"3rd Planet" as written by and Brock/judy/green....
Everything that keeps me together is falling apart
I've got this thing that I consider my only art
Of fucking people over.
My boss just quit the job
Says he goin' to find blind spots
And he'll do it.

The 3rd planet is sure that they're being watched
By an eye in the sky that can't be stopped.
When you get to the promise land
Your gonna shake that eyes hand.

Your heart felt good
It was drippin' pitch and made out of wood.
And your hands and knees
Felt cold and wet on the grass to me.
Outside naked, shiverin' looking blue,
From the cold sunlight that's reflected off the moon.
Baby cum angles fly around you
Reminding you we used to be three and not just two.

And that's how the world began.
And that's how the world will end.

A third planet had just been made
And we were swimming in the water,
Didn't know then was it a son was it a daughter.
When it occurred to me that the animals are swimming
Around in the water in the oceans in our bodies
And another had been found another ocean on the planet
Given that our blood is just like the Atlantic.
And how.

The universe is shaped exactly like the earth
If you go straight long enough you'll end up where you were.
Everything that keeps me toghther
Is falling apart I got this thing
I consider my only art and fucking people over


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"3rd Planet" as written by Brock/judy/green

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  • +7
    General Commenta very good song....

    "Everything that keeps me together is falling apart
    I've got this thing that I consider my only art of fucking people over."

    The foundations that keep things stable are crumbling, and the only thing you feel good at is causing trouble for others.

    This song has a lot to do with the illusions and faith that we have that keeps us stable.

    The boss is looking for blind spots....
    The 3rd planet's "watcher"....
    Scientific truths (our blood is just like the atlantic....the universe is shaped exactly like the earth)

    The part of the song that I think is hinted at is the couple (in the baby come angels stanza) is that they lost a child.
    Three becomes two.....the world began, and the world will end without their child.
    sakeboxon June 07, 2002   Link
  • +7
    General Commenti haven't read all the comments for this song but i read quite a few and i was surprised that only one person mentioned anything about the songs clear referances to pregnancy and the loss of the baby (abortion?)I really am not that great at interpratating things, so i will just say the referances that seemed obvious to me.
    There is a couple who is either too poor or to young or just not ready to have a baby, but the woman gets pregnant. "I have this thing that i consider my only art/of fucking people over"
    he fucked over the woman, and now she either has to deal with an abortion or raising this child.

    "baby cum angels fly around you/reminding us we USED TO BE THREE AND NOT JUST TWO" The baby that died is an angel,(cum angel because it wasnt yet born, the pregnancy was terminated early on so it was nearer to egg and cum then a baby...? not quite sure about the cum part). The baby cum angels remind them that they used to have a baby, together they used to be three before they got rid of their baby

    "A THIRD HAD JUST BEEN MADE and we were swimming in the water/didnt know then was it a son was it a daughter" clearly states that A THIRD HAD JUST BEEN MADE and they didn't know yet if it was a son or a daughter, because you cannot tell early on in the pregnancy. They were not having sex in the waterrrrr jeez.

    "and it occurred to me that the animals were swimming around in the water IN THE OCEANS OF OUR BODIES AND ANOTHER HAD BEEN FOUND ANOTHER OCEAN ON THE PLANET (given that our blood is just like the atlantic)" Is saying that OUR BODIES ARE OCEANS and ANOTHER OCEAN HAD BEEN FOUND the other ocean being the unborn child

    Those were the referances I thought for sure implied the termination or loss of a pregnancy.

    "The third planet is sure that theyre being watched/by an eye in the sky that cant be stopped" The eye in the sky is the mother or the father or whoever knows about the pregnancy and wants there to be an abortion. The baby has no power to stop the eye in the sky.

    "and when you get to the promise land/your gonna shake that eyes hand" the promise land is referancing some sort of heaven (gah i know modest mouse isnt religious). The baby is going to have a face-to-face meeting with its parents in the promise land.

    nooooooone is going to read this... haaha i feel like this is way to long alreadyyy gah.





    sunshinedaydreamon August 15, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThis gives a wonderful sense of the connection of everything.
    Our blood like the Atlantic, the animals that coexist on the planet, same water, same blood.

