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Mike Doughty — Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well
Album: Haughty Melodic
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Released: 2006
Length: 3:51
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That Cuban girl
That brought me low
She had that skin so fine and red lips
Roselike now
Her mouth was wide
And sweet as well
And now relentless hours of
Dreaming up her smell, and

I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well

Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
beat it.
Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
beat it.

Oh all the days
That I have run
I sought to lose that cloud that's blacking out the sun
My train will come
Some one day soon
And when it comes I'll ride it bound from night to noon.

I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well

Aimless days,
Uncool ways
Of decathecting
Painless phase,
Blacked out thoughts
You be rejecting.

Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
beat it.
Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to

We'll let's get down to business now
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well

Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
beat it.
Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
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His soul was coughing. That is  why he was in a dark place.
 kcar wrote:

I get the impression that Mike was in a pretty dark place towards the end of his time with Soul Coughing and he does not wax nostalgic. From a 2012 article: 

https://clatl.com/cribnotes/archives/2012/02/03/mike-doughty-comes-clean-about-heroin-addiction-in-new-memoir 

His just-released memoir, "The Book of Drugs," pulls the curtain back on this enigmatic songwriting gem and reveals a Doughty many people may not recognize. It's an often uncomfortable though delightful read, in the sense of what you might expect from one’s detailing their own heavy drug use. Doughty is open about everything: his upbringing, his family, and his stinging accounts of his past and present hatred for Soul Coughing. “If somebody says they love Soul Coughing, I hear fuck you,” he writes. 
 

an amateur. right down there with Hootie and The Blowfish
 pfwashburn9485 wrote:

I disliked this but after three times , it's now getting me likeing it very much. Thanks Bill   & Rebecca .

 
That's the way it goes sometimes.  {#Cheers}




                             Can think of absolutely nothing good to say. 






 
I kind of wish I hadn't read the lyrics.  They start out interesting but then go deep on the redundancy.
Bad.
 ziggytrix wrote:
This is a song about a whale!

No!

This is a song about being happy!

 
I'll teach your grandmother to suck eggs!
Dammit! I just got this song out of my head from the last time I heard it in 2008. 
 drekar wrote:
This is good and all, but...

I MISS SOUL COUGHING!!!!  :(

 
I get the impression that Mike was in a pretty dark place towards the end of his time with Soul Coughing and he does not wax nostalgic. From a 2012 article: 

https://clatl.com/cribnotes/archives/2012/02/03/mike-doughty-comes-clean-about-heroin-addiction-in-new-memoir 

His just-released memoir, "The Book of Drugs," pulls the curtain back on this enigmatic songwriting gem and reveals a Doughty many people may not recognize. It's an often uncomfortable though delightful read, in the sense of what you might expect from one’s detailing their own heavy drug use. Doughty is open about everything: his upbringing, his family, and his stinging accounts of his past and present hatred for Soul Coughing. “If somebody says they love Soul Coughing, I hear fuck you,” he writes. 
 Xeric wrote:
Good Lord that's an irritating chorus.  

 
My thoughts exactly!
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners and B.F. Skinner...  we love this splendiferous song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
Love this one...Wow Bill 2 MD tunes in one day - nice!
As far as RP music goes...this is a happy upbeat tune..I like

Loved Soul Coughing. Loved Mike Doughty's early, less production-heavy albums. Have seen him about 5 times in Seattle since the early 2000s. I'm done with that. He was such a jerk to one of the audience members at the last show i saw him that i can hardly enjoy his music anymore. Sad, 'cause he lost a true fan.




love it...  we be dancing...

 
 Huey wrote:

Yup..I just caught onto it in the last minute.
 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
Good Lord that's an irritating chorus.  
Also, do those guitar licks sound like Girlfriend-era Matthew Sweet to anyone else?
This is a song about a whale!

No!

This is a song about being happy!
This song has never "hit the spot".
The song grows on me: 7 ....... 8.
 Jelani wrote:
I saw him do this concert in my town with less than a hundred people in the room,just before he went on tour with that icky Dave Matthews guy.
It was awesome. 

