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The Shins — Know Your Onion!
Album: Oh, Inverted World
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Released: 2001
Length: 2:21
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Shut out, pimpled and angry
I quietly tied all my guts into knots
Gave up on trying to make 'em
I figured it'd take 'em 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 the worthless dregs we've always been

Lucked out, found my favorite record
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

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 northeast
I left all my friends at the morning bus stop shaking their heads
"What kind of life do you dream of? You're allergic to love!"
Yes, I know but I must say in my own defense

It's been undeniably clear 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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To me, their slow tunes seem much more inspired and substantial. I was disappointed to read in Rolling Stone that at least one won't be included on their next album b/c James Mercer considers it too personal.
there may be no reason, but i absolutely dig this song!
If you get these guys you understand a lot about the things that are behind things. Oh, and make no mistake: as above, so below. Know your onion! Tears on this side of the reset switch fill teeming seas on the other. Meanwhile, go ahead and go down those chutes too narrow. Because we come up flowers on the other. Dig it! :curtain: :daisy: :bananapiano: :wink:
flyfree wrote:
The Shins first album contained a spark, that the second album, very good though it is, lacks. Anyone with me?
Couldn't agree more. The 1st album seemed like an obscure late 60s psychedelic pop album. The 2nd, while enjoyable, lacked the former's unity and cohesion.
I like onions.Rated this a 6 only because there are no fractional ratings & I'll usually give the benefit and round-up.
The Shins first album contained a spark, that the second album, very good though it is, lacks. Anyone with me?
The Onion
babygirl614 wrote:
I would look up the lyrics but I fear they'd make as much sense as those for New Slang.
I don't think either song is too tough to decipher...
I would look up the lyrics but I fear they'd make as much sense as those for New Slang.
This song would go really well with Cibo Mato's "Know Your Chicken". Mmmm...
flandersdog wrote:
I agree - Chutes Too Narrow is a beautiful album but you really have to pay attention when listening in order to notice how beautiful the songs are. as for this song, it's OK. but I really despise onions.
:yes: this is not their best. Overall Chutes too Narrow is much better.
cutest track ever.
fun I like it
Vogelfrei wrote:
Also, the more I listen to Chutes Too Narrow, the more I realize how much they matured musically after Oh, Inverted World. This song is fun, but doesn't really show the potential of the next album.
I agree - Chutes Too Narrow is a beautiful album but you really have to pay attention when listening in order to notice how beautiful the songs are. as for this song, it's OK. but I really despise onions.
trekhead wrote:
That's right, Know your Onion! Or... Never rub another man's Rhubarb!
But Cibo Mato said that I had to know my chicken. Which is it??
Yes, very Kinks, with a little post-punk 'tude thrown in. And I know my onion, alright.
Spot_69 wrote:
I find the shins to be generally forgettable upon first exposure.
I hate to agree, but I too find that some of the Shins' songs require repeated hearings. However, once they find their way into my head, they're in for good. Also, the more I listen to Chutes Too Narrow, the more I realize how much they matured musically after Oh, Inverted World. This song is fun, but doesn't really show the potential of the next album.
The Kins? The Shinks? Oh man, I'm confused now... Pleasant pop ditty.
psycholynx wrote:
Is it okay to squeeze the melons? Sit on a cucumber? Play with the fuzz on a peach?
Put your spoon on the high shelf, with your bowl, You've got to roll like a cantaloupe, out of control! I find the shins to be generally forgettable upon first exposure. But I love the title!
trekhead wrote:
That's right, Know your Onion! Or... Never rub another man's Rhubarb!
Is it okay to squeeze the melons? Sit on a cucumber? Play with the fuzz on a peach?
Reminiscent of Freddy and the Dreamers...
This song is a waste of time. Waste of time for them to play, waste of time for me to hear. Save some time. Stop playing. I will do my part and stop listening. Another thing: they sound like a rip off of the Kinks. I don't even like the original Kinks music. :P
some of my favorite lyrics on the album.
Chunnamark is lovin' himself some Shins right about now! Flava FLAV! :motor:
SuperYUCK
STOP IT! Go back to the garage from whence you came.... :headshake:
That's right, Know your Onion! Or... Never rub another man's Rhubarb!