"Modern Girl" as written by and Corin Lisa Tucker Carrie Rachel Brownstein....
My baby love me
I'm so happy
Happy makes me
A modern girl
Took my money
And bought a TV
TV brings me
Closer to the world

My whole life
Was like a picture
Of a sunny day
My whole life
Was like a picture
Of a sunny day

My baby loves me
I'm so hungry
Hunger makes me
A modern girl
Took my money
And bought a donut
The hole's the size of
This entire world

My whole life
Was like a picture
Of a sunny day
My whole life
Looked like a picture
Of a sunny day

My baby loves me
I'm so angry
Anger makes me a modern girl
Took my money
I couldn't buy nothin'
I'm sick of this
Brave new world

My whole life
Was like a picture
Of a sunny day
My whole life
Looked like a picture
Of a sunny day
My whole life
Was like a picture
Of a sunny day
My whole life
Was like a picture
Of a sunny day


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"Modern Girl" as written by Corin Lisa Tucker Carrie Rachel Brownstein

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  • +2
    General Commentit means an awful lot.
    agnostic_rabbion June 06, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYeah, how she says her life is like a picture of a sunny day reminds me of an advertisement or something, that's the image I get from it. I agree with pretty much what everyone says. It seems to be about how her 'life' was totally empty and not real because it revolved around what the media said and about consumerism, trying to keep up with the latest things, which were also like distractions from real life and feelings and all these things were supposed to bring her 'happiness' or whatever that she was trying to 'buy' eg 'I took my money and bought...'. Because when she 'couldn't buy nothing' it made her 'angry' and 'sick of the world.' But it never really was 'real' or like herself, it was detached because it was all artificial because it's like she was commodified. Even the line 'My baby loves me/ I'm so...' I don't know, it seems like she was telling herself that because that's kind of what she was taught to believe was important like maybe through images and ads but then like the next line after it seems like unrelated and not make much sense like because her baby loves her it makes her happy and so she buys a T.V? And how it's like 'my baby loves me/I'm so hungry' or 'angry", how would that make her 'angry' or 'hungry'? But it always leads to her wanting to 'buy' something. It seems images in ads or something, how they use images of 'happy' people or 'happy' couples or 'love' to sell items to make people think they need it and so buy it, or maybe buying hoping to become like what the image shows. And the line, 'I'm sick of this brave new world' isn't that like a reference to the book 'Brave New World' by Huxley (I think even one of the characters who was obsessed with Shakespeare, who was a Savage, said that about 'civilisation' when he went there sarcastically (?? I can't really remember if it was sarcastic or he didn't but it was ironic but anyway) and cuz it seems to have like similar or the same themes and like about mass-consumerism and social-conditioning and also has a kind of creepiness about it like the growing 'modern/'civilised'' world which isn't really what it seems to appear as in it's not so 'modern and civilised' cuz it's like the song, devoid of real 'life' and 'feeling' and 'humanity' and it kinda reminds me of that character Lenina and even kinda John the Savage's (I think that's his name, I can't remember cuz it's been a while since I read it) mother, who used to live in the 'modern world' and was miserable because she was never able to return, before she died.
    pumpkineateron May 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. i just saw them play in portland on 12/30 and carrie said:

    "everyone always tells me this is the prettiest song on the album." "...............it's about death."
    riotkittyon January 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd yeah, I too think it's the prettiest song on the album..
    salvoon February 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaha, when I saw S-K a few weeks ago they said the song was about Larry David :)
    evilgrugon February 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always thought this song was about looking like you had great things in life i.e. a baby who loves you, money to buy yourself things with and still not being satisfied with your life. the lyrics always came off as sarcastic by the way she sang it to me.

    the best part is when the angry distortion and drums come in to take over the song with so much emotion.
    trypticsoyagaron June 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have to think this song is EXTREMELY scathing and sarcastic, almost Slyvia Plath-esque. Seriously, this band often writes autobiographical material in their lyrics, and do you really think Corin Tucker's "whole life looked like a picture of a summer day." I think she's satirizing the perceived happiness afforded by "domesticity."
    bcontraton February 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe guitars are HARSH
    and thats all i care about
    all-is-sunon July 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentum...yeah i guess...?
    i think the modern girl lacks true um...something?!
    even though her baby loves her, its
    the material things that affect her. not what actually
    matters, matters or affect how she feels..
    people today are too materialistic. and the world
    doents actually get any closer to her with this
    sort of attitude. i dont know. dont listen to me...
    the_modest_jerkon June 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with the person above. "my whole life was like a picture of a sunny day" look how great my life was, i had everything i was supposed to want. and even though it is what a lot of the world aspires to, she still didn't feel whole. so maybe the modern life is overrated, and we're all moving in the wrong direction.
    colossal_youthon July 09, 2005   Link

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