"Sky Saw" as written by and Brian Eno....
Woke up this morning desperation a.m.
What I've been saying won't say them again
My head's not empty, it's full with my brain
The thoughts I'm thinking
Like piss down a drain

And I feel like a beetle on its back
And there's no way for me to get up
Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch

Ought to control what I do to my mind
Nothing in there but sunshades for the blind
Only yesterday I said to myself
The things I'm doing are not good
For my health

Love crops up quite a lot as something to sing about,
'Cause most groups make most of their songs about falling in love
Or how happy they are to be in love,
You occasionally wonder why these groups do sing about it all the time -
It's because these groups think there's something very special about it
Either that or else it's because everybody else sings about it and always has,
You know to burst into song you have to be inspired
And nothing inspires quite like love.

These groups and singers think that they appeal to everyone
By singing about love because apparently everyone has or can love
Or so they would have you believe anyway
But these groups seem to go along with what, the belief
That love is deep in everyone's personality.
I don't think we're saying there's anything wrong with love,
We just don't think that what goes on between two people
Should be shrouded with mystery.

Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch
Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch


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"Sky Saw" as written by Brian Eno

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  • +2
    General CommentThe main "coherent" stanza most likely has something to do with the a sequence of ideas or pastiche of sentiments from the rest of the album.

    That stanza equates words as meaningful and ultimately as concrete as the vaporous, intractable nature of clouds. There is a natural flow, or proclivity, of man to ignore the meaning of words with the whole history of words being invoked; "one th atdoes not learn history is doomed to repeat it". But the up-side to this is that Man will carry regardless just like the unthinking amorphous clouds, continually reforming, colliding, swallowing, evaporating. There will always be water... much like the "water" that Eno often mentions in songs like "By This River", "Spider and I", "Deep Blue Sea", and really any song in his career or anyone's career that invokes the archetypal subconscious of the ocean (and archetypal consciousness of the sky). So these clouds are how the subconscious inhabits the conscious... as words which act as mere symbols of a person's interior(subconscious) self (emotions, attractions, sensations, "ineffables" that never quite do "it" justice). So the "sky saw" is the clouds that carve across the sky. ...So the sky saw is the "clouds" that "carve" across the "sky". By carving it there are sections that are made... cultural partitioning of ideas, subjective/objective.

    The "incoherent" stanza in the background is an example of the "sky saw" in the main stanza. "Some cut better than others.", is the meaning... but they're made of the same stuff. And no one is any more effected, convinced, or moved by them than they wish to be. A subtle way of sidestepping, or "re-prioritizing", any responsibilities you may have in life...

    Makes me think of that line from Dr. Strangelove, ""I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids."

    Some "fluids" are more convincing than others...
    envelopeon December 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionAs of the posting of this comment, the lyrics posted here are for 'Anthrax' by Gang of Four.
    The actual lyrics to this song are:

    "All the clouds turn to words
    All the words float in sequence
    No one knows what they mean
    Everyone just ignores them"
    dirtylemonson February 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this.

    Brian's songwriting process is quite often based more on the sounds of the words than on the meaning, and these few lines (in the middle of an excellent piece of instrumental music) say that it does not really matter if you do not "understand" or "appreciate" the lyrics of a song, they can still contribute to the piece of music.
    dri-fton February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, like that last dude said, it's not really about the words so much. Except for the fact that the meaning of this song is about Brian Eno's phobia of huge metal rotating circular saw's being used by extraterrestrial entities coming down from on high, out the sky, down to cut some pizza pie, like with one of them circular pizza cutters.....no no no..look come on, this is just a fun song, fun opener for Another Green World,,,, bah doo da dooh.
    bigidioton June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like this song pretty much sums up Brian Eno. He tells us outright, no one knows what the words mean. So why not have fun with them? Create textures and moods with them?
    paranoid schizoidon October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGuys. These aren't the lyrics to Sky Saw. They're the lyrics to Gang of Four's Anthrax.

    Interesting interpretations, though.
    MadMelMonon May 10, 2016   Link

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