"Satellite Skin" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Tom Peloso, Jeremiah Green, Johnny Marr and Joe Plummer....
If you break these moth wing feelings
Powdering dust on your fingers
We know we're now prayin', we're kneelin'

Hard enough just to say you believe them
Well how the heck did you think you could beat them
At the same time that your trying to be them?

Hard enough just to say you don't need it
When they took it up while you were still eating
Well satellite, satellite skin

Just to know, just to say you don't realize it
Well everybody's willing to listen
Oh satellite, satellite skin

You can say what you want you're forgiven
Well happy fucking congratulations
Well everyone, everyone wins

Just like being my own solar system
Doing good things but they totally eclipse them
Oh what's the use, oh what the hell?

If you break these moth wing feelings
Butterfly knives in the ceiling
Well everyone, everyone's waiting

Detachments gets praised and completed
You can say what you want and not mean it
Well no one really seems to be waiting

If you sweep up this mess I created
Nothings left to show I existed
Oh satellite, satellite skin

Asking for a question
Was it easier said than was actually done?
Do you even believe them?
Do you even believe that there's a race to be won?

If you bring these moth wing feelings
I have seen it all become satellite skin
Opening some eyes

A knack to know that it's not their opinions
Get stacked in all those usual avoided spots
Just to tell you I could not have seen
Through to the gist of those unhappy
Happy accidents


Lyrics submitted by AimlessyEating, edited by sheionizes, biley

"Satellite Skin" as written by Isaac Brock Eric Judy

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    General CommentSo, I will give a stab at what this means. To me Isaac is talking about religion in this one. Could just be me but it all makes perfect sense. Moth-wing feelings seems like, this very fragile topic. It is heally hard to talk to some people about religion because they are so closed minded about what they believe and it can cause you to loose friends.... even start wars (powdery dust on your fingers).

    "No we're not praying we're kneelin
    Hard enough just say you believe them"

    Religion is sometimes thought to have been created to help people cope woth their fear of death so many people just find something that makes them feel good about "whats on the other side" and then just go along with the motions so they dont have to worry about their inevitable death. Many people dont even know what they believe, they just know what they are supposed to be doing.

    "Well how the heck'd you think you could beat them
    at the same time that you're trying to be them"

    Ever gone to church and listen to people brag about there new car or new house or how the lord has blessed them??? It always seems to me that people are trying so hard to be better than everyone else and at the same time, they are doing it so that they will fit in (trying to be them)

    "You can say what you want you're forgiven
    Well happy fuckin congradulations"

    HAHAHA this is my favorite part! Many believe that they can do what they want and say what they want just to trun around and "ask for forgiveness" and everything is better. Well happy fuckin congradulations to them.

    "Well everyone, everyone wins
    Just like being in my own solar system
    Doing good things but then totally eclipse them
    Oh what the use, oh what the hell"

    Everyone who does what they are supposed to, acording to each religion, goes to a better place (everyone wins) I think the next line is meant as I just like being in my own solar system, kinda like being in your own world and and trying to live your life and do whats right but then someone comes along and tells you that what you are doing is not enough (doing good things but the totally eclipse them). So whats the point whats the use, and what the hell? If some diety out there gave us life, do you really think that it would want us to worry about things or to live this one life we were given!?!?

    "If you sweep up this mess I've created
    Nothing's left to show I existed"

    After we die its up to others to tell how we lived. Ever been to a funeral and heard a million good things about someone that was average? I see it as if we dont live the way others want us too, when we die, they get the chance to sweep away all that we were so that, at least in their minds, they won us over to being exactly like they wanted us to wether that was how you were or not. Besides after your gone it doesnt matter anyways right?

