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      Zzantor
      Zzantor
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      No interpretation, I’ll leave that up to you. Links to hear/watch are below each song.

      Mamma Sed

      Wake up, son of mine
      Momma got something to tell you
      Changes come
      Life will have its way
      With your pride, son
      Take it like a man

      Hang on, son of mine
      A storm is blowing up your horizon

      Changes come
      Keep your dignity
      Take the high road
      Take it like a man

      Listen up, son of mine
      Momma got something to tell you
      All about growing pains
      Life will pound away
      Where the light don’t shine, son
      Take it like a man
      Suck it up, son of mine
      Thunder blowing up your horizon

      Changes come (Changes come)
      Keep your dignity (Keep your dignity)
      Take the high road (Take the high road)
      Take it like a man (Take it like a man)

      Momma said life will rain (This, too, shall pass)
      Like a kidney stone (This, too, shall pass)
      It’s just a broken heart, son
      This pain will pass away


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      Polar Bear

      I see you chippin’ away again
      Your own icicle island

      Howling’ alone
      The lies and the bones
      Hopin’ to fade and
      Disappear into the white
      A polar bear

      A moat of icy water
      No end in sight, save your own
      I know that look
      Of fear, I’m well aware
      No need to brave it all alone
      I’ll be there
      I’ll be there

      I see you chippin’ away again
      Your own icicle island
      I know that look
      Of fear, I’m well aware
      No need to brave it all alone
      I’ll be there
      I’ll be there

      Hopin’ to fade and
      Disappear into the white
      A polar


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      The Humbling River

      Nature, nurture heaven and home
      Sum of all, and by them, driven
      To conquer every mountain shown
      But I’ve never crossed the river

      Braved the forests, braved the stone
      Braved the icy winds and fire
      Braved and beat them on my own
      Yet I’m helpless by the river

      Angel, angel, what have I done?
      I’ve faced the quakes, the wind, the fire
      I’ve conquered country, crown, and throne
      Why can’t I cross this river?

      Pay no mind to the battles you’ve won
      It’ll take a lot more than rage and muscle
      Open your heart and hands, my son
      Or you’ll never make it over the river

      It’ll take a lot more than words and guns
      A whole lot more than riches and muscle
      The hands of the many must join as one
      And together we’ll cross the river

      (Nature, nurture heaven and home)
      It’ll take a lot more than words and guns
      (Sum of all, and by them, driven)
      A whole lot more than riches and muscle
      (To conquer every mountain shown)
      The hands of the many must join as one
      And together we’ll cross the river

      (Braved the forests, braved the stone)
      It’ll take a lot more than words and guns
      (Braved the icy winds and fire)
      A whole lot more than riches and muscle
      (Braved and beat them on my own)
      The hands of the many must join as one
      And together we’ll cross the river

      And together we’ll cross the river
      And together we’ll cross the river

      Nature, nurture heaven and home
      And together we’ll cross the river
      And together we’ll cross the river

      Nature, nurture heaven and home
      And together we’ll cross the river
      And together we’ll cross the river

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      Sam
      Participant

      Given to Fly
      Pearl Jam
      LYRICS
      He could’ve tuned in tuned in
      But he tuned out
      A bad time nothing could save him
      Alone in a corridor waiting locked out
      He got up outta there ran for hundreds of miles
      He made it to the ocean had a smoke in a tree
      The wind rose up set him down on his knee
      A wave came crashing like a fist to the jaw
      Delivered him wings “Hey look at me now”
      Arms wide open with the sea as his floor
      Oh power oh
      He’s flying
      Whole
      High wide, oh
      He floated back down ’cause he wanted to share
      His key to the locks on the chains he saw everywhere
      But first he was stripped and then he was stabbed
      By faceless men, well, fuckers
      He still stands
      And he still gives his love, he just gives it away
      The love he receives is the love that is saved
      And sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky
      A human being that was given to fly
      High flying
      Oh, oh
      High flying
      Oh, oh
      He’s flying
      Oh, oh

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      Dave
      Participant

      Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb I don’t know the official interpretation, but this song reminds me of resignation

