Turn Into Something
Animal Collective Lyrics


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Oh twisted me I came to eat
At the hall where we danced to some duds
My crowd of pals observed my fingers
And prayed for the lunch I had hung
And cheers rolled out and
I thought early of tunas in tennisons tubs

That should turn into something
You should turn into something

Oh blissful bleed I came out peaking
And leaked out like a wet clown
My tears rolled down and arms went round
At night I gapped at her gowns
So often green but she held me
My curtains were covered in hounds

She said
Oh my sweet goodness wish you could be here every time
But don't miss me goodness because I rub away every time
Then groan at the goodness but do you mean not every time
Then gone in the goodness wish I could stay here every time

A mistful meet with teachers speaking
There muffled by buzzes and hums
So headphone tones do float me home
My chair was begging to come
And I'm not bummed some works not fun
Then we crawl in the carpet like bugs

Unrestful eve I sipped on leaks
And sat in the room had a grudge
The jumping dust made catfish bust
From corners now dripping with mud
And she knocked twice and we got silly
And no one knew what would come

She said
Oh my sweet goodness wish you could be here every time
But don't miss me goodness because I rub away every time
Then groan at the goodness but do you mean not every time
Then gone in the goodness wish I could stay here every time





But you'll turn into something
You should turn into something

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Animal Collective's song "Turn Into Something" appear to be quite abstract at first glance, but there are several layers of meaning and interpretation to be found. The song seems to explore themes of transformation, growth, and personal evolution, touching upon the joys and challenges inherent in these processes.


The opening lines describe the singer coming to a hall where they had previously danced to some less-than-stellar music. The singer's friends observe them eating and cheering, perhaps mirroring their own exuberance and delight. The mention of "tunas in tennisons tubs" is unclear, but it could be a reference to a fish market or the idea of something being transformed or preserved. The repeated refrain of "That should turn into something / You should turn into something" seems to suggest that all experiences, even seemingly insignificant ones, can lead to growth and change in the individual.


The song's second verse continues this exploration of transformation, with the refrain shifting to "But you'll turn into something / You should turn into something." The singer describes a moment of bliss and emotional release, crying while seeking comfort from someone in a green gown. The lines "My curtains were covered in hounds" is an abstract image that could represent a feeling of being watched or surrounded by judgment, while the repetition of "goodness" suggests an underlying desire for connection and love.


The final verse of the song shifts to a more surreal tone, with the singer listening to muffled voices through headphones and imagining themselves as a bug crawling on the floor. This could represent a feeling of being disconnected or alienated from the world, while the mention of "catfish bust / from corners now dripping in mud" could symbolize a sense of decay or entropy. The final refrain of "But you'll turn into something / You should turn into something" reinforces the idea that change is inevitable and that growth can emerge from even difficult or painful experiences.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh twisted me I came to eat
I arrived at the venue with my mind in a twisted state of being and an intent to eat


At the hall where we danced to some duds
This is the same place where we used to dance to terrible music


My crowd of pals observed my fingers
My group of friends noticed my fingers and what I was doing with them


And prayed for the lunch I had hung
They hoped that I had brought food to eat


And cheers rolled out and
Cheers erupted in the room


I thought early of tunas in tennisons tubs
I thought about an image of a tuna fish in a bathtub named Tennison


That should turn into something
This image could be transformed into something else


You should turn into something
You should also try to turn something into something else


Oh blissful bleed I came out peaking
I came outside experiencing feelings of bliss and intense euphoria


And leaked out like a wet clown
I felt like I was leaking emotionally, similar to how a clown may squirt water from a flower


My tears rolled down and arms went round
I cried and hugged someone tightly


At night I gapped at her gowns
During the night, I stared in wonder at her dresses


So often green but she held me
Her dresses were frequently green, but she hugged me anyway


My curtains were covered in hounds
My curtains had pictures of dogs on them


She said
The woman I was with said


Oh my sweet goodness wish you could be here every time
I wish you could always be here with me


But don't miss me goodness because I rub away every time
If you miss me, it's not good because my presence fades away


Then groan at the goodness but do you mean not every time
You may groan at how good this is, but do you actually mean it every time?


Then gone in the goodness wish I could stay here every time
Then, you'll be gone with that good feeling, but I wish you could stay here with me always feeling this way


A mistful meet with teachers speaking
I had a meeting with teachers while it was misty outside


There muffled by buzzes and hums
Their words were hard to hear because of background noise


So headphone tones do float me home
The sounds I hear through my headphones transport me back home


My chair was begging to come
My chair was aching for me to sit down


And I'm not bummed some works not fun
I feel okay that some aspects of my work aren't enjoyable


Then we crawl in the carpet like bugs
Later on, we got down on the carpet and crawled around like insects


Unrestful eve I sipped on leaks
It was an uneasy evening and I drank something containing leaks


And sat in the room had a grudge
I sat in my room feeling resentful


The jumping dust made catfish bust
The dust was jumping around and causing catfish to burst out of the corners of the room


From corners now dripping with mud
The corners of the room were now dripping with dirt


And she knocked twice and we got silly
She knocked twice and we starting acting goofy


And no one knew what would come
Nobody knew what would happen next


But you'll turn into something
You have the potential to transform into something else


You should turn into something
You also should try to transform yourself in some way




Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY
Written by: BRIAN ROSS WEITZ, DAVID MICHAEL PORTNER, JOSHUA CALEB DIBB, NOAH BENJAMIN LENNOX

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