"Something Good" as written by Augustus Figaro Niso Unger-hamilton, Thomas Stuart Green, Joe Jerome Newman and Gwilym David Dylan Sainsbury....
Something good, oh something good tonight will make me forget about you for now.
Get high, hit the floor before you go.
Matador, estocada, you’re my blood sport.
But something good tonight will make me forget about you for now
Forty-eight thousand seats bleats and roars for my memories of you,

Now that I’m fully clean the matador is no more and is dragged from view.
Get high, hit the floor before you go.
Matador, estocada, you’re my blood sport.
Forty-eight thousand seats bleats and roars for my memories of you,
Now that I am clean the matador is no more and is dragged from view.
But something good tonight will make me forget about you for now.


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"Something Good" as written by Gwilym David Dylan Sainsbury Augustus Figaro Niso Unger-hamilton

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  • +19
    General CommentOn their soundcloud, Alt-J said:

    "Something Good is a song that documents the death of a matador.

    This gruesome event acts as an analogy for the slow mending of a broken heart through fun distractions.

    The death of the matador represents the end of the crush."
    elmceeon August 11, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think it is describing a successful recovery from drug addiction. Whatever that 'something good' was was a motivator for the person. It helps him to forget about the nagging, incessant siren song of the drug(s) that most recovered users has to face for the rest of their lives.

    The matador, like the user, plays a risky game (blood sport) that they ultimately love. The roar of the crowd, like the thrill of the high, is part of the draw for the matador. Once the user is fully clean, his matador side of him is 'dragged from view'
    ModestAntion February 16, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't see why drugs have to mentioned as part of the meaning, just because the words "get high" are part of it.

    My interpritation of the song is that of someone looking for something or someone to help them get over a tragic event of their life. Such as the death of a loved one, end of a relationship or perhaps something very improtant to them being taken away.

    A more in depth analysis

    "blood sport" could refer to the feelings that the aformentioned tragic event has rid them of, for example they felt exhileratd while playing with their father.

    The line "now that I am clean" (now that the tragic event has passed the feelings of happieness, exitement and exhilleration are no more)

    But it's what we get out of a song that matters, it could just be one word in the right note that gives a song it's meaning, but this is just my interpritation of the song as I heard it at 3am.
    Javerlinon October 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe crowd= chaotic world with no moral purposes
    The Matador= a person who has becomed someone else beside what he really is due to the crowds roar( in simple way, when you do something in need of attention).
    The Bull= Innocence
    Conclusion= Matador bows at The Crowd at expense of The (poor thing) Bull.
    You may look appreciated superficially but it leaves a MARK into your inner self.
    You cannot runaway of your "inside" conflicts, maybe you will forget for a short period but you will carry them with you forever. So what good camed out of this whole sensless "sport"?
    costinsion March 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOf course all song meanings are relevant to each listener in different ways...but to me, it does sound like a song about ending an addiction. To heroin probably (get high, hit the floor... ie. nod out). The blood sport is shooting up, the matador is the user. It takes something good to take your mind away from an addiction..because it consumes the mind.
    Bubbbbleon March 28, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat if the other person, I would assume a girl, is the bull.
    I think this song is about a guy, that acts like a matador, and everybody knows it. As always happens, the bull is the victim, but not this time because the matador felt in love. Therefore the matador is dead, and now that he's clean from the show he used to be part of, he needs to find something good to forget about her.
    bel1020620on October 03, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favourite song on the album. In my mind it's a pretty self-explanatory song about wanting to take something to erase the memory of a lover who hurt him but who he can't let go of.
    TheGenton June 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe whole album is money.

    Specifically, I think the song is about love, but it really can be about any instance where a person tries to deal with loss, by trying to find a replacement, rather than simply eliminate or manage the degree of need.

    The song begins where it leaves off. The two lines are almost identical, signifying the strategy and process of trying to forget a previous lover by quickly taking on and running towards another, when it is love which seemingly injured or almost injured him in the first place. Dude is probably a sex addict as evidenced by the irrational nature of the song. But, then again, maybe he simply likes knowing lots of people. Maybe he has abandonment issues and is addicted to connecting with people and yearns for a sense of connection.

    This represents the gamble and the sport in it all: the "bloodsport". They get high(sex/connect/submit), then get down(withdrawal for that feeling), the "crowd"(his conscious) screams(for more), and he move is forced to move on(don't know why we do this, we just do).
    bkrebs3on June 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song does refer to many of what people have described, but La Estocada is a bullfighing stadium, and the matador, who performs, "the art of killing well" has actually been outlawed in Spain recently, and it draws a parallell to love perhaps... idk, just an insight, bullfighting is illegal in spain and much of the world now, due to animal cruelty activists...
    yamahaevanon July 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy is it that the comment regarding heroin has -6?
    Maybe all you kids are to young to recognize the super obvious right infront of your eyes references that alt j constantly makes to heroin,morphine,lsd
    Yes it can also be about love and I have noticed a mixture of love and drugs in their lyrics.
    Get high, hit the floor before you go.
    Matador, estocada, you’re my blood sport.

    get high-self explanatory
    hit the floor-opiates (heroin) sedates the user who usually ends up lying down
    estocada-the act of piercing the bulls flesh or piercing flesh aka a needle
    you’re my blood sport-Injected directly into the blood dangerous and gives a thrill like a blood sport should.
    Now Im not saying these guys are injecting with needles or are junkies
    its just heavily weighing on this guys mind wether past or present.
    kalebsoson July 08, 2013   Link

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