"Mote" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
When you see the spiral turning through alone
And you feel so heavy that you just can't stop it
When the sea of madness turns you into stone
Picture of your life shoots like a rocket
All the time

Put 'me' in the equation it's alright
I've seen you moving in and out of sight
My friends tell me it's all cut through you
From nowhere, to nowhere
Cut together, cut through

I'm island-bound, a mote inside my eye
And I can't see you breathing as before
I am airless, a vacuum child
And I can't stand to reason at your door
In this time

Put 'me' in the equation it's alright
I've seen you moving in and out of sight
My friends tell me it's all cut through yo
From nowhere, to nowhere
Come together

I'm down in the daytime out of sight
Comin' in from dreamland I'm on fire
I can see it's all been here before
Dream a dream that lies right at your door

When the seasons circle sideways out of turn
And words don't speak just fall across the carpet
You're just in time to watch the fire burn
It seems a crime but your face is bright you love it
All the time


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"Mote" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song was at least partially written about a Sylvia Plath poem called the eye-mote. It is one of my favorites from Sonic Youth.
    bee63388on March 26, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts about getting stoned, read it.
    "and you feel the spiral turning for you alone
    and you feel so heavy that you just can't stop it
    when you see your madness turns you into stone
    a picture of your life she's like a rocket "

    Thats just about the feeling
    "i'm down in the daytime out of sight
    coming in from dreamland i'm on fire
    i can see it's all been here before
    dream a dream that lies right at your door"
    Thats about coming down

    "it seems a crime that you face it like you love it
    all the time"
    Duh
    ZEROpumpkinson April 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought he says "Put me in the equation it's alright", not "could be if you're crazy it's alright"
    poolhallXjunkieon September 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat's what I thought too, poolhall. Maybe I'm not crazy...
    AutomaticManon February 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDirectly from the Sonic Youth Song Database, the real lyrics:

    When you see the spiral turning for you alone
    And you feel so heavy that you just can't stop it
    When this sea of madness turns you into stone
    A picture of your life shoots like a rocket
    All the time

    Put "me" in the equation it's alright
    I've seen you moving in and out of sight
    My friends tell me it'll all cut through you
    From nowhere
    To nowhere
    Cut together
    Cuttin' through

    I'm island-bound, a mote inside my eye
    And I can't see you breathing as before
    I am airless, a vacuum child
    And I can't stand to reason at your door
    In this time

    [LP version repeats previous chorus minus final "cuttin thru".. most live versions feature this second chorus:]

    If broken bottles shine like jewels
    If this decision points to you
    If what you say is ever true
    Then I'll be fine...

    I'm down in the daytime out of sight
    Comin' in from dreamland I'm on fire
    I can see it's all been here before
    Dream a dream that lies right at your door

    When the seasons circle sideways out of turn
    And words don't speak just fall across the carpet
    You're just in time to watch the fires burn
    It seems a crime but yr face is bright you love it
    All the time.....
    Cynothoglyson July 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSonic Youth says that it's based on Sylvia Plath's poem Eye-Mote. There are even youtube videos of live performances where Sonic Youth refers to the song title as Eye-Mote rather than Mote.

    This is one of my favorites.
    notyourfiendon June 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso, i'm pretty sure he says "a picture of your life shoots like a rocket". anyhow, i always thought it sounded vaguely like it was about love lost, longing, regret and an eventual breakdown. i guess it could just be about a mote in thurston's peripheral vision! probably my favorite sonic youth song ever!
    milhouse73on June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMilhouse, this is a Lee Ranaldo song, not Thursotn.
    BugsyStartPinkon June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmmm...i stand corrected. it could very well be about a mote that lee witnessed moving in and out of sight.
    milhouse73on June 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy take is that it's about the mote and about all the other things that milhouse counted up and about being horribly stoned all through this.
    proximaon November 24, 2006   Link

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