"Apple Bomb" as written by and Satomi Matsuzaki John Dieterich....
I said God
In the trees it's lovely
But it's lonely
With a bone
He will try to clone me
Make a mother
There will be another me
Your mom
When the bomb exploded
Overloaded
Eaten fruit birthday suit decoded
I decided
You would like another mom
Bomb bomb bomb (etc)
Marry me lucky tree
You're my tree
And your [sic] my three
When you burn
Now I'm free
To find me number four
And number four can marry me
Bomb bomb bomb (etc)
Just like me
Final tree
You're lovely
But you're lonely
I will clone thee
Little tree



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    General CommentThis song is a meditation on birth, creation, life, and destruction. Starting with the title - "Apple Bomb," we can see the two themes of creation (represented by an apple - a traditional mythological symbol for creation, as well as a symbol in the story of Adam and Eve, around which this song is based) and destruction (represented by a bomb).The first 7 lines obviously refer to the story of Adam and Eve, and the use of the word "mother" probably refers to the evolutionary/biblical purpose of the woman (Eve) as a mother. "Your mom" describes Eve as the mother of all humanity, including the listener, to which the line is directed. The 11th line, "Eaten fruit birthday suit decoded" is obviously a reference to how Adam and Eve realized that they were naked upon eating the forbidden fruit. Unfortunetly, lines 12 through 22 are still pretty cryptic to me, but judging by how the music gets louder and noisier when she sings the "Bomb bomb bomb" line (I suppose it's safe to call that the chorus), I can guess that the chorus is about the destruction that humans create. And the way it's sandwiched in between the pretty lines about Adam and Eve, and childbirth, and trees, and all that good stuff, I imagine that the band intended to create a dichotomy between creation (in this case - biblical creation, or creation by God) and destruction (by humans, i.e. with bombs). Also, the lines "You're my tree/And you're my three/When you burn" also have biblical significance - referencing both the burning bush ("When you burn") and the trinity ("You're my three"). As for the next three lines however, I'm really stumped, although I could take a huge leap and say that "number four" means humanity... that's just a complete guess though. The last few lines, starting with "Just like me/Final tree" probably refer to the similarity of all living things ("just like me") and how humans decided to cultivate plant life because they thought it was beautiful ("You're lovely/But you're lonely/I will clone thee").

    Actually the Adam and Eve theme is a consistent one throughout just about the entire album, just look at this:
    - the title of the album is Apple O' (an apple being the key symbol in the story of Adam and Eve)
    - the song following "Apple Bomb" is titled "The Forbidden Fruit"
    - track number 12 is titled "Adam + Eve Connection"
    - the song "L'Amour Stories" contains the lyrics, "What's that core on the floor?/What the devil was that for?"
    Kinda neat, huh?

    Well, hope I could provide some insight.

    By the way... I fucking love this song - it's the perfect balance between prettiness and noise. (most of Deerhoof's songs pull this off quite well, but this one is especially incredible )
    TeNon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBloody hell, you looked into that one!
    all that's left to be said is that it's GREAT.
    drunkenbutterflyon October 25, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"By the way... I fucking love this song"
    Gosh, I never would have guessed :)

    Agreed that this song is awesome, though. I always just thought it was mostly nonsense, but this Adam/Eve connection works, I suppose. Of course, there are sections that don't quite fit... someone can probably read WAY too far into it and pull some totally crazy abstract meaning out of it, like with the Mars Volta or something, but I'd prefer to just go on ahead and not try and divulge any deep meaning from them. I'm dumb like that.
    Spacecowon October 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentin addition to all the stuff TeN read into it, the "final tree" refers to a virtually extinct species of African tree (Encephalartos Woodii). There's only one known example of it still alive, and it cannot reproduce (hence the lines about cloning). That isn't made clear in the song at all, but it's mentioned in the CD insert. Google the species name for more info.
    RoboLuncheonon November 12, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"This song is a meditation on birth, creation, life, and destruction."
    FabulousMuscleson February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI typed alot more than that, I don't know why it didn't show...
    FabulousMuscleson February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHere's the gist of what got left out: I wouldn't place too much weight on the Adam and Eve; the Christian story of creation here is used only as a rhetorical device. To give structure to the use of numbers, without giving too much away: #1) Speaker, #2) Mother ("Make a mother"), #3) first "tree" ("Marry me lucky tree"), #4) final "tree" ("To find me number four"). Hope that's helpful....GREAT post, TeN!
    FabulousMuscleson February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with everything TeN said, except...

    "The last few lines, starting with "Just like me/Final tree" probably refer to the similarity of all living things ("just like me") and how humans decided to cultivate plant life because they thought it was beautiful ("You're lovely/But you're lonely/I will clone thee")."

    The "You're lovesly/But you're lonely/I will clone thee" thing kind of reminds me how in the biblical story, God created Eve from Adam's rib (I will clone thee) because Man needed Woman (You're lovely/but you're lonely). It also said something very similar in the beginning (But it's lonely/With a bone/He will try to clone me/Make a mother/There will be another me). I think the end is just kind of a reflection on the beginning there, has nothing to do with cultivation or whatever.

    Otherwise, fucking awesome song, fucking awesome band.
    Tokabion December 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentVery insightful TeN =)

    Also worth noting though is that Satomi (lyricist) and Greg (drummer) are married.. When I first read these lyrics, before reading your response, my first thought was that this song was about him. My thoughts in particular:

    You're my tree
    And your [sic] my three
    When you burn
    Now I'm free
    To find me number four
    And number four can marry me

    Number three an ex? And number four Greg?

    Just like me
    Final tree
    You're lovely
    But you're lonely
    I will clone thee
    Little tree

    This I assumed to be in reference to Greg. "I will clone thee" meaning, I'll have your kids, lol.

    It's more of a literal interpretation than what's been said.

    Of course, if there's something in the CD insert about African trees then that could completely negate everything I just said :P
    Roger Flinton November 07, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionThe more meanings, the better. This song is great.
    iangustafsonon April 13, 2010   Link

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