      Hello? Hello? Hello?
      Is there anybody in there?
      Just nod if you can hear me
      Is there anyone at home?
      Come on now
      I hear you’re feeling down
      Well I can ease your pain
      Get you on your feet again
      Relax
      I’ll need some information first
      Just the basic facts
      Can you show me where it hurts?
      There is no pain you are receding
      A distant ship smoke on the horizon
      You are only coming through in waves
      Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
      When I was a child I had a fever
      My hands felt just like two balloons
      Now I’ve got that feeling once again
      I can’t explain you would not understand
      This is not how I am
      I have become comfortably numb
      Okay
      Just a little pinprick
      There’ll be no more, ah
      But you may feel a little sick
      Can you stand up?
      I do believe it’s working, good
      That’ll keep you going through the show
      Come on it’s time to go
      There is no pain you are receding
      A distant ship, smoke on the horizon
      You are only coming through in waves
      Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
      When I was a child
      I caught a fleeting glimpse
      Out of the corner of my eye
      I turned to look but it was gone
      I cannot put my finger on it now
      The child is grown
      The dream is gone
      I have become comfortably numb

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      Zzantor
      Zzantor
      Participant

      Capitals are the artist’s
      The Devin Townsend Project
      Awake.

      Hey… You’re awake
      And it keeps you where you wanted to be known
      That’s alright You know that you’ve been framed
      All the way
      And it keeps you’re wanting to be known
      But that’s alright… You’re only human, boy…
      Take your inhibitions going home
      Hey! You’re awake!
      And that keeps you where you’re wanting to be owned
      That’s alright, You’re only evil…
      ‘Eh’ all the way!
      And it keeps you where you wanting to be owned
      Thats alright, you’re only human boy, So stay a while…
      ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE AND WE ARE HOME AGAIN!
      ALL THE WORLDS AFRAID BUT WE ARE HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN!
      Away from home? WAIT!
      I died a little… Waiting, waiting…
      I want to be set free… On the road again for you and me
      Tell your partner that you’ll be on the way, so get up get up…
      WE’RE FAR TOO OLD TO WHINE ABOUT IT!
      Hey, You’re awake
      And it keeps you where you’ve wanted to be known
      That’s alright, We knew we knew the way… All the way
      And it keeps us where we wanted to be on time…
      Oh, then sooner or later it comes…
      And we’re free!
      I’m free!
      I’m free!
      ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE AND WE ARE HOME AGAIN!
      ALL THE WORLDS AFRAID BUT WE ARE HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN!
      Away from home? WAIT!
      I died a little… Waiting, waiting…
      I want to be set free… On the bond again for you and for me…
      Without a haunted song we’d be all alone… So get up, get up, get up…
      NOW DECONSTRUCT!

      All the worlds afraid….all the worlds afraid…

      And we looked up to the stars last night
      And I saw that maybe…there was nothing more?
      …and my thought turned!


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      DTP
      Numbered

      Ah, we are numbered
      We are numb, we are not alone
      Ah, we are numbered
      We are numb, we are numb…

      All the world’s been waiting for a photograph
      All the time we’ve waited for a sign
      It’ll soon be over, all we want is honesty
      It’ll soon be over, all we’ve got is time

      Ah, we are numbered
      We are numb, we are not alone
      Ah, we are numbered
      We are numb, we are numb…

      So we search for home
      Only god knows god
      I’m alright to fly!
      Only we both know we never once were right…
      But we tried
      Say it!

      Ah, we are numbered
      We are numb, we are not alone
      Ah, we are numbered
      We are numb, we are numb…


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      Zzantor
      Zzantor
      Participant

      The Analog Kid

      A hot and windy August afternoon
      Has the trees in constant motion
      With a flash of silver leaves
      As they’re rocking in the breeze

      The boy lies in the grass with one blade
      Stuck between his teeth
      A vague sensation quickens
      In his young and restless heart

      And a bright and nameless vision
      Has him longing to depart

      You move me
      You move me
      With your buildings and your eyes
      Autumn woods and winter skies

      You move me
      You move me
      Open sea and city lights
      Busy streets and dizzy heights

      You call me
      You call me

      The fawn-eyed girl with sun-browned legs
      Dances on the edge of his dream
      And her voice rings in his ears
      Like the music of the spheres

      The boy lies in the grass, unmoving
      Staring at the sky
      His mother starts to call him
      As a hawk goes soaring by

      And the boy pulls down his baseball cap
      And covers up his eyes

      Too many hands on my time
      Too many feelings
      Too many things on my mind

      When I leave I don’t know
      What I’m hoping to find

      And when I leave I don’t know
      What I’m leaving behind

      https://genius.com/Rush-the-analog-kid-lyrics
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      The Package