 
Uh.. icky?

I saw him do this concert in my town with less than a hundred people in the room,just before he went on tour with that icky Dave Matthews guy.
It was awesome. 

 romeotuma wrote:


This song be cool...

 
 
Yup..I just caught onto it in the last minute.



This song be cool...

 
 drekar wrote:
This is good and all, but...

I MISS SOUL COUGHING!!!!  :(
 

 kcar wrote:


His voice isn't great but it is compelling. I bought this song on iTiunes right after the first time I listened to it. 
 

I recorded the video for this song off of VH1 on a VCR when it came out wayyyy back...  now I have the video converted to a DVD...  this really is a cool song, and I remember when I first heard it when it was played on VH1 all those years ago...

this Radio Paradise radio station kicks ass playing the greatest songs of all time and introducing us to new great stuff...


 romeotuma wrote:


This song is awesome...
 

His voice isn't great but it is compelling. I bought this song on iTiunes right after the first time I listened to it. 


This song is awesome...


Had to go from an 8 to a 9
Feet involuntarily tapping!  :-)
This is good and all, but...

I MISS SOUL COUGHING!!!!  :(
His live shows are awesome.  He even plays Soul Coughing tunes here and there.  A must see if you get a chance. 
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is good for the ears...
 

love it...


The bad are down and they only wear Adidas.
 SmackDaddy wrote:


really? are you sure?
 

Yes, I be sure...  well done...

 pinklife wrote:


Next time he comes around...instant replay of our ATL trip?  {#Bananapiano}
 

Absolutely!  We can get "Down in Marietta!"  Just need to find a nicer hotel.  The drag queens were too noisy last time.
 romeotuma wrote:


This really is a very good song...
 

really? are you sure?

That Cuban girl

That brought me low
She had that skin so fine and red lips
Roselike now
Her mouth was wide
And sweet as well
And now relentless hours of
Dreaming up her smell, and

I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well

Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
beat it.
Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
beat it.

Oh all the days
That I have run
I sought to lose that cloud that's blacking out the sun
My train will come
Some one day soon
And when it comes I'll ride it bound from night to noon.

I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well

Aimless days,
Uncool ways
Of decathecting
Painless phase,
Blacked out thoughts
You be rejecting.

Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
beat it.
Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to

We'll let's get down to business now
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well
I feel
as if I'm looking at the world from the bottom of a well

Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
beat it.
Lonely
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down
And the only way to beat it is to bat it down

M. Doughty, and Soul Coughing, always worth a listen.
....And the only way to beat it is to bat it down....{#Crashcomp}



This song is good for the ears...




This really is a very good song...


 viciousfishes wrote:
{#Good-vibes} Love, love, love, this album.  Great live performances, too.
 

Next time he comes around...instant replay of our ATL trip?  {#Bananapiano}
{#Good-vibes} Love, love, love, this album.  Great live performances, too.
 natural_tools wrote:
This really catches my ear tonight. Good play!
 
It's got a nice little hook there, let's see how it wears.
{#Music}Best thing since his Soul Coughing days.  {#Puke}←Soul Coughing (get it?)
 thewiseking wrote:
kinda like a male version of Cheryl Crow.

manufactured pre-packaged pablum
 

You're on crack!

Be careful as either side leads to the abyss that is good taste.
This really catches my ear tonight. Good play!


This is an excellent song...


 Odyzzeuz wrote:


You should remove the monstrous stuff from your list. It'll save you a lot of money. Not one dime should be wasted on Soul Coughing, Radiohead, Sufferyawn Stephens, Counting Crows, Cake or Deathcab for Cutie.

 

Thanks for reminding me why I left Texass all those many years ago.  Troll!

 egruben wrote:
Is this the guy from Soul Coughing? They really sound like them.

