"Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well" as written by and Mike Doughty Mike Doughty....
That Cuban girl
That brought me low
She had that skin so fine and red lips rose-like now
Her mouth was wide
And sweet as well
And now relentless hours of dreaming up her smell

And I feel as if I am looking at the world from the bottom of a well

Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down

Oh all the days
That I have run
I sought to lose that cloud that's blacking out the sun
My train will come
Some one day soon
And when it comes I'll ride it bound from night to noon

Aimless days, uncool ways of decathecting
Painless phase, blacked out thoughts you be rejecting


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"Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well" as written by Mike Doughty

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    General CommentThe classic break-up song. The search to remove the thing that hurts the most: the memory of a love never to be regained.
    gakinmiffon May 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song IS about his addiction to drugs which he's over now. It opens talking about his old girlfriend who was cuban and beautiful but very bad for him, and his reference to looking at the world from the bottom of the well is kind of like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. he's so low already, but he can see what the world is like and where it is, he just doesnt know how to get from where he is to where he wants to be.
    bridget21on February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentProbably about his battle to stop doing drugs.
    TimGundrumon June 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely sounds like a battle against addiction to me.
    cdconnon June 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commenta cuban love that has a scent.. anyone up for smoking a cigar?
    2hauteon July 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAddiction battle? The only way that interpretation makes any sense to me is if he's talking about a Cuban cigar. Unless he's talking about a Cuban girl who introduced him to drugs. Which seems kind of odd to me. I have no idea.
    stoolhardyon August 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou are taking the lyrics to literally. The Cuban girl could just be a metaphor for his drug of choice.
    TimGundrumon August 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me like he was smoking blunts, from cuban cigars, either by first removing the tobacco then adding weed, or using a mix of both since cuban cigars are supposedly so good.

    "I sought to lose that cloud that's blacking out the sun"
    Weed makes you phase out life, blurring vision, and if done heavily blocks out most light except for your very narrow tunnel vision.

    "Blacked out thoughts"
    Your mind does the same as your vision whilst being high, and you think of things that dont matter, but can seem quite philosophical.
    mplockon September 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDoes it always have to be about drugs? Nope, but the only other choices are love or heart break. I chose love here, or a kind of love. I think he is in a situation we all know too well. One in which he hasn't been in love for a while, hence the lonely line. I think this Cuban girl is someone he recently met, perhaps someone who sparks something in him, infatuation. He has been a bit lost and lonely and thats what he is singing about.

    That was incredibly incoherent and probably wrong but its a great song so who cares.
    amazon_0505on February 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Looking at the world from the bottom of a well" is an allegory to only being able to see a fraction of the world, the big picture.

    I'm guessing this is (at least mostly) about a girl.
    ZidaneTribalon June 17, 2006   Link

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