On the way down, they saw a lot they don't remember
And if you asked them how, they couldn't say how they got there
And if you want them now, you could just pull on the lever
And say, "I'm hung up on gravity"

You move your mouth and you start to talk
You close your eyes and then lose the thought
What's mine is mine and what's yours, you pull the cot and we all fall

On the way down, they saw a lot they don't remember
And if you asked them how, they'd say that gravity's how they got there
And if you want them now, you could just pull on the lever
And say, "I'm hung up on this decade"

They balance themselves on spools and balls
They created pagers to collect all their calls
What's mine is mine and what's yours and we all always fall
And we fall


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    General CommentTo me, its pretty obvious what this song is about, drug dealers and drug life. I really like the way they talk about gravity,
    "and if you want them now you could just pull on the lever and say, "I'm hung up on gravity." "--- your hung-up on not being high.

    Also, "and if you asked them how, they'd say gravity's how they got there"--- the characters in this song blame gravity (not being high, or the rest of the world outside of the subculture) for being what has brought them down, not the drugs or the subculture itself.

    But really what I wanted to say, was what a good portrayal of drug culture this song is, it brings back a lot of memories of when I was in a similar position, and it really describes the whole situation well.

    Edited by Mellow_Harsher on September 6 2007, at 11:56PM

    stefanjohon April 17, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe drums sound really great on this song

    modest mouse is truly underrated
    WeezDayon May 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAt first I thought this song was about the come down of speed.

    Now I'm thinking the song is about people with bipolar disorder.
    and Isaac has bipolar disorder, so do I.

    while going through the manic cycle, one is very talkitive and rapidly thinking of new ideas. They also become very forgetful
    "you move your mouth and you start to talk
    you close your eyes and then lose the thought"

    That might be where that line comes from


    Then you go into the depressive cycle, it works like gravity, whenever you come up, you fall back down.

    you can create pagers to collect all you calls.

    ",they created pagers to collect all their calls"
    when going in the depressive stage I know I stop answering my phone, and I always get a million missed calls.

    I could make more explanations,

    But I've also been in the "drug scene" and thats why I originaly thought it was about that.
    gauchekidon September 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStefanjoh has it perfect! It's all about the drug scene, baby!
    kingleroythompsonon April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits not schools and parks

    its "they bounced themselves off schools and halls"

    It's my favorite song :D
    MoonAndAntarcticaon July 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was "And if you want them out, you could just pull on the lever"

    This song always felt like a companion song to "Alone Down There" both of which seem to be about the road to dying, to me.
    sirgarycolemanon February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've thought the first part of the song is about the people being in Hell and having gravity pull them down there. Also, if you want to see the people in Hell you "pull on the lever" ie trigger of a gun and commit suicide.

    The middle with:
    "you move your mouth and you start to talk
    you close your eyes and then lose the thought"

    Reminds me of Doin' the Cockroach:
    "You move your mouth
    You shake your tongue
    You vibrate my eardrums
    You're saying words
    But you know I ain't listening"
    By that the rythem that he says it at. Kind of a simular message.

    I think the end is more about society and how everyone is out for their own good and everyone will fail becuase of it (and thus probably all end up in Hell). espcially business people with their pagers.

    I could be wrong, but thats my interpretation.
    redtigeron January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis whole cd is about liquor and speed.
    ross2pon October 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't catch anything about drugs in this song. I think it's obviously about the vapidity of modern existence, people caught in the grind of everyday life, wondering how they got to where they are, etc etc.
    timothyrealon December 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttimothyreal is on point
    lexicoon July 08, 2008   Link

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