Missed the Boat Lyrics

Modest Mouse


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Eric Judy, Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Joe Plummer, Johnny Marr, Tom Peloso
album: Track 6 in album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
release date: 2007-3-20
popularity : 8 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Alternative Rock
length: 4:25
producer: Dennis Herring
mixer: Joe Zook and Dennis Herring
engineer: Joe Zook and Clay Jones
background vocals: James Mercer
acoustic guitar: Clay Jones
lyricist: Isaac Brock
composer: Isaac Brock, Tom Peloso, Johnny Marr, Eric Judy, Jeremiah Green, Joe Plummer

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Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank cover art
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While we're on the subject
Could we change the subject now?
I was knocking on your ear's door, but you were always out
Looking towards the future
We were begging for the past
Well, we knew we had the good things
But those never seemed to last
Oh, please just last

Everyone's unhappy
Everyone's ashamed
Well, we all just got caught looking
At somebody else's page
Well, nothing ever went
Quite exactly as we planned
Our ideas held no water
But we used them like a damn

Oh, and we carried it all so well
As if we got a new position
Oh, and I laugh all the way to hell
Saying, 'yes, this is a fine promotion.'
Oh, and I laugh all the way to hell

Of course everyone goes crazy
Over such and such and such
We made ourselves a pillar
We just used it as a crutch
We were certainly uncertain
At least, I'm pretty sure I am
Well, we didn't need the water
But we just built that, go God damn

Oh, and I know this of myself
I assume as much for other people
Oh, and I know this of myself
We've listened more to life's end-gong
Than the sound of life's sweet bells

Was it ever worth it?
Was there all that much to gain?
Well, we knew we missed the boat
And we'd already missed the plane
We didn't read the invite
We just dance at our wake
All our favorites were playing
So we could shake, shake, shake, shake, shake

Tiny curtain's open, and we heard the tiny clap of little hands
A tiny man would tell a little joke, and get a tiny laugh from all the folks
Sitting, drifting around in bubbles, and thinking it was us that carried them
When we finally got it figured out, that we had truly missed the boat

Oh, and we carried it all so well
As if we got a new position
Oh, and we owned all the tools ourselves
But not the skills to make a shelf with
Oh, what useless tools ourselves


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 March Into the Sea
  • 2 Dashboard
  • 3 Fire It Up
  • 4 Florida
  • 5 Parting of the Sensory
  • 6 Missed the Boat
  • 7 We’ve Got Everything
  • 8 Fly Trapped in a Jar
  • 9 Education
  • 10 Little Motel
  • 11 Steam Engenius
  • 12 Spitting Venom
  • 13 People as Places as People
  • 14 Invisible