FANDOM


"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 to A Series of Unfortunate Events

  • It gets dark around here early
    Because of all the crows
  • What they want, and where they came from
    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.
    • Crows are typically viewed as an ominous symbol, which only exacerbates the irony of the V.F.D. town, whose citizens revere crows to the point of worship.[1]
  • 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.[1]
  • 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, it can be assumed that this is directed at Beatrice, Lemony Snicket’s dead lover, described earlier in the album in “Dreary, Dreary”.[1]
  • Every day we hear the same dumb list
    • The Baudelaires are given a list of chores they are required to perform in order to remain under the care of the village.
  • 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.
  • While leaving mementos
    • A possible reference to the notes the crows left behind, tied to them by Duncan and Isadora Quagmire.
    • Also possibly referencing the feces inevitably left behind from such a large swarm of birds.
  • I don't care because I know you love me
    Unlike all the crows lurking above me
    • 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.[1]

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 song.

Gallery

Sources

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.