Bury Me With It
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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We were shootin' at a mound of dirt.
Well nothing was broken, nothing was hurt.
But I probably really should have been at work.
But if my free time's gone, would you promise me this?

That you will please bury me with it?
Please bury me with it!
Well sure as planets come, I know that they end.
And if I'm here when that happens, will you promise me this my friend?

Please bury me with it!
I just don't need none of that Mad Max bullshit.

Well the suit got tight and it split at the seams.
But I kept it out of habit and I kept it really clean.
But if it's getting' faded, if it's runnin' outta thread,
Could you just do this for me my friend?

And please just please bury me with it?
Please bury me with it!

Well we moved to the left and moved to the right.
And sure as hell we stayed out almost every single night.
But if the party's over, if the fun has to end,
could you do this for me my friend?

Would you just please bury me with it?
Please bury me with it!

Good news for people who love bad news.
We've lost the plot and we just can't choose.
We are hummingbirds who are just not willing to move.
And there's good news for people who love bad news.
We are hummingbirds who've lost the plot and we will not move.
We have good news for anyone who loves bad news.

We were aiming for the moon. We were shooting at the stars.
But the kids were just shooting at the busses and the cars.
So don't drink the water, don't you breathe the air.
If it's gotten to that point then I have to declare:

That you please bury me with it!
Please bury me with it!

Well fads they come and fads they go.
And God I love that rock and roll!
Well the point was fast but it was too blunt to miss.
Life handed us a paycheck, we said, "We worked harder than this!"

Please bury me with it!
Please bury me with it!

We are hummingbirds who are just not going to move.
And there's good news for people who love bad news.




We are hummingbirds who've lost the plot and we well not move.
We have great news for anyone who loves bad news.

Overall Meaning

The song "Bury Me With It" by Modest Mouse is a testament to the fleeting nature of existence and the importance of cherishing the present moment. The lyrics suggest that life is short, and we should make the most of it while we can. The singer of the song seems to be taking stock of his life and contemplating his mortality, as he sings about shooting at a mound of dirt, lamenting the loss of his free time, and asking his friend to bury him with his belongings when he passes.


The lyrics of the song also touch on the idea of consumerism and the fleeting nature of material possessions. The singer mentions his tight suit, which he has kept clean out of habit, but which is starting to wear out. He also refers to the fads that come and go, suggesting that everything in life is temporary and subject to change. In the end, the singer seems to resign himself to the fact that life is unpredictable and ultimately uncontrollable, urging his friend to bury him with his possessions so that he can take some comfort in the afterlife.


Overall, "Bury Me With It" is a thought-provoking meditation on the nature of existence and the importance of living in the present moment. The song urges listeners to make the most of their time on earth and to not get caught up in material possessions or the pressures of society.


Line by Line Meaning

We were shootin' at a mound of dirt.
We were wasting our time on meaningless activities without any purpose or goal.


Well nothing was broken, nothing was hurt.
We didn’t achieve anything significant nor did we harm anyone in our previous activities.


But I probably really should have been at work.
I am acknowledging that I have responsibilities to fulfill and I am not fulfilling them.


But if my free time's gone, would you promise me this?
If I lose my leisure time, can you fulfill my final wish?


That you will please bury me with it?
That you will bury me with the things that give me joy.


Please bury me with it!
Please ensure that my life has meaning even in death.


Well sure as planets come, I know that they end.
Everything has a beginning and an end.


And if I'm here when that happens, will you promise me this my friend?
If I am alive when the end comes, can you fulfill my final wish?


I just don't need none of that Mad Max bullshit.
I don't need to struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.


Well the suit got tight and it split at the seams.
The clothes that once fit me no longer do due to physical changes.


But I kept it out of habit and I kept it really clean.
I continued to keep the clothes just in case I needed them again.


But if it's getting' faded, if it's runnin' outta thread,
If the clothes are losing their quality or getting worn-out,


Could you just do this for me my friend?
Can you fulfill my final wish?


Well we moved to the left and moved to the right.
We kept changing our decisions or actions without any goal.


And sure as hell we stayed out almost every single night.
We continued to enjoy life and party without regards for consequences.


But if the party's over, if the fun has to end,
If our enjoyable moments come to an end,


Would you just please bury me with it?
Can you fulfill my final wish?


We've lost the plot and we just can't choose.
We are directionless and incapable of making the right choices.


We are hummingbirds who are just not willing to move.
We are creatures always seeking pleasure and refusing to move from our comfortable positions.


And there's good news for people who love bad news.
There's comfort for those who prefer to hide from the harsh reality of life.


We were aiming for the moon. We were shooting at the stars.
We had big dreams and ambitious goals.


But the kids were just shooting at the busses and the cars.
The younger generation had different goals and made poor choices.


So don't drink the water, don't you breathe the air.
The environment has been so polluted that everything is harmful.


If it's gotten to that point then I have to declare:
When the environment is irredeemable, then one has to admit defeat.


We are hummingbirds who are just not going to move.
We refuse to abandon our comfortable positions to go out and explore new possibilities.


And there's good news for people who love bad news.
There's comfort for those who choose to ignore the harsh reality of the world.


We have great news for anyone who loves bad news.
There's hope for those who take comfort in ignoring the harsh reality of the world.


Well fads they come and fads they go.
Things that were once popular can quickly become irrelevant or outdated.


And God I love that rock and roll!
I have strong feelings of attachment to something popular or trendy.


Well the point was fast but it was too blunt to miss.
The important message was said very quickly but it was not missed.


Life handed us a paycheck, we said, "We worked harder than this!"
We believed that we deserved more than what life or authority had given us.


Please bury me with it!
Fulfilling the final wish is of utmost importance to me.


Please bury me with it!
Even in death, I want to hold onto the things that give me joy.




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

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