"Big Dipper" as written by and Doug Martsch....
Once
When I was little someone pointed out to me
Some constellations but the big dipper's all I could see
That brontosaurus must have stood a thousand miles high
That brontosaurus laying on its side up in the sky

Bottoms up and this time
Won't you let me be?
Bottled up but this time
Won't you rescue me?
You should have been here last night and heard what the big dipper said to me

Jack thought it twice and thought that that that made it true
Some brains just work that way
that's what chemicals can do
He thought he'd have a beer
he thought he was alone
He thought an Albertson's stir fry dinner would make his apartment a home

Bottoms up and this time
Won't you let me be?
Bottled up but this time
Won't you rescue me?
You should have been here last night and heard what the big dipper said to me

I thought I bored me but I learned to think like you
Now nothing bores me that's that nothing is thought through

Bottoms up and this time
Won't you let me be?
Bottled up but this time
Won't you rescue me?
Thought it out and this time
It's all I can see
You should have been here last night and heard what the big dipper said


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"Big Dipper" as written by Doug Martsch

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    General Commentthis song is talking about losing the sense of wonder you had as a little kid, trading it for lots of chemicals in old age to try to recover some of it. you fail miserably. it's nostalgic in a way, and sad. the only times you look at the stars anymore are when you are wasted.
    morrisseyscooton May 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust someones life, they are looking back, to when things were sweet and innocent, and are kind of unhappy with what they've become (boring, unimaginative). thats my guess.
    karpetstainon July 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWilliam b. is on to something
    ducmeon December 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love albertsons
    impossibledreameron May 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha silly
    I_believe_in_musicon June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe it's about alcohol? Hence the "that's what chemicals can do", "bottoms up", "he thought he'd have a beer", etc. etc.
    Ibold_Trainon June 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI don't know what it is about this song. But it gets stuck in my head and won't get out. I think i agree with Ibold. Although the line "You should have been here last night and heard what the big dipper said to me " is kind of weird maybe he's so drunk he thinks the constellation is talking to him. I dunno i love this song
    IrishPunkRockon July 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure "That's what chemicals can do" is refering to chemical imbalances in the brain
    AmericanSuperHeroson May 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwow thats pretty on point ive always had trouble summing this song up but that is the best ive heard
    bahbahon November 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst song i heard by built to spill but it is a great song
    *Modest_ Mouse*on December 20, 2004   Link

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