How Do You Know It’s Not Armadillo Shells?
Hot Mulligan Lyrics


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So scared that you don't want me here
In the corner of the living room
Reading subtitles, 'cause I can't hear
The show you put on for noise
While you're laughing in the kitchen
Pouring drinks over ice
And I am not the type to go out every night
'Cause I just need some time
To know what's wrong in my head

Pulling out the pages that I wrote for you
Hoping you don't think that I'm dependent
'Cause I know the truth
Might be too much, I'm not enough
I'm always disappointed in the things I write
Even when I speak
It seems the words'll never come out right
Coping alone, just bring me home

And it's happened again
Another friend said, "Marry me"
While unknowingly signing away the life he wanted
I'm glad, but none of our parents stayed together
I hate to be a bummer but I'm three more beers
From calling a cab
So I can sleep to shake this dread
I won't wake up unless you ask if I am okay

Pulling out the pages that I wrote for you
Hoping you don't think that I'm dependent
'Cause I know the truth
Might be too much, I'm not enough
I'm always disappointed in the things I write
Even when I speak it seems
The words'll never come out right
Coping alone, just bring me home
Just bring

Just bring me home
Just bring me home
I don't want to talk on the balcony
Just want to drink 'til I kill what's gotten into me
Just bring me home
Just bring me home
Just bring, just bring, just bring me home





And I just need some time to know what's wrong in my head

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Hot Mulligan's song "How Do You Know It's Not Armadillo Shells?" explore the feeling of being lost, alone and inadequate in a relationship. The singer is in the corner of the living room, feeling scared, while their partner is in the kitchen pouring drinks and pretending to watch a show. This creates an image of the singer feeling disconnected and isolated within the relationship. The lyrics also highlight the singer's struggle with writing things down for their partner, which they hope is not seen as dependency. The singer seems to understand that they are not enough for their partner, but they still cling to hope by asking only to be brought home.


The second half of the song switches gears and addresses the societal pressures of getting married and the fear of ending up alone like our parents. The singer emphasizes this by saying, "none of our parents stayed together." The fear and loneliness seem to be so great that the singer contemplates calling a cab to get away from it all.


Overall, the song portrays the feeling of being lost, the fear of inadequacy, and the desperation to find a place where one can feel safe and secure.


Line by Line Meaning

So scared that you don't want me here
I am afraid that I am not wanted here


In the corner of the living room
I am in the corner of the living room


Reading subtitles, 'cause I can't hear
I am watching subtitles because I can't hear


The show you put on for noise
You are watching TV for background noise


While you're laughing in the kitchen
You are laughing in the kitchen


Pouring drinks over ice
You are pouring drinks over ice


And I am not the type to go out every night
I am not the type to go out every night


'Cause I just need some time
I just need some time


To know what's wrong in my head
To figure out what is wrong in my head


Pulling out the pages that I wrote for you
I am retrieving the pages I wrote for you


Hoping you don't think that I'm dependent
I hope you don't think I am dependent on you


'Cause I know the truth
Because I know the truth


Might be too much, I'm not enough
It might be too much and I'm not enough


I'm always disappointed in the things I write
I am always disappointed in the things I write


Even when I speak
Even when I speak


It seems the words'll never come out right
The words never seem to come out correctly


Coping alone, just bring me home
I am trying to cope alone, please just bring me home


And it's happened again
It has happened again


Another friend said, "Marry me"
Another friend has proposed to their partner


While unknowingly signing away the life he wanted
While unintentionally giving up the life they wanted


I'm glad, but none of our parents stayed together
I am happy for them, but none of our parents stayed together


I hate to be a bummer but I'm three more beers
I don't want to be a downer, but I need three more beers


From calling a cab
Before I can call a cab


So I can sleep to shake this dread
So I can sleep and forget this feeling of dread


I won't wake up unless you ask if I am okay
I won't wake up unless you ask if I am okay


Just bring me home
Please just bring me home


Just bring me home
Please just bring me home


I don't want to talk on the balcony
I don't want to talk on the balcony


Just want to drink 'til I kill what's gotten into me
I just want to drink until I forget what's bothering me


Just bring, just bring, just bring me home
Please just bring me home




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Brandon Blakeley, Chris Freeman, Garrett Willig, Nathan Sanville, Ryan Malicsi

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@jessely6937

So scared that you don’t want me here
In the corner of your living room
Reading subtitles cause I can’t hear
The show you put on for noise
While you’re laughing in the kitchen
Pouring drinks over ice
And I am not the type
To go out every night
Cause I just need some time
To know what’s wrong in my head

Pulling out the pages that I wrote for you hoping you don’t think that I’m dependent
Cause I know the truth
Might be
Too much
I’m not enough.
I’m always disappointed in the things I write
Even when I speak it seems the words don’t ever come out right.
Coping alone.
Just bring me home.

Heard it happened again
Another friend said “marry me”
While unknowingly sat unaware of the life he wanted
I’m glad none of our parents stayed together
I hate to be a bummer but I’m 3 more beers
From calling a cab
So I can sleep to shake this dread
I won’t wake up
Unless you ask if I am okay.

Just bring me home.
Just bring me home
I don’t want to talk on the balcony
Just wanna drink until I kill what’s gotten into me.
Just bring me home
Just bring me home.

And I just need some time to know what’s wrong with my head.



All comments from YouTube:

@kenshiroperry2828

This song is one of those songs you just find one day and everyone relates to it at some point, just remember if you ever hit a low point the only way to look it up. Also another good song is no good by knuckle puck

@santana8797

Kenshiro Perry knuckle puck calendar days helped me a lot

@lordcooler22

Knuckle
Puck

@FAHJA17

Ironically I'm seeing Hot Mulligan and Knuckle Puck together live in 3 weeks 😂

@forrestshrimp1361

yuppppp

@travis2888

It was “Equip Sunglasses”for me…that and The Wonder Years “came out swinging”. Those were two modern pop-punk/post hardcore bands that got me back into the scene. I was still jamming new found glory, old TBS and Brand New, until I stumbled on these guys on a random Spotify playlist.

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@danrockwell420

This song has grown on me so much, it’s emotionally so powerful while being awkwardly relatable.. thanks Hot Mulligan for existing

@danielcooper4571

Its easily one of my favorite songs

@skaisnotdead

This is motion city soundtrack mixed with the wonder years and I'm here for it

@evanv1023

Couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s awesome!

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