The World at Large Lyrics - Modest Mouse

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Ice-age heat wave, can't complain.
If the world's at large, why should I remain?
Walked away to another plan.
Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand.
I move on to another day, to a whole new town with a whole new way.
Went to the porch to have a thought.
Got to the door and again, I couldn't stop.
You don't know where and you don't know when.
But you still got your words and you got your friends.
Walk along to another day.
Work a little harder, work another way.

Well uh-uh baby I ain't got no plan.
We'll float on maybe would you understand?
Gonna float on maybe would you understand?
Well I'll float on maybe would you understand?

The days get shorter and the nights get cold.
I like the autumn but this place is getting old.
I pack up my belongings and I head for the coast.
It might not be a lot but I feel like I'm making the most.
The day's get longer and the nights smell green.
I guess it's not surprising but it's spring and I should leave.

I like songs about drifters - books about the same.
They both seem to make me feel a little less insane.
Walked on off to another spot.
I still haven't got anywhere that I want.
Did I want love? Did I need to know?
Why does it always feel like I'm caught in an undertow?

The moths beat themselves to death against the lights.
Adding their breeze to the summer nights.
Outside, water like air was great.
I didn't know what I had that day.
Walk a little farther to another plan.
You said that you did, but you didn't understand.

I know that starting over is not what life's all about.
But my thoughts were so loud, I couldn't hear my mouth.
My thoughts were so loud, I couldn't hear my mouth.
My thoughts were so loud.

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LIFE AS WE KNOW IT | Reviewer: Jontez Ji | 8/11/13

I first heard this song when i was watching my favourite series LIFE AS WE KNOW IT starring sean faris its a great song loving it, :-)
everybody review is great :) +254700655587
Bringing on nostalgic memories :)

.. | Reviewer: Maria | 4/8/13

this song Stands for my childhood..i listened at it the first time when i was 5 years Old. It was my Fathers Favourite Song, and everyday Time i Listen to it i had to think about him .. He was a wonderful Person and i love him.. And i know i can't speak english very well and my Text Maybe Sound a Bit like Kitsch and too mich Romantik of something like this , but i think Songs and Music are here to let you Dream away , and this is my Song which i can wherever i am Dream myself far far away to the Horizont :)

This song changed me | Reviewer: Owen | 2/24/13

I used to be very miserable.Living with my dad and step mom who were total assholes,and i was always drinking.Many times i was always thinking about suicide and this song made my feelings more potent.I almost jumped listening to this song.The night I decided for sure I was going to do it,i put on this song,wrote my will,and was getting ready to jump.I sat on the ledge for a while and before i jumped,they let me go back to my moms.Now I am much happier and this song sounds totally different to me.It used to be a sad song for me,but now its a happy song.Im still a little bit crazy after living with those assholes but my mind is slowly coming back to reality

change is always good | Reviewer: Tukie | 1/11/12

When I first listened to this song I cried. It made me think of every one of my friends that I've lost in the past. But I look at it as a good thing because its made me a better person.

I'm listening to this as I write. I'm about to move out of my apartment and I don't really have a plan. It's time to move on for me. the one lyric that always hits me "why does it always feel like I'm caught in an undertoe?". It hits hard for me because I feel that way about a lot of things in my life. Hopefully this move will let me float on to something I can stand....

Gore=geous. | Reviewer: jules | 8/25/11

I can't imagine a better way to describe leaving an old feeling behind. I want to end everything and this song makes me feel like there's always a last resort even when it's so far away seeming. The coast is where I want to be to get away from the losses Then I would be anonymous and all my actions would be like butter on toast, so smoooth and bland and forgettable. There would be no loss at all there would anly be the temporary humiliation of regret and discord. But humility is easier to grace beyond.

Christine do I know you? | Reviewer: AT | 7/23/10

This has been one of my favorite songs since I got this album when I was in the 6th grade. One of those few songs that really makes me think about my life and remember the changes that have impacted it. I'll always love this song. It's timeless..

And Christine, if you're the Christine that I know, you probably won't respond to this. But I'm pretty sure you know who I am. If it is you, this is just a testament to what a small world we live in. And I hope one day we can be friends...if this isn't the same christine--my bad. (look at the initials)

James who are you? | Reviewer: Christine | 7/22/10

This is to the following reviewer James who posted the comment below me. I've done the same in the last 5 years, I've moved so much I've lost friends and felt as though I lose pieces of myself every time I pick up and go somewhere else. This song is what allows me to reflect and grieve for the things I have lost and the things I have gained.

