There's a smog moon, in the amber sky, wavering and burning like a golden lie
I fell so far, I didn't think I'd make it back
We are all made, as an afterthought,
Destined to believe that we are what we are not
I'm afraid, but I don't need to tell you that

There's a smog moon coming I can always feel it
The cartoon trees cannot conceal it
When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like it is white
When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like

There's a lost man, with a bitter soul, Only for a moment,
Did life make him whole
And while he was, he thought he was invincible

There's a smog moon coming I can always feel it
The cartoon trees cannot conceal it
When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like it is white
When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like it is white

They're not your words, but you're reciting the lines
You don't mean a thing, but you exist in their minds
How does it feel, when they have turned out the lights?
'Cause you know they sooner would get rid of you, than fight.

And the dark night, has the strongest pull
We both know that staying young, can take its toll
Are you afraid of finding out you're over that

There's a smog moon coming I can always feel it
The cartoon trees cannot conceal it
When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like it is white
When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like it is white
When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like it is white
When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like
It's white


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    General Commentthis song is so amazing. i always get so sentimental when i listen to it because i was a young boy when it first came out and now it's so much later.
    eatMUSIC87on December 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've always believed that this song tells the story of a man whose partner is considering an abortion. He is against the idea, but his partner is determined to go through with it.

    He was initially overjoyed by the news of the pregnancy, but his joy is short-lived:

    "There's a lost man, with a bitter soul,
    Only for a moment did life make him whole
    And while he was, he thought he was invincible"

    By turns, he reflects on human existence:

    "We are all made, as an afterthought,
    Destined to believe that we are what we are not;"

    and loss of youth and innocence:

    "We both know that staying young, can take its toll..."

    This lyric directly addresses the unborn child:

    "You don't mean a thing, but you exist in their minds
    How does it feel, when they have turned out the lights?
    'Cause you know they sooner would get rid of you, than fight"
    hackyon November 17, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationA friend of mine and I came to the conclusion that this song was about Kurt Cobain's suicide.

    He's obviously a fan of Cobain's, as evidenced by the title of the album this track is on, "100% fun", taken from his suicide note.

    "There's a smog moon coming I can always feel it"
    "The cartoon trees cannot conceal it"
    "When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like it is white"
    "When it's high up in the sky, it almost looks like it is white"

    This seems to pertain to the concept that something which is indeed imperfect *appears* to be perfect when viewed from far away (much as fame and stardom make even the most flawed life appear charmed).

    "They're not your words, but you're reciting the lines"

    See "In Bloom"'s lyrics regarding fans.

    "You don't mean a thing, but you exist in their minds"

    Cobain commented that he didn't like or agree with many of his fans, especially when they would do horrible things believing that they were being like him. (See liner notes of "Incesticide")

    "How does it feel, when they have turned out the lights?"

    This could be either a reference to death and/or a reference to the lyrics of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (with the lights out/it's less dangerous).

    "And the dark night, has the strongest pull"

    Death.

    "We both know that staying young, can take its toll"

    Cobain often quoted "It's better to burn out than fade away", implying that to die and always remain young would be better than the decline of old age and waning popularity.

    "There's a lost man, with a bitter soul, Only for a moment,"
    "Did life make him whole"
    "And while he was, he thought he was invincible "

    Heroin abuse.
    whatsyourmemeon November 27, 2009   Link

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