"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 Augustus Figaro Niso Unger-hamilton, Thomas Stuart Green, Joe Jerome Newman, Gwilym David Dylan Sainsbury

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  • +14
    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
  • +2
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
  • 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 CommentWhat I think this song is about is a guy who has gotten over a relationship but is turning to drugs in order to do that.

    The "something good" which is causing him to forget about her is some kind of narcotic.
    levyxxon November 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis Song Allows Us break free from the bonds of earth by being focused....
    By overcoming whatever challenges you will then...
    Once done, then you break Free...
    And Fly High on your accomplishment!

    *(everything else you have talked about could be inclusive, but I think is a metaphor)
    starbucks107on April 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song plays on the perennial mystique of the bull fight which is rich with symbolism.

    If there is any relationship to be viewed here, as between men and women, it mingles with perennial concerns and archaic myths.

    A bull seldom ever kills a matador and the matador is never the only fighter of the bull. It is a ritual killing more than a fight, perpetrated by many men. Except with Alt-J a symbolic reversal is put into play and the bull speaks like the matador and the bull makes the kill (esocada).

    In union of flesh and sword (or horns) the bull mirrors the matador, and one sees in the other a fierce desire of one's own nature. To die at the hands of the bull is submission to the domain of nature, which forms a completion, a metaphorical union of the mind and spirit (natural impulse).

    Getting high before you go is taking the risk of entering the ring of your desire to dance with death (take risks) and tempt love and life.
    Niloon April 07, 2014   Link

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