"Museum of Idiots" as written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh....
They built this whole neighborhood out of wood, out of wood.
I guess I'll still be around when they burn, burn it down.
I will be standing around when they burn it down.
Here in the Museum of Idiots.

Honey, I'm there when you need me, please believe me, please believe me.
I'll still be right where you left me, if you manage to forget me.
Where we met is where you may forget.
Here in the Museum of Idiots.

If you and I had any brains, we wouldn't be in this place.

Chop me up into pieces if it pleases, if it pleases.
And when the chopping is through, every piece will say, "I love you."
Every piece of me will say "I love you."
Here in the Museum of Idiots.

Every piece of me will say "I love you, you you"
Here in the Museum of Idiots.

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"Museum of Idiots" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    General Commentwow, noone has said anything yet, hmm, well, this is my boyfreind and my song...so, i'll have a go.

    It's about dead relationship whwere she isn't into him anymore, but no mater how she hurts him, he still loves her and wants to help her, even if they are no longer going out, just beeing two people who look after one another.
    CecilaDarlingon May 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this is pretty obviously a breakup song. The narrator knows they're both at fault, but he's telling her he'll still be around if she needs him. He can't see moving forward, so he's going to stay right here in the burned-out neighborhood. We know she's not coming back, even if the narrator doesn't.
    TGon October 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYep, I also take it like

    Guy likes the way things are, girlfriend wants to change, they break up, he stays in hopes of her coming back.
    TheTriforceon February 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentum....i see that stuff in the last three parts, but not the first verse and the chorus. In the first i see the fact that he doesn't like the place that he lives, and in "here in the museum of idiots" he means that this whole world is messed up and doesnt know what life is for, therefore they dont know what to do with love. "If we had any brains, we wouldn't be in this place."

    I'm in a ska band, I love this song!!
    Mindbreaker4228on January 28, 2008   Link
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    MemoryI always figured the "Museum of Idiots" were all of her ex boyfriends. I agree with CecilaDarling and TG said. Although she has left him already; the guy is still waiting around for her to come back. I have to say that I've been a member of one of my ex's "Museum of Idiots" before, and you truly do not realize how big an idiot you are to be waiting around until all is said and done.
    Mach10Xon February 13, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe museum of idiots is a bar.
    The place where she met him, where she may forget him.

    She left him, he still loved her so he went back to the bar where he met her and drank his days away, expecting her to come find him.

    He thinks of her relationships as temporary (made of wood) and is just waiting around for her to take him back.

    So the bar is full of guys just like him, a museum of idiots.
    NameGotTakenon January 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMade of 'wood'.
    That certainly gives a new insight, and I will never listen to this song the same again.

    This song always sounds ironic to me.
    It uses clichéd break-up/unrequited lovesong imagery, but sounds lighthearted.

    Might be more of a reflection on me, but I always found the part that goes -
    'chop me up into pieces
    if it pleases, if it pleases
    and when the chopping is through
    every piece will say 'I love you" - as hilarious, especially with that cheery tune in the back.

    I love that part of the song, so I'm never going to look at this as a break-up song even if they publicly declare it on.
    twiceuponon January 08, 2012   Link

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