"The Sky Is Fallin'" as written by Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri....
The sky is falling
Human race that we run
It left me crawling
Staring straight at the sun
Only a moment I notice
Every dog has his day
I paid attention
Cost me so much to today

For so long
I saw only wrong
But now to remind
It's a waste of time

Close your eyes and see the skies are falling

I wanted something
Nothing blank I don't know
It's all deflecting
Stones are easy to throw
Only a moment I notice
Hours, days left behind
Of wasted, useless
Selfless, none of a kind

For so long
I saw only wrong
But now to remind
Not to go back to the low
That has drained my life so low
That has drained my life so low
That has drained my life so low

Close your eyes and see the skies are falling


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"The Sky Is Fallin'" as written by Nick Oliveri Josh Homme

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song as a lot of personal meaning to me. Heres a good quote that ties this song well.

    No matter how cynical you get,
    it is impossible to keep up.
    -Lily Tomlin

    I think it's pretty clear cut that this song is about someone that has realized that they have wasted so much time being cynical. Then realization sets in that he is only to blame.

    I think its important to remember that life is to be enjoyed and that worry and hate will only bring you down.

    "Close your eyes and see the skies are falling"

    This line sums it all up. It's all in your head.
    aperfect5thon August 20, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is by far my favorite Qotsa song. Its just so beautiful and kind of intense in a way.

    This is MY interpretation: It is about growing and beginning to see flaws in society and in other people. This leads to a longing for something more, of which he doesn't know. Its about despair and how his life becomes "wasted" and "useless". I've lately begun to relate to this song, and I can't express how much I love it
    Peppecheon February 11, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI agree with perfect5th

    this song also has a personal meaning for me, im using it as therapy lol.

    anyway heres my interpretation

    The sky is falling
    This human race that we run has left me crawling
    Staring straight at the sun

    In other words, all the shit of the world and shit that people do has brought this guy to his knees.

    All in a moment I notice that every dog has his day
    I paid attention, it cost me so much to hate

    He is realising that everything will get better and hating and worrying has only cost him.

    For so long I saw only wrong
    But now to remind it's a waste of time

    Self explanitory

    Close your eyes and see the skies are falling
    Close your eyes and see the skies are falling

    I wanted something, nothing, blank, I don't know
    It's hard deflecting
    Stones are easy to throw

    Its hard avoiding the bad things in life, as they can happen easily.

    All in a moment I noticed
    Hours, days, left behind
    On wasted, useless, selfish, none of a kind

    He notices that he should have ignored all the shit of the world and lost "hours, days" worrying or being upset.

    For so long I saw only wrong
    But now to remind, not to go back to the low
    That has drained my life so long
    That has drained my life so long
    That has drained my life so long
    That has drained my...

    The anxiety and anger at his situation has been getting at him for so long and he cant go back to feeling this way, its possible something bad is happening to him at the time of writing and hes reminding himself not to go back.

    Close your eyes and see the skies are falling
    Close your eyes and see the skies are falling
    Close your eyes and see the skies are falling
    Close your eyes and see the skies are falling

    basically, what his problem was in the first place. this is like saying "take a look at how terrible everything is, cant you see?"


    This is by far one of the best QOTSA songs, merely because it is so sorrowful, but in a powerful, uplifting way. Josh Homme, we salute you. And as for Dave Grohl, he gets his chance to shine on the rest of the album.. yet his drums in this song propel the wonderful riff along at a steady pace.

    Rock on.
    generatorpartyon October 29, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDon't think anyone has really put their finger on the meaning of this song yet. It's about Josh realizing that all this hatred, all these prejedices that are within him are just destructive and do not do him any good, he realizes that "every dog has his day" and that you can judge a person by the cover/by meeting him/her once. For a long time he "saw only wrong" but now gets that "it's a waste of time". "Stones are easy to throw" means that it's easy to point a finger at someone/dislike someone but harder to try and figure that person out, understand why he/she is acting the way he/she does. That chorus is just saying that everything is coming down, his philosophies collapsing and starting from scratch.
    moe2000on June 05, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhen he sings
    "But now to remind, not to go back to the low"
    I wonder if its a reference back to No One Knows where he says

    "I journey through the desert
    Of the mind with no hope
    I found low"

    maybe just a little link, not sure?
    forallthecowson July 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwtf is your problem queveralives? i didn't dis anybody i don't give a shit if it isn't dave grohl's band, what he contributes can't b duplicated by anyone. and that is that
    gorillazrpimpson March 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentuncletommy u bastard
    gorillazrpimpson March 31, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthmm... can i safely say that everyone here hates guevaralives? ok, just wanted to clear that one up (teenybopper dicks?! get the fuck out dude, we know who the queens of the stone age are, you dont need to lecture us). also, grohl isnt the best drummer in the world, but he is damn good and he does have a real intensity to his drumming that a lot of other drummers dont have. i dont think it really matters what teen people says about whether its his band or not. we all know its not "his" band. what i can say though is that his drumming contributed a lot to the album. about the meaning of this song, i think its just about a wasted life, like spending years of your life partying and screwing off, and then having to suffer the consequences. this is the point when hes realizing how much hes screwed up. i guess in a way im also just kind of reiterating what moe2000 said in that its just about him living for himself and now the shit is hitting the fan.
    Cubensison December 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentabout jesus? u have serious issues, dude.
    gomebiggeon November 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionHe doesn’t sing:” So much to hate”,
    actually he sings: “cost me so much today”
    If Josh had a personal cause to write this song then we should ask him what it was about. But it is how it is. Like so many of the QOTSA lyrics are pretty fictitous, so it can match up in various situations. If it means for you to give up cynicism then you were pretty cynical before.
    btw. Josh is/was more sarcastic than cynical. It makes a big difference.
    For me the Song actually is about giving up something or letting go of something what is negative or keeps you low. Maybe a relationship either a Opinion of everything: at the world, at oneself, at people, the universe, sience and and and….
    I think this song can help a lot of people in different situations so we can draw conclusions off the lyrics. This is the beauty of this song that everybody is able to take their own personal meaning. And i guess it was Josh’s intention for us to do that.
    And yes it is one of my favorite qotsa songs too. peace
    itchy35255on March 17, 2017   Link

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