BCKYRD
Hot Mulligan Lyrics


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Play in the backyard
Where the grass and spiderwebs grow up next to us
Say, what's your interests?
Tell me how you plan to give up on all of them
Hey, why'd we leave?
Coulda stayed for a while if we knew where we're ending up
Hide in the basement
Concealed well enough so we won't get evicted

Pay all your savings
To a debt that you didn't know you had been living in
Hide the black eye
That you give yourself every time you get wasted
Hey, why'd we leave
Coulda stayed for a while if we knew this is all we got
Lie, it's all weeds
Coulda swore that the flowers would've bloomed but they've hidden

Rain
You're better off in the clouds as we fade
Barely leaving a semblance of
What we thought it meant to grow up
When things don't get better
No things don't get better and
Rain
You're better off in the clouds as we fade
Barely leaving a semblance of
What we thought it meant to grow up
When things don't get better
No things don't get better, just different

Stay the bed's warm enough
If you step into the living room you'll find a job to do
Buy some more time
Try to call in sick 'cause you haven't been sleeping
Lie if you want
Melody never change
Day in, day out
Day in, day out
All the same
Write like a kid
Can't create anything
That's worth the ink
That's worth the page I'm wasting
Makes me feel like I haven't made anything
That makes me feel
Makes me feel

Rain
You're better off in the clouds as we fade
Barely leaving a semblance of
What we thought it meant to grow up
When things don't get better
No things don't get better and
Rain
You're better off in the clouds as we fade
Barely leaving a semblance of
What we thought it meant to grow up
When things don't get better
No things don't get better just different

Play in the backyard
Where the grass and spiderwebs grow up next to us




Say, what's your interests
Tell me how you plan to give up on all of them

Overall Meaning

The song "BCKYRD" by Hot Mulligan explores the struggles of growing up and the overwhelming sense of uncertainty that comes with it. The first stanza sets the scene in the backyard, a place of long-forgotten joy and freedom. The imagery of grass and spiderwebs growing up next to the characters suggests the feeling of neglect and abandonment, a recurring theme in the song. The second line, "Say, what's your interests? Tell me how you plan to give up on all of them," sets the tone for the rest of the lyrics, reflecting the lack of motivation and direction that comes with adulthood. The lines "Hide in the basement/ Concealed well enough so we won't get evicted" further suggest the characters' sense of desperation and inability to escape their mundane lives.


The second stanza focuses on financial struggles and self-harm. The line "Pay all your savings/ To a debt that you didn't know you had been living in" speaks to the burden of debt and the feeling of being trapped by circumstances beyond one's control. The following line, "Hide the black eye/ That you give yourself every time you get wasted," is an honest and raw admission of the character's self-destructive behavior, likely as a coping mechanism for their struggles. The "rain" in the chorus represents the characters' disillusionment with the idea that things will get better with time. They feel like they're barely leaving a semblance of what they thought growing up would be like, and that things just get "different" rather than better.


Overall, the song is a poignant reflection on the struggles of adulthood, the disappointment that comes with unfulfilled expectations, and the feeling of being trapped by circumstances beyond one's control. It's a relatable and honest portrayal of the complexities of growing up and the internal battles that come with it.


Line by Line Meaning

Play in the backyard
Spend time in a place where nature and neglect have taken over


Where the grass and spiderwebs grow up next to us
A place where even living things are struggling to survive alongside the clutter and mess


Say, what's your interests?
Ask what hobbies or passions make life worth living


Tell me how you plan to give up on all of them
Reveal how a sense of futility and despair are robbing one of the motivation to pursue those interests


Hey, why'd we leave?
Question the reasons for leaving a home or comfortable situation


Coulda stayed for a while if we knew where we're ending up
Express regret for not realizing how much worse things would get after leaving


Hide in the basement
Find shelter in a dark and cramped place


Concealed well enough so we won't get evicted
Keep out of sight to avoid being kicked out of an already precarious living situation


Pay all your savings
Spend all the money saved up, usually for emergencies or the future


To a debt that you didn't know you had been living in
Discover a surprising amount of money owed to someone as a result of past decisions, a hidden cost of living


Hide the black eye
Try to cover up or conceal physical or emotional bruises


That you give yourself every time you get wasted
Admit to self-destructive behavior, such as excessive drinking or drug use


Hey, why'd we leave
Reiterate the confusion and regret around leaving a familiar place or situation


Coulda stayed for a while if we knew this is all we got
Contemplate how staying put might have been a slightly better alternative to the grim present reality


Lie, it's all weeds
Admit that everything seems to be failing or dying, rather than flourishing


Coulda swore that the flowers would've bloomed but they've hidden
Believe that things should have been better, but they turned out worse than expected


Rain
A metaphor for feeling down and hopeless, while also implying that the future is uncertain


You're better off in the clouds as we fade
Suggest that it might be better to live in a dream than face an unpleasant reality


Barely leaving a semblance of
Barely leaving behind any evidence of existence or identity


What we thought it meant to grow up
The expectations and assumptions around maturity and adulthood are shattered


When things don't get better
Acknowledge the possibility that things might not improve over time, and could even get worse


No things don't get better and
Reinforce the idea that there is no easy solution or happy ending to the situation described


Stay the bed's warm enough
Delay getting up and facing the day, even if the bedroom is not the most productive place to be


If you step into the living room you'll find a job to do
Imply that there are always chores and responsibilities to tackle, even if they seem overwhelming


Buy some more time
Attempt to delay the inevitable or add moments of leisure, relaxation or pleasure to a difficult situation


Try to call in sick 'cause you haven't been sleeping
Escape work or responsibilities by pretending to be physically or mentally unwell


Lie if you want
Encourage dishonesty and detachment from the truth, as a survival mechanism


Melody never change
Ideas, feelings or habits may be stagnant, but at least there is a sense of familiarity and comfort


Day in, day out
Repeating the same routine or behaviors every day with no relief, progress or improvement


All the same
Everything is monotonous and unchanging, which could lead to feelings of stagnation and hopelessness


Write like a kid
Express oneself freely, creatively and intuitively, without worrying about adult expectations or standards


Can't create anything
Feel creatively blocked or unable to come up with anything meaningful or interesting


That's worth the ink
Value one's own creations enough to commit them to writing or paper


That's worth the page I'm wasting
Feel like one's time, energy and efforts are going to waste because they are not creating anything valuable or useful


Makes me feel like I haven't made anything
Express frustration, disillusionment or disappointment with the results of creative work or self-expression


That makes me feel
Conclude the song by alluding to the emotional weight and significance of each line and sentiment that came before




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Written by: Brandon Blakeley, Chris Freeman, Garrett Willig, Nathan Sanville, Ryan Malicsi

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