Animal Pen

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"Animal Pen"
AMC-UK.jpg
United Kingdom cover
Song by American Music Club from the album United Kingdom
Released 1989
Format LP / CD
Length 3:18
Label Demon Records
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Tom Mallon
United Kingdom track listing
  1. "Here They Roll Down"
  2. "Dreamers Of The Dream"
  3. "Never Mind"
  4. "United Kingdom"
  5. "Dream Is Gone"
  6. "Heaven Of Your Hands"
  7. "Kathleen"
  8. "The Hula Maiden"
  9. "Animal Pen"

"Animal Pen" is the 9th and last song on American Music Club's fourth album, 1989’s United Kingdom.

Mark Eitzel told Sounds that the song is "about a park in San Francisco where a bunch of bums hang out every day. I’m no bum, so I sit there writing in my little notebook – my important thoughts. The Animal Pen is what they call the park."[1]

Lyrics

Giving up, that's the easy part
Turn your pockets out
Tear your room apart

But you can't find anything
To help you on your way
Run, try to catch the bus
And reach it just as it pulls away

For the black hole
and the beautiful Crab Nebulae
Time running out
Time running dry

Frozen peas and carrots
And pickled animal parts
Sweet anticipation
For the well-preserved at heart

One more walk around the animal pen
Keeping to the sun
But I'll end up in the shade again

Just one more walk
Underneath the big starry-ass sky
I wasn't born good enough
That I wasn't born good enough for

Doctor don't you worry
Doctor I feel fine
Doctor I just swallowed
Every grape on the vine

Hey look here it comes
My great big luxury UFO
Now drive this thing and go fast
Why are we moving so slow

Just one more walk
Around the animal pen
I'm running happily in the sun
I'll end up in the shade again

Just one more walk
Underneath the big empty sky
That I wasn't born good enough for

Doctor don't you worry
Doctor I feel fine
As long as I can fill that form
I'll sign any dotted line

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References

  1. Roy Wilkinson (October 21, 1989). "Atlantic Crossing". Sounds. Retrieved March 27, 2018.