The Purple Bottle
Animal Collective Lyrics


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I've gotta big big big heart beat yeah
I think you are the sweetest thing
I wear a coat of feelings and they are loud
but I've been having good days,
think we are the right age
to start our own peculiar ways? (do do do do do do)
With good friendly homes (do do do do do do)
You get me freaked freaked freaked on preakness
I've never met a girl that likes to drink with horses
and knows her Chinese ballet
I must admit you smell like fruity nuts and good grains
but could you show my purple gaze (do do do do do do)
a thing or two at night? (do do do do do do)

It'd make me sick sick sick to kiss you
and I think that I would vomit
but I'll do that on Mondays I don't have a work way
I like it when I bump you
and an accident's a truth gate
I'm humbled in your pretty lens (do do do do do do)
I'll hold you don't you go (do do do do do do)

Sometimes your quiet and sometimes I'm quiet (hallelujah)
Sometimes I'm talkative and sometimes your not talkative I know

well I'd like to spread your perfume around the old apartment
could we live together and agree on the same wares
a trapeze is a bird cage even if its empty
it definitely fits the room (do do do do do do)
and we would too (do do do do do do)

Ada gig gig gig hernana! I talk too much without you,
their ears are getting tired of me singing all the night through
Let's just talk together, you and me and me you
And if there's nothing much to say (do do do do do do)
silence is a bore (do do do do do do)

I've gotta big big big heart beat yeah
I think you are the sweetest thing
I wear a coat of feelings and they are loud
but I've been having good days,
think we are the right age
to start our own peculiar ways? (do do do do do do)
With good friendly homes (do do do do do do)

sometimes your quiet and sometimes I'm quiet (hallelujah)
sometimes I'm talkative and sometimes your not talkative I know
sometimes you hear me when others they can't hear me (hallelujah)
sometimes I'm naked and thank god sometimes your naked well hello

[Can I tell you that you are the purple in me
can I call you just to hear you would you care?
When I saw you put your purple finger on me
there's a feeling in your bottle
found your bottle found your heart
gives a feeling from your bottled little part ] x2

(instrumental)

Gotta crush high thought I crushed all I could
crushed all I can then I touched your hand
crush high don't want it to stop
cause stories of your brother make my crush high bop
and you couldn't really know cause its in my toes
and sometimes I wonder where'd that crush high go
crush high then I go and take some pills
cause I can't do all of my dose and still feel ill
you get that whooooooo! (x7) you get that

you get that crush high thought I crushed all I could
crushed all I can then I touched your hand
crush high don't want it to stop
cause stories of your brother make my crush high bop
and you couldn't really know cause its in my toes
and sometimes I wonder where'd that crush high go
crush high then I go and take some pills
cause I can't do all of my dose and still feel ill
you get that whooooooo! (x7) you get that

you get that crush high thought I crushed all I could
crushed all I can then I touched your hand
crush high don't want it to stop
cause stories of your brother make my crush high bop
and you couldn't really know cause its in my toes
and sometimes I wonder where'd that crush high go
crush high then I go and take some pills




cause I can't do all of my dose and still feel ill
you get that whooooooo! (x15) you get that

Overall Meaning

"The Purple Bottle" by Animal Collective is a song that explores the various emotional states of love and infatuation. The lyrics describe the singers' intense feelings for their love interest, from the excitement of their big heart beats to the feeling of being "freaked" by their partner's quirks. The singer acknowledges that sometimes they are quiet and other times, they are talkative, demonstrating the ebb and flow of their relationship. Despite these fluctuations, they express a desire to live together and to share the same interests and belongings, even if that might seem eccentric to others. The song ends with a repetition of the phrase "crush high," which is suggestive of the addictive quality of love and the singer's desire to maintain that high.


The song showcases Animal Collective's unique musical style that blends elements of psychedelic, indie, and experimental rock. It features catchy synth lines, driving percussion, and layered harmonies that create a dreamy, otherworldly atmosphere. The lyrics contain a mix of surreal imagery, cultural references, and poetic language, which can be interpreted in various ways. Some possible interpretations are that the relationship described in the song is aspirational, that it borders on obsession, or that it emphasizes the importance of enjoying the present moment.


Line by Line Meaning

I've gotta big big big heart beat yeah
I feel everything intensely


I think you are the sweetest thing
I'm deeply attracted to you


I wear a coat of feelings and they are loud
I express myself openly and loudly


but I've been having good days,
I'm currently happy


think we are the right age
I believe we're at the right point in our lives


to start our own peculiar ways? (do do do do do do)
to explore our own unique lifestyles


With good friendly homes (do do do do do do)
Surrounded by good friends


You get me freaked freaked freaked on preakness
You excite me to the point of feeling nervous


I've never met a girl that likes to drink with horses
I find it unusual but appealing that you enjoy drinking at horse races


and knows her Chinese ballet
I appreciate that you have diverse interests


I must admit you smell like fruity nuts and good grains
I find your scent unique and pleasant


but could you show my purple gaze (do do do do do do)
Could you teach me to see the world from your perspective


a thing or two at night? (do do do do do do)
Could you share your experiences with me at night


It'd make me sick sick sick to kiss you
I have mixed feelings about physical intimacy


and I think that I would vomit
The thought of kissing makes me physically ill


but I'll do that on Mondays I don't have a work way
I'm willing to try new things on days when I don't have work


I like it when I bump you
I enjoy physical contact with you


and an accident's a truth gate
Mistakes often reveal a person's true intentions


I'm humbled in your pretty lens (do do do do do do)
I feel humbled and grateful when you pay attention to me


I'll hold you don't you go (do do do do do do)
I don't want to lose you


Sometimes your quiet and sometimes I'm quiet (hallelujah)
Our personalities are complex


Sometimes I'm talkative and sometimes your not talkative I know
Our communication styles vary


well I'd like to spread your perfume around the old apartment
I want to be surrounded by your scent


could we live together and agree on the same wares
Could we live together and share the same possessions


a trapeze is a bird cage even if its empty
A seemingly empty space can still hold meaning and potential


it definitely fits the room (do do do do do do)
It's a good fit for the environment


and we would too (do do do do do do)
We would also be a good fit


Ada gig gig gig hernana! I talk too much without you,
I miss talking to you when you're not around


their ears are getting tired of me singing all the night through
Other people may get tired of my constant chatter and singing


Let's just talk together, you and me and me you
I want to have a real conversation with you


And if there's nothing much to say (do do do do do do)
If we run out of things to say


silence is a bore (do do do do do do)
Silence can be uncomfortable


sometimes you hear me when others they can't hear me (hallelujah)
You understand me better than other people do


sometimes I'm naked and thank god sometimes your naked well hello
I'm comfortable being vulnerable around you


Can I tell you that you are the purple in me
You are an integral part of my life


can I call you just to hear you would you care?
I want to hear your voice just because


When I saw you put your purple finger on me
When you touched me, it felt meaningful


there's a feeling in your bottle
You contain a special essence


found your bottle found your heart
I've discovered what makes you unique


Gotta crush high thought I crushed all I could
I'm experiencing intense infatuation


and you couldn't really know cause its in my toes
The depth of my emotions is hard to express


and sometimes I wonder where'd that crush high go
Sometimes my feelings seem to fade


crush high then I go and take some pills
I turn to substances when my emotions overwhelm me


cause I can't do all of my dose and still feel ill
I struggle to control my impulses


you get that whooooooo! (x7) you get that
You feel that same rush of emotion




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