Black Cadillacs
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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And it's true we named our children
After towns that we've never been to.
And it's true that the clouds just hung around
Like black Cadillacs outside a funeral.

And we were done, done, done
With all the fuck, fuck, fuckin' around.
You were so true to yourself.
You were true to no one else.
Well I should put you in the ground.

I've got the time, I got the hours,
I got the days, I got the weeks.
I could say to myself
I've got the words but I can't speak.
Well I was done, done, done
With all the circ, circ, circlin' round.

I didn't die and I ain't complainin'.
I ain't blamin' you.
I didn't know that the words you said to me
Meant more to me than they ever could you?
I didn't lie and I ain't sayin'
I told the whole truth.
I didn't know that this game we were playin'
Even had a set of rules.

We named our children after towns
That we've never been to.
And it's true that the clouds just hung around
Like black Cadillacs outside a funeral.
And we were laughing at the stars
While our feet clung tight to the ground.
So pleased with ourselves
For using so many verbs and nouns.

But we were all still just dumb, dumb, dumber
Than the dirt, dirt, dirt on the ground.
Well wings on flames, kings with no names,
Well this place just ain't got right air right now.
You were so all over town but still so Crayola brown.
Well you should run 'round yourself right now.
And we were done, done, done




With all the fuck, fuck, fuckin' around.
Circlin' round.

Overall Meaning

The song "Black Cadillacs" by Modest Mouse is a reflection on the solemnity of loss and the chaos that often comes with it. The lyrics offer vivid imagery that conveys a sense of heaviness, drawn from the use of details such as "black Cadillacs outside a funeral" and "the dirt on the ground" that create a somber mood. The opening verse, "And it's true we named our children after towns that we've never been to" could be interpreted as a commentary on the arbitrariness of our choices and how they can come back to haunt us in unexpected ways.


The chorus, "And we were done, done, done with all the fuck, fuck, fuckin' around. You were so true to yourself. You were true to no one else. Well I should put you in the ground," reveals the tension between an individual's desire for autonomy and the inherent interdependence of human relationships. The song suggests that sometimes, we can become so focused on ourselves that we forget about the people around us, leading to a sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction.


In the final verses, we see a sense of resignation and acceptance creeping in. "I didn't die and I ain't complainin'. I ain't blamin' you" seems to be a message of survival that life goes on, even after experiencing great tragedy. The reference to "using so many verbs and nouns" suggests an attempt to analyze and make sense of the world, but ultimately the song acknowledges that despite our best efforts, there are still things that we will never fully understand.


Line by Line Meaning

And it's true we named our children After towns that we've never been to.
We gave our children names of places we have never been to.


And it's true that the clouds just hung around Like black Cadillacs outside a funeral.
It is a fact that the clouds stayed in the sky like black Cadillacs parked outside of a funeral.


And we were done, done, done With all the fuck, fuck, fuckin' around.
We were finished with all the nonsense and fooling around we had been doing.


You were so true to yourself. You were true to no one else. Well I should put you in the ground.
You remained true to yourself and no one else, and I feel like punishing you for it.


I've got the time, I got the hours, I got the days, I got the weeks. I could say to myself I've got the words but I can't speak.
I have plenty of time to express myself, but I am struggling to put my thoughts into words.


Well I was done, done, done With all the circ, circ, circlin' round.
I was tired of going in circles and getting nowhere.


I didn't die and I ain't complainin'. I ain't blamin' you. I didn't know that the words you said to me Meant more to me than they ever could you?
I am not dead so I can't complain, and I'm not blaming you either. I didn't realize that the words you said to me had a deeper meaning for me than they did for you.


I didn't lie and I ain't sayin' I told the whole truth. I didn't know that this game we were playin' Even had a set of rules.
I didn't lie, but I didn't tell the whole truth either. I didn't realize that there were rules to the game we were playing.


And we were laughing at the stars While our feet clung tight to the ground. So pleased with ourselves For using so many verbs and nouns.
We found humor in the heavens while staying grounded, proud of ourselves for using extensive vocabulary.


But we were all still just dumb, dumb, dumber Than the dirt, dirt, dirt on the ground.
Despite our intelligence, we remained ignorant and foolish.


Well wings on flames, kings with no names, Well this place just ain't got right air right now.
This place is wrong and chaotic, with kings who have no true identity or power.


You were so all over town but still so Crayola brown. Well you should run 'round yourself right now.
You were so active and everywhere, but you seem dull and one-dimensional. You need to explore and discover who you truly are.


And we were done, done, done With all the fuck, fuck, fuckin' around. Circlin' round.
We were finished with all the senseless behavior and aimless circling around we had been doing.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: DANN GALLUCCI, ERIC JUDY, ISAAC BROCK

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@jacksilver4822

This song brings back good memories from high school

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Nothing beats some Modest Mouse

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Not sure where i would be without you guys! love from a 15yo in canada 🤍🤍

@sadsushiboi2231

great song loved the intro!!!

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