Oh, noose
Tied myself in, tied myself too tight

Looking kind of anxious in your cross-armed stance
Like a bad tempered prom queen at a homecoming dance
And I claim I'm not excited with my life anymore
So I blame this town, this job, these friends, the truth is it's myself
And I'm trying to understand myself and pinpoint who I am
When I finally get it figured out, I've changed the whole damn plan

Oh, noose
Tied myself in, tied myself too tight
Oh, noose
Tied myself in, tied myself too tight

Talking shit about a pretty sunset
Blanketing opinions that I'll probably regret soon
Changed my mind so much I can't even trust it
My mind changed me so much I can't even trust myself


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  • +5
    General Commentthis is my theme song..'hands down' the best song i have ever heard in my life.
    bright eyes burn meon March 17, 2002   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaning"Tied myself too tight" seems to me to be metaphorical, like restricting your own options, and like someone else said, backing yourself into a corner. But there's a reason he uses the noose as an image, I think. This song (painfully) reminds me of a dear friend that my husband and I lost recently to suicide. He didn't realize how amazing he was (like the pretty sunset). He was always a bit of a mystery to us, and I think even to himself ("and I'm trying to understand myself and pinpoint who I am"). We learned that he had been contemplating ending his life for a long time but something in life helped him through, made him change his mind for the time being ("changed my mind so much I can't even trust it"). But once he decided finally that suicide was the solution, he tied himself too tight and couldn't get out of that decision.

    I know this can be interpreted in many other ways; this is how it fits into my life. I apply it to my cousin-in-law and friend, Adam, and it helps me just a little.




    ErinBaronon November 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou use. lots. of periods. and. in the middle. of. sentences.


    but yeah, this song is stellar. definitely on any top ten list i'll ever make. this song seriously does a fantastic job of painting a cynic. this is totally me at times, and probably totally you. haven't you ever just been in one of those moods where everything you see you feel like you have to take apart and mock?

    this song reminds me of a scene from an episode of the simpsons where agnes and the comic book guy are sitting on a bench watching the sunset.

    agnes says: thank god there's only one of these a day.
    the comic book guy says: could it BE any more orange?
    pleaseon October 17, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think its just simply someone who is fed up with life and is contimplating suicide while the sun sets.

    Kind of like The Smashing Pumpkins album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

    Sunrise, disk 1, is about birth and the joys of life and living
    Sunset, disk 2, is about the ugliness of life and death
    profplumbon August 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't think it's possible to hate this song. ever.

    they are the best.
    awaitworthwhileon March 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhoever said that thing about "emo kids"... People write lyrics to let out their feelings, and everyone has negative feelings sometimes. You don't have to be sad all the time to appreciate them.

    Whoever said this song is about killing yourself...umm no. "Oh noose tied myself too tight" is used metaphorically, not literally. I think what this song is about is... you're bored with your life, so you blame everyone else...but then you realize that it's your own fault. You realize that you don't really know who you are anymore. You change your mind all the time, you contradict yourself, you're a hypocrite. You say things that you think you mean at the time, but you'll probably change your mind later. You're changing all the time, and you can't even trust yourself anymore. "Talking shit about a pretty sunset" I thought was more about himself...he's been complaining a lot lately and hasn't been appreciating the small things, but now realizes that he should.

    The only line I don't understand is
    "Looking kind of anxious in your cross armed stance
    Like a bad tempered prom queen at a homecoming dance"
    I thought the song was more about self-revelations, so I'm not sure where another person comes in.
    denialon April 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me this is talking about the speakers life about how nothing seems to be going his way. getting himself into things he doesnt like, complaining about whatever he is in. cant figure out anything and cant make the best of a situation. i take the sunset to be his life as he talks bad about it as it slowly fades away, when really its a beautiful thing if he would just open his eyes and enjoy.
    jusmuindon June 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song is about a cynic. This song means a lot to me as I was becoming more and more cynical, needing to find fault with everything, just critiquing, until even something I liked until I couldn’t enjoy anything.
    My interpretation:
    Talking shit about a pretty sunset = Finding fault with everything
    Blanketing opinions that I'll probably regret soon, Changed my mind so much I can't even trust it = Even being afraid to like something for fear of it disappointing you and there being a fault with it of being “wrong” and regretting it.
    My mind changed me so much I can't even trust myself = Just being confused about what to like, what to hate, being afraid to have opinions… so just hating everything in sight instead.
    God, this song says it all — its so conforting to read lyrics you can relate to and know that someone out there feels the same.
    …and this is the 199th comment buried at the back so no-one shall ever know… :)
    AllWordsAreDuston February 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn, what a good song.
    weezerific:cutleryon April 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentditto!
    PLANESon April 13, 2002   Link

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