Animal Collective’s 2009 crossover hit ‘My Girls’ has a total of about 12 different words in the whole thing. And most of them are about not needing much of anything but a good home for your family and a “solid soul”. It’s a subtle, basic, and eminently hummable anti-consumerist tune that came out right when the US needed a reminder that those simple, non-consumerist things — family, trust, dignity — mattered most.
Now, the song echoes the plight of the millions of people who are stuck with mortgages going underwater and face losing their houses: most of these folks don’t need much. They just want a proper home.
Here are the lyrics:
There isn’t much that I feel I need
A solid soul and the blood I bleed
With a little girl, and by my spouse
I only want a proper house
I don’t care for fancy things
Or to take part in the vicious race
But to provide for mine who ask
I will, with heart, on my father’s grave
I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things
Like our social stats
I just want four walls and adobe slats for my girls