The View

Album: Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004)
  • Your gun went off.
    Well you shot off your mouth and look where it got you.
    My mouth runs on too.

    Shouts from both sides,
    "Well we've got the land but they've got the view!"
    Well now here's the clue.

    Life it rents us.
    And yeah I hope it put plenty on you.
    Well I hope mine did too.

    As life gets longer, awful feels softer.
    Well it feels pretty soft to me.
    And if it takes shit to make bliss,
    Then I feel pretty blissfully.

    Your gun went off.
    Well you shot off your mouth and look where it got you.
    My mouth runs on too.

    Shouts from both sides,
    "Well we've got the land but they've got the view!"
    Well now here's the clue.

    We are fixed right where we stand.

    Life it rents us.
    And yeah I hope it put plenty on you.
    Well I hope mine did too.

    We are fixed right where we are.

    As life gets longer, awful feels softer.
    Well if feels pretty soft to me.
    And if it takes shit to make bliss,
    Well I feel pretty blissfully.

    For every invention made how much time did we save?
    We're not much farther than we were in the cave.

    As life gets longer, awful feels softer,
    And it feels pretty soft to me.
    And if it takes shit to make bliss,
    Well I feel pretty blissfully.

    If life's not beautiful without the pain,
    Well I'd just rather never ever even see beauty again.
    Well as life gets longer, awful feels softer.
    And it feels pretty soft to me.

    For every good deed done there is a crime committed.
    We are fixed.
    For every step ahead we could have just been seated.
    We are fixed.

    As life gets longer, awful feels softer.
    Well it feels pretty soft to me.
    And if it takes shit to make bliss,
    Well I feel pretty blissfully.

    We are fixed.
    We are fixed.
    We are fixed right where we stand. Writer/s: DANN GALLUCCI, ERIC JUDY, ISAAC BROCK
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Sarah from Dublin, Ohi think it's about the view
  • Michael from Lexington, KyThe 'tl;dr' version: if it weren't for all the bulls--t in life, we couldn't appreciate the beauty nearly as much.
  • Jess from Kannapolis, Nc"As life gets longer, awful feels softer.
    Well it feels pretty soft to me.
    And if it takes s--t to make bliss,
    Then I feel pretty blissfully. "

    - This is oh so true. You get really used to bad sh*t happening and eventually, you just get used to it.
  • Conrad from Austin, TxI respectfully disagree with Robin's interpretation of "The View." I don't think Modest Mouse believes that everything turns out as it is supposed to be. After all, the album is called "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" not just a clever paradox, but also a spin on the concept of Christ's gospel as the "Good News." The lyric that I find most profound is "If life's not beautiful without any pain, well I'd just rather never ever even see beauty again." In this line, Isaac Brock is conveying not only that it might be possible to have beauty without pain, but he'd prefer nothing to the dual reality we currently have. When he sings that he feels blissfully, he truly means that he's gone through pain. I think he ultimately comes out with the belief that all the progress, all the beauty, is meaningless.
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