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Missed the Boat - Modest Mouse

Missed the Boat

We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
indie indie rock alternative rock Modest Mouse


"Missed the Boat" is a song by American indie rock band Modest Mouse and is the sixth track on their 2007 album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. The song was released as the second single from that album and peaked at #24 in Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. James Mercer of The Shins sings backup vocals on "Missed the Boat".


Modest Mouse is an alternative rock band which formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington, United States. The band's original lineup consisted of guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green and bassist Eric Judy. Since being signed to Sony's Epic Records in 2000, Modest Mouse has attained significant popular success with songs such as "Float On" and "Dashboard." The band's current configuration is Isaac Brock (vocals, guitar), Tom Peloso (strings, horns Show more ...

Missed the Boat - Modest Mouse

While we're on the subject
Could we change the subject now?
I was knocking on your ears
But, you were always out
Lookin' towards the future
We were begging for the past
Well we know we'd 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 lookin'
At somebody else's page
Well nothin' ever went
Quite exactly as we'd planned
Our ideas held no water
But we used 'em like a dam

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

Everyone goes crazy
Over such and such and such
Well we'd made ourselves a pillar
But just used it as a crutch
We are certainly uncertain
At least I'm pretty sure I am
Well we didn't need the water
But we stillbuilt that good goddamn!

Oh, and I know this of myself
I assume as much for other people
Oh, and I know this of myself
We've listen listen 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'd miss the boat
And we'd already missed the plane
We didn't read the invite
We just danced at our own wake
All our favorites were playin
So we could shake, shake! shake, shake, shake!

Tiny curtains opened then
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 then
(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'd got a new position
Oh, and we owned all the tools ourselves
without the skills to make a shelf with
Oh, what useless tools ourselves



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