Spitting Venom
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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We were spitting venom
At most everyone we know
If the damned gave us a road map
Then we'd know just where to go

Now let it drop
Let it all drop
Let it all drop
Oh, let it all fall off

Well you were talking soda pop
You were talking quite a lot
The opinions that I do not give
The opinions I ain't got

So let it drop
Let it all drop
Let it all drop
Oh, let it all fall off

Well, you were spitting venom
At most everyone you know
If you truly knew the gravity
You'd know which way to go

Well let it drop
Let it all drop
Let it all drop
Oh, let it all fall off

My ears were bristled firmly
Right against your mouth to hear
When you tried to spit the venom out
Your words were not so clear, now drop

Hold on to what you need
We've got a knack for fucked up history
Hold on to what you need
We've got a knack for messed up history

Well, we went downtown and we sat in the rain
Well, looking all direction and waiting for a train
Thought over
It's all over

I don't know who kept track, I didn't know there was a score
Well, it looks like you're the winner and I ain't gonna play no more
It's over
Game over

Well, we walked real stiff and our canes tapped the ground
You hit me with yours and said 'Pull yourself together'
It's over
Oh, it's over

You can say what you want but don't act like you care
It takes more than one person to decide what's fair
It's over
Think it over

We were spitting venom at most everyone we know
If the damned gave us a road map
Then you'd know just where to go

So we carried all the groceries in
While hauling out the trash
And if this doesn't make us motionless
I do not know what can is to be said

What a rotten thing to say, such an awful thing to say
I didn't mean to bite you so really
What always did, what always did, what always had to sling

So let it drop
Let it all drop
Let it all drop
Oh, let it all fall off

Let it drop
Let it all drop
Let it all drop
Oh, let it all fall off

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad
For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Cheer up baby
It wasn't always quite so bad




For every venom then that came out
The antidote was had

Overall Meaning

The song “Spitting Venom” by Modest Mouse speaks of a relationship gone sour, where both parties are filled with venomous words towards each other. The opening verses set the tone for the rest of the song. The two parties are spitting venom at each other, and have no idea how to escape this negative cycle. The singer describes how if they had a map from “the damned”, then maybe they might know where to go. This can be interpreted as the idea that they don’t know how to break free of their current pattern and move towards a better future.


Throughout the song, there is a repeated phrase, “Let it all drop/Ooh, let it all fall off”, which can be seen as a plea to let go of the negativity and bitterness they hold towards each other. The singer is asking the other person to drop the negativity, and letting it all fall off so that they can both move forward with their lives. The repetition of this phrase emphasises the importance of letting go and moving on to a better future.


The song’s repeated references to “spitting venom” and being “motionless” suggest that the relationship is toxic and stagnant. The singer is trying to salvage a relationship that has been corroded by bitterness and negativity. As the song progresses, both parties seem to come to a realisation that the bitterness and venom being spat out is not a solution to their problems.


Overall, the song can be interpreted as a call to let go of negative emotions and bitterness, to move forward with positivity, and to find a solution to a toxic relationship. The repetition of “Cheer up, baby” serves as a reminder that there is always hope.


Line by Line Meaning

We were spitting venom
We were saying hateful things


At most everyone we know
To almost everyone we know


If the damned gave us a road map
If we had clear direction or guidance


Then we'd know just where to go
We would know how to proceed


Now let it drop
Forget about it and move on


Let it all drop
Let everything go


Oh, let it all fall off
Completely let go of everything


Well you were talking soda pop
You were talking about trivial things


You were talking quite a lot
You were talking too much


The opinions that I do not give
I don't have an opinion


The opinions I ain't got
I don't have an opinion


If you truly knew the gravity
If you understood the seriousness


You'd know which way to go
You would know how to proceed


My ears were bristled firmly
I was listening intently


Right against your mouth to hear
Very close, almost touching your mouth


When you tried to spit the venom out
When you tried to express your hateful thoughts


Your words were not so clear, now drop
Your words were inconsistent and unclear, so forget about it


