sure feel good to share our favorite things
I'll keep an open mind if you let me in
Don't let your temper rise, don't get a bitter face
Try not to judge me on my kind of taste
And don't go changing clothes when they don't like yours

Is it best we share our taste?
Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Am I really all the things that are outside of me?




Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Am I really all the things that are outside of me?

Overall Meaning

The song "Taste" by Animal Collective, from their album "Merriweather Post Pavilion," explores the theme of individuality and self-identity through questions. The singer starts by asking if he is defined by the things that surround him or if he is more than that. He wonders if he could exist without his likes and dislikes, and questions if the music he makes reflects who he is. The chorus questions whether he is solely defined by taste or if there is more to him than his preferences.


The second verse recounts a conversation the singer had with his friend, who admired the materialistic items in a living room but wished for a simple place. The singer reflects on how others may pretend to like things or play "tasty games" to fit in, but ultimately, he values genuine connections and introspection. He proposes that people should be open-minded and not judge others based on their tastes.


The song's message could be interpreted to encourage self-discovery and authenticity. It invites listeners to question what truly defines them and encourages them to be true to themselves rather than conform to societal norms or expectations.


Line by Line Meaning

Will you find my
Repeated questioning and seeking of validation.


Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Existential questioning of one's identity and whether it is defined solely by external factors.


Would I complete myself without the things I like around?
Musing on whether one's personal enjoyment and preferences are necessary for feeling fulfilled.


Does the music that I make play on my awkward face?
Reflecting on how one's art or creative output reflects their inner self and vulnerabilities.


Do you appreciate the subtleties of taste, bud?
Asking whether the listener understands and appreciates the nuances of personal taste and aesthetic choices.


My friend and me were having a laugh
Introducing a story or anecdote.


In a living room filled with arts and crafts
Setting the scene of a specific place and atmosphere.


He said "I like their clothes and their china plates
Quoting a friend's comment on the decorative items in the room.


But what I really want is a simple place
Expressing a desire for modesty and avoiding excess or materialism.


With no flashy clothes 'cause you can't eat those"
Making a lighthearted observation about the ridiculousness of valuing superficial objects over practical ones.


Only Ma'd pretend to like the clothes she showed to me
Referencing a specific individual who pretended to appreciate something they did not truly enjoy.


Something in my heart can tell me it's a weakness
Admitting that being swayed by external approval is a personal flaw or insecurity.


And maybe you would have more luck playing those tasty games
Suggesting that seeking approval through insincere actions may be more effective for some people.


But me, I called and called and never heard from her again
Personal experience of being rejected or ignored after pursuing someone who did not reciprocate interest.


It'd sure feel good to share our favorite things
Expressing a desire to connect with others through common interests and hobbies.


I'll keep an open mind if you let me in
Offering to be accepting of others' perspectives and preferences if they are willing to do the same.


Don't let your temper rise, don't get a bitter face
Encouragement to remain calm and avoid judgment or negativity in the face of differing opinions.


Try not to judge me on my kind of taste
Requesting that others do not make assumptions or form opinions based solely on one's aesthetic choices or interests.


And don't go changing clothes when they don't like yours
Advice to stay true to oneself and not alter one's appearance or style to please others or conform to societal expectations.


Is it best we share our taste?
Posing the question of whether it is important or desirable to have similar tastes or preferences in order to connect with others.


Am I really all the things that are outside of me?
Reiterating the earlier questioning of whether one's identity is based purely on external factors, with an added emphasis on the self.


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

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