"Guess I'm Doing Fine" as written by and Beck Hansen....
There's a blue bird at my window
I can't hear the songs he sings
All the jewels in heaven
They don't look the same to me

I just wade the tides that turned
Till I learn to leave the past behind

It's only lies that I'm living
It's only tears that I'm crying
It's only you that I'm losing
Guess I'm doing fine

All the battlements are empty
And the moon is laying low
Yellow roses in the graveyard
Got no time to watch them grow

Now I bade a friend farewell
I can do whatever pleases me

It's only lies that I'm living
It's only tears that I'm crying
It's only you that I'm losing
Guess I'm doing fine

Press my face up to the window
To see how warm it is inside
See the things that I've been missing
Missing all this time

It's only lies that I'm living
It's only tears that I'm crying
It's only you that I'm losing
Guess I'm doing fine


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  • +3
    My InterpretationI've been visiting songmeanings.com since I was old enough to appreciate music, and this is the first comment I have left. What a gleeful day.

    It's obviously not Beck's meaning, but as a young, gay man in the closet, I found this song immensely powerful after listening to it most recently. The chorus exceptionally:

    It's only lies that I'm living
    It's only tears that I'm crying
    It's only you that I'm losing
    Guess I'm doing fine

    I've lived a lie most of my life, the only expense being my immense sadness. I've lost numerous friends because of something as stupid as liking other members of my gender. However, at the end of the day, I force myself to "guess I'm doing fine." To quote another Beck song, "some days [I] get a thrill in [my] brain, some days it turns into malaise."

    Another difficult part to hear:

    I just wade the tides that turned
    Till I learn to leave the past behind

    I fear every person who learns I'm gay due to some traumatic childhood experiences. Though most I meet now could not care less, I'm long from leaving the past behind.

    Finally, the final, most emotionally crippling part of the song:

    Press my face up to the window
    To see how warm it is inside
    See the things that I've been missing
    Missing all this time

    I do not feel I have ever been legitimately close to another human being, romantically or otherwise. I did not go on a date with a man until recently, and am single yet still. I am turning 20 very soon. Everywhere I go, I'm faced with the things that I've been missing. Relationships, displays of affection, unconditional positive regard, self expression without fear of disapproval, etc. I press my face against the window of my friends lives, and often see that I'm missing something many consider integral to being a fully self actualized human being.

    Again, this is simply the way the song subjectively relates to my life. What a beautifully sad piece.
    anairwaveon September 23, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is such a great song to listen to after breaking up with someone. He captured the feeling of that experience perfectly.
    sublimerinaon April 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeck is as true as a modern-day human can be. - - - - Amazing.
    stoney001on January 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe wrote this song right after his friend and fellow musician Elliott Smith died in 2003. I remember watching an interview and he was talking about Elliott Smith and Beck's grandfather's death's (a lot of possessives) impact on his song writing during this album.
    shannyownon December 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"It's only lies that I'm living
    It's only tears that I'm crying
    It's only you that I'm losing
    Guess I'm doing fine"

    In my opinion, he WANTS to think that losing her will not be much painful. He still has his family and friends, his life must go on. However, he feels sad for his lost.

    One of my Beck's favourite songs.
    francisthemuteon November 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI means purely that he wants to say he is o,k but he really isn't. Dur
    funkybass85on May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is beautifully written and sang. There's so much pain in it, but it remains poignantly sad. It depresses me and makes me feel better at the same time, because someone has felt it all before.
    Banana Republicon October 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally pulls at your heart. I listen to it a lot with bitter irony
    perfidiaon March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentElliott's death might have had an impact on Beck's writing, but it's not in this song. This song was written and released over a year before Elliott's death.
    Last Exit to MPLSon May 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's only tears that I'm crying --> such meaningful lyrics....

    He is in pain but looks down to his own pain at the same time... amazing...
    ttrkayaon November 22, 2007   Link

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