Windora Bug
Trey Anastasio Lyrics


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Is that a wind or a bug?
Is that a wind or a bug?

Is that a wind or a bug?
Is a windora bug
Is that a wind or a bug?
Is a windora bug
Is that a wind or a bug?
Is a windora bug

We've got the rules down now, we've got the rules down now
(Is that a wind or a bug?)
And we're done learning how to speak
(Is a windora bug)

We're on the top of a cliff, we're on the top of a cliff
(Is that a wind or a bug?)
And we're wondering if we should leap
(Is a windora bug)

We've got the rules down now, we've got the rules down now
(Is that a wind or a bug?)
And we're done learning how to speak
(Is a windora bug)

We're on the top of a cliff, we're on the top of a cliff
(Is that a wind or a bug?)
And we're wondering if we should leap
(Is a windora bug)

We've got the rules down now
(Is that a wind or a bug?)
(Is a windora bug)

Is that a wind or a bug?
Is a windora bug

Or a bug
Is that a wind?

Is it a tray or a ray?
Is a tray or a ray

Is that a wind?
That bug, bug
Wind
Is that a wind?

Is that a wind or a bug?
Is a windora bug
Is that a wind or a bug?
Is a windora bug

Is that a wind or a bug?
Is a windora bug
Is that a wind or a bug?
Is a windora bug

We've got the rules down now, we've got the rules down now
(Is that a wind or a bug?)
And we're done learning how to speak
(Is a windora bug)

We're on the top of a cliff, we're on the top of a cliff
(Is that a wind or a bug?)
And we're wondering if we should leap
(Is a windora bug)

We've got the rules down now, we've got the rules down now
(Is that a wind or a bug?)
And we're done learning how to speak
(Is a windora bug)

We're on the top of a cliff, we're on the top of a cliff
(Is that a wind or a bug?)
And we're wondering if we should leap
(Is a windora bug)





We've got the rules down now

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Trey Anastasio's "Windora Bug" seems to be an exploration of language, communication, and perspective. The repetition of the phrase "Is that a wind or a bug?" appears to be an example of how the meaning of language can be arbitrary and dependent on the interpretation of the individual. The line "And we're done learning how to speak" suggests a point of confidence in understanding language and communication, but the following lines about being on the top of a cliff and wondering whether to leap could indicate a moment of uncertainty and the limitations of language to fully convey one's thoughts or emotions.


In general, the song seems to be asking questions about the nature of reality and perception. The use of the phrase "Windora Bug" further emphasizes the idea that something that may seem clear and definitive, like the distinction between a wind and a bug, can actually be much more complex and subjective. Overall, the song can be interpreted as a meditation on the limitations of language and the confusion that comes with attempting to communicate complex ideas.


Line by Line Meaning

Is that a wind or a bug?
Questioning whether the sound is caused by wind or an insect.


Is a windora bug
The sound is determined to be a made-up creature called a Windora Bug.


We've got the rules down now, we've got the rules down now
Basic knowledge or understanding has been acquired and mastered.


(Is that a wind or a bug?)
Reiterating previous questions about the source of the sound.


And we're done learning how to speak
Communication skills have been developed and no longer require further practice.


We're on the top of a cliff, we're on the top of a cliff
Metaphor for being at a critical point in a decision-making process.


And we're wondering if we should leap
Debating whether to take a major risk or make a significant change in direction.


Or a bug Is that a wind?
Continuing to question and play with the idea of the sound being caused by a bug or wind.


Is it a tray or a ray?
Playing with the sounds of similar words and their potential meanings.


Is a tray or a ray
Playing with the sounds of similar words and their potential meanings.


That bug, bug Wind Is that a wind?
Further exploring the possibility of the sound being caused by a bug or wind, but still unsure.




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