We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds
We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds

We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds
We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds

October came
Our case got stuck with the day again
They pulled up the welcome mat
So many times they hurt their back
As sure as clocks are bleeding time
We'll show up early just to wait in line

We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping

As August came
Our case is drawing to an end
They said guilty so many times
All I heard was just the buzzing lights
As sure as lead sinks were the same
We're just more laundry that they need to hang

We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds
We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds
We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping
We won't be sleeping in our autumn beds


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Autumn Beds Lyrics as written by Isaac Brock Eric Judy

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  • +2
    General Commentwow, i can't believe people don't think this song is about death.

    "autumn" is typically a reference to the end of one's life. the "autumn years" it's as if your life is represented by a calendar year, you're a baby in a brand new year, then spring comes and you discover life, summer is middle age, and as you wind down your life, autumn comes.

    He's talking about not wanting to die, or "sleep in his autumn bed"

    The trial is another metaphor for life/death. Everyone's life is a "trial" and at the end of it, we ALL get the same sentence...death.

    the song IS a little repetetive tho. they couldve thrown in another verse or something. no complaints tho!

    anyone else see my point of view on the meaning of the song?
    Synergisticon July 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a beautiful song. Sat on my ass, worked my fingers to the bone pressing the "refresh" button on spinner.com waiting for this to stream for about two maybe three hours on Tuesday. (I am well aware I just made a reference to another Modest Mouse song, by the by.)

    It's nice and peaceful. Has the Ugly Casanova vibe. I've been missing that.
    CarbonStealeron June 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentokay i think ive found a way to make this connect with the whole 'sailor story continuation' theory:

    -in dashboard the ship is destroyed and theyre stranded
    -in here its like theyre knocked out and are almost dead but the afterlife 'pulls up the welcome mat' on them and they realize what happened so they wouldnt be 'sleeping in their autmn beds'
    -and whale song is theyve been swallowed up by the whale and now they have to find a way out

    but idk. i didnt write the song
    Popatire23on July 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionstraight-up love this song
    flanders062on June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is sucha beautiful song modest mouse is amazing
    i wish i could have even half the talent of any of them
    the whole song just remides me of fall and the feeling of fatigue
    Littlelouiseon June 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the kazoos. It just completes this song

    Although, I'm pretty sure it's "they pulled out the welcome mat" not "they rolled up the welcome mat."
    CarbonStealeron June 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI enjoyy this song It's a bit repetitive though,i'm not complaining but still
    (:
    But I don't get how it's an autumm bed..
    shakelly_blackmouthon June 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust got this single along with the whale song at my radio station. It came with lyrics and the only things wrong with the lyrics above are:

    They pulled UP the welcome mat(because they have been there so many times, and each time they are NOT welcome, and the people at the court hurt their backs pulling up the welcome mat figuratively speaking.)

    AND

    WE'LL show up early just to wait in line (there is more than one person involved in all of this, as you can tell with the WE throughout.)

    This is about the dragging out of a trial and after some time the subject of the song along with an accomplice is found guilty of a crime. They were found guilty in august, so their Autumn Beds just represent where they would be sleeping more comfortably in the upcoming season, fall.

    Modest Mouse is releasing an EP this august of songs that didn't make it onto Good News and We Were Dead. This was definately off the Good News set.
    kyle16813on July 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song surely belongs on We Were Dead. I would say it goes near Fly Trapped In A Jar. The Whale song would have been a better ending than People as Places as People, too. I've Got it All(most) and King Rat are from Good News. The others are likely original content.
    sonicmariolinkon July 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me that Autumn would have a double meaning. Being the autumn that Synergistic put forth and then the Autumn in the literal sense, in that they WON'T because it just happens to be August and it's not like they're getting out soon, especially not in the first term of the sentence if it also pertains to the Synergistic theory.

    Of course this could almost be completely literal, as Brock himself was incarcerated for a short while, so it could be a residual song from when that occurred. And this seems that with the theme of the album, Good News rather than We Were Dead. But the feel is a little bit skewed for EITHER album.
    Zaireekoidon August 07, 2009   Link

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