Blame It On The Tetons
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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Blame it on the Tetons. Yeah, I need a scapegoat now.
No my dog won't bite you, though it had the right to.
You oughta give her credit 'cause she knows I would've let it happen.

Blame it on the weekends. God I need a cola now.
Oh we mumble loudly, wear our shame so proudly.
Wore our blank expressions, trying to look interesting.
Blame it all on me 'cause God I need a cold one now.

All them eager actors gladly taking credit
For the lines created by the people tucked away from sight
Is just a window from the room we're bound to.
If you find a way out, oh would you just let me know how?
Would you just let me know how?

Blame it on the web but the spider's your problem now.
Language is for liquid that we're all dissolved in.
Great for solving problems, after it creates a problem.
Blame it on the Tetons. God, I need a scapegoat now.

Everyone's a building burning
With no one to put the fire out.
Standing at the window looking out,
Waiting for time to burn us down.
Everyone's an ocean drowning
With no one really to show how.




They might get a little better air
If they turned themselves into a cloud.

Overall Meaning

The song "Blame It On The Tetons" by Modest Mouse is a commentary on contemporary society and its flaws. The singer is searching for a scapegoat to blame his problems on, whether it be his dog or the weekends. He suggests that people often wear a mask or act in a certain way to appear interesting or worthy of praise. He questions the validity of actors and other public figures taking credit for the lines created by less visible people. The phrase "Blame it on the Tetons" is repeated throughout the song, maybe as a way of emphasizing the search for something or someone to blame.


The song seems to be proposing that we all have an inherent flaw that generates the need for a scapegoat or for blame to be placed on someone or something else. The metaphor of a building that's burning down and people looking out of the window waiting for time to take them is a metaphor for the general feeling of despair and hopelessness that people may feel in today's society. The line "Everyone's an ocean drowning with no one really to show how" emphasizes the feeling of isolation and loneliness that is often felt, despite the number of people around. The metaphor of turning oneself into a cloud suggests that people might feel better if they let go of the weight of their own problems and dissolve into something greater.


Overall, "Blame It on the Tetons" highlights the issues related to our society's preoccupation with fault-finding, blame, and the search for scapegoats. It suggests that the solution to our problems may lie in accepting our internal flaws and letting go of our need to place blame elsewhere.


Line by Line Meaning

Blame it on the Tetons. Yeah, I need a scapegoat now.
Something went wrong and I'm trying to find someone/something to blame it on or take the heat off me.


No my dog won't bite you, though it had the right to.
Even if I had made a mistake or done something bad, the people around me wouldn't do anything to hurt me.


You oughta give her credit 'cause she knows I would've let it happen.
Recognize and appreciate someone who prevents you from doing something bad or hurting others.


Blame it on the weekends. God I need a cola now.
Weekends or unstructured time often lead to indulgence or unhealthy choices.


Oh we mumble loudly, wear our shame so proudly.
We don't really articulate our ideas or communicate well, but we are still committed to our beliefs and choices.


Wore our blank expressions, trying to look interesting.
We sometimes pretend to be unique and fascinating but fail to add actual substance or value to conversations.


Blame it all on me 'cause God I need a cold one now.
I acknowledge that I made a mistake but still want to indulge in my vices.


All them eager actors gladly taking credit for the lines created by the people tucked away from sight.
People who are not in the forefront or in the public eye often do much of the heavy lifting or behind-the-scenes work, yet others take credit for their accomplishments.


Is just a window from the room we're bound to.
Acknowledging the limited perspective or narrow worldview from which we operate or view the world.


If you find a way out, oh would you just let me know how? Would you just let me know how?
Expressing a desire to escape from or be freed from the limitations of our worldview or situation.


Blame it on the web but the spider's your problem now.
The internet or the spread of information can create both opportunities and problems, but we are responsible for dealing with the consequences.


Language is for liquid that we're all dissolved in.
Language molds and shapes who we are and how we communicate, and we are all affected by it whether we are aware of it or not.


Great for solving problems, after it creates a problem.
Language can create solutions to problems that it helped to create in the first place.


Everyone's a building burning with no one to put the fire out.
We all have our own problems and challenges to deal with and sometimes we feel like we have no one to help us or guide us.


Standing at the window looking out, waiting for time to burn us down.
Feeling helpless or unable to take action, often waiting for circumstances or fate to determine our outcomes.


Everyone's an ocean drowning with no one really to show how.
We are all struggling and dealing with our own issues, but it can be difficult to ask for or accept help from others.


They might get a little better air if they turned themselves into a cloud.
Sometimes, it can be beneficial to change or adapt ourselves to our circumstances in order to experience some relief or perspective.




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

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