 
Yes, and I wish they would have NEVER broken up.
Are you sure that is the only way to beat it? There has got to be a better way....that's all I'm sayin'.
kinda like a male version of Cheryl Crow. manufactured pre-packaged pablum
Yes. Yes. Yes. For so many reasons.
This is shite. It sounds like everything that was played on Top 40 radio back in the mid 90's. Spare us.
Wearing thin. 5->4
uhm.... maybe like Soul Coughing?
Fun music. I just have this feeling that I've heard this or something like this before, I just can't place it.
this is growing on me... up another point.
horstman wrote:
Good question! I loved it so much that I found it a few months later in the used cd bin at Soundgarden (local music store). So yes, I did buy it eventually, but I did do a "free" review prior to plunking my dollars down on the music. Is that a crime?
I don't think so, but it is a tort.
meydele wrote:
Dammit, another cd to add to my monstrous wish list.
You should remove the monstrous stuff from your list. It'll save you a lot of money. Not one dime should be wasted on Soul Coughing, Radiohead, Sufferyawn Stephens, Counting Crows, Cake or Deathcab for Cutie.
I'm with the guy who recently joined...fabulous distraction
Great show Monday @ the Variety Playhouse here in ATL. Mike and his band were on point. This song is even better live.
squidish wrote:
What is soul-coughing, anyway? Somebody 'splain it to me, please. :whisper: And don't just say, "It's a band"
They are awsome!!! "Ruby Vroom" is my favorite album...
Is this the guy from Soul Coughing? They really sound like them.
stinkycheese wrote:
So... you actually did *buy* the album, right?
Good question! I loved it so much that I found it a few months later in the used cd bin at Soundgarden (local music store). So yes, I did buy it eventually, but I did do a "free" review prior to plunking my dollars down on the music. Is that a crime?
RP turned me on to this CD and it's definitely now one of my favorites from the last few years. He has a bunch of other little odds-and-ends CDs as well. Hit and miss, but the hits are worth it. I would recommend Rockity Roll after this CD.
meydele wrote:
Dammit, another cd to add to my monstrous wish list. RP, you make my ears happy and my wallet cry.
Exactly!! I joined RP only 2 days ago... and have problems to concentrate on my work from this day onwards... :bananajam:
Bruce Hornsby rocks harder now... :cool: Impressive voice and great guitars!!
Dammit, another cd to add to my monstrous wish list. RP, you make my ears happy and my wallet cry.
yesssssssssss!! :cool:
sounds like the singer in Cake to me
Baby_M wrote:
If it weren't for the "beat it to bat it to beat-a da batter" chorus, I'd like it.
I agree. That makes it sound like Dave Matthews :headache:
How about playing "27 Jennifers"? A wonderful song. Being a Jennifer I understand the sentiment.
Baby_M, on August 17, 2005, wrote:
If it weren't for the "beat it to bat it to beat-a da batter" chorus, I'd like it.
I have to tell you that this comment of yours has clouded my listening of this song. Forever and ever, Amen. Not that it's a great song, but every time I hear it, I think of your comment. So, uh, thanks. Not.
Nice. I always liked SC's Irresistible Bliss album. Never followed up on what the band or band members did though...
I flew out to Denver last week and this cd was reviewed in the in-flight magazine for Frontier airlines. I took pride in knowing it already from being hooked up at RP.
plaidchocobo wrote:
Ah, hearing this song just made my day. Repetitive? Like corn bread -- ain't nuthin' wrong with that.
It is a good song, but I heard it every day when we listened to fm radio before switching to RP. I just want a break from it.
Ah, hearing this song just made my day. Repetitive? Like corn bread -- ain't nuthin' wrong with that.
Yeah, the lyrics are repetitive, but the tune cooks right along nicely.
If you arent into repeated phrases repeated phrases repeated phrases, this guy isn't for you. I like this album a lot. I can especially appreciate "tremendous brunettes" :music: :sunny: For trivia's sake the album name is an anagram (play on the letters of doughty's name.) Get your own at (click here)
Solid pop music with lyrics that exude durability. Dig it. Groovy. Word.
Nah, dont think so.
horstman wrote:
I ripped this from a friend of mine a few months ago and although never a fan of soul coughing, this is really good, jamming music... Highly recommend this album. :motor:
So... you actually did *buy* the album, right?
great lyricist, witty and clever....for over a decade now
I ripped this from a friend of mine a few months ago and although never a fan of soul coughing, this is really good, jamming music, if not a bit repetitive. I put this on my mp3, went to the skating rink with my closed cell headphones (to block out their horrendous music) and totally jammed out. Awesome album for any speed sports. This music, the huge crowds of people on the rink made the experience close to driving fast in traffic or trying to commute on foot in crowded, narrow European streets. Find the open lane, downshift and take on any comers. Highly recommend this album. :motor:
hrrrmmmmmmmm decathecting ....what a great word. gonna try to do that.
This is pretty good...interested in hearing more
lmic wrote:
Magic Eightball (aka Wiki) says.... slang for blowing chunks. :eek:
Lovely. Thanks. :ask:
A friend of mine just introduced me to Doughty's solo stuff a few months ago. This is a great track and a great album, but I think a lot of the stuff on Rockity Roll and Skittish is much cooler, too bad those albums don't get more rotations around here.
squidish wrote:
What is soul-coughing, anyway?
Magic Eightball (aka Wiki) says.... slang for blowing chunks. :eek:
What is soul-coughing, anyway? Somebody 'splain it to me, please. :whisper: And don't just say, "It's a band"
Odyzzeuz wrote:
What I want to know, though, is the only way to beat it.
Why, to bat it down, of course.
10:32 am - Mike Doughty - Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well 10:28 am - Underworld - Ballet Lane 10:22 am - Steely Dan - The Royal Scam 10:17 am - Massive Attack - Teardrop 10:13 am - Screaming Trees - Sworn and Broken ^------hell yes!
Just surprising to me, since I like the soundtrack, but do not like the show. Too faux-zeitgeisty for me - maybe I'm just not in the correct demo? I'll take Scrubs, instead. jakeinprogress wrote:
Why is that surprising? I'd be more surprised if a popular, aspriring-to-grab-the-the-zeitgeist-in-one-way-or-another TV show DIDN'T roll out a soundtrack of carefully selected singles that, it is hoped, combine just the right amount of hipness and emasculated, authenticated (do I repeat myself?) irreverance.
lmic wrote:
This song - which I LOVE - is also on the surprisingly good Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack ("Original Soundtrack" = Season 1?).
Why is that surprising? I'd be more surprised if a popular, aspriring-to-grab-the-the-zeitgeist-in-one-way-or-another TV show DIDN'T roll out a soundtrack of carefully selected singles that, it is hoped, combine just the right amount of hipness and emasculated, authenticated (do I repeat myself?) irreverance.
This song - which I LOVE - is also on the surprisingly good Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack ("Original Soundtrack" = Season 1?). Pretty good collection of singles for $9.99 IMHO: Such Great Heights – Postal Service Ruby Blue – Roisin Murphy Song Beneath the Song – Maria Taylor Where Does the Good Go – Tegan and Sara Looking At the World from the Bottom of a Well – Mike Doughty Wait – Get Set Go Could be Anything – The Eames Era LOVE IT >> Portions for Foxes – Rilo Kiley The City – Joe Purdy REAL GOOD > End of the World Party – Medesky, Martin & Wood Catch My Disease (Live) – Ben Lee LOVE IT >> There's a Girl – The Ditty Bops Whatever Gets you Through Today –The Radio Fools in Love – Inara George REAL GOOD > Cosy in the Rocket - Psapp
This sounds exactly like a local Vancouver band called 'Brickhouse".
artmarcia wrote:
This song is really speaking to me--love the rhythms!
foot tapping goodness!
This song is really speaking to me--love the rhythms!
This entire disc is sooooo good!!! One of favs from last year. Thanks Bill!!!
Love this much ... early soul-coughing was just sublime. and the switch into the John Hiatt tune is pretty cool too. and here's the word on decathecting - kinda interesting (thnx hcaudill - below): "What does "decathecting" mean? We get a lot of emails here at Mike Doughty HQ asking what the word "decathecting," from the bridge section of "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well," means. Our good friends at Dictionary.com define the verb "cathect" as meaning "To invest emotional energy in (a person, object or idea)." So "decathecting" would then be the divestment, or letting go, of said emotional energy. Geekin' out—FOR THE FANS!"