    "Asking for a question
    Was it easier said than was actually done
    Do you even believe that
    Do you even believe that there's a race to be won"

    I have heard several times that it is really hard to share your religion with someone else. How it's easy to talk about in a church setting but when your out side of it, it becomes hard to tell even your closest friend. BUT, if not telling your friends what you feel REALLY meant damnation...... why would it be so hard??? Could be that these people (religous ones) arent even sure what they believe themselves and so are unsure of how to comunicate their thoughts? Or is it because religion is so sensitive that a freindship is more important to them than loosing it over something that NO ONE is sure about?

    "Get stacked in all those usual avoided spots
    Just to tell you how I could not have seen
    Through to the gist of those unhappy
    Happy accidents"

    WOW have I heard this one before!!!! Someone close dies or something horrible happens and people love to jump to, "Well, it happened for a reason, God works in mysterious ways and this is just a BLESSING in disguise" I feel just like this line sometimes. I just cant see through to the gist of those unhappy happy acidents!

    Dont know if this makes sense to anyone else but thats what i hear. Also, i am not sure what Satelite skin is refering to. I was thinking maybe it has to do with something in the sky that people tend to rely on and give this notion of having skin or being real in a sense..... I dont know.

    Either way, Isaac Brock is the greatest ever!!!
    HugeMMFanon June 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThese are the correct lyrics.


    If you break these moth wing feelings
    Powdering dust on your fingers
    We know we're not praying we're kneeling
    Hard enough just to say you believe them
    Well how the heck did you think you could beat them
    At the same time that you're trying to be them
    Hard enough just to say you don't need it when they
    Took it up while you were still eating
    Well satellite, satellite skin


    Just enough just to say you don't mean it
    Well, when everybody's willing to listen
    Oh satellite, satellite skin
    You can say what you want you're forgiven
    Well happy fucking congratulations
    Well everyone, everyone wins
    Just like being in my own solar system
    Doing good things but then totally eclipse them
    Oh what the use, oh what the hell


    If you break these moth wing feelings
    Butterfly knives in the ceiling
    Well everyone, everyone's waiting
    Detachments get praised and completed
    You can say what you want and not mean it
    When no one really seems to be waiting
    If you sweep up this mess I've created
    Nothing's left to show I existed
    Except satellite, satellite skin


    Asking for a question
    Was it easier said than was actually done
    Do you even believe that
    Do you even believe that there's a race to be won


    If you break these moth wing feelings
    I have seen it all because satellite skin
    Over innocent eyes
    I'd like to know these morbid opinions
    Get stacked in all those usual avoided spots
    Just to tell you how I could not have seen
    Through to the gist of those unhappy
    Happy accidents
    freakfuryon May 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSeems to me this song is an ode to a love gone wrong. I get the sense that this is a song about a break-up that wasn't expected by one of the parties (the singer). Love was given in its wholest, truest form and because of outside influences not appreciated or not accepted.

    If you break these moth wing feelings
    The writer has given their love and trust so intensely, they have are defenseless to being hurt.

    No, we're not praying we're kneeling
    joepa15425on July 31, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationFor those who care to read this interpretation:

    If you break these moth wing feelings
    Powdering dust on your fingers

    This talks about the "fragile" feelings
    For those who have never done it: when you touch a moths wings it sort of breaks down and your fingers get full of dust.

    We know we're not praying we're kneeling
    Hard enough just to say you believe them

    The singer is expressing perhaps the level of commitment they might have already reached... not just hoping for somthing to happen.
    Singer is having trouble thinking that the other person believes the outside influences

    "Well how the heck did you think you could beat them
    At the same time that you're trying to be them"

    How could the other person think that she could continue unaffected by the outside influences if it continues in contact with them?

