Take Pills (5:23)

Cover of Person Pitch

From Person Pitch and 3 other releases

“Take Pills” is the fourth single for the Person Pitch LP by Animal Collective solo artist Panda Bear.

While the title may appear to be an advocation of recreational drug use, the song is actually about his personal struggles with antidepressants. Along with a family history of depression, Lennox was told he would be on antidepressants his entire life.

“The song is about appreciating what {antidepressants} did for me at the time but wanting to get off of them, and to try not to rely on them if I could.”

The song is split into two distinct halves. The first half is based around a sample from Scott Walker’s “Always Coming Back to You,” which appears on his first solo record, Scott. The second half is taken from the song “Popeye Twist” by the The Tornados.


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  • maccrash

    this song is fucking terrifying

    29 Sep 11:17pm Reply
  • lanvin3000

    I can't get over how rich this song is in both melody and atmosphere. One of my all time favorites for sure [3]

    27 Sep 2:45pm Reply
  • lanvin3000

    I'm not that into that...

    27 Sep 2:45pm Reply
  • lucyalaska

    (not that it's bad)

    9 Jun 7:59pm Reply
  • sco703

    I don't want for us to take pills take pills take pills

    2 Feb 5:16am Reply
  • RunsInMyTights

    soundtrack 2 walking through a garden in my dreams

    17 Jan 8:54pm Reply
  • b060113last

    I can't get over how rich this song is in both melody and atmosphere. One of my all time favorites for sure [2]

    2 Jan 1:08am Reply
  • lzcool

    Great Panda, Overplayed great track !!!!

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • liesbet

    Cause we're stroooooongeeeer and we don't need theeeeeem!

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Ennish

    I can't get over how rich this song is in both melody and atmosphere. One of my all time favorites for sure.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • japiernicze

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • megthemaggot

    Noah is a dreamboat.

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
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    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • le_dzedaj

    Just amazing. Ingenuity of combining rhythm pattern from train rolling on tracks, with sample from Scott Walker and The Turtles, plus amazing singing and feel for melody, not to mention perfect infinity loop of melody on the second part when he sings "Take one day at a time...". One of the best songs ever.

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Abkinxoc

    Panda bear is the warm center the rest of the world crowds around

    29 Sep 2012 Reply


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  • innerspeaker

    I've never known a song be so deliriously joyful and yet so heartbreaking at the same time.

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • sherwin

    Surely there's no substitute for company My mom's ripping off her hands one flake at a time All her children left the house and left her all alone But just like she'd tell me Things get better Just wait and you'll see Take one day at a time Anything else you can leave behind Only one thing at a time Anything more really hurts your mind I don't want for us to take pills anymore Not that it's bad I don't want for us to take pills because we're stronger and we don't need them

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
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