Ready
Grizzly Bear Lyrics


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I'm gonna take a stab at this
Sure you will be alright
Make a decision with a kiss
Baby I have false spite

And when I trek alone back home
I make sure that I trek in the snow
Would it fall?

Tissue and bones, it was a trick
This isn't a gunfight
Checking it off my list
Unable to rewrite

Five years cast once and far alone
Hope I'm ready, able to make my own
Goodbye

They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did





They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did

Overall Meaning

"Ready Able" by Grizzly Bear is a song that seems to be about the inner turmoil of making a decision and moving on. The song opens with the singer telling someone that they will be okay, implying that there may have been some concern about the decision being made. The singer then talks about making a decision with a kiss, indicating that it may involve someone they are romantically involved with. However, the singer also acknowledges that they have "false spite" which may be a warning that they are not entirely sincere.


The second verse begins with the singer talking about trekking alone in the snow, which may be a metaphor for the difficult decision they are facing. They then mention "tissue and bones" which can be interpreted as something delicate yet important that they must handle with care. The line "This isn't a gunfight" again reinforces the idea that they are dealing with something fragile and not something that can be handled with brute force. The verse ends with the singer saying that they are unable to rewrite the situation, which may suggest that they have made their choice and must live with the consequences.


The chorus is repetitive, with the line "They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did" being repeated several times. This could be interpreted as the singer trying to make sure that whoever is involved in the decision is aware of what they have done and that they are not ashamed of it. The song ends with the singer saying "Goodbye" which can be interpreted as a farewell to the past and moving on to what the future holds.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm gonna take a stab at this
I'll attempt to solve this problem or situation.


Sure you will be alright
You'll be fine, don't worry.


Make a decision with a kiss
Let's seal our decision with a kiss.


Baby I have false spite
I don't really feel the anger I'm trying to portray.


And when I trek alone back home
When I walk back home alone.


I make sure that I trek in the snow
I deliberately walk in the snow.


Would it fall?
I wonder if it will snow.


Tissue and bones, it was a trick
My body is fragile and easily broken, but it's all a deception.


This isn't a gunfight
We aren't enemies fighting each other with guns.


Checking it off my list
I'm marking this off my to-do list.


Unable to rewrite
I can't change what has already happened.


Five years cast once and far alone
I've spent five years away from home, feeling far away from everything and everyone.


Hope I'm ready, able to make my own
I hope I'm ready and able to create my own path.


Goodbye
Farewell.


They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They leave, we leave, I want you to know that I did what I did.


They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They leave, we leave, I want you to know that I did what I did.


They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They leave, we leave, I want you to know that I did what I did.


They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They leave, we leave, I want you to know that I did what I did.


They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They leave, we leave, I want you to know that I did what I did.


They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They leave, we leave, I want you to know that I did what I did.




Lyrics © SC PUBLISHING DBA SECRETLY CANADIAN PUB., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: CHRISTOPHER BEAR, EDWARD DROSTE, DANIEL ROSSEN, CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL TAYLOR

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@lac0nchadelalora

I'm gonna take a stab at this
Sure you will be alright
Make a decision with a kiss
Baby I have false spite

And when I trek alone back home
I make sure that I trek in the snow
Would it fall?

Tissue and bones, it was a trick
This isn't a gunfight
Checking it off my list
Unable to rewrite

Five years cast once and far alone
Hope I'm ready, able to make my own
Goodbye

They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did

They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did



@krol6282

1 year ago
I'm gonna take a stab at this
Sure you will be alright
Make a decision with a kiss
Maybe I have frostbite

And when I shuffled on back home
I make sure that I trek in the snow
Were gone

Tissue and bones, it was a tryst
This isn't a gunfight
Checking it off my list
Unable to rewrite

Five years countless months and a loan (alone?)
Hope I'm ready, able to make my own
Good home

They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did

They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did
They go, we go, I want you to know what I did, I did

Alternate lyrics I found that I think fit better? Conflicting sources.



All comments from YouTube:

@kickinthehead

I can listen to this song only once in 2-3 years because I still cry like a child during listening for no reason.

@gabet5247

There is something really whimsical about the vocal melody and ambient soundscapes. It reminds me of the way I used to see the world. A big mystery full of wonder and possibility. As we age the magic seems to dissapear altogether but songs like this are a beautiful yet painful reminder of a perspective of blissful innocence.

@stevenlesperance445

It's called cadence....force yourself to listen to it every day. You'll get past it.....

@drgnflyylaureate

​@@stevenlesperance445that's the thing. I don't want to get past it. I am it.

@00Calebrio

It’s the nostalgia for me. And I cried to it for whatever reason back in the day.

@edwinmartinez4975

All grizzly bear songs sound like they all came from profound things.

There songs put me in the most introverted mood, not depressed but wondrous and puts things in perspective.

@victoriaribeiro4648

yes

@jenniferlima9235

Most of their songs are about Ed Droste's bad relationships... This particular song is about him being unfaithful. I saw an interview with him in which he talked about this song. He said, "This song is basically me being an ass** and cheating, trying to justify it and covering it up."

@jarrodhall3686

@Jennifer Lima Lol profound.

@jenniferlima9235

@Jarrod Hall, it honestly is.

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