Dirty Paws

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"Dirty Paws"
Of Monsters and Men - "Dirty Paws".jpg
Single by Of Monsters and Men
from the album My Head Is an Animal
Released 12 April 2012
Recorded 2011–12
Length 4:26
Label Universal
  • Of Monsters and Men
  • Aron Arnarsson
Of Monsters and Men singles chronology
"Little Talks"
"Dirty Paws"
"Mountain Sound"

"Little Talks"
"Dirty Paws"
"Mountain Sound"

"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.

Lyric video[edit]

A lyric video to the song was released in 2014. The video features a large two-legged creature carrying a flag through an Icelandic mountainscape, with squadrons of dragon-like birds flying in the sky. It fits with the lyrics of the song, “The sky wasn't big enough for them all" and “The birds got help from below.”

Track listing[edit]

CD / digital download
1."Dirty Paws"
  • Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
  • Ragnar Þórhallsson


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012–14) Peak
Canada Rock (Billboard)[1] 19
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[2] 35
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[3] 75
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[4] 24
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 22
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[6] 19
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[7] 25

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[8] 98