If I had to lose a mile
If I had to touch feelings
I would lose my soul
The way I do

I don't have to think
I only have to do it
The results are always perfect
But that's old news

Would you like to hear my voice
Sprinkled with emotion
I invented at your birth

I can't see the end of me
My whole expanse I cannot see
I formulate infinity
And store it deep inside me

I can't see the end of me
My whole expanse I cannot see
I formulate infinity
And store it deep inside me

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    General Commenti've known and liked this song for a while now but I just recently read a book by the french philosopher Descartes (meditations of the first philosophy) in which he try's to prove the existance of god or a greater infinite being. He comes up with the theory that we couldn't possibly conceive the idea of infinity unless it had been place deep inside us by an infinite being itself and that we cannot clearly conceive the begining or end of our existance. The song 'oh me' may be based on or influenced by this book but even if it isn't the song will be understood a lot better after reading it.
    noosemanon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Complacency, narcissism, self-absorption.
    The true beauty is that this song, for all its irony, really does have a touch of the infinite."

    well put, snibble.

    derrick says it was a concept song about self indulgence so the lyrics are about that and that's also why they play it really slowly and self-indulgently.

    i guess it's kind of making fun of the whole prog or psychedelic jamming thing, which the meat puppets were way into.
    thebodiesobtainedon March 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentComplacency, narcissism, self-absorption.

    The true beauty is that this song, for all its irony, really does have a touch of the infinite.
    snibbleon August 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan, i feel like this song has some sort of beautiful meaning, but can't desypher it
    whitenoiseon January 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have a question...i borrowed "II" from a friend, and i downloaded a version of "oh me" that sounds nothing like the one on the record.
    so naturally, the one on the record is the meat puppets.
    anyhoo, it was labeled as meat puppets, but you know how p2p sharing can be...people seem to type out of their asses when it comes to song names.
    okay, so this version that i'm listening to starts out with an organish noise, piano, with two vocals.
    i'm not a meat puppets expert-extraodinaire, so don't bash be for my "ignorance".
    i just want to know if there are two versions of this song by the pups, or if i'm listening to a cover.
    CloudOnMyTongueon January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand yes...it has guitar and all the other elements originally there.
    CloudOnMyTongueon January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti've seen the descartes connection as well. i thought i was just being crazy.

    i also feel this song has endless cynical sarcasm. or maybe thats just what i hear.
    notthatguysomeoneelseon June 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me, this song is about the prospect of being a parent and having part of yourself live on after you die. how we all have the ability to make life. if you think about it in context with each verse, it really speaks to me.
    tree_headon August 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is an awsome song and the meat puppets are my favorite band! i dont like having favorites but the meat puppets take me straight back to my innocent childhood quistioning of life and space and all that.

    remember when you were young and you had all these questions and you were facinated by the universe and space and would ask the older teenagers all about it? well this is what i always did, i still do but in a much different way, the meat puppets takes me to this fascinated state of mind and its awsome, so many cool feelings.

    I think this is exactly what they were doing just putting it into songs, and taking some mushrooms, or peyote as it says in the booklet.

    i think this music is the most perfect imperfect music ever! it is so mystical and the lyrics are also!

    the last four lines, i cant see, the end of me, formulate infinity, store it deep inside me, they are so perfect and are exactly what brings this sense of awe to me when i really think in this way.

    we all seem to be so used to this reallity and being human, but have you ever just sad back and wondered why, why, WHY? or how, how, HOW? this is? Why is anything? why are you just sitting there reading this, how is this happening, why is anything? thats what this music makes me feel and the lyrics are profound!
    moorenzoon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"If I had to lose a mile."

    I think losing a mile refers to backsliding...or taking a (huge) step backwards.

    "If i had to touch feelings."

    This probably refers to dealing with personal, emotional issues that were likely repressed a very long time ago, and now "miles" away deep inside.

    "I would lose my soul
    the way I do."

    Dealing with the issue(s) would be too overwhelming and make you feel as though you are losing your soul. It could possibly be a dual meaning referring to drugs as causing one to lose their soul. I am not a drug user, so my take on this song does not relate to this.

    "I don't have to think,
    I only have to do it.
    The results are always perfect.
    And that's old news."

    I think this is referring to the tool we each choose as self-protection. Whether it be drugs, repression, denial, or whatever...it always works perfectly. "That's old news", I think means that this is not a new method.... either he has been coping this way for years....or humans in general have been.

    "Would you like to hear my voice,
    sprinkled with emotion,
    invented at your birth?"

    To me, this refers to the 'coping mechanism', whatever it is that allows one to function "normally". If you're choosing not to deal with the pain of your issue, then you can sprinkle your voice with emotion and basically carry on. This wasn't possible until the 'birth' of your newfound coping skill.

    "I can't see the end of me.
    My whole expanse I cannot see.
    I formulate infinity,
    and store it deep inside me."

    The overall tone of the song pretty well suggests it is not necessarily 'uplifting'. The coping skills we choose aren't necessarily healthy...they just help us cope. I think these lines are explaining how he no longer can "see himself"...his real self. He knows there are aspects of himself he doesn't know or deal with..and he's designed it that way. He "formulated infinity"....he can never reach the end...that part of himself repressed all those 'miles' away. And he "stored in deep inside".

    The few little lines of this song pack a lot of punch.

    Oh, nienna...ditto everything!
    NauseousAdrenalineon December 20, 2007   Link

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