"Dirty Paws" is a song written and recorded by Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men for their debut studio album, My Head Is an Animal. It is the opening track and the title of the album comes from a line in the song, and was released as its second single in April 2012 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe.
It was featured in the trailer and soundtrack to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
OF MONTERS & MEN
Origin Garður/Keflavík/Garðabær, Iceland
Genres Indie folk, Indie pop
Years active 2010–present
Labels Record Records, Universal Republic, Republic
Of Monsters and Men is a five-member, English-language, indie folk-pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland, formed in 2010. The members are lead singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer-guitarist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. The band won the Músíktilraunir in 2010, an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland. In 2011, Of Monsters and Men released an EP titled Into the Woods. The band's 2011 debut album My Head Is an Animal, reached the No.1 position in Australia, Iceland, Ireland and the U.S. Rock and Alternative Charts, while peaking at No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, No. 3 in the UK, and Top 20 of most European charts and Canada. Its lead single "Little Talks" was an international success, reaching the Top 10 in most music charts in Europe, including No. 1 in Ireland and Iceland, and No. 1 on U.S. Alternative Songs.
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
Kristján Páll Kristjánsson
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson
Past members: Árni Guðjónsson
DIRTY PAWS LYRICS
from My Head Is an Animal
by Of Monsters and Men
Jumping up and down the floor, my head is an animal
And once there was an animal, it had a son that mowed the lawn
The son was an ok guy
They had a pet dragonfly
The dragonfly, it ran away
But it came back with a story to say...
Her dirty paws and furry coat, she ran down the forest slope
The forest of talking trees, they used to sing about the birds and the bees
The bees had declared a war - the sky wasn't big enough for them all
The birds, they got help from below
From dirty paws and the creatures of snow
And for a while things were cold, they were scared down in their holes
The forest that once was green was coloured black by those killing machines
But she and her furry friends took down the queen bee and her men
And that's how the story goes, the story of the beast with those four dirty paws
ARNI GUDJONSSON, NANNA BRYNDIS HILMARSDOTTIR, RAGNAR THORHALLSSON
VIDEO: Of Monsters and Men "Dirty Paws" LIVE at NYC Secret Show
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