how can i just set a part thats so full?
how can i just read a part thats so cold?
you feeling depressed?
you can fill in the rest
how bout when they read to you?
how bout when you sang right along?
how bout when they read from these zines?
how bout when you read right along?

begin transmission
of our position
recieve transmission
of their position
we're trapped in the drift
entirely inside alone
a microtonic wave
forces us futher

how bout when they read to you?
how bout when you sang right along?
how bout when they read from these zines?
how bout when you read right along?

i can see your mouth move, know you're lying.
another generation of kids not buying
you feeling the crush
(a microtonic wave)
to get out of town?

begin transmission
of our position
recieve transmission
of their position
we're trapped in the drift
entirely inside alone

caught inside the booth
hanging up the phone
covered in loose change
and bits of paper
crawled inside the store
clinging onto no one
covered in his shame
hang me by my thumbs
cauterize my scars in scum

begin transmission
of our position
recieve transmission
of their position
we're trapped in the drift
(they fall further)
entirely inside alone
a microtonic wave
(they fall further down)
forces us futher

take them home
take them home


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Microtonic Wave song meanings
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    General Commenti'm surprised no one has commented on this song. it's so god damn good. the little bleeps and bloops and blurps in this song are just so unique and cool.
    fenix12on December 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentagreed.. really good song.
    retardotyleron December 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a rough one. I'll try to analyze it even though I think it's about a single event that I'm not familiar with. Plus those lyrics are off a bit.

    The best I can do is look up where this song comes from. The best way to decipher a song is to look at it's title. Microtonic Wave. A tonic is something that heals, or cures an illness. So since it seems like this person is trying to run from this Microtonic Wave, it seems to me that h doesn't see it as a cure for anything. He sees it as something that will destroy who he is. "We're trapped in the drift of a Microtonic Wave." That makes me think that this is a guy just trying as hard as he can not ro conform (or that whole jazz. 8P)

    Since microtonic isn't really a word, it makes me second guess what I said above. MicrotoMic is a word, though. Definition - The preparation of specimens with a microtome. - So of course, go to microtome and that is -An instrument used to cut a specimen, as of organic tissue, into thin sections for microscopic examination.-

    Ok, so off of that I get this whole big Sum-It-Up idea.

    They see this conforming as a microtomic change. They use a microtome to change things about everyday people to make them the same (or not themselves). Then Pinback simply changed the M in microtoMic into an N to give it a whole new meaning. This change is suddenly the cure (or tonic) for whatever problem this person has.

    That's pretty much completely off of the title, though. So don't yell at me for being wrong. ;-)

    FireEatingNinjaon June 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMicrotonic may not be a word but Microtones are the notes between the half steps... and Microtonic waves would, therefore, be sound waves resulting from those microtones.

    As far as the meaning... microtones could be "trapped" between the half steps... which are what we call notes. So Microtonic waves exist but aren't named notes (like Bb or A# etc...) so they are outcasts and nobodies. Perhaps the narrator is saying that he and whomever he is singing to are outcasts imprisoned within the walls of the acceptable.
    HenryClayon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmmm, everything Pinback does is so... amazing. *_* I love this song. Of course that doesn't mean I can figure it out. Not for the life of me.
    Runaanon August 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think he's referencing Christianity. Maybe religion in general.
    kismyashon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother amazing "Offcell" track......keep puttin out music guys!!!
    Weaslemulberryon February 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti like the microtone idea and the microtomic idea.

    i don't really think titles mean alot to pinback. (they through darts at a map for some titles)

    to say it simply. it's about death.

    Begin transmission
    Of our position (on earth)
    Receive transmission
    Of their position (dead)
    Were trapped in the drift
    Entirely inside alone
    A microtonic wave (small amount of happiness)
    Forces us further (closer would be death)
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    you know maybe it's about a clashing clique that rob and absiv don't agree with. and the microtomic/microtonic wave (train of thinking/thoughting) forces them further from agreement.
    phosphoron January 07, 2010   Link

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