Your comment touched me because I feel the same way about my life and it feels like you wrote the things I thought and felt. I have also lived in Montana, the east coast, and here there and everywhere in between. I hope you get this and e-mail me! :)

a drifter's song | Reviewer: James | 9/23/09

Great song. Lyrics and instrumentals speak to me. I've moved around all over this country from NYC to the middle of Montana, east coast to the west coast, northern border to southern border. Each place has something special about it but it never really is the place you can stay forever. This song makes me feel sane yet it also makes me feel bad about moving around so much. I've realized the more I move the harder it is to make new friends and relationships because you feel you're just going to keep moving. Currently I live in Batesville, Maine and I've been here for 5 weeks and I already feel like I want to move. This song embodies everything in my life I feel. I keep looking for something I've probably already missed.

This World At Large | Reviewer: Peej | 9/8/09

I am a very big fan of Mouse's older stuff, but this song speaks perfectly to me. The music is very spacey, that is to say that its light but full of sound. (guitars, drums, other percusion, his voice which always sounds like 2 or three people anyway, flute etc)

The metaphor of the seasons changing are a very good tool. It hasn't been the first time its been done, but the way Isaac does it really helps hammer his point in.

My take on the song: Change is inevitable. Do you move with it? Do you stay?

The speaker of this song is clearly conflicted between this, leaving good things in the hope something better will happen. But he laments. What if his perfect life was the one he left?

boo | Reviewer: me | 9/4/09

is about drifters and stuff initt
how it feels when you can't find no place to be so keep running from place to place in a lonely existence. a very very good song

i like the "we'll float on" to "gonna..." to "well..." that somebody pointed out. starts with promise of a companion, then breaks down to well float on anyway, i.e. fuck it. i'm going even if your not. is kind of a lament.

Subtle aspect | Reviewer: Steve | 8/26/09

I fell in love with this song when I first heard it. I think that everyone is right on with their interpretation of the writer trying to find his fit in life. The song also mixes in the symbolism of the changing of seasons. Definitely a song about finding your place in life.

I do feel like a lot of you are overlooking the the slight sense of regret for leaving behind past places and people. In the second section the lines:

Well uh-uh baby I ain't got no plan.
We'll float on maybe would you understand?
Gonna float on maybe would you understand?
Well I'll float on maybe would you understand?

He starts out talking about the two of them moving on, but in the end only he moves on and hopes she'll understand. At the end the lines:

I didn't know what I had that day.
Walk a little farther to another plan.
You said that you did, but you didn't understand.

Looking at these, it seems he has some regret of losing this girl. In his search for the perfect fit for him, he left behind a lot of friends and loves. The line about his thoughts being too loud means that he couldn't think clearly and may have made a mistake.

The general gist of the song is the conflict between looking for that perfect place and making what you have work for you. Do you stay in one place and long for something else, or leave and long for what you left behind? My life has been about making the most of what you've got, and I can still relate to this song well. On the other hand, you always have your friends and memories wherever you go.

My 2 cents

It may not be alot, but i feel like im making the most | Reviewer: Bonnie | 7/12/09

Modest Mouse is amazing. I must say that the older yet classic words of Modest mouse usually call to one's senses..the hypnotic melody...the slight confusion at words and meanings..but that is simply the beauty of poetry expressed into short and even irregular metaphors. Has anyone noticed that certain songs have the same lyrics? It always seems to be a tiny trick, a slur of words identical to those sang once before, barely noticeable yet easy to catch on.

I wish Ugly Casanova (Edgar Graham or Isaac Brock whomever it truly is) would produce another album. I think I would die of happiness.

steve o | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/19/09

This song makes me think about our human qualities.

Sometimes we make random decisions, and go along with it acting on impulse. He kept walking, drifting, searching for something, anything. Couldn't really find what he wanted because he didn't know.

Great fucking song. Really appeals to emotion.

The World At Large | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/14/09

This song, in my own opinion, touches this place that's somewhere in between bittersweet, happiness, and humility. The long instrumental piece allows the listener a form of reflection after the subtle message is played.
Try not to sing along, try not to move your head to the bass. Sit there, and listen. Take in the words that are spoken, even if you do not understand it, and listen to the supporting music. You can only then understand this song's full message.

Hmmmm | Reviewer: lou | 4/7/09

omg i like so love this song like no way its amazing and like really cool like the feelings and emotions it has to it like omg yeah thats what i think about this song and like if you haven't heard it your so missing out like i am not even joking so like go to you tube and like check it out like yeahhh :)

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