"Florida" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Jeremiah Green, Johnny Marr and Joe Plummer....
Although we often wondered
It was no thing of wonder
The shit that flew from our minds
Grass stains and fresh fruit
Reminds our shoes of horse glue
On this ridiculous climb
With great tall vision
We built ourselves a mission
To ride out motives decide
Oh, with vague description
Of what we have been missing
So why would anyone try?

It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide
And the busy ant empire
Put all your clothes inside

I wasn't always cargo
I was once kind of my own
I guess I'll pack up my mind
It took so much effort
Not to make an effort
Oh, what a flawless design

It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide
And the busy ant empire
Put up the closing sign

Even as I left Florida
(Yee-ha)

It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide
And the busy ant empire
Has all deserted hive
It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide

Even as I left Florida
Far enough, far enough
Wasn't far enough

Couldn't quite seem to escape myself
Far enough, far enough
Far from Florida
We were all drowsing in cruise control
Far enough, far enough
Wasn't far enough

I stood on my heart supports thinkin'
Oh my God, I'll probably have to carry this whole load
I couldn't remember if I tried
I couldn't remember if I took my brain out, threw it so directly at the goal
I couldn't remember if I
I could have my mind erased
And still not know exactly what I don't already know

Even as I left Florida


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"Florida" as written by Isaac K. Brock Joe Plummer

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI don't think this song has anything to do with Florida really. I think it has to do with drugs.

    When he says he's leaving Florida, I think he means that's a euphemism as getting high.

    "Although we often wondered
    It was no thing of wonder
    The shit that flew from our minds"

    Perhaps referring to a psychedelic like LSD or peyote? The wonder and awe one might experience can easily later be described as nothing more than an effect of the drug.

    "While wearing stains of fresh fruit
    And riding on shoes of horse glue
    On this ridiculous climb"

    How obvious can he be? Horse glue is a metaphor for drugs. "On this ridiculous climb" is describing the ascent of a drug high.

    "With great tunnel vision
    We built ourselves a mission
    To ride our motives design"

    He's saying they took the drugs with purpose; they got high for the sake of getting high--that was the mission, the goal.

    "It was always worth it
    That's the part I seem to hide"

    He's saying for all the downsides to his drug use, it was worth it in the end for the positive experiences he had.

    "And the busy ant empire
    Put up the closing sign"

    Busy ant empire meaning society. Needing to function in this "ant empire" requires sobriety.

    "I wasn't always cargo
    I was once kind of my own
    I guess I'll pack up my mind"

    He wasn't always controlled (or carried) by the drugs, he was once sober. Packing up his mind is a euphemism for getting high, letting the drugs take him (cargo) away.

    "It took so much effort
    Not to make an effort
    Oh, what a flawless design"

    It takes a lot of work to get high and do nothing.

    "Even as I left Florida
    Far enough, far enough
    Wasn't far enough
    Couldn't quite seem to escape myself"

    He's saying he couldn't ever get high enough.

    "I stood on my heart's porch thinking
    "Oh my God, I'll probably have to carry this whole load"
    I couldn't remember if I tried
    I couldn't remember if I took my brain out
    Threw it so directly at the goal
    I couldn't remember if I
    I could have my mind erased
    And still not know exactly what I don't already know"

    I think this describes introspective struggles of a psychedelic trip perfectly. He wonders if he has to "carry this whole load" meaning a very large dose; he doesn't know if his mind can handle it. Heart's porch is a metaphor for caring about oneself.
    damrasson July 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationisaac brock moved to florida after being accused of rape
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    mickolayVSon August 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshut up
    Dethryeon March 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim sorry.
    laurelthensaidon March 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst of all i love this song its completely sweet and i think this song means that he doesnt like himself and you cant escape yourself in this case "Florida" like when he says
    Couldn’t quite seem to escape myself
    Far enough, far enough
    Far from Florida
    Modestmousedudeon April 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's interesting hearing how much many of you hate Florida. I grew up in Orlando and have been in Chicago and Ohio for 4 years and can't wait to get home again. We're moving back in a few weeks and it can't come soon enough. I guess for all of us home is always home and for me Ohio is Florida in this song's context.
    antitravoltaon April 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"even as I left Florida far enough far enough wasn't far enough"-great line

    Florida wasn't the problem...it was him because he "couldn't seem to escape" himself. He thought that moving would make him happy, and sometimes it helps, but it doesn't make you happy...it took me three colleges to figure that out :)
    vikesfan953on April 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about Issac getting old.
    Florida is the retirement capital of the world.
    anyways, he's talking about the "ridiculous climb" being life and then goes on to allude to how naive and lazy he was when he was young.

    It's all about the fact that he's beginning to feel like he's old.
    nilterminion September 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a fantastic song, I can't get enough of it.

    But why all the hatred for Florida? I've lived here all my life and it is truly a beautiful and amazing state. Too many people come here and just look at the tourist traps and judge the entire state by that but there is a lot of history and culture here if you would only take the time to see it. Horrible shit can happen to you anywhere, and I think that the song is just about what happened in Florida, not that the actual place sucked.
    arememberingskyon January 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song in my opinion is the best song on the album...the way its played and then the way it ends it just really blew me away. I loved how the song just sounds so sunny and busy like Florida and then eventually it just slows way down and gets into this awesome hard rock chords....then, "Even as I left Florida..."
    amazing!
    modesthareon March 29, 2008   Link

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