Won herself a pass to some far off moon
It was second class but what's to lose?
And looking out her window she could more than assume
That you can't see air or time
She's the only rocketeer in the whole damn place
They gave her a mirror so she could talk to a face
She still got plenty lonely but that's just the case
With time, time, time
Started hearing voices sometime in June
She knew she could go crazy but didn't think that soon
Now she doesn't feel lonely but she'd just as soon
Try, try, try, try
Man shot to the moon
I bought a paperback and want to go real soon
I'm shot to the moon
Been there a half an hour, I want to come home soon

Lyrics submitted by PLANES, edited by anthonyyyg

Space Travel Is Boring song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentI think this songs about getting so tired of the environment you've been living in thats been making you so numb, so you opt to just take a long trip somewhere far- just to get away from it all. so there you are, far from home. you've got nobody to talk to but yourself because you left it all behind. but then you realize that physically escaping the place you've grown to hate wasn't the answer because you still keep getting visions in your head that you cannot suppress. nothing you do can keep your mind occupied. and for one reason or another, you decide to go back home. the end.
    acmezeroon October 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's just a clever spin on lonlieness, i don't think he's actually talking about space travel, he's talking about doing something everybody wants to do at some point, which is go it on their own, but found out pretty quick that they need human contact.
    jandrewleeon November 10, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFloatOn33 - Nobody will miss you, you idiot.
    sifellt neytandion March 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe first
    I read a paperback and want to come home soon
    is actually
    i bought a paperback and want to go real soon

    i wonder what the 'moon' is in this? it has to be something, it has to be...
    dancingbearson March 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnother Isaac song that plays on the "grass in always greener" theme. Once again he finds that that notion is just some BS trick your mind is playing on you. The girl in the song goes off to find just about the farthest away grass she can, and still: it's boring.
    rra2kon October 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBasically this song has two meanings as far as I see it, as many Modest Mouse songs have multiple meanings. First the title of the song says a lot "space travel is boring" As we know Isaac is an atheist who the song "the stars are projectors" life is like a circle. Who knows where it begins and ends. This links to the idea that if we live forever by going to an afterlife life will be boring and lonely. If we often find ourselves feeling isolated during our short period in life who says things wont change in the afterlife. He states "time time time" to reinforce the fact that who knows if time goes on forever. The secong meaning to this song which I think is a more proper meaning is a reoccuring theme in the Album. Society often makes people feel isolated from themselves and other people resulting in lonliness and the need for someone to get away. Trying to escape your own life in some other place on earth or in the universe results in the same lonely and isolating feelings you had to begin with. This is another notion playing on the idea that circles never end, "the universe is shaped exactly like the earth if you go straight long enough you'll end up where you were (3rd planet)
    MattyCjon October 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningthe way i see it, the moon might represent some far-off, desolate place that both the first girl and the second guy opt to go to. the first girl has little ambition to go there, she just sees it as a fortunate option that happened to be handed down to her. "whats to lose" shows that it's just the best of what ever choices she might have laying on the table. because she doesn't feel too strongly about going to "the moon", she doesn't experience the negative aspects of being alone. her lack of aspiration has allowed her to shut down her social drives, "now she doesn't feel lonely", which is a good thing in her situation. this is the closest thing to happiness either of them experience.

    the guy differs from her in the way that he goes to the moon full of aspiration, he feels a need to go, he "wants to go real soon". his downfall is the need for excitement, his drive to do more blocks any chances at happiness, he just can't be content. while she lasts until "June", he's only good for a half hour.
    DiddleDeeon May 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a very strange ending to the album in my opinion. im not sure why they put it there, kinda feels like they just tossed it on last minute. it sounds like a song for the middle. but in any case its a really really great song. it kinda sounds like trying to get somewhere/something that sounds really really good in theory. but the journey to that thing is really hard and when you finally get there you realize that it wasnt worth it atall and you just wanna go back to where you started.
    Duckson August 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Earth gets boring after a while, and everyone thinks there must be so much more out there in the Universe. This song is saying there's not.
    Theo Reoon September 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood points tsucol and theo reo
    racecargrinon October 10, 2004   Link

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