Sometimes all I really want to feel is love
Sometimes I'm angry that I feel so angry
Sometimes my feelings get in the way
Of what I really feel I needed to say

If you stand in a circle
Then you'll all have a back to bite
Backlogged books on the seven wonders
We're all so funny but he's lost his joke now
Our communication found in one-line jokes
from stand up comics and rock musicians
Making so much noise you don't know when to listen...

Why are you judging people so damn hard?
You're taking your point of views a bit too far
I made my shoes shine with black coal
But the polish didn't shine the hole

If you stand in a circle
Then you'll all have a back to bite
Backlogged books on the seven wonders
We're all so funny but he's lost his joke now
Our communication found in one-line jokes
From stand up comics and rock musicians
Making so much noise you don't know when to listen...

Think it over
There's an air of height in the high-rollers;
They never get shit



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  • +11
    General Comment

    It is by far the biggest understatement to call Issac Brock the greatest lyricist ever. He says everything we wish we could and embodies the lonliness and isolation that we feel in everyday lives and puts it into his own metaphors and turns things we normally see as dark into masterpieces. This is by far his best work for the first lines alone. We have all felt like that but never have been able to say it.

    EditTheSadPartson November 01, 2004   Link
  • +9
    My Interpretation

    I know this is probably going to seem a bit out there for anyone looking for concrete meaning, but in my opinion the final lines "Think it over.... She's in the air at the high of the highrollers" (I hear SHE) Is about (to me) a man who neglected his wife/girlfriend to the point of her becoming suicidal, with her standing at the top of a bridge (like the cover of Interstate 8) threatening to throw herself off. And it's a question of him thinking over everything he's done and how to fix it all. I wish I'd learned that a little sooner, you know? Rest in Peace Rachel.

    ChuckPerryon August 26, 2012   Link
  • +8
    General Comment

    I just got back from Phoenix, and the other night I was walking through the mall at like 9:45, right before they closed. All the wannabe teenage pimps were gone, as were most people, the mall was pretty empty. I just looked around and saw happy couples, like ages 23-26 or whatever, and I'm thinking "damn I sure miss that" as me and my girlfriend had just broken up a few days before.

    I walk into Industrial (skateshop, for those of you who don't know) and no ones in there, and I'm walking around and all of the sudden I hear:

    "Sometimes all I really want to feel is love Sometimes I'm angry that I feel so angry Sometimes my feelings get in the way Of what I really feel I needed to say"

    How ironic is that...

    whatstruston August 11, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General Comment

    this song is amazing, even without words this song would be incredible. Modest mouse has an unparalled authenticity than expresses every kind of musical talent that could be performed. I have never heard a song so great with so much meaning and passion.

    teibeston April 02, 2003   Link
  • +5
    General Comment

    I know several other people have already said this but I must agree that those first four lines of this song are like the story of my life. The kinda ironic thing about that is that the person who turned me on to Modest Mouse is the person that I feel that way about. Anyway, great song.

    StellarColieon April 24, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General Comment

    I can't tell if this song makes me feel sad, depressed, frustrated, optimistic, or what. But it makes me feel, and that's the damn truth. There aren't many other songs out there that can make me feel as much as Edit the sad parts does.

    gkawulaon September 18, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    I really like this song a lot.

    .paradox.on August 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    i think this song is just about wanting to "edit" or get rid of all the sad parts of your life.

    *Modest_ Mouse*on December 05, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    monkey house is probably right. now the silence does make sense.

    this is definitely one of their, if not the, best.

    seventynineon May 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    And by the way, I love modest mouse, but I'd have to disagree, EditTheSadParts, and say Connor Oberst is the lyrical master of all time. Numerous songs will make people cry. "No lies, just love" always brings a few tears to my eye. Isaac brock would by second though (Ohio, Blame it on the Tetons, Lives)

    764-mouseron November 23, 2004   Link

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