The Boredom Is the Reason I Started Swimming Its Also the Reason I Started Sinking
The Front Bottoms Lyrics


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Foreign countries
Hardwood floors and trying to sleep
Foreign Languages
On all three channels of TV

I don't want no drama or baggage
Don't tell me complicated stories
About who you used to be but are different
And have changed as a person completely

And I am not sure that I want
Any single part of this
Any single part of any of this shit

'Cause everybody pays
Everybody's head is in the noose
You're part of a program
Get with the program

'Cause everybody comes and falls asleep
Lies awake, pretends to be sleeping
You're not even sleeping
You're prob'ly even listening

Keep it simple and honest
Stop crying, you're an adult
I could stand up, I could man up
It's just so convenient to be fragile
This pain is constant and sharp
Watching the signals that you send
I wanna feel lethal on the inside
I wanna read American Psycho again

But I am not sure that I want
Any single part of this
Any single part of any of this shit

'Cause everybody pays
Yeah, everybody's head is in the noose
You're part of a program
Get with the program

'Cause everybody comes and falls asleep
Lies awake, pretends to be sleeping
You're not even sleeping
You're prob'ly even listening
You're not even sleeping
You're prob'ly even listening, even listening

'Cause everybody pays
Yeah, everybody's head is in the noose
You're part of a program
Get with the program

'Cause everybody comes and falls asleep
Lies awake, pretends to be sleeping
You're not even sleeping
You're prob'ly even listening




You're not even sleeping
You're prob'ly even listening, even listening to me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Front Bottoms' song "The Boredom Is the Reason I Started Swimming Its Also the Reason I Started Sinking" delve into themes of disillusionment, societal pressure, and the desire for simplicity. The opening lines mention foreign countries, hardwood floors, and foreign languages on television, creating an atmosphere of disconnection and unfamiliarity.


The singer expresses a desire to avoid drama and baggage, rejecting complicated stories of personal transformation. They seem uncertain about wanting any part of their current situation, feeling trapped and overwhelmed by the pressures and expectations of society. The repetition of the phrase "everybody pays" emphasizes the idea that everyone faces their own struggles and is ultimately bound by the expectations placed upon them.


The chorus captures a sense of exhaustion and frustration. The singer suggests that everybody comes and falls asleep, pretending to be sleeping while actually being awake and listening. This can be interpreted as a commentary on the facade of conformity and the suppression of true emotions and desires.


The lyrics also touch on the conflict between vulnerability and strength. The singer muses about the convenience of being fragile but acknowledges the constant sharp pain that they feel. They express a desire to feel powerful and deadly on the inside, referring to the book American Psycho, which explores themes of violence and dissociation.


Overall, the song presents a critique of societal norms and expectations, and the struggle to maintain authenticity within a conformist framework. It explores the tension between wanting simplicity and honesty while feeling trapped by the demands of society.


Line by Line Meaning

Foreign countries
Different cultures and places far away from home


Hardwood floors and trying to sleep
Struggling to find rest on uncomfortable floors


Foreign Languages
Unfamiliar tongues and communication barriers


On all three channels of TV
Constant exposure to confusing and unfamiliar content


I don't want no drama or baggage
I desire simplicity and freedom from emotional burdens


Don't tell me complicated stories
Avoid sharing complex narratives about your past


About who you used to be but are different
Discussions of your previous self are irrelevant now


And have changed as a person completely
Your transformation has been thorough and profound


And I am not sure that I want
Uncertain about desiring any aspect


Any single part of this
Not interested in any element of the situation


Any single part of any of this shit
No desire for any aspect of this troublesome situation


'Cause everybody pays
Everyone suffers consequences


Everybody's head is in the noose
Everyone feels trapped and under pressure


You're part of a program
You are involved in a predetermined system


Get with the program
Conform to the expectations and rules


'Cause everybody comes and falls asleep
Everyone experiences fatigue and loses consciousness


Lies awake, pretends to be sleeping
Remains awake but feigns slumber


You're not even sleeping
You are not genuinely at rest


You're prob'ly even listening
You are possibly paying attention


Keep it simple and honest
Maintain straightforwardness and truthfulness


Stop crying, you're an adult
Cease the tears, as you are grown up


I could stand up, I could man up
I have the ability to be strong and brave


It's just so convenient to be fragile
Vulnerability is easier and more convenient


This pain is constant and sharp
The agony is persistent and intense


Watching the signals that you send
Observing the cues and messages you transmit


I wanna feel lethal on the inside
Desiring a ferocious and powerful inner self


I wanna read American Psycho again
Longing to revisit the novel American Psycho


You're not even sleeping
You are not genuinely at rest


You're prob'ly even listening
You are possibly paying attention


'Cause everybody pays
Everyone suffers consequences


Yeah, everybody's head is in the noose
Indeed, everyone feels trapped and under pressure


You're part of a program
You are involved in a predetermined system


Get with the program
Conform to the expectations and rules


'Cause everybody comes and falls asleep
Everyone experiences fatigue and loses consciousness


Lies awake, pretends to be sleeping
Remains awake but feigns slumber


You're not even sleeping
You are not genuinely at rest


You're prob'ly even listening
You are possibly paying attention


You're not even sleeping
You are not genuinely at rest


You're prob'ly even listening
You are possibly paying attention


Even listening to me
Possibly giving heed to my words




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Brian Sella, Mat Uychich

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