"Modern World" as written by and Spencer Kyle Krug Arlen Thompson....
I'm not in love with the modern world
I'm not in love with the modern world
It was a torch driving the savages back to the trees

Modern world has more ways
And I don't mention it since it's changed
While the people go out and the people come home again

It's gotta last to build up your eyes
And a lifetime of red skies
And from my bed saying you're haunted, hissing in my bed
Modern world don't ask why
Cause modern world will build things high
Now they house canyons filled with life

Modern world I'm not pleased to meet you
You just bring me down


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"Modern World" as written by Dan Boeckner Arlen Thompson

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  • +2
    General CommentCompare to modest mouse's novacaine stain:

    And what's replacing them now
    Interchange causes a mall
    And crowded chain restaurants
    More housing developments go up
    Named after the things they replace
    So welcome to Minnow Brook
    And welcome to Shady Space
    And it all seems a little abrupt
    No I don't like this change of pace

    both excellent "be wary of overdevelopment" songs.
    kaytwoon December 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing sound and lyrics. It says exactly what it means.

    I especially like the line "It was a torch driving the savages back to the trees," which suggests that modern civilization isn't necessarily 'better' for us - it just outcompeted and marginalized other "barbaric" societal forms like hunting and gathering. The modern world is presented as cold, efficient, and totalizing.

    "Modern world don't ask why" is referring to the myth of progress, which holds that the purpose of society/civilization is production, population, and unlimited growth. But the line "Modern world i'm not pleased to meet you / You just bring me down" argues otherwise - it says that maybe civilization is about happiness, and not about the increasing arms race between people's material wants and means of sating them.

    As a student getting an environmental science / anthropology degree, this is my theme song.
    eagle-bearon January 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay.. I should elaborate on that. The current lyric makes it seem like Modern World just so happened to drive the savages back, but the real lyrics make it seem like it was intentionally used as a tool to drive the savages back.
    notthedestroyeron September 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentan incredibly fabulous overlooked song.
    hellobonjouron December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so good. thats funny cause I compared it to modest mouse too.
    mcscumbagon December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so good. thats funny cause I compared it to modest mouse too.
    mcscumbagon December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt probably is also referencing the Modern Lovers' "Modern World" ("I'm in love with the modern world")
    artbloton January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcomparing it to the modest mouse song is interesting, because didn't isaac brock help out during the recording sessions for this album?
    smunchy pbon January 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea, brock produced it
    coydivisionon January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love the guys voice. Completely amazing song...one of my favourites off the album.
    x_Heather_xon February 10, 2006   Link

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