Wordsmith Wednesday: Modest Mouse’s “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine”


From Modest Mouse‘s “The Lonesome Crowded West,” a record that consistently spins at both Sobotka headquarters, comes these lines from the song “Teeth Like God’s Shoeshine,”

“The malls are the soon to be ghost towns/
so long, farewell, good-bye”

These lyrics have always resonated deeply with me considering (as anyone who has lived in a city can attest to) I have seen so many malls, businesses, and even residential areas go from fully occupied, busy, credit-card swiping mini-towns to complete deserts, tumbleweeds and all. The feeling of absence that follows a surge and then downfall of an economy can be discouraging, but we must try to not let it get to us. Realize that there are millions of other humans out there also attempting to move with the ebb and flow of the world. Keep floating.

– KK

Modest Mouse


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