Florida
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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Although we often wondered
It was no thing of wonder
The shit that flew from our minds
Grass stains and fresh fruit
Reminds our shoes of horse glue
On this ridiculous climb
With great tall vision
We built ourselves a mission
To ride out motives decide
Oh, with vague description
Of what we have been missing
So why would anyone try?

It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide
And the busy ant empire
Put all your clothes inside

I wasn't always cargo
I was once kind of my own
I guess I'll pack up my mind
It took so much effort
Not to make an effort
Oh, what a flawless design

It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide
And the busy ant empire
Put up the closing sign

Even as I left Florida
(Yee-ha)

It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide
And the busy ant empire
Has all deserted hive
It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide

Even as I left Florida
Far enough, far enough
Wasn't far enough

Couldn't quite seem to escape myself
Far enough, far enough
Far from Florida
We were all drowsing in cruise control
Far enough, far enough
Wasn't far enough

I stood on my heart supports thinkin'
Oh my God, I'll probably have to carry this whole load
I couldn't remember if I tried
I couldn't remember if I took my brain out, threw it so directly at the goal
I couldn't remember if I
I could have my mind erased
And still not know exactly what I don't already know





Even as I left Florida

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Modest Mouse's song "Florida" explore the idea of making a concerted effort to achieve something - in this case, building "ourselves a mission to ride out motives decide" - and the often unexpected and inexplicable nature of success. It presents the notion that, even though we sometimes struggle to articulate our goals and sometimes wonder whether or not they are worthwhile, we should trust in the process and have faith that the hard work, obstacles, and uncertainty are all worth it in the end. The singer reflects on the effort, acknowledging how difficult it was to put in so much work and yet, paradoxically, not make an effort at all. The song presents a cycle of trying and then questioning the decision to have done so, raising the larger question of whether or not we are ever truly satisfied.


The title of the song is both significant and symbolic in the fact that Florida is often seen as a place of both refuge and newfound opportunity. However, the song's references to "the shit that flew from our minds" and the "busy ant empire" carrying out its mundane work allude to the idea that the quest for greater purpose and satisfaction often leads to disillusionment and a return to the mundane. The song's narrative captures the experience of leaving behind the ordinary and striving for something greater, only to ultimately question whether it was ever worth it to begin with.


Line by Line Meaning

Although we often wondered
Despite our constant pondering


It was no thing of wonder
The answer wasn't surprising


The shit that flew from our minds
The nonsense ideas we came up with


Grass stains and fresh fruit
Reminders of nature


Reminds our shoes of horse glue
Creates a sticky mess


On this ridiculous climb
This unrealistic task


With great tall vision
With high aspirations


We built ourselves a mission
Created our own purpose


To ride out motives decide
To determine a clear motive


Oh, with vague description
Unclear and indistinct


Of what we have been missing
What we lacked previously


So why would anyone try?
What's the point in attempting it?


It was always worth it
The effort was worthwhile


That's the part I seem to hide
I'm not always truthful about it


And the busy ant empire
The bustling world around us


Put all your clothes inside
Controls and influences our lives


I wasn't always cargo
I wasn't always passive


I was once kind of my own
I was independent


I guess I'll pack up my mind
I'll change my mindset


It took so much effort
It was a struggle


Not to make an effort
To not try too hard


Oh, what a flawless design
How effortless it seems


Put up the closing sign
Closed for business


Far enough, far enough
Aimlessly wandering


Wasn't far enough
Never feeling truly free


Couldn't quite seem to escape myself
Unable to break free from myself


We were all drowsing in cruise control
Living life on autopilot


I stood on my heart supports thinkin'
Contemplating my existence


Oh my God, I'll probably have to carry this whole load
Feeling overwhelmed


I couldn't remember if I tried
My thoughts were jumbled and confused


I couldn't remember if I took my brain out, threw it so directly at the goal
Trying to achieve without thinking


I couldn't remember if I
Forgetting what I've done


I could have my mind erased
Wishing to start anew


And still not know exactly what I don't already know
Yet still feel lost


Even as I left Florida
Even though I left my past behind




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JOE PLUMMER, ISAAC K. BROCK, JEREMIAH MARTYN GREEN, ERIC SCOTT JUDY, JOHNNY MARR, THOMAS P. PELOSO

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@klashr13

[Verse 1: Isaac Brock]
Although we'd often wondered
It was no thing of wonder
The shit that flew from our minds
While wearing stains of fresh fruit
And riding on shoes of horse glue
On this ridiculous climb
With great tunnel vision
We'd built ourselves a mission
To ride on bullets inside
Oh, what a vain description
Of what we have been missin'
So why would anyone try?

[Chorus: Isaac Brock, James Mercer]
(Whoa-oh) It was always worth it
(Oh-whoa) That's the part I seem to hide
(Whoa-oh) And the busy ant empire
(Oh-whoa) Put up the closing sign

[Verse 2: Isaac Brock]
I wasn't always cargo
I was once kind of my own
I guess I'll pack up my mind
Well, it took so much effort
Not to make an effort
Oh, what a flawless design

[Chorus: Isaac Brock, James Mercer]
(Whoa-oh) It was always worth it
(Oh-whoa) That's the part I seem to hide
(Whoa-oh) And the busy ant empire
(Oh-whoa) Put up the closing sign

[Refrain: Isaac Brock]
Even as I left Florida

[Chorus: Isaac Brock, James Mercer]
(Whoa-oh) It was always worth it
(Oh-whoa) That's the part I seem to hide
(Whoa-oh) And the busy ant empire
(Oh-whoa) Has all deserted hive
(Whoa-oh) It was always worth it
(Whoa-oh) That's the part I seem to hide

[Refrain: Isaac Brock]
Even as I had left Florida
Far enough, far enough, wasn't far enough
Couldn't quite seem to escape myself
Far enough, far enough, far from Florida
We were all drowsin' in cruise control
Far enough, far enough, wasn't far enough

[Bridge: Isaac Brock]
I stood on my heart's porch thinkin'
"Oh, my God, I'll probably have to carry this whole load"
I couldn't remember if I tried
I couldn't remember if I took my brain out
Threw it so directly at the goal
I couldn't remember if I— Ah! Ah! Augh!
I could have my mind erased
And still not know exactly what I don't already know

[Refrain: Isaac Brock]
Even as I had left Florida

Florida by Modest Mouse
Lyrics source: Genius



All comments from YouTube:

@coltonjones2253

"We were all drowning in cruise control " is such a core shaking lyric lol

@chasebaker4961

"Took so much effort, not to make an effort
Oh, what a flawless design"

Eye opening lyric.

@long-hair-dont-care88.

Doing nothing because the only something to be done isn't something I can come back from is a particular flavor of hell I'm well versed in. For me doing nothing even when right is harder than doing something right or wrong.

@redeadhead4

Last time I went to Florida I got immediately dumped by my girlfriend of 7 years who decided to leave me to go get knocked up by her new boss’s son who already had 2 former wives. Will never be far enough from Florida. Thanks Isaac. She missed the boat, not me :D

@SallyStearnsVerified

Florida has a way of “working things out” 😉

@timezero4257

Couldn’t quite seem to escape myself.

@mattyfox_

Isaac you make beautiful music and I will always be thankful for it all

@lucasmorales9702

Do you know what this song is about?

@rateeightx

They Uploaded This On The Day I'm Leaving Florida, Coincidence? I Think Not!

@physicschaosdev

Way underrated

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