31 Knock Yourself Out
Jon Brion Lyrics


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It's something unattainable
That you can't live without
And now the unexplainable
Has you riddled with doubt

Things began, things decay
And you've gotta find a way to be okay
But if you wanna spend the day
Wondering what it's all about
Go and knock yourself out

Why we're put in this mess
Is anybody's guess
It might be a test
Or it might not be anything
To be too worried about




But if you're still in doubt
Go and knock yourself out

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jon Brion's song Knock Yourself Out suggest a sense of yearning or desire for something that seems unattainable yet unexplainable. The song seems to resonate with those who are grappling with doubts and uncertainties in their lives. Amidst the constant changes and challenges one faces, the song encourages the listener to find a way to be okay, even when the reason or purpose for the struggles remains unclear.
The lyrics delve into existential questions, pondering why we exist or the reasoning behind our existence. The song proposes that it may be a test, or perhaps just a part of life, but either way, if one is still in doubt, they are free to spend their day thinking about it. The phrase "knock yourself out" here seems to take on a sarcastic tone- suggesting that while it's okay to seek answers, it may not necessarily lead to a resolution.


Line by Line Meaning

It's something unattainable
There's something you desire, but it's not within reach.


That you can't live without
This thing is crucial to your existence.


And now the unexplainable
The thing you desire is impossible to justify or make sense of.


Has you riddled with doubt
Your desire has made you uncertain and anxious.


Things began, things decay
Everything has a beginning and an end.


And you've gotta find a way to be okay
You need to cope with the impermanence of things.


But if you wanna spend the day
If you choose to spend your time in a certain way.


Wondering what it's all about
Ruminating on the meaning of life.


Go and knock yourself out
Feel free to indulge in this, if that's your thing.


Why we're put in this mess
The reason for our existence is uncertain.


Is anybody's guess
No one really knows why we're here.


It might be a test
Our existence could be a challenge we need to overcome.


Or it might not be anything
Our existence could be meaningless.


To be too worried about
Either way, it's not worth worrying over.


But if you're still in doubt
If you're still uncertain about life's purpose.


Go and knock yourself out
Feel free to ponder on it, if that's your thing.




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: JON BRION

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Joey14584

I like to kinda do scavenger hunts with music, listening for interesting instruments beyond just guitar, piano, bass, drums, all that. Gonna list some cool ones I recognize here. Tell me if I missed some or if anything's wrong. I'm not sure if the optigan songs use optigan or Chilton Talentmaker, but I believe Jon didn't have access to the Talentmaker until '98 or so.

(though now, in retrospect, it seems like Brion doesn't want be linked to specific instruments?)

Pray for Rain - harmonium, bass harmonica, melodica(?)
As Bad As You - optigan(?), marimba, chamberlin
Citgo Sign - glockenspiel
Strings That Tie To You - crotales(?)
Handed Down - harmonium, chamberlin
Impossibility - some early kind of drum machine, not sure, and what's the synth?
Everybody Knows - chamberlin
I'll Never Forgive myself - Rhodes piano, chamberlin(?), glockenspiel
No One Can Hurt Me - Rhodes piano
Pray For Rain (jungle version) - optigan, chamberlin
Through With You - Rhodes piano
Her Ghost - chamberlin, harmonium
Everything Makes You Sad - drum machine, harmonium
Easy to Fool - harmonium
So What if Her Heart is Broken - chamberlin,
Breakdown Lane - chamberlin
Anything's Possible - is that an omnichord drum/bass sample at the beginning?
Hook Line and Sinker - certainly something, maybe a mellotron? Also harmonium
Heart of Dysfunction - harmonium, banjo, found sound percussion
Stop the World - some kinds of synths



All comments from YouTube:

@keith-kessinger

My very favorite living musician.

@josuadevries5707

I wish Jon would release another solo album, he has so much material!

@JSCarie1983

In complete agreement!! I still listen to the Meaningless LP to this day. Super good music

@MrDreamboat82

I KNOWWW!!!

@keith-kessinger

@baileysmithful Now you're talking!

@user-xf1ms8pm8y

One of my fav singer songwriters!

@hongbenlow7216

Just got to know his music, only knew his film scores before, but I just feel he has such a unique and distinct voice. Just blows my mind and loving it!

@RebornLegacy

"Handed Down" is such a beautiful song about how hurt people hurt people, and pain gets passed down between generations.

So many families caught in cycles of abuse.

@onewayave66

All for nothing kinda blew my mind. So Good. This man is a national treasure.

@RebornLegacy

Somehow I overlooked that one but yeah, what a gorgous tune. Great call out!

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