"Fated" as written by and Matthew Good....
There's a space man in my basement
There's an IV keeping time beside my bed
And a painting of Jesus wandering
For a dart board
You know he's seen you naked a million times

I long to be dead
And sleep with the fishes under the sea
They can swim through my head
And stop all the traffic jams
Stop all the traffic jams
And there'll be no light tonight
If I'm fated

There's a cartoon killer in my living room
Cut you open like candy and pull out your little wound
Like TV dinners for the third world
And amputee dancing girls
You try but you fail cause you're bad at life
And good in a vacuum

I long to be dead
And sleep with the fishes under the sea
They can swim through my head
And stop all the traffic jams
Stop all the traffic jams
And there'll be no light tonight
If I'm fated


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"Fated" as written by Matthew Good

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    General Commentagain another disappointment .. not the song... u fans . a brilliant freakin song and yet no comments. it isnt that good of a song to listen to when ure depressed cause it tends to make u feel even shittier but there is something about it that just makes u wanna put it on repeat and listen to it over and over...
    craiggon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. it is my second favorite mgb song behind strange days. Their songs just have the best lyrics.... matthew good is brilliant....
    sumoon May 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyet another good song from mgb but still can't quite figure out what its about, i wish his songs werent so damn deep, sometimes we need help here matt. but i agree the lyrics to all of his songs are awesome, just confusing at times.
    LiveUrLifeon May 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentisn't it 'pull out your little womb'?

    ps: i *heart* MGB.
    massaaron May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentnope its wound....haha and i love this song....and yes it does make you want to listen to it over and over
    broken_words_2on June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow, that song is addictive. as for the meaning, i guess it's about a sick man about to die ("IV keeping time beside my bed" /.../ "i long to be dead"). he's delirious half the time ("spaceman in my basement" /.../ "cartoon killer in my living room"), but still has stuff he's gotta say before he goes, i.e. the world is fucked = tv networks throw bigass charity balls for the third world, but how the hell do amputee girls get their limbs back? they probably don't give a flying fuck for the pity parties, so we should just stop trying to be the saviors and look good at the expense of their pride. they're carefree, legs or no legs, and we're not helping in any way at all, so let's stop trying to be heroes. aaaalllso, religion's a mighty fucked-up thing, if you got a jesus **dartboard** in your freaking room; as in, you're allegedly worshipping all things holy and sacred yet you don't think twice about nudity in front of *the* icon most representative of your supposed faith. what the hell is up with that? you really don't know jack, so please don't act to like you know it all ("you're bad at life but good in a vacuum"). and last and most obvious, the "traffic jams" are the restless thoughts running through his mind ceaselessly, driving him literally insane (which fits in the delirium theory)...

    wow, that was long-winded. but eh, that's what i think.
    Adeon September 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentnice
    alien_on March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit's definitely womb
    erin88on January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell after reading the lyrics a few times over it kind of seems like that song is about abortion or something. I know it's un Matthew Good like to have a song about that, but that is what it seems like. I am probably way off but meh.

    "There's a cartoon killer in my livingroom
    cut you open like candy and pull out your little wound
    like tv dinners for the third world
    and amputee dancing girls
    you try but you fail cause you're bad at life
    and good in a vacuum"

    That part of the song is what makes me think of it. Especially how some abortions are like sucked out by vacuums.
    Willowbearon July 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the song may be about someone who knows they are going to die soon. They just want to get it over with. But they know that they are not going to heaven when they go.
    "and a painting of Jesus wandering
    for a dart board
    you know he's seen you naked a million times"
    That kind of indicates he's not to close with god.
    They say that when you die there's a light and you follow it and go to heaven, he may be saying if he's fated to die tonight then he's not going to see that light.
    "and there'll be no light tonight
    if I'm fated"
    penny-laneon October 28, 2005   Link

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