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> Crows is the seventh track on The Tragic Treasury . It is performed by The Gothic Archies. It coincides with the book The Vile Village.

Lyrics

It gets dark around here early
Because of all the crows
What they want and where they came from
No one really knows
Crows are sour and surly
With reason, I suppose

There are crows, crows, crows in the trees
Saying crows things, doing as they please
There are crows, crows, crows everywhere
But when I think of you, dear, I don’t care

It gets light around here slowly
Because of how it goes
Every day we hear the same dumb list of those crows' woes
Thinking they’re so holy

While leaving mementos

There are crows, crows, crows in the trees
Saying crows things, doing as they please
There are crows, crows, crows everywhere
But when I think of you, dear, I don’t care

I don’t care because I know you love me
Unlike all the crows lurking above me

There are crows, crows, crows in the trees
Saying crow things, doing as they please
There are crows, crows, crows everywhere
But when I think of you dear I don't care

References in the Song

Cited from Genius Lyrics

What they want and where they came from
Crows

Crows


No one really knows
  • "The people of V.F.D. have long since accepted that their daily lives will be interrupted by the droves of crows living in the town, which is why the situation shocks the Baudelaire children so much when they arrive."

There are crows, crows, crows in the trees
Saying crows things, doing as they please
There are crows, crows, crows everywhere

  • "The people of the Village of Fowl Devotees put the actions and wants of the overwhelming amounts of crows above their own."
  • The "trees" can also refer to The Nevermore Tree in which the crows roost in every night behind Hector and the Baudelaire's home.

But when I think of you, dear, I don’t care

  • "Since neither Violet or Klaus has a love interest at this point in the series (although it can be debated that Duncan and Isadora Quagmire are love interests), it can be assumed that this is directed at Beatrice, Lemony Snicket’s dead lover, described earlier in the album in Dreary, Dreary.
In The Vile Village, Lemony Snicket says that he visited V.F.D. during his investigation into the lives of the Baudelaire orphans. He is distracted from the vile crows by Beatrice’s love because he is doing his research and publishing his findings of the Baudelaires' lives for her, their mother. His justice for the Baudelaire family is to make their misfortune known to the general public, as described in his perennial letters to his kind editor."
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It gets light around here slowly
Because of how it goes

  • The people of V.F.D. have long since accepted that their daily lives will be interrupted by the droves of crows living in the town, which is why the situation shocks the Baudelaire children so much when they arrive.

Every day we hear the same dumb list of those crows' woes

  • Consecutive syllables that rhyme is one of Stephin Merritt’s favorite songwriting devices. In an interview with Daniel Handler (real-life persona of Lemony Snicket), Merritt said:

"I love it when syllables rhyme in a row. There’s a Scott Walker song where he rhymes ‘sees’ and ‘trees’ in consecutive syllables. That’s always been a major inspiration for me. “Those crows woes” is a classic example of this device in action. For other examples from Stephin Merritt, look to:"

Thinking they’re so holy...

  • "Crows are normally seen as a sign of bad things to come. This line shows that these crows think otherwise; they are so pompous that they think that they are messengers from god."
  • It can also refer to the fact that the villagers of VFD worship these crows as holy creatures and the birds are part of their Number One Rule of the Village.

While leaving mementos

  • "In The Vile Village, the crows of V.F.D. (the town) leave the Baudelaires mementos from Isadora and Duncan Quagmire, who are being kept captive by Count Olaf in the town’s central square."
  • It can also refer to bird poop that these crows are likely to leave behind.

There are crows, crows, crows in the streets
Saying crow things, doing as they please
There are crows, crows, crows everywhere

  • "The people of the Village of Fowl Devotees put the actions and wants of the overwhelming amounts of crows above their own.

Details in the Song

Each song in the treasury has a tune, effects, vocals, background details, and/or rhythm that makes each track unique.

  • At the beginning of the song, it sounds as though a tape recorder is being rewound as if to turn back time to this moment.
  • During the second chorus of the song, either Stephin Merritt or backup vocal lists begin to say the word caw, to relate to the birds of the song
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