Birdhouse In Your Soul

Album: Flood (1990)
Charted: 6
  • I'm your only friend
    I'm not your only friend
    But I'm a little glowing friend
    But really I'm not actually your friend
    But I am

    Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
    Who watches over you
    Make a little birdhouse in your soul
    Not to put too fine a point on it:
    Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet
    Make a little birdhouse in your soul

    I have a secret to tell
    From my electrical well
    It's a simple message and
    I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
    So the room must listen to me
    Filibuster vigilantly
    My name is blue canary
    One note, spelled L-I-T-E
    My story's infinite
    Like the Longines Symphonette
    It doesn't rest

    Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
    Who watches over you
    Make a little birdhouse in your soul
    Not to put too fine a point on it
    Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet
    Make a little birdhouse in your soul

    I'm your only friend
    I'm not your only friend
    But I'm a little glowing friend
    But really I'm not actually your friend
    But I am

    There's a picture opposite me
    Of my primitive ancestry
    Which stood on rocky shores
    And kept the beaches shipwreck-free
    Though I respect that a lot
    I'd be fired if that were my job
    After killing Jason off
    And countless screaming Argonauts
    Bluebird of friendliness
    Like guardian angels it's
    Always near

    Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
    Who watches over you
    Make a little birdhouse in your soul
    Not to put too fine a point on it
    Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet
    Make a little birdhouse in your soul

    While you're at it
    Leave the nightlight on
    Inside the birdhouse in your soul
    Not to put too fine a point on it
    Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet
    Make a little birdhouse in your soul

    (Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch) While you're at it
    (Who watches over you) Leave the nightlight on
    (Make a little birdhouse in your soul) Inside the birdhouse in your soul
    Not to put too fine a point on it
    Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet
    Make a little birdhouse in your soul

    (Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch) While you're at it
    (Who watches over you) Leave the nightlight on
    (Make a little birdhouse in your soul) Inside the birdhouse in your soul
    Not to put too fine a point on it
    Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet
    Make a little birdhouse in your soul

Comments: 10

  • Evangeline from UkOn the subject of Ulysses and Odysseus, they are the same person: Ulysses was the Romans' name (they spelt it Ulixes) for the Greek Odysseus. The character featured in Homer's two epic poems, The Iliad and the Odyssey, and the name Ulysses was borrowed by the Irish novelist James Joyce, hence a reader's reference to "Ulysses" being a different book - correct, but obviously the name is a reference to the ancient hero of Homer's work. I love the TMBG song, by the way.
  • Milly from Swansea, United KingdomMy mum and I say 'Make a little Molehole in your soul' it sounds funny.. Lol.
  • Jir from London, United KingdomDefinition of cooky brilliance: this song
  • Carrie from Houston, TxThis song is so completely brilliant. Incredibly WORDY, it was a favorite of my brother's and mine. There are still incidents where one of us will start humming or singing it. . .we still both know all the words.
  • Jas from Clifton, TxGreat song. It's to go on songfacts and read all the comments where people read all sorts of bizarre things into otherwise simple songs, most of the time completely disregarding what the artists themselves say about the songs. TMBG have said repeatedly that this is just a song about a night light, sung from the night light's POV. Guy in Birmingham, does it really matter that the guy mixed up the mythology? It's a myth anyway, a made up story about a guy looking for a golden sheep skin, that in and of itself could be taken so many ways. Maybe Jason wanted to hear the Sirens too, maybe he got tied to a boat too, maybe Jason and Odysseus (yeah, that's the actual spelling, Ulysses is a totally different book) were good buddies but they had a falling out and didn't want to share the same myth. You don't know, you weren't there. Let people live in peace without correcting one mistake with another. This song is pretty innovative. I think the ability to write about something that is so unbelievably simple that people have to come up with unbelievably complex explanations takes some real brilliance. It's a night light talking to a guy in the room. Maybe a girl, don't start. Maybe it was Jason and Odysseus in the room after they came back from their respective voyages, once again, you don't know so how can it possibly be wrong?
  • Spinz from Middletown, NyThis is my ALL TIME FAVORITE SONG.
  • Mark from Madison, WiSomehow the phrase "countless screaming argonauts" always makes me laugh. This song is a total ear worm, too.
  • Guy from Birmingham, AlUmmmmmm, I'm afraid you're mixing up your mythology, there, Jerry. It was in fact Ulysses (Oddeseus) who wanted to hear the sirens, not Jason. And, Johnny, couldn't agree with you more, this song is theit greatest.
  • Jerry from Nashville, TnThe connection between a lighthouse and Jason and the Argonauts lies in the story of when the Argo sailed past the island of the Sirens. The Sirens alluring song lured sailors to wreck their boats on the rocks. Jason wanted to hear the song without danger, so he had his men tie him to the mast and plug their ears with wax. Well, once they tied him to the mast, being sailors at sea and all, some stuff happened that didn't make the books.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis is an awesome song. Maybe one of my favorites by They Might Be Giants.
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