Modest Mouse’s “Float On” Lyrics Meaning
“Float On” highlights the concept of surviving all kinds of negative situations with a hope that things will pan out for good in the long run.
The writer depicts instances where unfortunate incidents occur without any repercussions, as well as instances where unfortunate events are simply inevitable. He talks about hitting a cop’s car and getting away with it because it was a lucky day, implying that life goes on irrespective of the unwise decisions one makes.
In the second verse however, the singer talks about being defrauded and learning a lesson from that. He also mentions that he and his friends lost their jobs on the same day, implying how unlucky they are at that time. Instead of being beaten down by these unlucky incidents, he is hopeful that they will soon recover from these.
Looking at life from this perspective for the narrator means that one should be conscious of the fact that both good and bad things happen to all. He suggests that the best reaction is to know that they are all temporary and things will always get better.
In 2004, Modest Mouse released their Grammy nominated “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” album. Three singles were issued in support of this album. One of them was “Float On”.
Upon its release, “Float On” entered three Billboard charts. It reached positions 1 and 68 on the “Alternative Airplay” and “Hot 100” respectively. It also charted in Canada and Australia.
“Float On” is nominated for a Grammy
At the 2005 Grammys, “Float On” was nominated for a Grammy. It battled with 4 other songs for the “Best Rock Song” award. However, only one of them emerged winner. And that was “Vertigo” by U2. The following are the other contesting songs: