Originally Released on:


also appears on:

  • Goo Demos (demo)
  • Goo video (music video)
  • 1991: The Year Punk Broke (live '91)
  • Goo deluxe reissue 2CD/4LP
  • Corporate Ghost DVD
  • MIX TAPE #1
  • 08/25/91 "LIVE IN BREMEN 1991"
  • 03/05/93 "LIVE AT THE WARFIELD 1993"
  • 08/05/00 "PERSPECTIVE MUSICALES - LIVE AT CAT'S CRADLE 2000" (Lee solo)

Thurston - guitar
Kim - bass
Lee - guitar/vocals
Steve - drums/percussion
J. Mascis - backing vocals
w/ additional percussion by
nick sansano & don fleming?

Lyrics   status: confirmed

When you see the spiral turning for you alone
And you feel so heavy that you just can't stop it
When this sea of madness turns you into stone
A picture of your life shoots like a rocket
All the time

Put "me" in the equation it's alright
I've seen you moving in and out of sight
My friends tell me it'll all cut through you
From nowhere
To nowhere
Cut together
Cuttin' through

I'm island-bound, a mote inside my eye
And I can't see you breathing as before
I am airless, a vacuum child
And I can't stand to reason at your door
In this time

[LP version repeats previous chorus minus final "cuttin thru".. most live versions feature this second chorus:]

If broken bottles shine like jewels
If this decision points to you
If what you say is ever true
Then I'll be fine...

I'm down in the daytime out of sight
Comin' in from dreamland I'm on fire
I can see it's all been here before
Dream a dream that lies right at your door

When the seasons circle sideways out of turn
And words don't speak just fall across the carpet
You're just in time to watch the fires burn
It seems a crime but yr face is bright you love it
All the time.....

Track length: 7:37

First Known Performance: 03/08/90
Last Known Performance:  11/14/11


  • Working title: "Bookstore"
  • Named after a Sylvia Plath poem entitled "The Eye-Mote". Often introduced as "The Eye-Mote" in concert.
  • The demo, "Bookstore", is actually considerably different than the Goo version.. The bridge on "Mote" serves as part of the first verse to "Bookstore", sung in a different melody.
  • Video directed by Ray Agony, produced by Sonic Youth.
  • Performed acoustically at the Bridge Benefit in 1991.
  • "Eyefrost" was a Mote/Hoarfrost medley of sorts performed in Providence, Rhode Island on 6/16/00.
  • Jim O'Rourke played guitar on this song during his time in the band.
  • A live version from the August '91 tour was included on the first web-only 'Mix Tape.
  • The official lyrics offer another alternate chorus: "If there's a heart to hide in / If there's a rip in time / If there's a day that lasts / Then I'll be fine..."


  • "Bookstore" (demo)

  • "The Year Punk Broke" - LIVE - 2:20

    Recorded live 08/30/91 Nuremburg, Germany. The footage begins during the song's 2nd chorus and ends before the noise coda is even thru! The DVD reissue features a longer cut of the song, which is still missing the beginning but does segue into "Flower".

  • "Mix Tape #1" - LIVE - 4:12

    Recorded live on the same tour as above.