The test begins, now
I thought I was smart, I thought I was right
I thought it better not to fight, I thought there was a
Virtue in always being cool, so when it came time to
Fight I thought I'll just step aside and that the time would
Prove you wrong and that you would be the fool

I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
Lights begins it's all a mystery

Oh to fight is to defend if it's not
Now than tell me when would be the time that you would stand up
And be a man, for to lose I could accept but to surrender
I just wept and regretted this moment, oh that I, I
Was the fool

I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
Lights begins it's all a mystery
And I don't know how a man decides what right for his
Own life, it's all a mystery

Cause I'm a man not a boy and there are things
You can't avoid you have to face them when you're not prepared
To face them,
If I could I would but you're with him now it'd do no good
I should have fought him but instead I let him, I let
Him take it

I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
Lights begins it's all a mystery
And I don't know how a man decides what right for his
Own life, it's all a mystery

The test is over, now

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Fight Test Lyrics as written by Steven Drozd Wayne Coyne

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  • +4
    General CommentThe song is about a relationship with a girl. At some point she was either going to go with the singer or the other guy and the singer decided to just step back and let her decide, thinking that she'd eventually chose him. But she doesn't.

    I think the ironic thing about the song is the line "If I could I would but you're with him now it'd do no good". The whole song is about how he should have tried harder for this girl, but then he is still making excuses and refusing to try. I don't know if that's intentional or not, but I always thought it was funny.
    hemlock_echoon March 21, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIMHO, this is the best song on Yoshimi. Of course, I'm an idiot, so you can just ignore that.
    pkjunon March 21, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song means sometimes fighting is your only option. If you surrender, well, you will always be ashamed of it.
    flaminglipsruleon June 14, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song has a lot to do with the Flight or Fight stress response phenomenon. That is, when faced with a decision, you can either stand your ground and fight, or you can flee. The title "Fight Test" makes a pun out of the term "Flight Test." In a flight test, you are testing the aereonautical virtues of an aircraft, whereas in a fight test, your girlfriend (or object of your affection) is testing to see if you will fight for her. Or will you flight? In many situations, especially when dealing with physical violence, fleeing is the best choice, however, when your relationship or honor is at stake, you may have to throw down and fight. This song, I think, is the story of a guy who flees rather than fights for his girl. If he had fought, he may have been able to keep her.
    AmnesiaVertigoon May 23, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's about Neon Genesis Evangelion, obviously.
    heavyhosson October 03, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningThis is a complicated and beautiful song. I'll try to organize the breakdown chronologically but I am not sure that the song is written in linear time.

    With the song and the official video it seems like a straight forward struggle for the love of a woman. He seems to be addressing his foe in the video but if you read the lyrics it seems that he is fighting his lover. He says that "to fight is to defend", but he did not realize that he was supposed to fight to defend the relationship from the anger of his lover. He did not realize that he had to fight her for her love and that "playing it cool" (letting her blow off steam/win) was not what she needed.

    "I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
    Lights begins it's all a mystery"

    Refers to the passage of time and his wondering where it has gone.

    The song uses the chorus to show that the singer often revisits his memories of this breakup and that the woman he let go might have been more than just a girlfriend.

    He did not fight to keep her, and he regrets not fighting for her as much as he regrets losing her. When he says that he is a man and not a boy, he tells us that he recognizes that he should have been more assertive and his ambivalence about the relationship is gone now that she left him. He wants to try again, but "you're with him now do no good"

    Without the opportunity to fight for her, he slips back into indecision. He knows what he has done wrong but he is having trouble changing and moving on. He knows that he needs to stop thinking about her so he tells himself "the test is over, now"

    The echo on the "now" feels like the these memories are not over and will continue to haunt him.

    This is a great song and I've revisited it for years.
    madscience84on November 20, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWonderful track and band....about a man's struggles to find his way in life while he marches to his own drumbeat...
    ManofSteelon November 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song isn't about physical violence...stand up and be a man. Fighting for a girl is a lot harder than getting into an actual fight. I've lost fights and I've lost girls and I know which is harder.
    slaorenzon December 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just saw these guys in philly... their show was amazing... so different from anything i'd ever seen... kinda weird, but respectable b/c no one else does these things.... i love this song and they totally blew me away with it
    AncientMelodieson August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI first saw these dudes in '94 when they opened for Candlebox (yes, dating myself a bit). They started off kinda sounding tinny, but with the first real power chord, Xmas lights all over them and the stage went on. Spectacular. ANyway, this song is phenomenal. It's the kind of music I wanna make out with a cute girl to. Hats off.
    CTbrthrhdon September 17, 2002   Link

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