Modest Mouse - Missed the Boat

Modest Mouse perform Missed the Boat, live on Craig Ferguson


While we're on the subject
Could we change the subject now?
I was knocking on your ear's door, but you were always out.
Looking towards the future
We were begging for the past
Well, we knew we had the good things,
But those never seemed to last.
Oh, please just last.

Everyone's unhappy.
Everyone's ashamed.
Well, we all just got caught looking
At somebody else's page.
Well, nothing ever went
Quite exactly as we planned,
Our ideas held no water
But we used them like a dam.

Oh, and we carried it all so well
As if we got a new position.
Oh, and I laugh all the way to hell
Saying, "Yes, this is a fine promotion".
Oh, and I laugh all the way to hell

Of course everyone goes crazy
Over such and such and such
We made ourselves a pillar
We just used it as a crutch.
We were certainly uncertain
At least, I'm pretty sure I am
Well, we didn't need the water
But we just built that, good God dam,

Oh, and I know this of myself
I assume as much for other people
Oh, and I know this of myself
We've listened more to life's end-gong
Than the sound of life's sweet bells.

Was it even worth it?
Was there all that much to gain?
Well, we knew we missed the boat
And we'd already missed the plane.
We didn't read the invite
We just danced on at our wakes.
All our favorites were playing
So we could shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.

Tiny curtain's open, and we heard the tiny clap of little hands
A tiny man would tell a little joke, and get a tiny laugh from all the folks
Sitting, drifting around in bubbles, and thinking it was us that carried them
When we finally got it figured out, that we had truly missed the boat.

Oh, and we carried it all so well
As if we got a new position.
Oh, and we owned all the tools ourselves,
But not the skills to make a shelf with.
Oh, what useless tools ourselves.

Written by Eric Judy, Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Joe Plummer, Johnny Marr, Tom Peloso • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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