"Doin' the Cockroach" as written by and Brock/judy/green....
I was in heaven
I was in hell
Believe in neither
But fear them as well
This one's a doctor
This one's a lawyer
This one's a cash fiend

Taking your money
Back of the metro
Ride on the greyhound
Drunk on the Amtrak
Please shut up
Another rider
He was a talker
Talking about TV
Please shut up
This one's a crazer

Daydreaming disaster
The origin of junk food
Rutting through garbage
Tasty but worthless
Dogs eat their own shit
We're doing the cockroach yeah
Doin' the cockroach yeah
Doin' the cockroach yeah (alright, not bad)
Doin' the cockroach yeah (alright, not bad)
Doin' the cockroach yeah (alright, not bad)

One year
Twenty years
Forty years
Fifty years
Down the road in your life
You'll look in the mirror
And say, "My parents are still alive."

You move your mouth
You shake your tongue
You vibrate my eardrums
You're saying words
But you know I ain't listening
You're walking down the street

Your face
Your lips
Your hips
Your eyes
They meet
You're not hungry though

Well late last winter
Down below the equator
They had a summer that would make you blister
Oh my mind is all made up
So I'll have to sleep in it
So I'll have to sleep in it
So I'll have to sleep in it


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"Doin' the Cockroach" as written by Brock/judy/green

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  • +8
    General CommentI think that this song is about how one life is no different than any other. A very negative existential point of view. It's important to note that a cockroach is a prehistoric insect that has been around forever just doing the same thing and just won't go away. He's saying that everyone is just "Doin the Cockroach" and just living for years and years never really changing what they're doing. When he says,

    This one's a doctor
    This one's a lawyer
    This one's a cash feed

    He's expressing that all these people are no different than eachother because life is meaningless and they're all going to end up in the same place.

    the first line,

    was in heaven
    I was in hell
    Believe in neither
    But fear them as well

    This shows that he is unsure of the existence of these but tries to live as if they exist. This is an existential view that further proves that he believes life is meaningless.

    I could go in more detail about the lyric with the years and the lyric when he says "he's not listenting" but it would basically be rehashing what I've already stated.
    ScalewagJimon March 23, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentOh my mind is all made up
    So I'll have to sleep in it

    brillliant line
    Hindenbergon August 22, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti love when he says "please shut up!" great song, makes me wanna get up and do the cockroach even tho i ahve no idea what the hell it is.
    teKion September 07, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentand yeah I like scalewagjim's interpretation...I didn't think of the cockroach part as anything significant, but now that I think about it it makes a lot of sense.

    "I was in heaven
    I was in hell
    Believe in neither
    But fear them as well"
    Those are my favorite lines
    denialon April 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdef my current fav song. i can't get enough of MM. i really hope i'll see them live one day before i die
    totallylameon January 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe "please shut up" part makes me think of Brak. I believe I'm seeing a pattern here.
    I_miss_the_beeson October 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTheoReo:

    "One year
    Twenty years
    Forty years
    Fifty years
    Down the road in your life
    You'll look in the mirror
    And say, "My parents are still alive."

    I think it means that even though your parents are dead and gone, and you're aging.. you're turning into your parents. You look in the mirror and your reflection isn't what you thought it would be, you're not different, you're just like everything was before you. Just like the point of the song.. no one is different, we all live the same, do the same things; that's the way it is now and that's the way it's going to be forever. Sorry, kinda wordy...
    boo radleyon November 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe cockroach is the lowest on the chain. the scum of the earth

    amazing song.
    modestmouseeeon November 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. No comments though...
    NachoPunkon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is the best Modest Mouse song. It is the first one I heard and yeah, Modest Mouse is cool.
    Jennynesson August 01, 2002   Link

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