Know Your Onion!
The Shins Lyrics


Shut out, pimpled and angry
I quietly tied all my guts into knots
Gave up on trying to make them
I figured it'd take them too long to look up and besides
It was undeniably clear to me I don't know why
When every other part of life seemed locked behind shutters
I knew what worthless dregs we've always been

Lucked out, found my favorite records
Lying in wait at the Birmingham mall
The songs that I heard
The occasional book
Were the only fun I ever took
And I got on with making myself

Yeah, the trick is just making yourself
But when they're parking their cars on your chest
You've still got a view of the summer sky
To make it hurt twice when your restless body
Caves to its whims
And suddenly struggles to take flight

Three thousand miles north east
I left all my friends at the morning bus stop shaking their heads
"What kind of life you dream of? You're allergic to love"
Yes, I know but I must say in my own defense
It's been undeniably dear to me, I don't know why
When every other part of life seemed locked behind shutters
I knew the worthless dregs we are
The selfless, loving saints we are
The melting, sliding dice we've always been

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Andrew Barrett

This is one of James Mercer's very best melodies, IMO. Completely fantastic and lyrical.

However, I have to wonder if the title of the song is a response to the title of the Cibo Matto song "Know Your Chicken"? The Shins knew and played shows with Cibo Matto in the early years.

The "onion" might refer to the multiple layers of life, and/or the multiple layers of a person's psyche (?).

The Ancient one

Know your onion is a phrase ,don’t know if this helps. In French, there's the expression occupez-vous de vos oignons which means "mind your own business" in English but can be literally translated as "take care of your onions". Know your onions however means to be knowledgeable about a subject

Larissa Nogueira

Rory Gilmore

Khaalilah Muhammad

Lol yep

Lucia Sandoval Canela

I left all my friends at the morning bus stop shaking their heads.
"what kind of life you dream of? you're allergic to love."

シBᴇʟʜᴀʟʟᴀᴋ

Lunch, listening to music and reading a good book... References

Olivia Hayston

Gilmore Girls!

Derek Carlton Anderson

I wish I could find a girl who would make feel like this song does all the time.

Derek Carlton Anderson

@Plath that's sweet of you to say ♡ thank you :)

Plath

You’ll find her

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