The World at Large
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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Ice age, heat wave, can't complain
If the world's at large, why should I remain?
Walked away to another planet
Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand
I move on to another day
To a whole new town with a whole new way
Went to the porch to have a thought
Got to the door and, again, I couldn't stop
You don't know where and you don't know when
But you still got your words and you got your friends
Walk along to another day
Work a little harder, work another way
Well uh-uh, baby, I ain't got no plan
Well I float on, maybe would you understand?
Gonna float on, maybe would you understand?
Well I float on, maybe would you understand?

The days get shorter and the nights get cold
I like the autumn but this place is getting old
I pack up my belongings and I head for the coast
It might not be a lot but I feel like I'm making the most
The days get longer and the nights smell green
I guess it's not surprising but it's spring and I should leave

I like songs about drifters, books about the same
They both seem to make me feel a little less insane
Walked on off to another spot
I still haven't gotten anywhere that I want
Did I want love? Did I need to know?
Why does it always feel like I'm caught in an undertow?

The moths beat themselves to death against the lights
Adding their breeze to the summer nights
Outside, water, like air, was gray
I didn't know what I had that day
Walk a little farther to another plan
You said that you did, but you didn't understand

I know that starting over's not what life's about
But my thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear my mouth




My thoughts were so loud, I couldn't hear my mouth
My thoughts were so loud, ah

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "The World at Large" are about the singer's search for a place that he can call home. The song begins with a commentary on the state of the world, with lines about the Ice Age and the Heat Wave, and how insignificant individual complaints are in the grand scheme of things. The singer decides to walk away from the problems of the world, and start afresh on another planet. But since that is not feasible, he decides to find another place, one where he can feel at ease. The repetitive chorus "Well I float on, maybe would you understand?" suggests the singer's desire to be free of worldly worries and remain hopeful.


The singer moves ahead to another day and to a whole new town with a whole new way. However, he finds himself in the same spot he was before. He wonders if he truly wants love or if he only needs to know about it. The line "Why does it always feel like I'm caught in an undertow?" suggests that he feels trapped by life's circumstances.


Line by Line Meaning

Ice age, heat wave, can't complain
Despite the contrasting and fluctuating circumstances of life, I cannot be ungrateful.


If the world's at large, why should I remain?
If the world is vast and full of possibilities, what's stopping me from exploring outside my own existence?


Walked away to another planet
I seek to leave the familiar and make a new life for myself elsewhere, even if metaphorically.


Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand
I am determined to find a new environment or situation that is more tolerable or comfortable for me.


I move on to another day
I persist in my journey, looking ahead to the future instead of dwelling on the past or present.


To a whole new town with a whole new way
I am open to the novelty and possibilities of new places and experiences, even if they challenge my expectations.


Went to the porch to have a thought
I sought a moment of reflection and contemplation in a peaceful spot.


Got to the door and, again, I couldn't stop
Despite my intentions to pause and think, I am compelled to keep moving forward without hesitation.


You don't know where and you don't know when
Uncertainty is a given in life, yet even in the midst of the unknown, I still have my voice and my companions.


But you still got your words and you got your friends
Even if circumstances change or life takes unexpected turns, I still possess the ability to express myself and rely on my relationships.


Walk along to another day
I face new days with courage, optimism, and a willingness to adapt and persevere.


Work a little harder work another way
If current approaches or methods don't yield results, I am willing to put in more effort and explore alternative options.


Well uh-uh, baby, I ain't got no plan
I admit that I lack a clear sense of direction or goal, but I choose to accept that and adapt accordingly.


Well I float on, maybe would you understand?
I am trying to stay afloat and find meaning in each day, and I hope others can relate and connect to my journey.


The days get shorter and the nights get cold
Nature and time progress and evolve, sometimes in ways that are uncomfortable or unwelcome.


I like the autumn but this place is getting old
While I appreciate the beauty of autumn, the place I currently reside in no longer fulfills me.


I pack up my belongings and I head for the coast
I make the decision to leave and seek out a new location, despite the uncertainties and hardships involved.


It might not be a lot but I feel like I'm making the most
I acknowledge that the situation may not be perfect, but I make the most of what I have and seek to find fulfillment in the present.


The days get longer and the nights smell green
As spring arrives, the world changes and becomes more vibrant and alive.


I guess it's not surprising but it's spring and I should leave
While I appreciate the beauty of the season, I realize that it's time to move on and seek new horizons.


I like songs about drifters, books about the same
I am drawn to stories and art that depict characters who wander, question, and seek answers.


They both seem to make me feel a little less insane
Such works provide solace and comfort, reminding me that I'm not alone in my own struggles and experiences.


Walked on off to another spot
I continue my journey, seeking out new places and experiences along the way.


I still haven't gotten anywhere that I want
I acknowledge that my journey is ongoing and there's always more to discover and explore.


Did I want love? Did I need to know?
I reflect on my desires and motivations, questioning and contemplating what truly matters to me.


Why does it always feel like I'm caught in an undertow?
I express frustration and confusion, feeling like I'm stuck or fighting against a powerful force beyond my control.


The moths beat themselves to death against the lights
I observe the self-destructive tendencies of creatures drawn to artificial sources of comfort or safety.


Adding their breeze to the summer nights
Despite their fatal attraction, the moths contribute to the natural rhythm and atmosphere of summer evenings.


Outside water like air was gray
I describe the scene around me, suggesting a bleak and monochromatic quality.


I didn't know what I had that day
I express regret for not fully appreciating or understanding a past moment or experience.


