"Kicked It in the Sun" as written by and Doug Martsch....
Back washed thoughts and you made me talk
No you made me listen
There's a feeling
From Ada to Irene
There's something, there's nothing
You haven't seen
Tiny TV's on at 3, so serene no place to be
Alone
So come on over yea
Lets sit down a little while
Some wine you will find the same things

By the time you read this, you kicked it in the sun
It was all that you could do, how could you refuse
And you kicked it in the sun
It was all that you could do
And you kicked it in the sun
It was all that you could do, how could you refuse
And you kicked it in the sun
It was wrong and it was rude
But you kicked it in the sun
It was wrong and it was rude, how could you refuse
And you kicked it in the sun

It's alright now I'm getting over getting mine
It's alright now I'm getting over getting mine

He seemed so unashamed of how he operated
Corresponds to the facts that you want
Despite his expectations he turned out mediocre
His master plan was so so
We're special in other ways
Ways our mothers appreciate

That net does not
Make me feel safe
All those holes make me nervous

He woke up late that morning
Went to the window and saw the sun had stopped its shining so so
We're special in other ways
Ways our mothers appreciate
We're special in other ways
Ways our mothers appreciate


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"Kicked It in the Sun" as written by Doug Martsch

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  • +4
    My Interpretation"Backwashed thoughts
    And you made me talk
    No, you made me listen"

    Thinking about a relationship which is over, and how they really opened up, heard and was heard.


    "There's a feeling from Ada to Irene (Neighbourhoods in Boise)
    There's something
    There's nothing you haven't seen"

    Jaded-ness and a feeling of identifying with others who share it.

    "Tiny TV
    On at three
    So serene
    No place to be alone"

    Not very wealthy, sitting up late (perhaps no 9am job to go to) no real hassles or troubles, however
    he feels the turmoil in his head which is about his stagnant life, how his insides feel contrast his daily existence.


    "So come on over, yeah
    Let's sit down a little while
    Some wine
    You will find the same things
    The same things
    The same things
    The same things
    The same things"

    Come on over, why not? Getting to know someone, to drink and talk and relax and fuck, this is life, in me you will find things similar to you, we're not unique, we've done this before with other people, but here we go again, I still want to.

    "By the time you read this
    You kicked it in the sun
    It was all that you could do
    How could you refuse?
    And you kicked it in the sun
    It was all you had to do
    And you kicked it in the sun
    It was all you had to do
    How could you refuse?
    And you kicked it in the sun
    It was wrong and it was rude
    And you kicked it in the sun
    It was wrong and it was rude
    How could you refuse?
    And you kicked it in the sun"

    They didn't care enough they blew him/you/them off for something inconsequential and you/they/he feels he could have offered them a better time.

    "It's alright now
    I'm getting over getting mine
    It's alright now
    I'm getting over getting mine"

    This song is a reflection, they don't feel terrible now about the things that happened even if they once did, but he's also saying this relationship was a big one (he got his) as in this was something special to him.

    "He seemed so unashamed of how he operated
    Corresponds to the facts that you want
    Despite his expectations
    He turned out mediocre
    His master plan was so-so
    We're special in other ways
    Ways our mothers appreciate"

    We do our best but in the end for most of use our hopes and dreams fade into a casual acceptance of the lives we have, which are "mediocre", however each and everyone of us is unique and special even if our mothers are the only ones who see the ways.

    "That net does not make me feel safe
    All those holes make me nervous"

    It's not enough as something to hold onto.

    "He woke up late that morning
    Went to the window and saw the sun had stopped its shining
    So, so"

    More feelings of being jaded, nothing matters, life goes on.

