No Elbows

from Elephino (1998) by Mailbox

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Greg writes: I was studying Crowlean Magick when I wrote this. What a bunch of crap. It's a pop song about rejoicing in the hell of changing yourself into a person that you are incompatible with. Once, Irving had to sleep in my living room because his parents threw him out of the house.

Adam writes: Animal wrote this lyric while working at an illegal diaper distributor. The diapers themselves weren't illegal. It was something about the way the company conducted business. He didn't stay at that job for very long and the company was eventually shut down. Maybe the corruption of something as sweet and innocent as diapers drove him to write this lyric. We can't be sure.

The French translation was provided by Shirley Luis. Merci!


I decided long ago
to pick a god with no elbows
So he couldn't wrap around me
like he oughtta should
Just clap like a seal
and turn blood into wood

I decided long ago
to pick a chick with no elbows
So she couldn't wrap around me
like she oughtta should
Just clap like a seal
and long arm my wood

I'm in a tie with my dark side right now
Lost all my muscles inside. Holy cow!

I decided just today
to have my elbows sent away
So I couldn't wrap around you
like I oughtta should
Just clap like a seal
and stare at my wood


from Elephino (1998), released February 2, 1998
music: Adam Rabin
lyrics: Greg Skillman


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Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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