Lyrics to Jason Mraz’ “Details in the Fabric”

Mraz Steal ThingsCan anyone decipher the phone message that bookends “Details in the Fabric”? Other than, “Hey, what’s up” and then, “you’re an island of reality in an ocean of diarhea”. The diarrhea bit is crystal clear.

It’s a bit strange to have such a beautiful, calming, peaceful song end with that sort of chunky imagery. I mean, I’ve had some days recently where I felt like I was about to boil over and scream or cry or at least make a very grouchy face, but then I put this song on and follow the instructions.

Details in the Fabric
Jason Mraz

Calm down
Deep breaths
Get yourself dressed
Instead of running around
And pulling on your threads
And breaking yourself up

If it’s a broken part, replace it
If it’s a broken arm, then brace it
If it’s a broken heart, then face it

And hold your own
Know your name
And go your own way
Hold your own
Know your name
And go your own way
And everything will be fine

Hang on
Help is on the way
Stay strong
I’m doing everything

Hold your own
Know your name
And go your own way
Hold your own
Know your name
And go your own way
And everything will be fine
Everything

Are the details in the fabric?
Are there things that make you panic?
Are your thoughts results of static cling?
Are there things that make you blow
Oh, no reason, go on and scream
If you’re shocked it’s just the fault of faulty manufacturing

And everything will be fine
Everything, in no time at all
Everything

And on and on…

And it works. I get calm. I feel like things really are going to be ok. My little problems aren’t so bad after all.

But then that ending. It’s clowny. It’s goofy. And maybe that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be. Maybe our Prophet Mraz is so comfortable being sexysilly and geekychic that when he creates something truly powerful he has to take the edge off with a little Bushwalla. (I assume the call is coming from Bushwalla. Any other possibilities?) Update: Yes, the liner notes do identify the caller as Bushwalla.

Maybe this is one of those situations when you cry just a little, but you laugh in the middle. Except here the laugh comes at the end.

Don’t it feel so nice?
Lisa

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24 responses to “Lyrics to Jason Mraz’ “Details in the Fabric”

  • TANISHA

    (THIS IS THE BEGINNING)
    Saved message:
    Hey, what’s up…Uh, I just lost it, at the end of the day I ******* lost it, i just blew up. my whole entire ******* apartment building, i told everyone to go **** themselves. I just had a hard time today and uh, i don’t know…

    (THIS IS THE END)
    New message:
    Yo what’s up man? I uh, I don’t know i just wanted to say that uh, everything’s cool with me now, I mean i just think, I think I’ll always be funky, can’t stop being funky, but I guess we just deal with it how it comes, deal with the humps, take the jumps, I feel like you’re an island of reality in an ocean of diarrhea. And I love you buddy. Ok. Bye

    HOPE THIS HELPS—-TOOK ME FOREVER TO FIGURE IT OUT!!!!BUT I HAVE PRETTY NICE EARPHONES[:

  • curbsideprophecies

    Hi Tanisha,

    Thanks for this. No matter how loud I turned it up, or how hard I was paying attention, all I could hear was “Hey… garblegarblegarble… mwahwahmwah… charliebrownteacherspeak…”

  • msadik

    hey. i really find this song terribly meaningful as well. and i must say i agree with your interpretation of it. it’s just one of those songs to remind you that your problems aren’t as bad as they seem, as long as you look at it in the right way.

    oh, and thanks for the voicemail transcript! much appreciated.

  • Rikki

    hey hey!

    I have a little back story to the voicemail message. Bushwalla just broke up with his girlfriend in whom he thought was his soulmate. (she broke up with him). After that break up like most people he got depressed and left mraz that first message.

    then weeks later bushwalla called back and left the second message, obviously more composed and more bushwalla like (only he would come up with the diarrhea crack). However to hear the sadness and the emotion in the first voicemail is enough to break anyone’s heart.

    just thought i add a little insight! thanks!

  • Lisa

    Hey Rikki,

    Thanks for the details. I generally try to keep out of the personal side of Mraz’ life, but since he and Bushwalla decided to include it on the album, I suppose knowing the background of the whole thing helps us to give the song context.

    I just think this is the perfect “I’m having a crap day and really need a hug” song.

    Lisa

  • Emma's Mamma

    You guys are awesome for posting this…thanks!!

  • curbsideprophecies

    You’re very welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

    Lisa

  • Kelsey

    COULD NOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE!
    beautiful song though…

  • bg

    I’m sorry guys but that is not Bushwalla’s voice!!

  • MojoRisin

    Dear Lisa,

    it’s some kind of strange to read your lines, not at least that i’m austrian and not so good in english to understand every word you write, but i’m lying on my couch, hearing this sound and reading the lines you wrote, and…

    … your words are trying to find some awsome way into my heart and are using this intimate sound as some kind of key…

    … “And it works” … you have to know, i haven’t known mrez until now, until this song, no backgroundknowlege, just someone who hears and specelly feels music,… so it’s some kind of present from you to read your sensitiv and hoest lines…

    thanks

    me from austia

  • Pinker Than You

    I’m pretty sure it’s James Morrison, not Bushwalla.

  • monica

    It actually is bushwalla.. information is in the CD cover or the booklet, whatever you may call it.

  • curbsideprophecies

    Thanks, Monica. I didn’t check the liner notes to see if Jason listed who that was, which was silly with me. I think James Morrison’s very distinct English accent rules him out as a possibility, plus I don’t think he and Jason are buddy-buddy enough that he would call him to talk about a bad day, and I assume that message is real and not staged just for the song.

    Lisa

  • Brian

    James Morrison is allready married and has a kid 🙂 So I don’t think its James’ voice 🙂

    Also, it just doesn’t sound like James’ voice 🙂

  • Ayub

    This is actually more correct and I got crappy headphones 😛 it says: Saved message, Hey what’s up? Uhh… I lost; that’s just sad. If…uhh at the end of the day I fucked them up, things just screwed up. Fuck It. My whole entire fucking apartment building, I told everyone to go fuck themselves. The whole… I just had a hard time today, and uhh look I don’t know.

  • Ayub

    it says: Saved message, Hey what’s up? Uhh… I lost; that’s just sad. If…uhh at the end of the day I fucked them up, things just screwed up. Fuck It. My whole entire fucking apartment building, I told everyone to go fuck themselves. The whole… I just had a hard time today, and uhh look I don’t know.

  • Alyssa

    There is something tranquilizing about this song, something alluring but calming at the same time. You can just imagine someone crying incessantly and then someone reaches out to them and tells them that not only is it okay to cry, it’s okay to be messed up and you admire Jason Mraz for not only being able to identify the importance of a person like that, but the importance of being able to feel vulnerable to another person. Vulnerability is the scariest, but most important feeling there is. I think that Jason Mraz is saying that acceptance from friends isn’t determined by perception, it’s built upon experience and no matter what happens, continue to be yourself and your friends will support you.

  • Tazzie White

    hi…this song is amazing…got me thinking and pondering…

    well, thanks for deciphering the phone message in the intro and outro of the song.

  • Bobby McBooby

    Hey tanks its been killing me UGH its like im on an island and lol jk =D thanks

  • sandrar

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  • Jonathan

    It is Bushwalla in the voicemail, but James Morrison is singing the song with him. 🙂

  • eugen

    hi, although this is a old post, still wanna leave a comment to express my feeling.
    These day,I was in a bad mood. And there’re a sentense in my mind– ‘and everything will be fine’. Then i surfing and find ur post. I totally grasp what u say!! Love it!

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