The Tortoise and The Tourist

Album: Strangers to Ourselves (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • The title of Modest Mouse's Strangers to Ourselves album is taken from this fable about humanity's ignorance and greed:

    We've been getting away
    We are strangers to ourselves
    We sneak out, drip by drip
    Through paper cuts on our hands


    The opening track is also named after the album, but the title doesn't actually appear in that song's lyrics.
  • Asked by HMV.com why the band decided on 'Strangers To Ourselves' for the album title, vocalist Isaac Brock replied: "It was inspired by the notion that there are things we do in our lives that we know is wrong and we shouldn't do it, but we're still doing it. It's a good metaphor I think."

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