      Clever got me this far
      Then tricky got me in
      Eye on what I’m after
      Don’t need another friend
      Smile and drop the cliche
      ‘Til you think I’m listening
      Take just what I came for
      Then I’m out the door again

      Peripheral on the package
      Don’t care to settle in
      Time to feed the monster
      I don’t need another friend
      Comfort is a mystery
      Crawling out of my own skin
      Just give me what I came for
      Then I’m out the door again

      Lie to gain what I came for
      Lie to gain just what I need
      Lie to gain what I crave
      Lie and smile to get what’s mine

      Eye on what I’m after
      I don’t need another friend
      Nod and watch your lips move
      If you need me to pretend
      Because clever got me this far
      Then tricky got me in
      I’ll take just what I came for
      Then I’m out the door again

      Lie to gain what I came for
      Lie to gain what I need now
      Lie to gain what I’m craving
      Lie and smile and get what’s mine
      Give this to me

      Mine, mine, mine
      Take what’s mine
      Mine, mine, mine
      Take what’s mine
      (exhaling)

      Lie to gain what I came for
      Lie to gain what I need now
      Lie to gain what I crave
      Lie, just smile and get what’s mine

      Give this to me
      Take what’s mine
      Mine, mine, mine
      Take what’s mine

      Give this to me

      Take what’s mine
      Take what’s mine
      Mine
      Take what’s mine
      Take what’s mine
      Take what’s mine
      This is mine
      Mine
      Mine


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      The Weapon

      We’ve got nothing to fear…but fear itself
      Not pain, not failure, not fatal tragedy
      Not the faulty units in this mad machinery
      Not the broken contacts in emotional chemistry
      With an iron fist in a velvet glove
      We are sheltered under the gun
      In the glory game on the power train
      Thy kingdom’s will be done

      And the things that we fear are a weapon to be held against us

      He’s not afraid of your judgment
      He knows of horrors worse than your Hell
      He’s a little bit afraid of dying
      But he’s a lot more afraid of your lying
      And the things that he fears are a weapon to be held against him

      Can any part of life be larger than life?
      Even love must be limited by time
      And those who push us down that they might climb
      Is any killer worth more than his crime?
      Like a steely blade in a silken sheath
      We don’t see what they’re made of
      They shout about love, but when push comes to shove
      They live for the things they’re afraid of

      And the knowledge that they fear is a weapon to be used against them


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      Zzantor
      Zzantor
      Participant

      The Fountain of Lamneth

      [I. In the Valley]

      I am born
      I am me
      I am new
      I am free
      Look at me
      I am young
      Sight unseen
      Life unsung
      My eyes have just been opened
      And they’re open very wide
      Images around me
      Don’t identify inside
      Just one blur I recognize
      The one that soothes and feeds
      My way of life is easy
      And as simple are my needs
      Yet my eyes are drawn toward
      The mountain in the east
      Fascinates and captivates
      Gives my heart no peace
      The mountain holds the sunrise
      In the prison of the night
      Until bursting forth from rocky chains
      The valley floods with light
      Living one long sunrise
      For to me all things are new
      I’ve never watched the sky grow pale
      Or strolled through fields of dew
      I do not know of dust to dust
      I live from breath to breath
      I live to climb that mountain
      To the Fountain of Lamneth

      [II. Didacts and Narpets]

      Stay! Go!
      Work! No!
      Learn! Live!
      Earn! Give!
      Stay or fight? What’s right?
      Listen!

      [III. No One At the Bridge]

      Crying back to consciousness
      The coldness grips my skin
      The sky is pitching violently
      Drawn by shrieking winds
      Seaspray blurs my vision
      Waves roll by so fast
      Save my ship of freedom
      I’m lashed helpless to the mast
      Remembering when first I held
      The wheel in my own hands
      I took the helm so eagerly
      And sailed for distant lands
      But now the sea’s too heavy
      And I just…I just don’t understand
      Why must my crew desert me?
      When I need…I need a guiding hand
      Call out for direction
      And there’s no one there to steer
      Shout out for salvation
      But there’s no one there to hear
      Cry out supplication
      For the maelstrom is near
      Scream out desperation
      But no one cares to hear

      [IV. Panacea]

