"Tundra/Desert" as written by and Isaac Brock Eric Judy....
Every sick, fickle fucker
Childhood's what makes ya
'Til they treat ya like tundra
Weigh those opinions

More like air than lead
Every planned occupation
Surefire disappointment up ahead
'Til they treat ya like desert

See mirages of friendship, face turns read
Here's the soon to be anchor
Build bridges to nothing, you'll get nowhere
Every governor's mother knows

That their bread is buttered by Sam
And what about science?
they find proof and let you make your own decisions
Every childstar wonders

If they have a future up ahead
Every kindhearted banker
I don't think there is one
Every winning opinion

Stand on platforms in water
Filling jars full of silence you'll get nowhere


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"Tundra/Desert" as written by Isaac Brock Eric Judy

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  • +3
    General Commenti still have yet to hear any song that has more truth in its lyrics..

    there ain't no fuckin' kind-hearted banker and there never will be...
    lagwagon182on December 25, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI don't believe the same things as the people in Modest Mouse. But, I can't get over their brutal honesty to what they see in the world. This is what keeps drawing me back and back to their songs.
    kedronhouseon May 20, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIsaac Brock is, like,... a fucking messiah.
    justletgoandbeLIFTEDon June 19, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is awesome. It reminds me of pent up frustration just exploding. When you finally get tired of the bullshit, boredom, bullshit, boredom, bullshit and just freak the fuck out, even if you're only screaming in your head.
    OhFuckItIGuessILoston October 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard somewhere that this is the finale to most of their concerts.

    God, what an awesome song. Definitely the best song to get yourself motivated to.
    Theo Reoon September 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is my version, everyone was from my own


    Every sick, fickle fucker
    Childhood's what makes ya
    Till they treat ya like tundra
    Weigh those opinions
    More like air than lead
    Every planned occupation
    Surefire disappointment up ahead
    Till they treat ya like desert
    See mirages of friendship, face turns read

    -aaawww shit!

    I don't feel and that feels fine,
    save twenty dollars (and you should rest fine?)
    I don't Like-

    Here's the soon to be anchor
    Build bridges to nothing, you'll get nowhere

    -I don't feel and that feels fine
    i don't feel and that feels fine-

    Every governor's mother knows
    That their bread is buttered by Sam

    -crook takes, crook Takes green out of wallet-

    And what about science?
    they find proof and let you make your own decisions

    -There are (answers to our reasons worthwile to find?)

    Every childstar wonders
    If they have a future up ahead

    -King Takes Queen, Takes Queen Out Game
    It's Alright
    It's Alright-

    Every kindhearted banker
    I don't think there is one (i take you out)
    Every winning opinion
    i wish i had one

    -I took you out for out on a night on the town
    I took my wallet out ____ __ _ _ __ [covered up by next line]
    Every winning opinion
    i- i wish i had one

    Cummmooonnn

    You know what (?) life's just bullshit

    Stand on platforms in water
    Filling jars full of silence you'll get nowhere

    You're balancing balls on your nose
    Alright! I don't mind I don't Mind So?
    Sometimes you want your own space
    That's Alright, Right?
    Right!

    get too creative. ordering our drinks
    and mine stinks, my mistakes
    get creative ording our drinks
    and your stinks your stinks your stinks (??)
    we get too creative
    we get too creative

    any coments or corrections cowboydann@gmail.com this was orignally posted on a modest mouse LJ community 5 months ago at least :| thanks for the help folks
    CowboyDannon July 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rules because it so unexpected how it starts off calm and then it gets crazy..very typical of modest mouse but nonetheless its awesome
    PLANESon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfucking this song fucking rocks. ahhhhhhhhhh SHIT! it's my fav track off of this long drive is for someone with nothing to think about. it sure kicks talking shit about a pretty sunset's ass. this song is soo underrated...

    oh man, and when the song gets all quirky, WHOA

    Isaac writes some of the most thought provoking lyrics ever
    AlmostFreeSpiriton September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know waht he says right after "ahhhhh SHIT!" he says somehtign i can't make out and then something like 'give twenty dollars and you will rise to suprise. before that.

    anyone?
    awaitworthwhileon March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, It's definetly one of my favorites my modest mouse. The decent into madness is suprising and wonderful.

    It would be great to listen to on a long drive, when i'm thinking about nothing.
    Nitzon April 07, 2004   Link

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