"Missing" as written by and King/simpson/hansen/vinicius De Moraes/lyra....
I prayed heaven today
Would bring its hammer down on me
And pound you out of my head
I can't think with you in it

I dragged all that I owned
Down a dirt road to find you
My shoes worn out and used
They can't take me much farther

Something always takes the place
Of missing pieces
You can take and put together even though
You know there's something missing

The sun burned a hole in my roof
I can't seem to fix it
I hope the rain doesn't come
And wash me down the gutter

She rides in a car like a queen on a card
And the guns of her mind aim a line
Straight at mine to a heart that was broke
Tried to feel but got choked in the smoke of
A desert
A beach with no leisure a night that's so blue
Feed the aching in you and the background
Birds take a flight from the earth
Where the bonfire burns and the night
Current turns on a lifeboat floating
Down a river of sleep
I can't see her hollow eyes
I'm walkin' along with my boots full of rocks
I can't believe these tears were mine
I'll give them to you to put away in a box

Something always takes the place of
Missing pieces you can take and put
Together even though
You know there's something missing
Something always missing always
Someone missing something


Lyrics submitted by Nimbus the Kitten

"Missing" as written by Tracey Thorn Ben Watt

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    General Commenti believe that the answer to this song can be found in teh book 'catcher in the rye'...
    Ted Bannanaon June 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthaw haw haw! it's TREASURE, not leisure; also "i gave them to you to keep away in a box", not PUT in the box.
    all in all the meaning i think is utterly simple. brilliant, beautiful song, love the Air remix so much, too.
    carrotkinson October 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, Beck is such a genius. As others have noted, obviously about femme fatale.

    But I think it's also about how broken people attract other broken people. The evil chick sounds like classic borderline personality type woman. They tend to attract people who are broken themselves. The title "Missing" refers to the fact that she had something missing, and so does this guy.

    Whatever was missing in his life, he uses her to fill the gap. She screws him over and breaks his heart, and all he can do is feel hatred, self absorption and self pity.

    "someone always missing something" - probably ever lover he had was missing something, just like him.

    The perfect music video for this would be cartoon type anima who are each missing something, finding each other, than someone else, than someone else, and on and on. Every character would be missing a piece, borrowing from each new person they came across, then losing a new piece, etc.
    Hawkeye2008on October 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is great.
    robviouson April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can totally relate to this song! it's a great song, probably my favorite song in the cd. This cd is focused really well; in this case, a Mexican feel to the theme. I can imagine this worn out man wandering through the barren desert looking for the femme fatale who broke his heart.
    Phrogexon April 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahaha. where do the ducks go when the lake freezes over? SOUTH! hahaha. anyway, greeaaat song.
    subterranean_summeron January 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe way he sings it is so strange. Soft and... mixed up. I love this song. Definately one of my favorites.
    Tokabion July 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song on Guero... and I LOVE the orchestration in the middle. BEAUTIFUL! :D
    Purifiedxon October 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti cant believe there are so few comments on this song, its awesome, and yeah the strings in the middle are amazing
    markjohnson880on November 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song.

    It's so dreamy and psychadelic..ish.

    Beautiful.
    Honeythatsokon August 06, 2007   Link

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