      The whiteness of confusion
      Is unfolding from my mind
      I stare around in wonder
      Have I left my life behind?
      I catch the scent of ambergris
      And turn my head, surprised
      My gaze is caught and held and I
      Am helpless… mesmerized
      Panacea, liquid grace
      Oh let me touch your fragile face
      Enchantment falls around me
      And I know I cannot leave
      Here’s a meaning for my life
      A shelter from the storm
      Pacify my troubles with
      Her body, soft and warm
      Naked in our unity
      A smile for every tear
      Gentle hands that promise me
      Comfort through the years
      Yet I know I must be gone
      Before the light of dawn
      Panacea, passion pure
      I can’t resist your gentle lure
      My heart will lie beside you
      And my wandering body grieves

      [V. Bacchus Plateau]

      Another endless day
      Silhouettes of grey
      Another glass of wine
      Drink with eyes that shine
      To days without that chill at morning
      Night’s time out of mind

      Draw another goblet
      From the cask of ’43
      Crimson misty memory
      Hazy glimpse of me
      Give me back my wonder
      I’ve something more to give
      I guess it doesn’t matter
      There’s not much more to live

      Another foggy dawn
      The mountain almost gone
      Another doubtful fear
      The road is not so clear
      My soul grows ever weary
      And the end is ever near

      [VI. The Fountain]

      Look! The mist is rising
      And the sun is peaking through
      See the steps grow lighter
      As I reach their final few
      Hear the dancing waters
      I must be drawing near
      Feel, my heart is pounding
      With embattled hope and fear
      Now, at last I fall before
      The Fountain of Lamneth
      I thought I would be singing
      But I’m tired…out of breath
      Many journeys end here
      But, the secret’s told the same
      Life is just a candle and a dream
      Must give it flame
      The key, the end, the answer
      Stripped of their disguise
      Still it’s all confusion
      And tears spring to my eyes
      Though I’ve reached a signpost
      It’s really not the end
      Like Old Sol behind the mountain
      I’ll be coming up again
      I’m in motion
      I am still
      I am crying
      I am…still
      I’m together
      I’m apart
      I’m forever
      At the start
      Still…I am

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      Zzantor
      Zzantor
      Participant

      Saints in Hell

      They laughed at their gods
      And fought them in vain
      So he turned his back on them
      And left them in pain
      Now here come the saints
      With their banners held high
      Each one of them martyrs
      Quite willing to die

      Wake the dead, the saints are in Hell
      Wake the dead, they’ve come for the bell

      Cover your fists
      Razor your spears
      It’s been our possession
      For 8,000 years
      Fetch the scream eagles
      Unleash the wild cats
      Set loose the king cobras
      And blood sucking bats

      We are saints
      In hell
      We are saints
      In hell
      We’re going down
      Into the fire
      We’re going down
      Into the fire
      The streets run with blood from the mass mutilation
      As carnage took toll for the bell
      Abattoir, abattoir, mon Dieu quelle horreur
      For a time is was like second hell
      Saints in Hell
      Saints in Hell
      The battle is over, the saints are alive
      How can we all thank you, we felt so despised

      Saints in Hell [x6]

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      Zzantor
      Zzantor
      Participant

      Right In Two

      Angels on the sideline
      Puzzled and amused
      Why did Father give these humans free will?
      Now they’re all confused

      Don’t these talking monkeys know that Eden has enough to go around?
      Plenty in this holy garden, silly monkeys
      Where there’s one you’re bound to divide it
      Right in two

      Angels on the sideline
      Baffled and confused
      Father blessed them all with reason
      And this is what they choose?

      Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground
      Silly monkeys; Give them thumbs, they forge a blade
      And where there’s one they’re bound to divide it
      Right in two

      Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground
      Silly monkeys; Give them thumbs, they make a club and beat their brother down
      How they’ve survived so misguided is a mystery
      Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability
      To lift an eye to heaven, conscious of his fleeting time here

      Cut and divide it all right in two
      Cut and divide it all right in two
      Cut and divide it all right in two
      Cut and divide it all right in two

      Fight till they die over sun, over sky
      They fight till they die over sea, over air
      They fight till they die over blood, over love
      They fight till they die over words, polarizing

      Angels on the sideline again
      Benched along with patience and reason
      Angels on the sideline again
      Wondering where this tug of war will end

      Cut and divide it all right in two
      Cut and divide it all right in two
      Cut and divide it all right in two
      Cut it in two
      Right in two

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      Zzantor
      Zzantor
      Participant

      ‘Simultaneous’ from 3:31 on.


      “We will never know world peace, until three people can simultaneously look each other straight in the I.”

