Mountain Goats, The - Lion's Teeth Lyrics




The king of the jungle
Was asleep in his car
When your chances fall in your lap like that
You've got to recognize them for what they really are

Nobody in this house
Wants to own up to the truth
I crawl in shotgun and reach into his mouth
And grab hold of one long, sharp tooth

And hold on
For dear life, I hold on

Well, of course he wakes up
His paw hits the horn
I am going to regret
The day that I was born

And then Mom rushes out to the driveway
My sister too
Everyone's screaming
I am dreaming of you

I hold on
For dear life, I hold on

And my arms get sore
And my palms start to sweat
And the tears roll down my face
'Till my cheeks are hot and red and soaking wet

In come the cops
They blowtorch the doors
I start wailing
The lion roars

There's no good way to end this
Anyone can see
There's this great big you
And little old me

And we hold on
For dear life, we hold on
We hold on





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  1. tttango

    Anyone know what this is about

    samanthaneilan

    The King of the Jungle is his abusive father.

    Long sharp tooth is a gun

    He holds it and wants to shoot the dad wakes up and hits the horn in fright bringing out his sister and mum.
    His arms start to get heavy as he can't actually bring himself to shoot. I think "dreaming of you" is him thinking of the man he used to be before the abuse (maybe drink related?)
    Police show up

    And then I don't know, does the police take the dad or son?
    Did the mum finally admit what was wrong in her family and report him? I think she did. I think the dad leaves and Mum, son and Daughter hold on to what they have left in life.

    Song could be about anything though, that's just what I think.

    Dave DiLena

    @samanthaneilan While the literal battle could be over anything at it's root is a struggle that you can't afford to lose, that you know you will lose. It's about ceasing an advantage and using it despite inevitable loss.

  2. Katsuki Bakugo

    This song has such a good story to it and I love the way his voice shakes on some words, it really shows his emotions

  3. Robnation

    Du hast lion's teeth

  4. Amber Spath

    no one in this house wants to own up to the truth

  5. Mr. Penguino

    I liked using this album to drown out the sounds of my parents fighting as a kid, all father's are bastards

  6. Dave Noland

    Holy shit! Great music el doro

  7. Olivia Santellanes

    no matter how i listen to this song (headphones, car speakers, out loud from my phone/computer, etc), it sounds like it’s playing on blown out speakers. that’s probably my favorite thing about it. hearing the staticky feedback/echo fills me with such a strange feeling idk i just really like it

    Wolf Cub

    Maybe all of your speakers are blown out because I don’t hear that

  8. Amber Garcia

    they are truly unique artists much love 2018

  9. LunaLollygag

    The king of the jungle
    Was asleep in his car
    When your chances fall in your lap like that
    You gotta recognize them for what they really are

    Nobody in this house
    Wants to own up to the truth
    I crawl in shotgun and reach into his mouth
    And grab hold of one long, sharp tooth
    And hold on
    For dear life, I hold on

    Well of course he wakes up
    His paw hits the horn
    I am going to regret
    The day that I was born

    And then mom
    Rushes out to the driveway
    My sister too
    Everyone screaming
    I am dreaming of you
    I hold on
    For dear life, I hold on

    And my arms get sore
    And my palms start to sweat
    And the tears roll down my face
    Till my cheeks are hot and red and soaking wet

    In come the cops
    They blow torch the doors
    I start wailing
    The lion roars
    There's no good way to end this
    Anyone can see
    There's this great big you
    And little old me
    And we hold on
    For dear life, we hold on
    We hold on

  10. Nicole Butler

    I'm listening to this album in whole for the first time, at the end of each song I say "this is definitely my favorite", and then the next song comes on and I say it again.. I just can't pick. They're all so incredibly

    pseudogenesis

    Incredibly what? INCREDIBLY WHAT??

    Billy Alarie

    asking the hard-hitting questions.

    DC A

    @pseudogenesis driving you crazy , ain't it? hahaha

  11. Scientifically Void

    Warning:
    Never layer this version and the Come, Come to the Sunset Tree version
    it's
    so weird
    and it dOESN'T WORK
    -r ip-
    -i'll just stick to Come, Come-

  12. VegasStrongr

    And we hoooold oooonnnn