It was on the rotating eyes
It was all on the same postcard
It was all on the same damn shirt
Said to sleep in the same Sear's camp house

It was all in the great state parks
It was all on the same Greyhound
It was all so many miles
Beneath the dirty brown dirt

Twenty miles down the islands
The biggest mall on Earth
It was all in the same rest stop
It was wall on the same damn shirt

It was all on the same Greyhound
In the house of the late scapegoat
Be aware the paint's still peeling

All muscle cars made of lead
I got myself a fine fine fine fine friend
It was all in the next gray ghost
It was all in the same damn place

The parts to pound attractive
Your feeling you owe on your size is bleeding

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Sunspots in the House of the Late Scapegoat Lyrics as written by Jeremiah Green Isaac Brock

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  • +3
    General CommentI have been throughly listening to nothing but Modest Mouse for about 2 years now-and I am not sick of any of it. I overplay them everyday-and it just enlightens me everytime.

    I've been teaching myself to play the guitar for about 2 years-and having listened to nothing but Isaac Brock related material-thats how Ive learned to play.

    I learned this song just recently thanks to the grace of Guitar Pro. I always loved the song becuase the band makes it beautiful in its abstract suave style. So simple, yet the lyrics will have you dazed for eternity.

    The feeling and emotion that Modest Mouse instills in me-is so eery to me. They make me feel different than any drug or other band could. I am under hypnosis.
    Entropy21on June 23, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is an anthem about existential despair (its all the same, etc.). Also -- things aren't always what they seem to be (flaws, blemishes). I think the sunspots represent the boredom of life.
    battleofnyon April 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about traveling

    The first line until "Beneath the Dirty Brown Dirt" is when he is taking in the new sights and like...just marveling in the new adventures. He's in the middle of the wilderness, then after he gets "twenty miles down the islands" he finds a big mall, it kind of ruins the illusion, and he realizes that everything is just corporation run and there's no such thing as "natural" anymore because humans invaded it all. There is speculation that sunspots are caused by the lead expelled from Earth's atmosphere along with other human caused things...and a scapegoat is someone who gets blamed. so he is saying the sunspots of the earth are the human interaction, and in our houses, the paint is still peeling, meaning expelling lead and ruining our environment. The muscle cars, made of lead are also ruining it. He realizes his best friend (I've got a fine fine friend) is just like everyone else, (it was all in the same gray ghost) that when we die we arent unique, we're just all leading to the same universal cause of destroying and encroaching nature.

    "The parts to pound attractive
    Your feeling you owe on your size is bleeding"

    We think we're making the earth more attractive by developing it, but he realizes we are just making it smaller and hurting ourselves by delving all our resources.

    In short, this song is about humanity, traveling, nature and developement, a lot like Novacain Stain and kinda the same feel to it.
    CoughDownOurSleeveson November 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment one of my favorite songs by modest mouse. it really is beautiful in it's abstract way. No freakin' idea what he's talking about, but beauty is often not understood. Great music too!!
    securebravoon July 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wish i wasn't only the second person to comment on this song, it's great but unfortunately i have not a clue what is going on. Isaac, fill us in here.
    teibeston March 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes he ever talk about what his music is about? He says it's about life etc. but has he ever explained a song?
    BeatJunkie08on March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, this is one of my favorites but it also makes absolutely no sense to me.
    skinny_fistson May 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about issac viewing modernism going up around him. a lot of his songs aroudn about death and developement. like he's driving down a long stretch of highway and he sees all these things but they're all the same and leading this hollow existance, and a lot of things just aren't worth it. maybe the find friend he has is just himself
    Sapphiredemonon June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song on fruit that ate itself ill tell you what.
    DrinkTeaon June 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah... I agree with Sapphiredemon... kind of about how since everything's owned by the same people, every place ends up being the same. then you could also say that even without being actually the same, they're all from the same motivations and etc., so even before it was all owned by the big companies, it was still the same.... or he could just be singing about traveling.
    Matt00004on June 06, 2004   Link

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