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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


  • 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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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]

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by  nomad.

  • 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?”

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  nomad.

  • 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.


  • 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

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 6 days ago by  bkelly. Reason: Typo