      Should the oceans rise
      Should the sky come falling down
      Should the islands tremble beneath us
      See our better nature blossom

      Should the sun rain fire
      Should Hell on Earth freeze over
      And our enemies wait hungry
      See our better nature feed them
      Should the sun rain fire
      Should Hell on Earth freeze over
      And our enemies wait hungry
      See our better nature feed and clothe them

      Find a way through, around, or over
      Find a way through, around, or over
      Find a way through, around, or over
      Find a way through, around, or over

      Find a way through, around, or over
      Find a way through, around, or over
      Find a way through, around, or over

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      Zzantor
      Zzantor
      Participant

      Oceans

      Weary traveler, calloused and sore
      Time and gravity followed you here
      Rest, my sister, and tell me
      All about the ocean

      I’ve never seen the ocean
      Not like this one

      Weary traveler, calloused and sore
      Time and gravity followed you here
      Rest, my brother, and tell me
      All about the ocean

      Spoils and traumas, and burdens you’ve bore
      Pay them no mind, they matter no more
      Leave them behind and show me
      All about the ocean

      Look in your eyes
      I’ve never seen the ocean
      Not like this one

      Deep in your eyes
      I’ve never seen the ocean
      Not like this one
      Show me your eyes
      I’ve never seen the ocean
      Not like this one
      Look in your eyes
      I’ve never seen the ocean
      Not like this one

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      nomad
      Participant

      Im not a particular fan of Jackson Browne, but ‘Before the Deluge’ is the closest I have seen anyone come to connecting resignation with the real meaning of the ‘flood’ metaphor (see Freedom Essay 43). The chorus also says pretty plainly that one day the human condition was going to be solved!

      Some of them knew pleasure
      And some of them knew pain
      And for some of them it was only the moment that mattered
      And on the brave and crazy wings of youth
      They went flying around in the rain
      And their feathers, once so fine, grew torn and tattered
      And in the end they traded their tired wings
      For the resignation that living brings
      And exchanged love’s bright and fragile glow
      For the glitter and the rouge
      And in a moment they were swept before the deluge

      Let the music keep our spirits high
      Let the buildings keep our children dry
      Let creation reveal its secrets by and by, by and by
      When the light that’s lost within us reaches the sky

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      nomad
      Participant

      Ive just figured out Neil Young’s ‘Sugar Mountain’ is about resignation.
      Sugar Mountain is childhood innocence, but you’ve got to leave, though you dont want to…
      “Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain
      With the barkers and the colored balloons
      You can’t be twenty on Sugar Mountain
      Though you’re thinking that
      You’re leaving there too soon”

      wait, there’s more…
      “Now you say you’re leaving home
      Because you want to be alone
      Isn’t it funny how you feel
      When you’re finding out it’s real?”

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      able921
      Participant

      Going a bit highbrow. Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost:
      Nature’s first green is gold,
      Her hardest hue to hold.
      Her early leaf’s a flower;
      But only so an hour.
      Then leaf subsides to leaf.
      So Eden sank to grief,
      So dawn goes down to day.
      Nothing gold can stay.

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      bkelly
      Participant

      Not too much to this one but heard it today and loved it! It’s about leaving the cave. It struck me how much leaving the cave of denial resonates with people, and this folky number is just steady and reassuring in its own way—the steady beat and lyrics like ‘let reason guide you’—so thought it’s worth sharing:

      José González – Leaf Off / The Cave

      [Chorus]
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out

      [Verse 1]
      Why can’t you take the leaf off your mouth
      Now that you have the facts on your side?
      Take a moment to reflect where you’re from
      Let reason guide you
      See all tracks lead you out from the dark
      See all tracks lead you out to the stars

      [Verse 2]
      Why can’t you take the leaf off your mouth
      Now that you have the facts on your side?
      Take a moment to reflect where we’re going
      Let reason guide you
      See all tracks lead you out from the dark
      See all tracks lead you out to the stars

      [Chorus]
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out

      [Verse 3]
      Why can’t you take the leaf off you’re mouth
      Now that you have the facts on your side?
      Take a moment to reflect who we are
      Let reason guide you
      See all tracks lead you out from the dark

      [Bridge]
      How the light feeds life
      What makes up you and I
      What it takes to thrive
      What we need to survive
      How we flourish and die
      What it means to be alive
      What it means to be alive

      [Chorus]
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out
      Let the light lead you out

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