    Hard enough just to say you don't need it when they
    Took it up while you were still eating
    Well satellite, satellite skin

    The other person knows it wants its relationship but is pushed to saying it doesn't.
    The other participant of the relationship didn't protect its interests
    The "satellite skin" is the how broken up the singer is after what was done

    Just enough just to say you don't mean it
    Well, when everybody's willing to listen
    Oh satellite, satellite skin

    The other person saying that they don't really feel the same for the other person
    This is what others want to listen
    This hurts the singer, sucumbing to peer pressure in such a way

    You can say what you want you're forgiven
    Well happy fucking congratulations

    The singer still loves the other person regardless of what is said, its kind of hard to get mad for long with someone you like.
    Singer is frustrated with this advantage the other person has

    Well everyone, everyone wins
    Just like being in my own solar system

    Sarcastic. Singer doesn't
    Being left alone

    Doing good things but then totally eclipse them
    Oh what's the use, oh what the hell
    (Lost before we had a cause, had a cause)

    Others don't let the singers partner see the good in him
    despair
    Remembering when there was a reason for their feelings

    If you break these moth wing feelings
    Butterfly knives in the ceiling

    If you break this delicate feelings...
    somthing that wasn't supposed to happen (???)

    Well everyone, everyone's waiting
    Detachments get praised and completed

    Sarcastic. The pressure the other person is feeling or has felt
    You, the detachment, will get support

    You can say what you want and not mean it
    When no one really seems to be waiting

    You can always lie, no one will really know. This includes yourself
    But there is no real pressure

    If you sweep up this mess I've created
    Nothing's left to show I existed
    Except satellite, satellite skin

    If you erase my effect on you
    It will be as if i never existed
    except the bits and pieses after you've broken me up

    Asking for a question
    Was it easier said than was actually done?
    Do you even believe that
    Do you even believe that there's a race to be won?

    Did it really satisfy you to cave in??
    Do you really think this is a competition?

    If you break these moth wing feelings
    I have seen it all because satellite skin
    Over innocent eyes

    If you go through with this
    i have seen it all
    because i haven't done anything wrong

    I'd like to know these morbid opinions
    Get stacked in all those usual avoided spots

    I would like to know what they say
    and how you let them build up

    Just to tell you how I could not have seen
    Through to the gist of those unhappy
    Happy accidents

    to point out that i wouldn't have fallen for those things
    and ignored all those experiences we lived through toghether
    Tury77on September 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat the fuck does this song mean..yes im to lazy to think about it.
    metacognition12on May 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok, is it just me or does this song sound EXACTLY like "here" by pavement?
    slower_twinon July 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey so i got these lyrics form a live preformance i saw on u tube so these may be inncorrect... i decifered most of it but it was hard so the rest of the lyrics i got from interstate-8. com which is an amazing Modest Mouse fan site that i recomend to any obsessed MM fan.

    if you where wondering this song is soposed to be on the new ep that no knows when it will be releaced anyway if u wana listen to it on u tube be sure to check out The Whale Song as well and that should be on the ep too.
    AimlessyEatingon August 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh and if anyone wants to help me correct the lyrics PLEASE DO!
    AimlessyEatingon August 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe version brock sang on david letterman (march 18th) was slightly different (especially the ending) but the lyrics are more or less the same.
    It took me a few listenings to realize what the satellite skin is. I was thinking satellite as in the spaceship kind of deal but it's supposed to mean the small pieces that orbit something. i think in this case the satellite skin is just the little pieces that are left floating around after he is broken.
    Reddrickon March 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell no, we're not praying, we're kneeling.


    hard enough just to say you believe them,
    well how the hell'd you think you could beat them,
    at the same time you are trying to be them,


    just enough to say you won't visit,
    while everybody's willing to listen,

    you can say what you want, you're forgiven,
    well happy fucking congratulations,
    well everyone, everyone wins,
    just like being my own solar system,
    doing good things but they totally eclipse them,

    ? ? ?
    You can say what you want and not mean it,
    well no one really seems to be waiting,
    If you sweep up this mess i've created,
    Nothing's left to show i existed,


    asking for a question,
    was it easier said than acctually done,
    do you even believe that,
    do you even believe that there's a race to be won?

    That's some correction to what you have. yours was pretty good for a shitty live youtube video though. i was at the concert of the video on youtube. FUCKING AMAZING!
    modestmousenirvanaon March 22, 2009   Link

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