    Our world is a sphere, you can endlessly travel in a single direction, going past where you were before, and the universe works the same way, spaced with no bias of direction or distance.

    From two, a third is born, and soon enough someone dies off. That three becomes two, regardless of any concept of creation or evolution. And you can't really do much about this flow of existance, as is shown by his only art of managing to fuck people over.

    No matter how far you go, you return to the beginning. Three becomes two. Everything that held you together, friends, family, life itself, soon falls back apart. It returns, and if you found what you were looking for, that promise land, I guess you would want to shake that eye's hand.

    This has such beauty to it. It feels simple, but speaks wonders I can't fully understand.
    Kotzoon September 06, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthis is just one of those amazing songs that you look at and realize you had the exact same thoughts. those very thoughts that you had thought made you different from everyone else. nice to see someone else put them in song form.
    i think what he's saying is that we are infinitely small and inifinitely large at the same time. one blood cell of ours could be an entire universe to bililions by billions of creatures too small for us to comprehend, and at the same time our entire universe could be just one cell in a massive creature also beyond our comprehension. this thought seems to stem from the loss of an unborn child leading to religion and then this.
    asuddenmorningon March 14, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song has some of my favorite lyrics in it.

    "My boss just quit the job
    Says he's going out to find blind spots and he'll do it
    The third planet is sure that they're being watched
    By an eye in the sky that can't be stopped
    When you get to the promised land
    You're going to shake that eye's hand"

    Like people have been saying, I think that Brock's boss quit the job to go off and find 'blind spots' (where he can sin without "the eye" seeing) from the eye in the sky. The eye in the sky represents God. True, he does describe the bible as a "crock of bullshit". But he also says that it's too interesting of a subject to pass up. He writes about religion a lot.
    It says "The third planet is sure that they're being watched
    By an eye in the sky that can't be stopped"
    The third planet = earth.
    Earth is sure they are being watched by a God.

    "Well, a third had just been made and we were swimming in the water
    Didn't know then, was it a son, was it a daughter
    When it occurred to me that the animals are swimming
    Around in the water in the oceans in our bodies
    And another had been found, another ocean on the planet
    Given that our blood is just like the Atlantic
    And how"
    I love this part. There are many worlds inside the universe. Just as the earth is in the universe, there is a microcosm inside each of us.

    All in all, I think this song covers the concept of evolution, (also a recurring theme on the whole album). Our existence is important, just as any other existence, because it all fits together in one giant flow. Just as each cell working together in our bodies is important to us, we are important to the operation of the universe overall. We are a cell in the universe.
    Psilocybinon May 09, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI am, at this very moment, convinced that this song is about and accidental pregnancy and the following abortion.

    Well, outside naked, shivering, looking blue
    From the cold sunlight that's reflected off the moon (Skinny dipping)
    Baby cum angels fly around you ("baby cum" almost too specifically referring to the actual sperm.)
    Reminding you we used to be three and not just two (referring to the said potential baby no longer existing.)
    And that's how the world began
    And that's how the world will end

    Well, a third had just been made and we were swimming in the water
    Didn't know then, was it a son, was it a daughter (The moment the child was conceived.)

    When it occurred to me that the animals are swimming
    Around in the water in the oceans in our bodies
    And another had been found, another ocean on the planet
    Given that our blood is just like the Atlantic
    And how (I think this is the boy trying to figure out how he feels about that loss and importance of the new life)

    "Everything that keeps me together is falling apart
    I've got this thing that I consider my only art of fucking people over." (I feel like he is just confused about how to interpret this life decision. When your beliefs are put to test by actual experience it becomes hard to stick to what you so strongly once believed in.)
    khunt802on November 08, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentUh, guys, "baby-cum-angels" just means "Babies/Angels", or things that are babies and angels at the same time.

    Cherubs, guys, cherubs. I can't be the only Modest Mouse fan on this website that knows what a cherub is.
    crazy8rgoodon October 19, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsuch a good song
    Sofarbutnowereon May 26, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about abortion as a whole.
    abcgreatjobon May 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk so taken as a whole, I think that this song is comparing the creation of the earth to the creation of a baby. The circular shape of the universe is like the circular shape of the mother's womb. It's like the entire universe is inside our bodies.

    Pretty profound, huh?
    Alicat06on June 02, 2004   Link

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