The Past Is a Grotesque Animal

of Montreal


album: Track 7 in album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
release date: 2007-1-23
popularity : 5 users have visited this page.
length: 11:54
lead vocals: Kevin Barnes
mastering: Glenn Schick
composer: Kevin Barnes
lyricist: Kevin Barnes

Album Information

label: Polyvinyl
country(area): United States
format: CD
barcode: 644110012425
script: Latin

Cover Art

of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? cover art


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The past is a grotesque animal
How completely wrong you can be

Makes you wonder why it bothered
I fell in love with the first cute girl that I met
Standing at Swedish festival discussing "Story of the Eye"

How can I explain, I need you here and not here too

But at least I author my own disaster

I'm just not available
Things could be different but they're not
The mousy girl screams, "Violence! Violence!"
She gets hysterical because they're both so mean
But the cruelty's so predictable
Though our love project has so much potential
(Though I wouldn't really want to meet someone who was)
Do I have to scream in your face?
Throw it all in my face, I don't care
Let's just have some fun
Let's tear the ****ing house apart
But let's just have some fun
Somehow you've red-rovered the gestapo circling my heart
No death, no ugly world
You've lived so brightly
I find myself searching for old selves

But even apocalypse is fleeting

Mythologizing me like I do you
We want our film to be beautiful, not realistic
And you can betray me

Crown my head, crowd my head
Project your fears on to me, I need to view them
I promise you, there's nothing to them
I'm so touched by your goodness
How do you keep it together?

We're always touching by underground wires
I've explored you with the detachment of an analyst
And none of our secrets are physical
None of our secrets are physical now


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Suffer for Fashion
  • 2 Sink the Seine
  • 3 Cato as a Pun
  • 4 Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
  • 5 Gronlandic Edit
  • 6 A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger
  • 7 The Past Is a Grotesque Animal
  • 8 Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider
  • 9 Faberge Falls for Shuggie
  • 10 Labyrinthian Pomp
  • 11 She's a Rejecter
  • 12 We Were Born the Mutants Again With Leafling