Ugly Casanova says
"Somebody else knows I can
Then go from who I am"
And goes for a walk away from me
Ugly Casanova says
"Somebody else knows I can"

Ugly Casanova says
"Raise, raise, raise, raise, raise it over
My disability
Then go for who I am!"
Goes, "Now, now, now, now try again
But I'll be just who I please!"

"Say you're sorry!"
Oh, I am, I am
"Say the alphabet!"
A, B, C, I can't

"Say you're sorry!"
Oh, I am, I am
"Say the alphabet!"
A, B, C, I can't

Ugly Casanova says
"Somebody else knows I can
Then go from who I am"
Goes for a walk away from here


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    General CommentI love Isaac Brock. Ugly Cassanova is an amazing band, but since i've only heard like 3 songs, I have to say Modest Mouse is my second favorite band. They changed the way I think aobut music. I used to like Eminem.... then I found MM. No doubt, biotch.
    Brettlyon November 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI might just be twisting things around so they fit my interpretation, but here's how I see it: Ugly Cassanova is the entity residing in young Isaac Brock's mind, the one school, society and really any kind of authority has instilled in him. It's a drive to constantly excel in all things regardless of capability. Consider that "Cassanova" is a name for a ladies man. The fact that this Cassanova is ugly is a contradiction in terms. So an "Ugly Cassanova" would be a man who thinks he's handsome but is actually really ugly. However, in the song, it's a voice that falsely makes us believe we're better than we really are. Basically, it's a lie.

    The way school, for example, is set up is to push children to be the best. Grades are used to make kids constantly strive for perfection in all things and to shame those who cannot achieve the standard. Isaac ended up dropping out of high school. I don't claim to know why, but I think this song sheds a lot of the light on the subject.

    The song is a dialog between the true Isaac and Ugly Cassanova, that part of his mind that deludes him into thinking he is brilliant and can do better than the poor grades I assume he received. Here's my line-by-line analysis of the song:

    Edited by Mellow_Harsher on September 4 2007, at 08:25PM

    Ximon June 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentugly casanova is an amazing band.

    listen to them if you like modest mouse
    theglowisgoneon March 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentugly cassanova is Brock's solo effort. Good stuff.
    GrindrrXon April 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI read that this song is actually from a crazed fan's notebook. The guy broke into there dressing room and got arrested. Modest Mouse found his notebook and took these lyrics. They modified them and there you have it. "Ugly Cassanova." And Brock's solo effort is good stuff.
    Modest Mouseon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentagreed with all of you, Ugly Cassanova is awesome
    sweetadelineon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentur all right
    barnacleson October 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI have never heard this song. WHAT CD IS IT ON???
    barnacleson October 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenttis'nt on any cds, its just a live version, and the fact that they made a song named ugly casanova and never did anything with it, makes me believe that they decided to do greater things with the name/title Ugly Casanova, i dont think there ever was a crazed fan, i think Isaac wrote each song that is said to be "Ugly Casanova's", i could be wrong though...and for the song...if you have your mind set that it is a song and not some sort of tribute to a guy who called himself that, then Isaac must have meant something by it, Ugly Casanove is an oxymoron really...and since the lyrics are a bit ambiguous makes it hard to really see what he was saying with this song...great song though, i wish i knew the words...
    Sidetrakon November 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyur right saying ugly cassanova is an oxymoron. Cassanova was a french explorer/ ladies man... so to call him ugly. Anyway.

    If you were wandering how the side project came about. As Isaac says (not that a true modest mouse fan would believe it) During a show in Dallas, a crazed man [edgar graham] broke in, said some mezmorizing lines introducing himself as Ugly Cassanova, and dropped off some lyrics. This inspired Isaac Brock to take a break from Modest Mouse and create a concept album [Sharpen Your Teeth] based off of these lyrics and do a few shows. with the new band. He is also said to get enough ideas out of this to write "The Moon & Antarctica" in 2000

    But to me and other hardcore mouse fans, we know thats really a load of crap : )
    764-mouseron November 16, 2004   Link

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