That hard, cruel, hostile town
There’s no place you’d want to fail
If somewhere you were to fail

Success at any cost
If fade the same and fall
If fade the same and fall
But even there I did not think of
Someone I should have thought of

She was my fabulous friend
I could but be impressed
I could but be impressed
I wish I’d been hers too
What good does wishing do?
What good does wishing do?

I was born afraid
I miss her to this day
For me and only me
My concern it was for me
My concern it was for me

How am I to accept?
I could show such thoughtlessness
I could show such thoughtlessness
I can’t stop thinking of
The person I did not think of

I’m not brave
I’m not special
I’m not any of those things
I’m not any of those things

This guilt that I do feel
I deserve to always feel
Fully deserve to never not feel


Lyrics submitted by s_jnr, edited by PGH91

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    My InterpretationThis is my favourite song by The Field Mice. I love this song! Every time I hear it I have to press repeat and listen to it again, before I go on to the next song. So I was quite upset to find the lyrics that were posted didn’t resemble what I heard at all. Here’s a more accurate interpretation of the lyrics:

    That hard, cruel, hostile tone
    There’s no place you’d want to fail
    If some where you were to fail

    Success at any cost
    If fade the same and fall
    If fade the same and fall
    But even there I did not think of
    Someone I should have thought of

    She was my fabulous friend
    I could but be impressed
    I could but be impressed
    I wish I’d been hers too
    What good does wishing do?
    What good does wishing do?

    I was born afraid
    I miss her to this day
    For me and only me
    My concern it was for me
    My concern it was for me

    How am I to accept?
    I could show such thoughtlessness
    I could show such thoughtlessness
    I can’t stop thinking of
    The person I did not think of

    I’m not brave
    I’m not special
    I’m not any of those things
    I’m not any of those things

    This guilt that I do feel
    I deserve to always feel
    Fully deserve to never not feel
    tootwee4uon May 04, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationPretty basic stuff, but so well done. Basically, I get a sense that the narrator fucked over a very kind friend at some point in their life (seems to be a competitive/job type of thing, if you look at the first two stanzas -- "success at any cost"). It served them well at the time, but now the narrator feels guilty, wishing they could have been the "fabulous friend" that the friend was to them. The narrator can't accept that they were so thoughtless, and now he paradoxically thinks about this friend, when he didn't at the time of screwing her over. He misses her. The last stanza is just pure self-loathing -- the narrator thinks he "fully deserve[s] to never not feel" (which is a double negative of "always," in the line earlier) guilty about what they did to this friend.

    I relate to this song a lot. Screwed over a female friend pretty badly in university, and it still haunts me. I too fully deserve to never not feel guilty about it.
    Oh, and that jangle-y melody that plays throughout the song is perfect.
    Lustrum2112on June 14, 2015   Link

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