What Would I Want? Sky
Animal Collective Lyrics


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Sky,
What do I want
Sky (What would I want, sky)
Is everything alright?
You feelin' moany?
You feelin' lonely?
You're not the only
Is everything alright?
You feelin' stormy?
You feelin' phony?
You're not the only

Do you get up up up?
Clouds stop and move above me, too bad they can't help me,
What is the right way?
Do I float up up up, and not stop and look around me?
Grays where that color should be, what is the right way?

Old glass is clinkin' and a new order's blinkin' and I,
I should be floatin', but I'm weighted by thinking
I got on the river, wait, can't make it change,
But the sky gets filled up too fast and the tide seen them sayin', you better,
Give me some money, stop, daydreamin' dude.
When the thought of horizon is hiding from you,
What would you want? sky (what do I want? sky)

Is everything alright? You feelin' lonely?
You feelin' moldy? You're not the only
Is everything alright? You feelin' stormy?
You feelin' foamy? You're not the only

Do you get up up up?
Clouds stop and move above me,
Too bad they can't help me, what Is the right way?

Do I float up up up?
When I stop and look around me,
Grays where that color should be, what is the right way?

Old glass is clinkin' and a, new order's blinkin'
And a- I should be floatin', but I'm weighted by thinking
I will fly up the river that'll make me some change,
Well the sky gets filled up too fast and the tide she kept waiting,
But, give me some money, stop, daydreaming dude,
When the thought of horizon is hiding it's blues




What would you want,
Sky (what did I want, sky) (what would I want, sky)

Overall Meaning

The song "What Would I Want? Sky" by Animal Collective is about feeling lost in life and searching for direction. The singer seems to be talking directly to the sky, asking if everything is alright and admitting to feeling lonely and phony at times. They question what the right way is and whether they should just float up and not stop to look around. The lyrics suggest that the character is stuck in their own head, weighed down by thinking and unable to fully embrace the world around them.


The song also touches on the idea of money and the pressure to conform to society's expectations. The lyric "give me some money, stop daydreaming dude" implies that the world is telling the singer to stop dreaming and start focusing on practical matters such as making a living. However, the character seems determined to keep searching for their own path and not give up on their dreams.


Overall, the song is a reflective and introspective exploration of what it means to feel lost and searching for direction in life.


Line by Line Meaning

Sky,
Addressing the sky as a symbol of hope and wonder.


What do I want
Contemplating the innate desires and goals of life.


Sky (What would I want, sky)
Repeating the question posed before as a rhetorical one.


Is everything alright?
Expressing concern about the wellbeing and state of things.


You feelin' moany?
Asking if someone is feeling down or dispirited.


You feelin' lonely?
Asking if someone is feeling isolated or disconnected.


You're not the only
Assuring the listener that their struggles are not unique or isolating.


Do you get up up up?
Questioning if one is able to rise above their challenges and obstacles.


Clouds stop and move above me, too bad they can't help me,
Noting that even nature's movements are out of one's control, and that they cannot always offer aid or guidance.


What is the right way?
Wondering what path or approach is best to take in life.


Do I float up up up, and not stop and look around me?
Questioning if one should strive higher without taking notice of one's surroundings or grounding.


Grays where that color should be, what is the right way?
Observing the absence of vibrancy or beauty where it should be present, and questioning the correct course of life.


Old glass is clinkin' and a new order's blinkin' and I,
Noticing the contrast between the traditional and the modern, and acknowledging one's presence in the midst of it.


I should be floatin', but I'm weighted by thinking
Feeling weighed down or burdened by overthinking and anxiety, despite striving for freedom.


I got on the river, wait, can't make it change,
Attempting to navigate the river of life, but realizing that some things are beyond one's control or ability to alter.


But the sky gets filled up too fast and the tide seen them sayin', you better,
Noticing the rapid nature of change and progress, and implying a sense of urgency to keep up.


Give me some money, stop, daydreamin' dude.
Acknowledging the need for practicality and discipline over fanciful dreaming, and potentially addressing oneself or others.


When the thought of horizon is hiding from you,
Acknowledging the feeling of uncertainty and confusion when one cannot see or plan for the future.


What would you want? sky (what do I want? sky)
Returning to the initial question, asking what one truly desires and seeks in life through the symbol of the sky.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: BRIAN ROSS WEITZ, DAVID MICHAEL PORTNER, NOAH BENJAMIN LENNOX, PHILIP LESH, ROBERT M. PETERSON

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