"Lampshades on Fire" as written by and Isaac Broock....
Mmm buh, buh, buh, buh, buh, buh, buh-duh-dah
Duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh-duh-dah

We’re all goin’, we’re all goin’

Well, the lampshade’s on fire when the lights go out
The room lit up and we ran about
Well, this is what I really call a party now
Packed up our cars, moved to the next town

Well, the lampshades’s on fire when the lights go out
This is what I really call a party now
Well, fear makes us really, really run around
This one’s done so where to now?

Our eyes light up, we have no shame at all
Well you all know what I’m talking’ about
Shaved off my eyebrows when I fall to the ground
So I can’t look surprised right now

Pack up again, head to the next place
Where we'll make the same mistakes
Burn it up, or just chop it down
Ah, this one's done so where to now?

Buh, buh, buh, buh, buh, buh, buh-duh-dah
Duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh-duh-dah

We're all goin’, we're all goin’

Well, the lampshade's on fire when the lights go out
This is what I really call a party now
Well, fear makes us really, really run around
Ah, this one's done so where to now?


Our eyes light up, we have no shame at all
Well, you all know what I'm talkin’ about
The room lights up, well, we're still dancing around
We're havin’ fun, havin’ some for now

Pack up again, head to the next place
Where we'll make the same mistakes
Open one up and let it fall to the ground
Pile out the door when it all runs out

Buh, buh, buh, buh, buh, buh, buh-duh-dah
Duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh-duh-dah

We're all goin’, we're all goin’

We have spines in our bones
We'll eat your food, we'll throw stones

Oh, this is how it's always gone
And this is how it's goin’ to go

Well, we're the human race
We're goin’ to party out of this place
And then move on

Tough love

We'll kill you off and then make a clone
Yeah, we got spines, yeah, we have bones
This is how it's always gone
And this is how it's goin’ to go

As our feelings are getting hurt
Ah, we want you to do the work
Our ass looks great inside these jeans
Well, we all just don’t wanna’ clean

Oh, this is how it's always been
And this is how it's goin’ to be
So, you just move on

The air’s on fire so we’re movin’ on
Better find another one ‘cause this one’s done
Waitin’ for the magic when the scientists glow
To push, push, push, push, pull us up

Spend some time to float in outer space
Find another planet, make the same mistakes
Our mind’s all shattered when we climb aboard
Hopin’ for the scientists to find another door


Lyrics submitted by Treservation, edited by griff13836, VaguelyObscure, A Modest Anarchist, LeftoverMemory

"Lampshades on fire" as written by Isaac Broock

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  • +4
    General CommentI don't know if anyone else is getting the same vibe, but the new Modest Mouse album feels like it's going to have a "human party leading to self-destruction theme." With the world on the brink of destroying itself and WW3 looming, Isaac has hit a stage in his career where he's finally made it in terms of mainstream success and financial well being. This reflects in his lyrics quite a bit, "money" in Poison The Well, and in this one talking about humans will keep going to the next big thing.

    I think in a lot of ways he's using these lyrics to simultaneously describe how the band has reached this success, and now everything is a big pointless party, so what else is there to write about? That's the vibe I get, he's spat all life lyrical themes already, so what else is there to say other then, time to party and destroy ourselves, similar to "the good times are killing me" and what humanity is doing to itself right now.

    The circular theme is still quite prevalent in the lyrics, although in a less complex way from past albums, now he's bascially saying "Well I did this, did that, no what? Oh wait there's no point but whatever Bah Bah badadadaa." The reference to "floating in outer space" is interesting because if that's the actual line I think that he's referring to the band's contemplative experiences during Moon & Antarctica, and now he's at a stage where it's time to move onto the next big thing, pointless partying and eventual self-destruction.

    Then again I could be overanlayzing, but that's the vibe I get from the first two songs for the new album. It's like a rambling party of optimistic pessimism. If it has a party theme, props to MM for keeping it original and always doing something different.
    equivocalxon February 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is quite clearly about the ecological damage the human race is doing. We go and overdevelop, set up cities, and are completely caught up raping our natural resources to serve ourselves. It's as though we're busy partying while in the process of wrecking everything. We continually expand, move from place to place doing the same thing over and over again. There's even been talk of having to possibly find ways to settle Mars or other planets once we wreck our own.
    toomanytreeson April 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIsaac always seems to change the lines when he's live so don't be surprised when some of this is off. I think the "?'s" are keep it wild and make it hurt... but its pretty hard to make out. Also I heard that Big Boi is producing the Album and some rap might be on it.
    DJIrishBrownson June 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst Impressions
    Isaac seems to be talking about mans capacity for apathetic destruction. Love the song I cant really discern what he says in those final lyrics either.
    johnnyblueyeon July 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBrilliant song. It has been stated already by you fine folks, but this song clearly has a theme of "Humans are a virus on Earth". And when scientists find another planet for us, we'll destroy it as well.
    doschon December 27, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's only the live recording from Sasquatch Music Festival right now, so some of the lyrics are pretty hard to make out. I think what I do have is pretty accurate, but definitely open to other suggestions until the official song/lyrics drop.
    Treservationon June 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthell yeah!i saw this song on the setlist that they put up on facebook and wasnt really sure what i was..i had looked it up and stuff but couldnt find anything.were you at the show?is the song off their new album?
    prellbergporch51on June 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBig boi said that there wasn't going to be rap on the album. He's just helping with production, an they were using his studio. Its only going to be a few songs, i think three is the number. and who knows what songs will actually make it to the cd. either way im excited to hear them, and he said that they were "funky". i doubt he'll do vocals, especially because nothign has been released saying he was guest appearing on the album. Production accounts for a lot of different things, and even though producers have some control over creativity or the sound, its very rare a producer actually plays on the record.

    I really dig the song they played after the interview where isaac shows off his house
    veryhoudinion October 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsaac does change lyrics quite often. Especially with early versions of songs, good news had some different changes you can hear in some of their early 2000 live shows.
    veryhoudinion October 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionHmmm I'm quite sure im hearing something like this to fill the empty spaces. It might not be 100% correct but I'm quite confident someone more experienced than me could use this as a rough sketch to fill the holes. Well, here is what I got:

    Spend some time to float in outer space
    Find another party, make the same mistakes
    Our mind's so shattered when(/as) we plan to go
    waiting for the sound (?) as we find another globe (?)

    and later:

    ...... till we're moving on
    Better find another one because this one's gone
    Waiting for the magic when the sound is blown
    We'll push push push push push a little forward (extremely mumbled)
    atarionon October 11, 2011   Link

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