Walk a little farther to another plan
I continue to seek out new paths and opportunities, even if that means taking risks and moving beyond my comfort zone.


You said that you did, but you didn't understand
I express frustration with someone who claimed to empathize or relate to me, but ultimately failed to do so.


I know that starting over's not what life's about
I acknowledge that life is not just about constantly reinventing oneself or seeking greener pastures.


But my thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear my mouth
I express feeling overwhelmed and consumed by my own internal monologue, making it difficult to communicate or act effectively.


My thoughts were so loud, I couldn't hear my mouth
I reiterate the extent to which my mental state or inner conflicts affect my outward behavior and communication.


My thoughts were so loud, ah
I repeat this phrase, emphasizing its significance and power in shaping my perspective and experiences.




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

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José Alberto

Ice age, heat wave, can't complain
If the world's at large, why should I remain?
Walked away to another planet
Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand
I move on to another day
To a whole new town with a whole new way
Went to the porch to have a thought
Got to the door and, again, I couldn't stop
You don't know where and you don't know when
But you still got your words and you got your friends
Walk along to another day
Work a little harder work another way
Well uh-uh, baby, I ain't got no plan
Well I float on, maybe would you understand?
Gonna float on, maybe would you understand?
Well I float on, maybe would you understand?
The days get shorter and the nights get cold
I like the autumn but this place is getting old
I pack up my belongings and I head for the coast
It might not be a lot but I feel like I'm making the most
The days get longer and the nights smell green
I guess it's not surprising but it's spring and I should leave
I like songs about drifters, books about the same
They both seem to make me feel a little less insane
Walked on off to another spot
I still haven't gotten anywhere that I want
Did I want love? Did I need to know?
Why does it always feel like I'm caught in an undertow?
The moths beat themselves to death against the lights
Adding their breeze to the summer nights
Outside water like air was gray
I didn't know what I had that day
Walk a little farther to another plan
You said that you did, but you didn't understand
I know that starting over's not what life's about
But my thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear my mouth
My thoughts were so loud, I couldn't hear my mouth
My thoughts were so loud, ah



Chief Manny

The World at Large

Ice age, heat wave, can't complain
If the world's at large, why should I remain?
Walked away to another planet
Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand
I move on to another day
To a whole new town with a whole new way
Went to the porch to have a thought
Got to the door and, again, I couldn't stop
You don't know where and you don't know when
But you still got your words and you got your friends
Walk along to another day
Work a little harder work another way
Well uh-uh, baby, I ain't got no plan
Well I float on, maybe would you understand?
Gonna float on, maybe would you understand?
Well I float on, maybe would you understand?

The days get shorter and the nights get cold
I like the autumn but this place is getting old
I pack up my belongings and I head for the coast
It might not be a lot but I feel like I'm making the most
The days get longer and the nights smell green
I guess it's not surprising but it's spring and I should leave

I like songs about drifters, books about the same
They both seem to make me feel a little less insane
Walked on off to another spot
I still haven't gotten anywhere that I want
Did I want love? Did I need to know?
Why does it always feel like I'm caught in an undertow?

The moths beat themselves to death against the lights
Adding their breeze to the summer nights
Outside water like air was gray
I didn't know what I had that day
Walk a little farther to another plan
You said that you did, but you didn't understand

I know that starting over's not what life's about
But my thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear my mouth
My thoughts were so loud, I couldn't hear my mouth
My thoughts were so loud, ahhhhhh



Ace of Spades

using this for reference while i listen for the first time..

Ice age, heat wave, can't complain
If the world's at large, why should I remain?
Walked away to another planet
Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand
I move on to another day
To a whole new town with a whole new way
Went to the porch to have a thought
Got to the door and, again, I couldn't stop
You don't know where and you don't know when
But you still got your words and you got your friends
Walk along to another day
Work a little harder work another way
Well uh-uh, baby, I ain't got no plan
Well I float on, maybe would you understand?
Gonna float on, maybe would you understand?
Well I float on, maybe would you understand?

The days get shorter and the nights get cold
I like the autumn but this place is getting old
I pack up my belongings and I head for the coast
It might not be a lot but I feel like I'm making the most
The days get longer and the nights smell green
I guess it's not surprising but it's spring and I should leave

I like songs about drifters, books about the same
They both seem to make me feel a little less insane
Walked on off to another spot
I still haven't gotten anywhere that I want
Did I want love? Did I need to know?
Why does it always feel like I'm caught in an undertow?

The moths beat themselves to death against the lights
Adding their breeze to the summer nights
Outside water like air was gray
I didn't know what I had that day
Walk a little farther to another plan
You said that you did, but you didn't understand

I know that starting over's not what life's about
But my thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear my mouth
My thoughts were so loud, I couldn't hear my mouth
My thoughts were so loud, ah



All comments from YouTube:

Diego Arellanes

This song is stunning by itself, but I love how it bleeds into Float On, the transition between these two songs is one of my favorite things in the world. Absolutely lovely.

Roxanne Cazares

Yep just as I read this it merged awesome

Tammy Ikonen

What a beautiful comment xxxxoooo

Anastasia Milkshake

Float on baby, would you understand?

Avery

Yes you right bro

David Green

Awh! Thank you dad!

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Extrimeman

This song feels like forests, fields and roads at the same time.

Tammy Ikonen

Perfectly said!!

Needmorediamonds

One of the best songs ever to be made and so unique.

Felipe M. Ath

totally

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