One Chance
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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We have one chance.
One chance to get everything right.
We have one chance, one chance.
And if we're lucky we might.

My friends, my habits, my family,
They mean so much to me.
I just don't think that it's right.
I've seen so many ships sail in,
Just to head back out again and go off sinking.

I'm just a box in a cage. I'm just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box in a cage.

Didn't mean to laugh, didn't know I had.
Didn't know the better part of what you said
'cause in your head you are not home.

Didn't get the joke. Didn't mean to poke another,
Just to save myself
From some something something or another one.
Well walk home.

I'm just a box in a cage. I'm just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box in a cage.

I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box in a cage.

We have one chance,
One chance to get everything right.
My friends, my habits, my family,
They mean so much to me.
I just don't think that it's right.




I've seen so many ships sail in,
Just to head back out again and go off sinking.

Overall Meaning

The song "One Chance" by Modest Mouse is a reflection on the fleeting and fragile nature of life. The first verse emphasizes the importance of making the most of our single chance to live in this world. The repeated line "one chance" is a reminder that we must seize the opportunities that come our way and not let them slip by. If we're lucky, we might have a chance at success or happiness, but it's never guaranteed.


The second verse delves into the personal relationships that give our lives meaning. Friends, habits, and family are all sources of comfort, but they can also be confining or stifling. The metaphor of ships sailing in and out of harbor represents the fragility of human connections. Some relationships thrive and endure, while others crumble and fade away.


The chorus's repetition of the line "I'm just a box in a cage" suggests feelings of powerlessness or entrapment. The singer may feel stuck in their current circumstances, unable to break free and live life on their own terms. The final lines of the song reinforce the idea that we have one chance to get everything right, and that we must make the most of the opportunities we're given.


Overall, "One Chance" is a poignant reflection on the transitory nature of life and the importance of making the most of the time we have.


Line by Line Meaning

We have one chance.
We only get one opportunity to make things right.


One chance to get everything right.
We have a single opportunity to do things the right way.


We have one chance, one chance.
We only have one shot at this, one chance to succeed.


And if we're lucky we might.
There's a possibility that we'll succeed if we're fortunate enough.


My friends, my habits, my family,
The people and things that matter to me:


They mean so much to me.
They hold significant value in my life.


I just don't think that it's right.
I have concerns that things aren't as they should be.


I've seen so many ships sail in,
I've witnessed numerous individuals or situations arrive.


Just to head back out again and go off sinking.
Only to leave or fail in a dire way.


I'm just a box in a cage.
I feel trapped and limited in my existence.


Didn't mean to laugh, didn't know I had.
I didn't intend to laugh, I was unaware that I did.


Didn't know the better part of what you said 'cause in your head you are not home.
I didn't comprehend the majority of what you said because you were mentally somewhere else.


Didn't get the joke.
I didn't understand the humor behind what was said.


Didn't mean to poke another,
I didn't intend to offend or upset someone else.


Just to save myself from some something something or another one.
I acted in self-preservation for an unspoken underlying reason.


Well walk home.
I'll go home from here.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BRIAN HOWES, KELLY BROCK

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We have one chance.
One chance to get everything right.
We have one chance, one chance.
And if we're lucky we might.
My friends, my habits, my family,
They mean so much to me.
I just don't think that it's right.
I've seen so many ships sail in,
Just to head back out again and go off sinking.
I'm just a box in a cage. I'm just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box, just a box in a cage.
I'm just a box in a cage.
Didn't mean to laugh, didn't know I had.
Didn't know the better part of what you said
'cause in your head you are not home.
Didn't get the joke. Didn't mean to poke another,
Just to save myself
From some something something or another one.
Well walk home.
I'm just a box in a cage. I'm…



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Justin

10 years ago today, I was dying a slow, agonizing death on the inside. I was sick, joblessness, friendless, health-less, nearly homeless, hopeless — I was spent. Something happened akin to what this song is trying to describe. It’s been a long road from the bottom of the pit right to the top. I used to listen to this song and scream it at the top of my lungs in my car while driving and crying my eyes out. Today I cannot describe the difference. It’s hard to even believe I’m living the same life. For anyone out there on hard times, I just want to let you know that things do change, hope can be restored, miracles do happen, and there are good people out there just waiting to love you and to be loved by you. You have no idea what your life is in the final analysis, so you might as well play the best damn hand you can. Do it for yourself. Do it for your loved ones. Do it for the universe. The day may come that you weep tears of joy because you’re so grateful and astonished by the miracles you’ve witnessed. I hope you find what you’re looking for.

May god bless you and keep you until then.

Marcus Mayo

God damn this is beautiful, thank you and I hope you're doing well on your journey

Harry Balzak

This song is very meaningful to me.
It makes me happy and sad at the same time.
Brilliant music.

Marissa Daoust

I used to do dishes by hand for 6-8 hour shifts from weddings for a catering company senior year and listened to modest mouses discography during that years shifts on my iPod with my purple gloves and they will always have a special place in my heart. The sound of a wine glass breaking on the floor cigarette in hand in the alley and modest mouse in my ears.

I'm just a box in a cage

npc

Marissa Daoust yer a poet, kid.

e s

Try more alcohol. (Not a doctor just saying)

Bert Hansen

Don't even know you but so genuinely happy you did bro. Remember not to waste it. Bury those hatchets, bury them six feet deep before you have to bury the people you wish you didn't have to, its much better than still holding the hatchet in your hand when it happens .

Travis Berry

Despite all my rage I'm still just a box in a cage.

Lukasz Cywinski

Yes I can relate to that.

Random Seventy Two

Anytime I listen to this album I have flashback to a trip I took years ago this album was playing in the car on the way there and back. Trails, streams, trees. flowers. animals friends, family good food and maybe a little bit of salvia. Best "trip" ever!

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