You say we argue but I view it differently
We're choking our innocence while the presidential race is run
These gentle revisions of noble intention are faultless on paper but the continents still break apart.

Do you believe that small differences combine and propel?
What will we use when brave gravity
stops holding this down?
I can forsee a time when we'll be the last ones around
Do you want
Do you want
What do you want from me now?

You think we're guilty of ceaseless advancements but we are the evidence that the populations voice has swung this force and division,
This war of complexity
If explanations were effortless lines then we'd never be ready to know

Do you believe that small differences combine and propel?
What will we use when brave gravity
stops holding this down?
I can forsee a time when we'll be the last ones around
Do you want
Do you want
What do you want from me now?


Architecture, geometric proof, consciousness, nouns, adjectives then books
Goya painting pictures of Spanish inbred kings
Inspiration, as skylights cave in cameras chart imperceptible spin

This isn't over
This isn't over
Shoot!

Do you believe that small differences combine and propel?
What will we use when brave gravity
stops holding this down?
I can forsee a timespace where we're the last ones around
Do you want
Do you want
What do you want from me?

Do you believe that small differences combine and propel?
What will we use when brave gravity
stops holding this down?
I can forsee a timespace when we're the last ones around
Do you want
Do you want
What do you want from me now?

Do you believe people only live their lives for themselves?



Lyrics submitted by Harry_Manback

Brave Gravity song meanings
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    General CommentThose Lyrics are almost perfect, but there are possible mistake I’ll point out when it comes up

    Ok this is an ace song, and for me it's about the Cold War......seriously. I don't know many other Jetplane Landing songs (ok none) so I don't know how plausible this theory is but bear with me here.

    1st Verse

    You say we argue but I view it differently
    we’re choking our innocence while the presidential race is run

    The first lines set the scene. He’s singing from the viewpoint of the West (basically America). He’s saying that everyone is telling him that the West and the Soviet Union are fundamentally different but he doesn’t agree. The choking on innocence bit is about how the people of the West are oblivious to the reality of what America is like compared to the USSR; they just believe what they’re told.

    These gentle revisions of noble intention are faultless on paper

    This is about how historians in the West have revised the history books to make the Russian Revolution seem an evil Coup d’Etat rather than a noble attempt to establish a better society.

    But the continents(*) still break apart.

    The “continent” in question is of course Europe – i.e. the Iron Curtain/Berlin Wall and how it separates the Communist East from the Capitalist West.

    (*) This word sounds a bit like “communists” rather than continents
    It still makes sense because it would then be a reference to the tensions between the USSR, The People Republic of China, Yugoslavia under Tito etc.

    Chorus

    Do you believe that small differences combine and propel?

    He’s saying that there’s not much difference between how the West acts in South America and Vietnam/Cambodia and the USSR, and asking are these small differences enough reason for the cold war.

    What will we use when brave gravity
    stops holding this down?

    = What will we do without the USSR giving us something to stand against?

    I can foresee a time when we'll be the last ones around

    He’s worried about a nuclear war OR he’s predicting that the West will win the Cold War

    Do you want
    do you want
    what do you want from me now?

    Not so sure about this bit, I think he’s just saying that he feels differently from everybody else

    Verse 2

    You think we're guilty of ceaseless advancements

    This could be a reference to the fact that it was always the West that was raising the stakes in the nuclear arms race and in the tensions of the cold war (i.e. Vietnam) OR It’s the USSR pointing out that the West is always relentlessly advancing technologically but not doing anything to help it’s people (for instance 30 million Americans don’t get enough to eat everyday)

    but we are the evidence that the populations voice has swung

    He’s observing that popular opinion has swung from being pro-Soviet Union (during WW2 when the Soviets made the greatest sacrifices to beat the Germans), to being fiercely anti-communist

    this force and division,

    Force = the red army/NATO Division = the Iron Curtain/the Berlin Wall

    This war of complexity

    The cold war was typified by careful and complex diplomacy

    If explanations were effortless lines then we'd never be ready to know

    = If the truth of the cold war was really just how the politicians say it in simple sound-bites (i.e. Ronald Reagan talking about the “Evil Empire”), then we in the West wouldn’t ever be ready to know the truth (i.e. that it wasn’t so black and white, for example Reagan supporting the Contra’s in Nicaragua who were massacring thousands if not millions of innocent people)

    Do you believe that, small diferences combine and propel?
    What will we use when brave gravity
    stops holding this down?
    I can foresee a time space where we're the last ones around
    Do you want
    do you want
    what do you want from me?

    Bridge

    Architecture, geometric proof, consciousness, nouns, adjectives then books
    Goya painting pictures of Spanish inbred kings

    This is the most difficult bit of the song to explain. All I can get is he’s possibly referring to the decadent left-wing intellectuals/artists of the 30’s – Sartre, Goya, Picasso, Dali etc

    Inspiration, as skylights cave in

    A reference to aerial bombing?

    Cameras chart imperceptible spin

    This would be referring to the first Satellite images that came back from space showing earth spinning (it’s “imperceptible” because we on earth don’t notice it)

    Very Angry Man:

    This isn't over
    this isn't over

    Jetplane Landing showing punk roots? A call to arms? I’d say this is definitely the common feeling that the war between capitalism and capitalism isn’t over.

    Outro:

    Do you believe people only live their lives for themselves?

    He’s is asking, quite pointedly, if you really believe the capitalist way of life (looking out for yourself first and foremost) is really justifiable?

    Brave gravity keeps holding this down

    The final line sums up the song – the “brave gravity” is a metaphor for the Western perception of the Cold War. He is saying that all of the concerns over the Western way of life, and any admiration for a communist system, is smothered by the West’s “brave gravity”


    So there you go. What do y’all think? That’s just my ideas on the song….it’s probably actually about something quite mundane though like cabbages….oh well
    PoorlyDrawnSquireon June 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI got these lyrics directly off the official Jetplane Landing Website!
    Harry_Manbackon September 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentnice song
    leaveandletgoon May 15, 2007   Link

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