Float On
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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I backed my car into a cop car the other day
Well, he just drove off, sometimes life's okay
I ran my mouth off a bit too much, oh, what did I say?
Well, you just laughed it off and it was all okay

And we'll all float on, okay
And we'll all float on, okay
And we'll all float on, okay
And we'll all float on anyway, well

A fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam
It was worth it just to learn some sleight of hand
Bad news comes, don't you worry even when it lands
Good news will work its way to all them plans
We both got fired on exactly the same day
Well, we'll float on, good news is on the way

And we'll all float on, okay
And we'll all float on, okay
And we'll all float on, okay
And we'll all float on, alright

Already, we'll all float on
No, don't you worry, we'll all float on, alright
Already, we'll all float on, alright
Don't worry, we'll all float on

Alright, already
And we'll all float on, alright
Already, we'll all float on, alright
Don't worry, even if things end up a bit
Too heavy, we'll all float on, alright

Already, we'll all float on alright
Already, we'll all float on, okay
Don't worry, we'll all float on
Even if things get heavy
We'll all float on, alright

Already, we'll all float on (alright)




No, don't you worry, we'll all float on (alright)
We'll all float on

Overall Meaning

"Float On" is a song by American rock band Modest Mouse, released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, "Good News for People Who Love Bad News". The song, written by frontman Isaac Brock, is an optimistic statement about how life can throw us all sorts of curveballs, but as long as we stay positive, we can float on and come out okay in the end.


The song starts with Brock recounting an incident where he backed his car into a cop car, but the cop just drove off, giving the impression that things aren't always as bad as they seem. In the chorus, Brock sings "we'll all float on, okay" as a way of saying that even though things may not be going as planned, we can still keep going and stay afloat.


The second verse tells the story of a "fake Jamaican" who scam Brock out of all his money. However, Brock sees this as a learning experience and is actually glad it happened, as it taught him some "sleight of hand." The verse ends with the message that even when bad news happens, there's always a chance for good news to come.


The song ends with a repetition of the chorus, emphasizing the idea that no matter what happens, we can all float on and make it through. Overall, "Float On" is a song of hope and positivity, encouraging listeners to stay afloat even in the toughest of times.


Line by Line Meaning

I backed my car into a cop car the other day
I made a mistake and caused damage to someone else's property.


Well, he just drove off, sometimes life's okay
Despite the mistake, sometimes things work out for the better without any consequences.


I ran my mouth off a bit too much, oh, what did I say?
I spoke without thinking, potentially causing offense or embarrassment.


Well, you just laughed it off and it was all okay
The person I spoke to was understanding and didn't take it to heart, and everything turned out fine.


And we'll all float on, okay
Despite the small mishap, life will go on and we will get through it.


A fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam
I was the victim of a scam or deception and lost all my money.


It was worth it just to learn some sleight of hand
Even though the situation was negative, I gained knowledge from the experience.


Bad news comes, don't you worry even when it lands
When negative things happen, it's important to stay calm and not panic.


Good news will work its way to all them plans
Despite the bad news, there's still the possibility for positive outcomes.


We both got fired on exactly the same day
Both of us experienced a negative event at the same time.


Well, we'll float on, good news is on the way
Despite the job loss, there's hope for a better future.


Already, we'll all float on
No matter what happens, we will persevere and move forward.


Don't worry, we'll all float on, alright
Even in tough times, there's reason to believe that everything will work out in the end.


Even if things end up a bit too heavy, we'll all float on, alright
Even if the situation becomes overwhelming, we'll find a way to get through it.


Already, we'll all float on (alright)
Despite any obstacles, we will continue to move forward with confidence.


We'll all float on
No matter what happens, we will persevere and move forward.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy, Isaac Brock

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@TheMisanthropistTM

This song is like that first sign of happiness after depression

@teedoggie

the guitarist is my 2nd cousin and he loves singing this song for us

@gypsyfiresign1064

@@teedoggie tell him the world loves him for us wont you hun???

@sleprock444

;((()))))))))))))) yes yes yes

@eileenlavellan7747

Truth

@gavinmermejo2522

it will beee OK!!!!!!!!!!

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@risdio51

I love how the inspiration for this song was just that the lead singer was tired of writing depressing songs and wanted to write a happy one for a change of pace.

@flanplan5903

Ironically, this song also became their most well known and their biggest hit.

@LedZeppeli

Are you sure about that? I always thought the person saying “dont worry its all gonna be alright” in front of the sheep lining up for the slaughter was supposed to be kinda tongue in cheek?

@risdio51

@@LedZeppeli Yeah, pretty damn sure, considering the lead singer said so in an interview.

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