Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
The Flaming Lips Lyrics


Jump to: Overall Meaning ↴  Line by Line Meaning ↴

I was waiting on the moment
But the moment never came
All the billion other moments
Were just slipping all away

(I must have been drifting) we're just slipping all away
(Just ego-tripping)
I was wanting you to love me
But your love it never came
All the other love around me
Was just wasting all away

(I must have been tripping) was just wasting all away
(Just ego-tripping) was just wasting all away
(Must have been tripping)

I was waiting on the moment
But the moment never came
(Must have been dreaming) but the moment never came
(Just ego-tripping) but the moment never came
(Must have been tripping) but the moment never came
(Just ego-tripping) but the moment never came
(Must have been dreaming) but the moment never came





But the moment never came

Overall Meaning

The Flaming Lips's song Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell talks about the human experience of waiting for something, whether it be a significant event or a kind of love, that, in the end, never comes. The lyrics in the song express the emotions of disappointment, hopelessness, and ego-tripping, as the person realizes that they have been dreaming and tripping, and the moment never comes, leaving all their expectations to waste away. The song's narrative demonstrates the human inclination to get entangled in self-importance and self-obsession, leading to a condition where everything that surrounds the human beings, like love or other moments, becomes meaningless.


The song's title, Ego Tripping, means excessively proud of oneself, often extending to the point of self-importance. The song is remarkable for its melancholy disposition that predominantly deals with how the prolonged process of waiting for something can drive a person into egocentricity. In the end, the person is left with nothing but a sense of frustration and dissatisfaction.


Line by Line Meaning

I was waiting on the moment
I was anticipating a special moment in my life


But the moment never came
But what I was looking forward to never happened


All the billion other moments
All the other moments in life


Were just slipping all away
Seem to be disappearing quickly


(I must have been drifting)
(Maybe I wasn't living in the present)


We're just slipping all away
All the moments seem to be disappearing quickly


(Just ego-tripping)
(Perhaps I was focused on my own desires and needs)


I was wanting you to love me
I desired to be loved by you


But your love it never came
But you never loved me back


All the other love around me
All the other love in my life


Was just wasting all away
Seemed to be disappearing quickly


(I must have been tripping)
(Maybe I was delusional or unrealistic about love)


But the moment never came
But what I was looking forward to never happened


(Must have been tripping)
(Maybe I was delusional or unrealistic about life in general)


(Just ego-tripping)
(Perhaps I was focused on my own desires and needs)


(Must have been dreaming)
(Maybe I had unrealistic expectations)


But the moment never came
But what I was looking forward to never happened


(Just ego-tripping)
(Perhaps I was focused on my own desires and needs)


(Must have been tripping)
(Maybe I was delusional or unrealistic about life in general)


(Just ego-tripping)
(Perhaps I was focused on my own desires and needs)


(Must have been dreaming)
(Maybe I had unrealistic expectations)


But the moment never came
But what I was looking forward to never happened




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: DAVE FRIDMANN, MICHAEL IVINS, STEVEN DROZD, WAYNE COYNE

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found
Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@ameerkhalifa2892

Artist: The Flaming Lips
Song: Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell
Album: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)

I was waiting on a moment
But the moment never came
All the billion other moments
We're just slipping all away
I must have been tripping
Just ego tripping

I was wanting you to love me
But your love it never came
All the other love around me
Was just wasting all away
I must have been tripping
Just ego tripping

I was waiting on a moment
But the moment never came -
But the moment never came -



All comments from YouTube:

@occupant123

this album was the soundtrack to my chemotherapy treatments...I'm still here.

@iamhereblossom1588

Glad you're still here. This album was the soundtrack to the mourning of my mother's death.

@johnwilson4677

Thank you for sharing.

@eraven1982

💜 that's wonderful to hear. It's helped me through a lot of PTSD.... Thanks for sharing 🐞 !

@abrahamkim1078

God speed.

@katejones969

Music is so therapeutic. I sincerely hope you’re better x

26 More Replies...

@Zeppelinguy666

A random guy on omegle told me to listen to this band a few weeks ago...... Thank you random guy. You changed my life

@MayaState

I remember promoting my film on omegle

@jamesdelashire

Welcome to one of the best albums ever made ❤

@Djeispark

Holy shit I was probably 15 or 16 years old when I first heard this song. Now I'm almost 36, and it hits me harder than ever. Talk about a TIMELESS SONG!

More Comments

More Versions