Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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Oh noose tied myself in, tied myself too tight
Looking kind of anxious in your cross armed stance
Like a bad tempered prom queen at a homecoming dance
And I claim I'm not excited with my life any more
So I blame this town, this job, these friends
The truth is it's myself
And I'm trying to understand myself
And pinpoint where I am

By the time I get things figured out
I've change the whole damn plan
Oh noose tied myself in, tied myself too tight
Talking shit about a pretty sunset
Blanketing opinions that I'll probably regret soon




I've changed my mind so much I can't even trust it
My mind changed me so much I can't even trust myself

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Modest Mouse's "Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset" are a reflection of the singer's sense of disillusionment and confusion with their own life. The opening line, "Oh noose tied myself in, tied myself too tight," creates an immediate sense of tension and anxiety. This is further emphasized by the image of the "bad tempered prom queen," who represents the singer's feelings of insecurity and frustration.


The singer claims to be dissatisfied with their life, but rather than taking responsibility for their own choices, they blame external factors such as the town, job, and friends. However, the truth is that the real source of their unhappiness is within themselves. The repeated line, "And I'm trying to understand myself," highlights this idea.


Despite this realization, the singer is still unable to find a sense of clarity or direction. They have "changed their mind so much" that they can no longer trust themselves. The final lines of the song suggest a sense of resignation and defeat: "My mind changed me so much I can't even trust myself."


Overall, the lyrics of "Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset" are a poignant commentary on the difficult process of self-discovery and the challenges of finding one's place in the world.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh noose tied myself in, tied myself too tight
I've put myself in a tough spot and I can't seem to get out of it


Looking kind of anxious in your cross armed stance
You seem guarded and unapproachable, making me feel uneasy


Like a bad tempered prom queen at a homecoming dance
You're acting entitled and difficult to deal with, just like a stereotypical queen bee at a high school dance


And I claim I'm not excited with my life anymore
I'm not happy with the way things are going for me these days


So I blame this town, this job, these friends
I'm trying to find an external source to pin the blame on for my dissatisfaction with life


The truth is it's myself
I know deep down that I'm the one responsible for my own happiness


And I'm trying to understand myself
I'm attempting to gain a better understanding of who I am as a person


And pinpoint where I am
I want to have a clear understanding of my current location (both physically and emotionally)


By the time I get things figured out
Every time I think I have a grasp on what's going on in my life


I've change the whole damn plan
I end up re-evaluating everything and devising a new course of action


Talking shit about a pretty sunset
I'm being critical and negative about something beautiful and enjoyable (like a sunset)


Blanketing opinions that I'll probably regret soon
I'm spewing my unfiltered thoughts and feelings without thinking them through, and I'll likely regret what I've said in the near future


I've changed my mind so much I can't even trust it
I've wavered so many times on what I want and who I am that I no longer have confidence in my own convictions


My mind changed me so much I can't even trust myself
My own thoughts and emotions have influenced me so greatly that I feel like I don't even know who I am anymore




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

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