Wasn't the question you asked me
It wasn't the answer I gave
That made me feel like I was on a train
Was a distant voice
Made me make a choice
That I had to get the fuck out of this town
I got a lot of things to do
A lot of places to go
I've got a lot of good things coming my way
And I'm afraid to say that you're not one of them.

Last time I was there
You were out on the couch
Pressed into a little electric 2
It was the way that you smiled
Made me know at once
That I had to get the fuck out of this town
'Cause I've decide to make a stand
And I'm not gonna take your hand
I'm taking the next bus outta here,
I'm gonna head for Box Elder, M.O.

Lyrics submitted by gds

Box Elder Lyrics as written by Stephen Joseph Malkmus Scott Kannberg

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Box Elder song meanings
Add Your Thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentSurprised nobody has nailed this one yet. (Not that many have tried...)

    It's pretty straightforward - his relationship is ending. It was a very tough decision but he now knows with conviction that it is over. "Box Elder" is just another way of saying something like "Bumblefuck" or "Anywhere but here". As in "I don't care where I go next, as long as it isn't in the same town as you". You could even interpret the last line as something like "I want out of here so bad that I'm taking the next bus out of town wherever it may go... and it happens to be going to Box Elder".

    pavementfanon September 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song ist rad
    fatkid1041on October 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningbox elder is a kind of poison ivy
    the song is about "poisonous women"

    bubcisdarlinon October 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe doesn't want to fall for the same girl that a relationship with whom would only inevitably end in heartache on someone's part.
    analogueon August 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Pressed into a little electric 2
    It was the way that you smiled

    oh wow. we are WaStEd.
    orphan_yachtson January 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always heard "on a tray"

    Also, as far as I can tell, there is no town called Box Elder in Missouri. I'm pretty sure SM meant to say MT since there is a town by that name in Montana. Of course, MO sounds better, but I must be pedantic.
    ratanxon February 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMalkmus worked at a resort in Montana in '89 or so. He talks about it in a YouTube interview for SnowGhost studios where he recorded at least part of Real Emotional Trash. Glacier National Park lies between Whitefish and Box Elder in Montana.
    jlegleiteron March 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI felt exactly the same way about a town and a girl a few months ago. For me it's not just about breaking up with the girl, it's also about being sick of the whole town, the people and the places and the whole community ... the girl thinks she can keep him there, but na, sorry.
    calebyon February 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always figured that it was just about hating the world (town) around you & just wanting to "get the fuck out" and go anywhere else.

    But looking closer at the lyrics it could be taken to be about a bad relationship and just wanting to get out of it.
    laminatedeffecon December 16, 2013   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top