One Chance

Album: Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004)
Play Video
  • We have one chance.
    One chance to get everything right.
    We have one chance, one chance.
    And if we're lucky we might.

    My friends, my habits, my family,
    They mean so much to me.
    I just don't think that it's right.
    I've seen so many ships sail in,
    Just to head back out again and go off sinking.

    I'm just a box in a cage. I'm just a box in a cage.
    I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
    I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
    I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
    I'm just a box in a cage.

    Didn't mean to laugh, didn't know I had.
    Didn't know the better part of what you said
    'cause in your head you are not home.

    Didn't get the joke. Didn't mean to poke another,
    Just to save myself
    From some something something or another one.
    Well walk home.

    I'm just a box in a cage. I'm just a box in a cage.
    I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
    I'm just a box in a cage.

    I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
    I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
    I'm just a box in a cage.

    We have one chance,
    One chance to get everything right.
    My friends, my habits, my family,
    They mean so much to me.
    I just don't think that it's right.
    I've seen so many ships sail in,
    Just to head back out again and go off sinking. Writer/s: BRIAN HOWES, KELLY BROCK
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Jess from Kannapolis, NcThumbs up @ Jake... You said it man.
  • Violet from Baltimore, Mdi agree with jake. Modest mouse isn't fake and they don't write about stuff that doesn't apply to them. All their lyrics are personal and you can tell how much they put into their music. I'm not altogether sure on the meaning of this song but my guess is that he's upset about something and may be upset with himself for something ("didn't mean to laugh, didn't know i had.."). I'm assuming the phrase I'm just a box in a cage mean he feels trapped.... That might be totally wrong but that's just my impression of the song
  • Jake from San Fran, CaOne of the reasons Modest Mouse has such a big cult following, I think, is because of the real emtion in there music. You can feel the truthfulness in every song. Thanks for not faking it.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Psychedelic Lyrics

Psychedelic LyricsMusic Quiz

Whoa man! Do you know which band came up with these cosmic lyrics?

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")Songwriter Interviews

Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.

The Punk Photography of Chris Stein

The Punk Photography of Chris SteinSong Writing

Chris Stein of Blondie shares photos and stories from his book about the New York City punk scene.

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)Songwriter Interviews

Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.

Second Wind Songs

Second Wind SongsSong Writing

Some songs get a second life when they find a new audience through a movie, commercial, TV show, or even the Internet.

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders

Chrissie Hynde of The PretendersSongwriter Interviews

The rock revolutionist on songwriting, quitting smoking, and what she thinks of Rush Limbaugh using her song.