Modest Mouse: Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset Meaning
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Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset Lyrics
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...
anonymous Nov 18th 2011, 16:18 report
First of all, I have to say this song is beautifully composed by Modest Mouse. Also, it's so significant to me, that it's probably one of my favorite songs by Modest Mouse. So, to be candid, I could describe my interpretation of this song, in a meticulous and complex manner. However, to save you from tedious details, I'll some it up in a couple sentences.
I think this song has to do with the inability for people to cope with the disappointments that are inflicted in their own personal lives. The song explains how humans blame everything else for their own misery. The song also talks about how people try to look introspectively at their lives to see if they can identify what's caused them all of this suffering. However, every time they figure it out, another disappointment arises. The chorus of the song represents suicide as a way of people being able to opt out of their melancholy. The last part ties all of the song together in a harmonious way. This part represents the idea that people ignore the positive aspects of each disappointment in their lives. As well as how they only view the negative aspects of each disappointment. This part also talks about how suicide may be a frivolous idea that actually would not be making anything better. And finally, in the last part he talks about how he is now unsure of how to deal with his disappointments and the ambivalence he has towards each possible decision.
anonymous Mar 15th 2011, 22:36 report
I believe that this song is symbolizing someone who has hit rock bottom with their life and has no clue where or how to start putting it back together, hense the lyrics:"i tied my self too tight". The person is obviously in a situation where he/she cannot get out, and its gotten so bad to the point where he/she cannot trust their own mind to make the right decision. The name of the song "talking shit about a pretty sunset", shows right away that this person cannot even enjoy the quality and beauty this life has to offer, and this person threw away all the potential they once had, and pushed away everything they had a chance. Someone who is suffering from a drug addiction can relate to this song, it truely is sad , but a lot of times this is what happens to people when they lose sight of what's truely important in life.
anonymous Jul 15th 2008, 06:35 report
Humans are never ever satisfied and this song is about the struggle in trying to figure out why.
anonymous May 6th 2007, 18:01 report
I think it's a song of struggle, conflict....
It's about a person, getting himself in situations that he regrets...
"tied myself to tight"
so he changes, constantly, "change my mind so much I can't even trust it, my mind's changed me so much I can't even trust myself"...
the talking shit part is beautiful!
"blanket and opinions that I'll probably regret soon"
he's in a situation, that he impulsed his way into, and he has an opinion on the situation, but he knows that he'll have another opinion another time...
it's a song of opinions, situations, himself, all these constantly changing, conflicting, regretting, etc. etc.
and it's beautifully done, absolutely the apex of their mellow work.
anonymous Jan 18th 2007, 23:17 report
This is one of my absolute favorite songs and I think the main underlying meaning is, "you choose your attitude". I believe the noose refers to a binding belief, you cannot trust yourself when you look at things subjectivly. "Looking kind of anxious in your cross armed stance like a bad tempered prom queen at a homecoming dance" She isn't the queen of the homecoming dance but she should still be happy she is the prom queen. I think he is referring to how we all want more than we will ever get. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be happy with what we have, if for no other reason than simply because we change our plans and minds all the time. "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"
A pretty sunset can be bullshit depending on the context we choose to see it in. We however may not feel that way forever. "Blanketing opinions that I’ll probably reget 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"
MrPizzazz702 Nov 16th 2005, 17:39 report
First of all let me start off by saying "I think". I believe all of the interpretations should start with that because only the song writer him/herself knows for sure what the song is about. I think this song is about someone debating suicide. On one hand he thinks that there is no reason to go on. On the other hand he begins to think that maybe he is just telling himself it's bad when it really isn't. Hence the "talking shit about a pretty sunset". Towards the end it sounds like he has made up his mind but still is really unsure of his choice. "Blanketing opinions that I'll probably regret soon". "I've changed my mind so much I can't even trust it". I think this shows that he really is unsure of himself.
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