Animal Collective
Animal Collective's
Penny Dreadfuls
Album Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished
Released August, 2000
Length 7:59
Label Animal, Fat Cat
Writer Avey Tare
Penny Dreadfuls
Chocolate Girl


Time'll change, slip through the dust,
As the bus pulls away from waving hands and the child star
"I bought a comic in the mail and the sign said
The stories will shake the sheep from off of you"
So gather 'round, just four more stops again,
We'll reach our teachers' hallways in the end

Expect the foulest 'cause doubt does not allow it,
I see the driver in the glass, this car moving past,
While they're standing, "There's no standing!"

The five-year olds eat defeat, soiled in the seats when, "Attention!"
And short attention spans
The boy who sweats when he's caught is touching a palm of a pretty sex
Who's cawing, "Where's my baby doll!"
Manny the thief, just lost all his teeth to his mama, playing baseball.

Pick a place and settle, too fast to fright, he pauses
At who fought the likes of his older pal
And when they find out who he is, her eyes were sorry for
Her brother who waited away "go time"
her dead costume just flipped her for the fall
And watch the pain go through her
The entire body twisted, soldiers in the coldness

The bully grabs at my hair, and punches they fell toward me,
Tells me, "gonna get me now"
The driver pushes the gas, the bully's schemes caught fast
So he spins back, got his attention now
He hits the brakes and we slide and his head hits the side
And he screams out, "Creeps, I'll take you all!"
And then he grabs penny dreadful, and looks on the check fulls,
And my head sinks, my friends have left my shore

Then there's the stop where Sarah climbs in, she says,
"Darling, where's your heart been?"
He laughs in his place
She spits in his face and says, "Bully, you leave my boy alone!"
Everybody came down just to see me leaving
Baby take my hand now can't you see I'm happy?
When the story's mine I think I'll tell it different
It's a shame to hear the sound when the penny hit the ground
And I want to go back home, when does this bus leave?