Polar opposites don't push away
It's the same on the weekends as the rest of the days
And I know I should go but I'll probably stay
And that's all you can do about some things
I'm trying to drink away the part of the day
That I cannot sleep away
Two one eyed dogs, they're looking at stereos
Hi-fi Gods try so hard to make their cars low to the ground
These vibrations oil its teeth
Primer gray is the color when you're done dying
I'm trying to drink away the part of the day
That I cannot sleep away

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"Polar Opposites" as written by Isaac Brock Eric Judy

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  • +6
    General Comment This song is grand. I think everyone has tried to drink away the part of the day that you cannot sleep away. One of the better self loathing songs out there. God bless the mouse!
    securebravoon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe primer grey part is by far the best line.
    It's kind of a depressing line where you realize in the end it doesn't really matter
    while the car talk can actually be taken literally, the color part can largely be taken as a metaphor I believe. basically saying "who cares" It more of a feeling people get in life shared by people in ruts, on the downwards slope etc. Money, power, sex, comfort/security. trying to make something of yourself/project yourself trying to be somebody or a certain type of person. at the end we are all the same thing. we just act like something is special, and we act like the things we want are the things we should want. trying to convince ourselves.
    Sobertoaston February 13, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is by far my favorite song by modest mouse eveeeer. who knew you could connect the laws of physics with the laws of attraction ( human attraction that is).... wow i sound like a geek. whatever. two thumbs up for this song
    PuNkS*r*Uson May 21, 2004   Link
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    barnacleson October 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHere's what I think: Weekends should be fun because it's a break from the work/studying you've done the past 5 days, but we know it's not always fun. And during weekdays too, it's not all work, there's time to relax & have fun too. As you can see those are evidences that "polar opposites don't push away". Also the part of day that's not as good as the rest, "hi-fi gods" and their LOWriders (gods reside up in heaven but these hi-fi gods love their car LOW to the ground), still opposites that don't push away. The next line - I think it says that problems are negative things but people don't like problems, so it makes us positive (since problems are negative), but we still have to live with them. And sometimes we feel the need to escape from them, but we can't because opposites are supposed be together. Now the last lines are a bit tricky. "These vibrations oil its teeth" - now, vibrations are made when something moves in one direction then to the opposite direction and back again, these vibrations kind of makes it easier to chew/use the teeth. Like life, the 'opposites' of life make life easier to bear and more enjoyable. For when we die, as mcscumbag had said, the dent'll get removed and all there is would be primer gray, meaning after death we only get the "primer gray" and nothing else to oppose it.
    Lucy F.on March 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat gets me is how the song is a polar opposite to itself. The lyrics are downright depressing, whereas the song itself is upbeat and catchy. There are layers beyond layers of symbolism here.
    El_Loboon August 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about something which is troubling a person and this thing come back every day ("Polar oppsites don't push away," "I'm trying to drink away the part of the day
    That I cannot sleep away") and the only way to escape the depression or any other bad feeling is to resort to alcoholism.
    no_heavy_no_goodon April 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe weekends are no better then the weekdays. i'd rather sleep it off, but i'll drink to help.
    bateauon April 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch an awesome, awful song... Kills me in a beautifully miserable way everytime. I defy anyone to listen to this and "Edit the Sad Parts" back to back without spraying fresh wrist blood all over the place.
    monkeymanallahon May 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was the turning point of disliking MM to liking their songs. Thanks T.

    I can completely relate to 'sleeping the day away' and 'filling the rest with drink' when I'm feeling really low.

    ugh! If only we could trade in our lives when we're feeling like there isnt any hope left.

    Go MM.
    shockdelicaon October 11, 2004   Link

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