"Cropduster" as written by and Matt Cameron Eddie Vedder....
Light green to green, dark green, brown
Every life is falling down
Brown to black, it's coming back
Dies to be part of the ground
Seed to seedling, root to stem

Eyes, no eyes, there's no difference,
Every life is looking in
Swallowing seeds on the deathbed,
Dig a hole in, the garden.

Everyone is practicing,
But this world's an accident.
I was the fool because I thought

I thought the world
Turns out the world thought me
It's all the other way round
We're upside down

Daddy's gone up flames,
But this ain't no movie
This ain't no book you can close
When the big lie hits your eye.

Everybody's practicing,
Our world's an accident
I was the fool because I thought

Let the fluency set it down.
There's an upside of down.

The moon is rolling around.


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"Cropduster" as written by Matt Cameron Eddie Vedder

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  • +3
    General CommentDefinitely, it's about a difference in point of view from the world generally and humans (their androcentric p.o.v and attitude to the world generally). As humans we like to think that there is purpose for us within the world, and that it was somehow meant "for us". Vedder refutes this, by arguing that actually it's an "accident", and therefore is no more "for us", than for any other vegetation or animal specie on the planet...?
    NeuroticSurgeonon April 14, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTo me, this song seems to be about a bit more than just the circle of life. Galileo was one of the most prominent figures in history to make the first move in convincing others that the earth, in fact, revolves around the sun. This song goes right along with that. "I thought the world. Turns out the world thought me." To me, that says that the "narrator" was convinced of an earth-centric universe. Instead, as it turns out, we're not even remotely the center. Not only are we not the center of our star system, we're a speck on a speck on a speck in terms of the vastness of the universe.

    So, this song, to me, is about the realization that, hey, the world doesn't revolve around me. Man is not permanent, nor are we as important as many religions would have us believe. We are but one group of the privileged few to attain the status of the top of the food chain on this minuscule earth.

    Is that depressing? Maybe. Until you consider the fact that the fact that we are here is a testament to the fortune that life is. Life is obscenely improbable at best. We're getting a shot at it now. So, while we aren't the be all and end all of this universe, we do have the opportunity to be here, at least for a while. So, enjoy it while it lasts.

    Maybe I've read too much into this song, but that's what it means to me...
    delmierdaon February 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first verse is about the cycle of life. Pretty straightforward. The line "Everyone is practicing" refers to religion, as most of the world practices religion. The line "But this world's an accident" refers to the fact that religion is false and that everything got here by natural means and not by creation. The line "I was the fool because I thought I thought the world, turns out the world thought me" is written from the perspective of a deity. "I thought I made the world, turns out the world made me" to paraphrase. "Daddy's gone up in flames" refers to the loss of a belief in a deity, while "when the big lie hits your eye" refers to the epiphany of realizing that everything you were taught about religion was a lie. Basically, this song is about the loss of faith.
    bugoon December 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery interesting from a band known to change over the years. I think the song's great and means that ways of looking at the world is often distorted. People sometimes have a hard time accepting that the world simply does not revolve around their being. The lyrics sort of put the perspective in an organic sense with how the timeline of life works.
    planetearthon April 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti see this as somewhat of a reference to 9/11 and the threats we live in now....and how we are to grow out of the remains of this tragedy
    ed_satxon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe 9/11 theory could be true. the first part is about the circle of life. the second part is about how the circle of life also counts for human beings. the line daddy's gone up in flames indeed could refer to 9/11
    jacoon November 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song COULD be referencing 9/11 but the only line that really lends itself to that interprutation is "daddy's gone up in flames but this ain't no movie" and thats a bit of a stretch of the imagination I think.

    What is clear is that in the opening lines Eddie makes reference to the cyclical nature of life that is common to all kinds of life be it humans/animals/plants (thats why he says "eyes, no eyes, theres no difference, every life is looking in").

    I think that this, taken with the chorus line, "everyone is practising, but this worlds an accident" seems to support NeuroticSurgeons interprutation.
    NoCode51on October 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song starts out talking about "the circle of life" basically... or the colors of life...

    the chorus, which is arguably one of the deepest lines ever speaks of enlightenment:

    I was the fool because I thought
    I thought the world,
    Turns out the world thought me
    It's all the other way round
    we're upside down...

    something has been revealed to him, or he's discovered something that has basically turned his world inside out and upside down...

    and he's trying to get used to it
    "let the fluency set in"

    This really is an awesome song.... It deserves more attention.... but of the good kind,....

    not the OMG I LUV THIS SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111ONE!

    the kind that involves thought... cause this song is killer deep....
    N0 C0DE 79on February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this is a give or take song. I think it's okay, and nothing more. Usually when I hear it, I go "Ehhh...'' and switch over to "Ghost". It's not a bad song, it just never appealed to me.
    TommyCap77on May 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, now I love this song. It took some listens to get used to it. I'm sorry for making a quick judgment.
    TommyCap77on May 29, 2006   Link

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