    "We're special in other ways
    Ways our mothers appreciate
    We're special in other ways
    Ways our mothers appreciate
    We're special
    We're special "
    ckeaneyon November 08, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthe song's a general indie rant about frustrations in the beginning...i'm not sure what the fuck all that kicked it in the sun shit is about but when it speeds up, the lyrics "his master plan was so so / we're special in other ways / ways our mothers appreciate " are as impressive an ode to disappointment as radiohead have come up with. and i love radiohead too. damn i love doug. he is ace.
    juvenilecokefiendon April 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about coming to terms with not being god, or even a child of god. just a monkey with big yello teeth
    SquirrelySanon May 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"there's a feeling from ada to irene"

    ada and irene are streets in boise. all the area in between (and then some) is part of the north end of boise -- the "liberal" portion, if you will. it's as close to a classic american neighborhood as boise has. modest, classic homes, front yards with kids running through sprinklers, uneven sidewalks running not beside the street, but along it...protected from the street by large, shady oak trees and grass patches.

    compared to the urbanized and "californicated" rest of boise, it is quite a place. it's anything but a contrived, modern "gated community". it's what they mimic.
    eremitic3on October 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell..I'm not so sure what the first half of the song means lyrically (kicked it in the sun), but the last half has significant meaning to me personally, and when I realized what Doug was talking about I was really surprised that he could write such amazing things in this song.

    The two repeated phrases "It's alright now
    I'm getting over getting mine" may sound depressing, but I came to the same conclusion about two weeks ago. I think it represents the inevitable conclusion of life, really. Especially for younger people, or teens, I think we constantly strive to attain perfection in some sense. Either through relationships, or by creating the perfect image for ourselves (egotistical basis for high school), or finding the perfect job, always searching for a better version of our images - I want to win the nobel prize, I want to leave behind a great legacy, I want to live in the penthouse at the top of a giant scyscraper devoted entirely to me [think Donald Trump ;)]. And sometimes the frustration of never reaching that point really gets you down, and then you have your friends and relatives reassure you..telling you "oh its just a rut, you'll get out of it", only to find the same problems over and over again.

    No one ever finds happiness for long. It is only fleeting, and when things change (as they inevitably will), people seek that sense again. Or even when they find it, they want more, like trying to dig a hole in the ocean (isaac brock lyrics).

    These lyrics are great:
    "He seemed so unashamed of how he operated
    Corresponds to the facts that you want
    Despite his expectations
    He turned out mediocre
    His master plan was so-so
    We're special in other ways
    Ways our mothers appreciate"

    This is evokes very strong memories for me..it almost defines my life up to this point. Perhaps for many others, we have our own "master plans", or ideas that we can condition our minds to be someone special. Then out of growing frustration and the realization that your quest to be artificially superior or significant is folly, you come back to just trying to be yourself and to stop caring so much about your image. "He seemed so unashamed of how he operated - Corresponds to the facts that you want", talking about trying to please others "despite his expectations he turned out mediocre" - showing the result of your master plan..and "we're special, in ways our mothers appreciate", is a way of saying that you don't have to look for that sense of uniqueness, because you have it in you already. If people could just let go of that drive, I think they'd find that they have everything they need already.
    citizen22on March 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about Doug inviting a chick over to his place to hang out and she instead goes and lies in the sun. His feeling of being dissed results in the rant that makes up the 2nd half of the song. Deciding that even though this particular didn' want to be with him that at least his mom thinks he's special. I love this song and the line "It's alright now, I'm getting over getting mine." Reminds me of a girl I loved who immediately moved on to someone else after telling me she wanted to marry me.
    Milkman82on November 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice. I now realize that he was talking about a girl. But what is he singing about when he says all the stuff about "he"? Who is "he"? is the he the guy the gril laid in the sun with?
    nonnycrieson November 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I assume the "he" is the person singing the song referring to himself in third person.
    Milkman82on December 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile I think there are probably a few ways to read this, my personal interpretation is that it's a song about love lost. He's moved on now (it's alright, I'm getting over getting mine), but he's still ruminating about what could have been, if only she hadn't, well, kicked it in the sun.

    It could be about lost opportunity in the music biz too, sure. It's just that the beginning seems so intimate, it strikes me as being about love.
    jjankechuon December 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell he goes from he to we so I doubt he is referring to himself.
    nonnycrieson December 17, 2004   Link

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