Wild Packs of Family Dogs
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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A wild pack of family dogs came runnin' through the yard one day
My father got his gun, shot it up, they ran away OK
A wild pack of family dogs came runnin' through the yard
And as my own dog ran away with them, I didn't say much of anything at all
A wild pack of family dogs came runnin' through the yard
As my little sister played, the dogs took her away
And I guess she was eaten up OK, yeah she was eaten up OK
My mother cryin' blood dust now

My dad he quit his job today, well I guess he was fired but that? OK
And I sittin' outside my mud lake, waiting for the pack to take me away




And right after I die the dogs start floating up towards the glowing sky
Now they?l receive their rewards, now they will receive their rewards

Overall Meaning

The opening line of Modest Mouse's song "Wild Pack of Family Dogs" begins with the image of a pack of dogs running through the yard. The singer's father got a gun and shot it up, causing the pack to run away. This event is then repeated with minor variation twice more, and the dogs take the singer's sister away. The song is slightly surreal, and the repeated pattern builds an eerie sense of inevitability leading up to the final stanza.


In the final stanza, the singer mentions that his father quit his job or was fired, but doesn't seem to care either way. The singer is sitting outside, waiting for the wild pack of dogs to take him away. The song ends on a mystifying note, with the dogs floating up towards the glowing sky, where they will apparently receive their rewards.


The lyrics of "Wild Pack of Family Dogs" create an atmosphere of uneasiness and ambiguity. At first, the pack of dogs appears to be a wild, threatening force, but by the end of the song, it seems as though the pack has transcended earthly reality and is being rewarded for its actions. The song leaves many questions unanswered, and the listener is free to interpret the events in different ways.


Line by Line Meaning

A wild pack of family dogs came runnin' through the yard one day
A group of stray dogs that appeared to be related ran through the singer's yard unexpectedly.


My father got his gun, shot it up, they ran away OK
The singer's father tried to scare off the pack of dogs by firing his gun, causing them to leave the premises unharmed.


And as my own dog ran away with them, I didn't say much of anything at all
Despite the fact that the singer's own dog joined the pack of dogs, the singer remained silent and passive about the situation.


As my little sister played, the dogs took her away
While the artist's younger sister was playing, the pack of dogs abducted her.


And I guess she was eaten up OK, yeah she was eaten up OK
The artist assumes that the dogs must have killed and consumed his younger sister, and he expresses a detached, disturbing sense of acceptance towards this outcome.


My mother cryin' blood dust now
The singer's mother is so overcome with grief and despair that she is crying actual blood.


My dad he quit his job today, well I guess he was fired but that? OK
The singer's father either quit or was fired from his job, but the singer seems to be indifferent to the circumstances of his departure.


And I sittin' outside my mud lake, waiting for the pack to take me away
The artist is sitting by a muddy pool of water, eagerly anticipating the arrival of the pack of dogs to carry him off as well.


And right after I die the dogs start floating up towards the glowing sky
After the artist dies, the pack of dogs suddenly start to ascend into the sky as if being called to some higher power or reward.


Now they'll receive their rewards, now they will receive their rewards
The artist seems to suggest that the pack of dogs will be rewarded or recognized for their actions, which have resulted in death and despair for the artist's family.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: ISAAC BROCK

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Jonathan Gentry

To me, this song is about death. In the first verse, he sees his father as the protector, shooting off the wild dogs which are the embodiment of death in the song, but your father can only protect you from death for so long. He lost his dog, which was his first experience with death, then he lost his little sister, which affected him much more, as well as his family, to the point where his mother becomes depressed as well as his father, who loses his job, and even he himself wishes to die (waiting for the pack to take him away) and they carry him towards the glowing sky (heaven) because this song is basically told from the perspective of a child, which is innocent.

marianatequiero28

I see the dogs a predator entering the family, resulting in a split , a betrayal… one dog ran off didn’t think much of it at all ?

Dogman

That's exactly how I felt too

Mikey P

Damn bro I know you posted this 2 years ago but you nailed it in my opinion. I legit was contemplating this when I heard it today so it was awesome to see someone say what I thought. You beat me to it but I’m cool with that cuz that shits deep 😂

Silas Bush

i don't care what the intended meaning for the song is this is the one i take away

Max Weaver

Love the vibe of this song. Issac’s voice sounds amazing. Great lyrics too.

Puppet Seducer

I like how the music is so light and almost playful and the lyrics are talking about something creepy and disturbing happening. All in all, I love Modest Mouse. And this song is awesome!

Darth Clanker

no

CyberKultist

@DesignedbyHumans MM is absolutely anti-religion (or at least Christianity. Which, due to my personal up-bringing, I will always love this band). This is their best work on that subject. Much more subtle but also more on the nose than "Bukowski" once you catch the lyrics....


It's a fucking lost art.....making people "get the words"....

DesignedbyHumans

It's ain't creepy is about religion, specifically Christianity with the floating up to the flowing sky. It's the rapture

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