Hold on to what you need
Keep what's important to you


We've got a knack for fucked up history
We have a tendency to repeat past negative experiences


Well, we went downtown and we sat in the rain
We were miserable together in a miserable situation


Well, looking all direction and waiting for a train
We were hoping for salvation, but everything looked bleak


I don't know who kept track, I didn't know there was a score
I don't know who was keeping count, I didn't realize this was a competition


Well, it looks like you're the winner and I ain't gonna play no more
It seems like you have won, and I am done playing your games


Well, we walked real stiff and our canes tapped the ground
We walked with a sense of formality and old-age


You hit me with yours and said 'Pull yourself together'
You hit me and told me to calm down


You can say what you want but don't act like you care
You can speak your mind, but don't pretend to care about my feelings


It takes more than one person to decide what's fair
It's not up to just one person to decide what is fair


So we carried all the groceries in
We did a mundane task together


While hauling out the trash
While getting rid of our garbage


And if this doesn't make us motionless
If this doesn't make us stagnant


I do not know what can is to be said
I don't know what to say about it


What a rotten thing to say, such an awful thing to say
You said something terrible and mean


I didn't mean to bite you so really
I didn't mean to hurt you


What always did, what always did, what always had to sling
What always needed to be thrown around


Cheer up baby
Be happy


It wasn't always quite so bad
It used to be better


For every venom then that came out
For every hateful thing that was said


The antidote was had
There was a solution to the negativity




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: ERIC JUDY, ISAAC BROCK, JEREMIAH GREEN, JOE PLUMMER, JOHNNY MARR, TOM PELOSO

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

DannyWilliamH

This album was the main thing I listened to one Summer (07, iirc).

It was a bad period for me in so many ways. I was destroying myself with drugs out of pain and boredom while someone I really cared about both took the brunt of it and treated me in a way that made sure we'd not get along much of the time. It seemed like every aspect of my life was sinking and I was mostly to blame.

It was fucked and toxic and I wanted to die. I really did. This album is likely why I didn't just flat-out kill myself at the time. No exaggeration.

This song in particular really captured how I felt and much of what was going on. From what turns to an anger "you can say what you want but don't act like you care, it takes more than one person to decide what's fair" to the softer, almost apologetic "cheer up...wasnt always quite ao bad...the antidote was had"

It kept me alive and I swear it's not an exaggeration.



All comments from YouTube:

Isaiah Sea

literally the only band that i can listen to their entire discography and like ALL of it.

frogsuitsman

Queens of the Stone Age have a similar catalogue where everything is great. Both frontmen and brains of the operations even look similar. One is the hulk version of the other Geniuses.

Cordell Catulle

I've listen to the song on repeat my whole shift at work that's 12 hours

Ashley Brown

@Lil Juz I don't think they've ever done anything bad.

Will G.

That's called a FANantic.
Cause they put out sh!t now.

inverted halo

Can I ask you a favor?

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PATRICK STAR

A really close friend of mine showed me this song the first time we met as it was her favorite. I was instantly hooked and couldn't stop listening. Sadly she passed away at only 27yrs old so now I play this song in her memory. RIP Morgan

frogsuitsman

My grandfather had mice chew electric shit in his car and it never ran the sane.. I got a snowboard VHS for Christmas as a kid a few years before DVDs were even a novel technology some parents bought. I think I quit age related timelines I Came as a Rat was a song chosen for someone's part. My grandfather died about a decade later. It was my first close person death and it still his hard to think about. There's no connection but both entities mean a whole hell of a lot to me. I don't know his death anniversary but there's odds, albeit not very high, I've played this song on that day once over the years he's been gone.

(that was written with intentions of creating levity)

Jessica Olafson

A really close friend of mine showed me this album, she made me realize how I much I needed modest mouse in my life. She passed away a year ago at 24. Love you justice

Hope Curtis

I would recommend listening to the song M.O.R.G.A.N. by Kaonashi. This album reminds me of a friend who passed as well, I suppose it’s natural to let them live on in our minds as little Carbons on a journey.

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