Florida cover
Florida cover

Florida Lyrics Meanings
by Modest Mouse


Florida Lyrics

Although we often wondered
It was no thing of wonder
The shit that flew from our minds
Grass stains and fresh fruit
Reminds our shoes of horse glue
On this ridiculous climb
With great tall vision
We built ourselves a mission
To ride out motives decide
Oh, with vague description
Of what we have been missing
So why would anyone try?

It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide
And the busy ant empire
Put all your clothes inside

I wasn't always cargo
I was once kind of my own
I guess I'll pack up my mind
It took so much effort
Not to make an effort
Oh, what a flawless design

It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide
And the busy ant empire
Put up the closing sign

Even as I left Florida
(Yee-ha)

It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide
And the busy ant empire
Has all deserted hive
It was always worth it
That's the part I seem to hide

Even as I left Florida
Far enough, far enough
Wasn't far enough

Couldn't quite seem to escape myself
Far enough, far enough
Far from Florida
We were all drowsing in cruise control
Far enough, far enough
Wasn't far enough

I stood on my heart supports thinkin'
Oh my God, I'll probably have to carry this whole load
I couldn't remember if I tried
I couldn't remember if I took my brain out, threw it so directly at the goal
I couldn't remember if I
I could have my mind erased
And still not know exactly what I don't already know

Even as I left Florida

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The entire song is about Isaac questioning free will. The opening line says that we often wonder (have thoughts) but it's no thing of wonder (as in a miracle). He is saying that the thoughts that pop in our head aren't miraculously being thought of consciously, but merely anecdotal based on our emotions and surroundings. Another line: "with great tunnel vision, we built ourselves a mission to ride out motives design." Tunnel vision refers to how narrow our set of goals are, given our interests and experiences. For example, if you know yourself pretty well and your biggest interest and passion is music and you have always played the drums, odds are you are going to play the drums, not be a surgeon. We have a narrow set of goals, we create a mission to achieve those goals, and we follow the design of our motives. Another line: "I wasn't always cargo, I was once kinda my own. I guess I'll pack up my mind." This refers to himself coming to understand the delusion of free will. Here is why. Cargo does't have a choice on where it's going. Based on what's inside the package, it will go to whatever place that needs the cargo. He feels that he is the same way. But, he says he wasn't always cargo. This means he previously had thought that he was in control of all the decisions he made and where he was going. But now that he knows he is just cargo, he has no choice but to "pack up his mind" and go wherever he was always going to go.

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