Yesterday I was listening to 'Range Life', and this line just hit me like a gut punch, which it always does.
'school's out, what did you expect?'
This just somehow completely encapsulates life for me. And not just cause I'm not attending school. Maybe it's that the line's preceded by:
'but I've got absolutely no one, no one but myself to blame
don't worry, we're in no hurry'
Since Malkmus is saying 'but I've got absolutely no one, no one but myself to blame', the bridge of 'don't worry, we're in no hurry/ school's out, what did you expect?' could maybe be looked at as a response, maybe even like a Greek chorus of... no, no, I won't say slackers, but people who're somewhat drifting thru life. But then there's the response-within-a-response of 'school's out, what did you expect?'
The tone of the song ultimately seems like one of exasperation, 'if I could settle down, then I would settle down'.