ampersand wrote:
Heh, that's my rating system, too. Hence very few ratings in the range of 3 to 6. If I bother to rate, it's because I either love it or never want to hear it again. Usually the former.
Mee three.
MikeCloud wrote:
wait, I'm not sure I get this we are supposed to ... what was that again? um something about bats, and depression. The bats make him depressed? Well, something like that... maybe if he keeps repeating it I'll figure it out... :iamwithstupid:
:lol:
swoles wrote:
i dig this - if i look up from my work to check out who someone is, i always feel like that's worth at least a 7.
Heh, that's my rating system, too. Hence very few ratings in the range of 3 to 6. If I bother to rate, it's because I either love it or never want to hear it again. Usually the former.
can't stand this guy - his voice is okay, but he over-pronunciates (sp?) everything and it really grates on my nerves. too repetitive as well.
"...and the only way to beat it is to bat it down...and the only way to beat it..." That, and serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. :fever: Good tune!
i dig this - if i look up from my work to check out who someone is, i always feel like that's worth at least a 7.
Thank you, RP! I've heard this song on local radio stations and loved it, but they'd never say who this was or the name of the song. I hate that - is it really too much to do for the listeners? Now I can add this to the collection. :dance:
Isn't this Bruce Hornsby?
Yep like this - never heard of of Mr D before - but this rocks! :whistle:
A lot - most actually - of the songs on RP grow on me. But not this one. It shrinks on me. That refrain is grating!
Mari wrote:
Biography by Lee Meyer Before emerging as a solo artist, M. Doughty (first name: Michael) was best-known as the frontman of the unique avant-garde group known as Soul Coughing. Spawned in 1992, Soul Coughing was formed after Doughty met his bandmates (Yuval Gabay, Sebastian Steinberg, and Mark de Gli Antoni) while working as a doorman at the Knitting Factory, a staple of New York City's hip underground music scene. Soul Coughing signed to Slash/Warner in 1993 after making a name for themselves on the local scene and attracting the attention of music labels with their fusion of rock, Doughty's beatnik-inspired lyrics, and elements of hip-hop and electronic music. TOO MUCH INFO In July 2002, Doughty released the limited edition live album Smofe + Smang: Live In Minneapolis. It featured a large selection of solo material as well as Soul Coughing classics. A book of poetry entitled "Slanky," which was initially self-released in 1995, also coincided with the live album. In 2003, more solo work surfaced in the form of the Rockity Roll EP, which was then combined with the Skittish album and rereleased with a handful of bonus tracks when Doughty signed to Ato records in 2004. In 2005, Doughty released his first solo effort to feature a band, Haughty Melodic, which contained fleshed-out studio versions of several songs debuted on Smofe + Smang.
Lovely, just lovely...
Love this guy's voice for some reason. I had heard his solo stuff, but never anything from Soul Coughing...so when a SC song played earlier today I kept thinking "Where have I heard that voice before?" Now it's all coming back to me.
Great lyrics.
That Cuban girl That brought me low She had that skin so fine and red lips rose-like now Her mouth was wide And sweet as well And now relentless hours of dreaming up her smell And I feel as if I am looking at the world from the bottom of a well Lonely And the only way to beat it is to bat it down Oh all the days That I have run I sought to lose that cloud that's blacking out the sun My train will come Some one day soon And when it comes I'll ride it bound from night to noon Aimless days, uncool ways of decathecting Painless phase, blacked out thoughts you be rejecting
And, if you're wondering what "decathecting" means: https://www.mikedoughty.com/news/show/56
wait, I'm not sure I get this we are supposed to ... what was that again? um something about bats, and depression. The bats make him depressed? Well, something like that... maybe if he keeps repeating it I'll figure it out... :iamwithstupid:
I'd like to bat dwn this song
Is it that hard to understand... "Lonely - and the only way to beat it is to bat it down, and the only way to beat it is to bat it down..." :ask: