The moth don't care when he sees the flame
he might get burned but he's in the game
and once he's in he can't go back, he'll
beat his wings 'til he burns them black
no the moth don't care when he sees the flame
no the moth don't care when he sees the flame

the moth don't care if the flame is real
cuz flame and moth got a sweetheart deal
and nothing fuels a good flirtation
like need and anger and desperation
no the moth don't care if the flame is real
no the moth don't care if the flame is real

So come on let's go ready or not
cuz there's a flame I know hotter than hot
and with a fuse that's so thoroughly shot
away

the moth don't care if the flame burns low
cuz moth believes in an afterglow
and flames are never doused completely
all you really need is the love of heat
no, the moth don't care if the flame burns low
no, the moth don't care if the flame burns low

So come on let's go ready or not
cuz there's a flame I know hotter than hot
and with a fuse that's so thoroughly shot
away


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    General CommentI agree this is about superficial relationships. There's also an element of addiction in it at the same time. You feel drawn to something that you know isn't good for you but even though you know this you can't stop.

    The bit that says "flames are never douzed completely" also feels related to addiction to me. Alcoholics who have stopped drinking often say that even they no longer drink they will permanently be addicted, all it takes is 1 drink and all their problems will start again.
    Thowkyon May 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about superficial relationships, ones that aren't real and don't have anything under the surface. Like the moth doesn't care if the flame is real, or low, or if it's just smoking, it's talking about a more instant gratification sort of situation; people clinging to eachother because it makes them feel good for the moment.
    ShatteredPoetesson October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is really determined i think. im guessing its a metaphor for relationships. it doesnt matter if the love is real but he wants that feeling anyway.
    shwaydayon October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo come on let\'s go
    ready or not.
    Cause there\'s a flame i know, hotter than hot.
    And with a fuse that\'s so
    Thoroughly shot away.

    I\'m a moth!
    pasiphaeon April 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd never really thought of this song as about addiction before, it's an interesting way of looking at it.

    I considered this to be one of Aimee Mann's more optimistic songs...

    About a simple kind of love you can have for people that no matter what happens is never truly lost, like the humble image of a moth!
    smanglebangleon September 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason, I've always viewed this particular song to be about the determination behind love; to find love and to be loved. Some people have the capability of giving unconditional love and may be on a constant search to find one to give it to. They may try and fail, but never give up because they are fueled by the goodness they see in keeping one's heart open.

    Everything else said here so far makes sense to me as well, so who knows!
    shirtleneckon November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is totally about a love addiction. The moth always returns to the flame no matter how many times he is hurt, turned away, burned. The fuse of this love is shot from so many attempts to start the fire. It leaves both people angry and desparate, unable to connect completely, but flying towards each other and hurting with the fire.
    paranoid schizoidon January 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, these lyrics are missing the line
    "a fuse so thoroughly shot" which is pretty important.
    paranoid schizoidon January 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove addiction and some codependency.
    ShootTheM14on April 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationBeing a cancer patient there "once you're in you can't go back"... You also get a to embrace the crap you are going on. "mean, anger and desperation"... There comes a point in the journey when the patient does not care that the cancer is real. Chemo / Radiation... the fuse that is thoroughly shot. Now you wait for what ever happens when you go on "afterglow"... Just how I see it.
    sudeep1010on July 03, 2017   Link

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