"Modern Mystery" as written by John Robert Cardwell, Philip Abram Dickey and William Lincoln Knauer....
It's a pointless, small place,
On a map in outer space.
Every second, every day you're gone,
I've got a job, but I can't keep working on it,
Yeah.

I think you are so anointed,
That's why you get so disappointed.
I swear you are so important,
Nothing you do is pointless,
Yeah.

There is no modern mystery,
No mystic chords of memory.
There is no modern mystery,
We're making up our history.

Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah.
Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah.

And I'm so loud I don't hear you say no.
And I'm so loud I don't hear you say no.

You could really put me in my place,
On a map in outer space.
You've got a real cool constitution,
and it's a come on, but it's not an illusion,
Yeah.

There is no modern mystery,
No mystic chords of memory.
There is no modern mystery,
We're making up our history.

There is no modern mystery, (Oooh)
No mystic chords of memory. (Oooh)
There is no modern mystery, (Oooh)
We're making up our history. (Oooh)

There is no modern mystery,
No in-between ancestry.
I didn't mean to hurt ya.
Thought I was dumb/done?,
But I heard ya.

There is no modern mystery, (Oooh)
No mystic chords of memory. (Oooh)
There is no modern mystery, (Oooh)
We're making up our history. (Oooh)

Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah.
Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah, Woah-oowoah.

And we may fight with each others shadows,
It's not so bad, I don't hear you say no.
Yeah,
I'm not so bad, I don't hear you say no.
I'm not so bad, I don't hear you say no.


Lyrics submitted by cynical_catastrophy, edited by asSTARSfallx

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  • +1
    General Comment:) The intro is surely similar to Pink Bullets by the Shins.
    shrodeson April 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you see corrections, because these probably aren't 100% accurate, PLEASE tell me so I can fix them.
    Thanks (:
    cynical_catastrophyon March 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust a few corrections... I don't have the liner notes in front of me, but I believe the first two lines are:

    I think you are so anointed,
    That's why you get so disappointed.

    He sings those T's as D's which is why it sounds as you posted...
    patrickhillson April 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep, it is anointed and disappointed :) i just got my preorder in the mail today (after it was lost for a week) and i'm looking at the lyrics.
    fallfancyon May 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was reading a quote by abraham lincoln and the phrase "mystic cords of memory" was used which triggered my recollection of this song

    "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature.”
    sun_gianton June 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGotta love a Lincoln reference. God I love this band.
    Is there another song that has an opening really really similar to this one (and I know it's not Pink Bullets that I'm thinking of, although I agree they are similar). The first time I heard this song I could have sworn I'd heard that part before, although I didn't recognize the rest of the song.
    threetwooneon July 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLovely, lovely music.
    peaceasyon September 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just like how this song feels!
    Haha, I wish I had better input than that, but that's all I have.
    lifeforfunon January 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe intro and outro guitar parts are VERY similar to Beirut's Elephant Gun.
    martinobrienon February 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI kind of always though that it had to do with religion because of the line "I think you are so anointed, that's why you get so disappointed" Anointing usually refers to religious ceremonies. So maybe it's saying that people put too much faith in the existence of the unknown rather than living their life for themselves.
    rfazz15on July 18, 2011   Link

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