Modest Mouse’s “Missed the Boat” – a reminder to give yourself a little love!

It’s a New Year and a new chance to be kind! Start with yourself and give a little love!
Which starts with not being so hard on yourself.
So we’ve combed through some of the best made-in-Portland songs and pulled out “Missed the Boat” by Modest Mouse, because the words so cleverly contradict themselves and, if you read it the way we do, you’ll see that it’s a song that tells us not to take life too seriously and to poke some fun at it.
Read the lyrics and then start listening for the sound of life’s sweet bells.

Missed the Boat
with Lyrics

While we’re on the subject
Could we change the subject now?
I was knocking on your ear’s door
But you were always out.
Looking towards the future
We were begging for the past,
Well, we knew we had the good things
But those never seemed to last
Oh, please just last.
Everyone’s unhappy.
Everyone’s ashamed.
Well, we all just got caught looking
At somebody else’s page.
Well, nothing ever went
Quite exactly as we planned.
Our ideas held no water
But we used them like a dam.
Oh, and we carried it all so well
As if we got a new position.
Oh, and I laugh all the way to Hell
Saying, “Yes, this is a fine promotion,”
Oh, and I laugh all the way to Hell.
Of course everyone goes crazy
Over such and such and such.
We made ourselves a pillar
We just used it as a crutch.
We were certainly uncertain
At least, I’m pretty sure I am.
Well, we didn’t need the water
But we just built that good-God-damn.
Oh, and I know this of myself,
I assume as much for other people,
Oh, and I know this of myself,
We’ve listened more to life’s end-gong than
The sound of life’s sweet bells.
Was it ever worth it?
Was there all that much to gain?
Well, we knew we’d missed the boat,
And we’d already missed the plane.
We didn’t read the invite,
We just dance at our own wake.
All our favorites were a-playing,
So we could shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
Tiny curtain’s open
And we heard the tiny clap of little hands.
A tiny man would tell a little joke
And get a tiny laugh from all the folks.
Sittin’, driftin’ around in bubbles, and
Thinkin’ it was us that carried them,
When we finally got it figured out
That we had truly missed the boat.
Oh, and we carried it all so well
As if we got a new position,
Oh, and we owned all the tools ourselves,
But not the skills to make a shelf with
Oh, what useless tools ourselves.