If I could stay mad enough
Maybe I'd leave
But you gotta understand
This runs twenty-two years deep.
Everyone wants it all.
Everyone needs a place.
You can destroy or you can create.
All I know is all that I know
Ad I know we all just beguile the time.
But it all catches up
And it's all so fucked up.
And only time will tell.

Oh, how it echoes
Oh, when it echoes
Hits like a ton of feathers, when it echoes

Common ground
Can't be found
From atop a hill looking down.
Look around.
C'mon, Take me to sleep.
Put me to weep.
Can't you see that you've given your souls up for keeps?

Oh, how it echoes
Oh, when it echoes
Hits like a ton of feathers, when it echoes

Yeah, it all catches up and it's all so fucked up
Take me to sleep, c'mon, put me to weep
Can't you see that you've given your souls up for keeps?
And only time will tell

We send in poor people
To fight other poor people.
We send in our brothers and sisters and daughters and sons. There is no difference.
We send in to kill while we sit on our asses and watch green screens infotain all day long.

It hits like a ton of feathers.
When it echoes.

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    General Commentthis is by far my fav song on dinosaur sounds...the BEST horn section ever!..catch 22 is fucking great!
    this song is about lots of things but i think its mostly about the government and how fucked up it is...what do other people think??
    afipunk84on November 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA “Dusty” Symbol and The Great Gatsby
    American literature is often thought out to be depressing, generally harnessing hardships and an array of different emotions circulating amongst different characters within the novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is no exception to this statement. The mournful tale, effectively told by Nick Carraway, entails a varied amount of symbolism that adds to the emotions expressed in the novel. One of the most purposeful of these symbols is the dust described throughout the novel.
    The dust described in is often associated with failure, but more specifically, the “destruction of the dreams of the common man”(Fraser, 558). This notion is made evident by the description of dust in relations to Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby, as well as in the foreshadowing of Gatsby’s death.
    Throughout the novel, “Fitzgerald writes of two types of people; those who appear to have the ideal life and those who are still trying to achieve their dreams”(Free-Essays.us,1). Tom and Daisy Buchanan are two characters that appear to have an idealistic lifestyle (a big house, a child, a large amount of money, and a blissful marriage). However, both of the two involved in this union end up having affairs; Tom with Myrtle Wilson, and Daisy with Jay Gatsby. Myrtle Wilson is an example of a character that is still trying to achieve her dreams. When Myrtle and her husband, George Wilson, are first introduced into the novel, her husband is described as having had a “white ashen dust [veil] his dark suit and his pale hair as it veiled everything in the vicinity—except his wife, who moved close to Tom”(Fitzgerald,30). This use of the word dust in reference to Myrtle Wilson infers that unlike her husband who had settled to be a poverty-stricken proprietor of a auto repair shop, she “still had aspirations of living the perfect life”(Free-Essays.us, 1); a life she thought to someday find with Tom. Ironically, Myrtle’s dreams of moving into a higher social class are “extinguished” when Tom’s wife, Daisy, accidentally runs over Myrtle while driving Jay Gatsby’s car, killing her instantly. Myrtle’s body is described to as to have had “knelt in the road and mingled her dark thick blood with the dust”(Fitzgerald, 145). The dust used in reference to Myrtle Wilson at this point stands for the dreams and goals that will never be accomplished due to her untimely demise.
    Along with the use of Myrtle Wilson to establish the symbolism behind the word dust, Fitzgerald also uses the character Jay Gatsby to establish the symbol. Unlike Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jay Gatsby is a person similar to Myrtle; a character still trying to achieve his dreams. Although Gatsby had a large amount of money, a big house, and fame, but he was still missing the girl of his dreams (Daisy Buchanan). At one point, Gatsby felt that he had fulfilled his dream, specifically, when Daisy told him that she loved him (Fitzgerald,123). However, this accomplishment proved to be more than transient when Daisy very subtly declined Gatsby’s seductions, and reinitiated her monogamous relationship with Tom. Shortly after this occurrence, Nick visits Gatsby’s house and describes it as having “an inexplicable amount of dust everywhere” (Fitzgerald,154). This dust symbolizes Gatsby’s recognition that Daisy is more than likely no longer going to be involved in his life, or in other words, the “obliterated fantasies”(Fraser, 162) of a common man. Dust makes another appearance in references to Gatsby in terms of “the “foul dust” that stirred in his wake”(Fraser, 560) after George Wilson shot and killed him while he swam in his pool. This “foul dust” is also used to foreshadow Gatsby’s death in the beginning of the story.
    In the beginning of the novel, Nick foreshadows Gatsby’s death by saying that “Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out [his] interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men” (Fitzgerald, 6-7). By using the term “wake of his dreams”, this statement infers that Gatsby’s dreams of living his life with Daisy as his wife had been “killed”, but the statement is also meant to be taken more than just figuratively. In fact, the whole statement is simply Nick establishing pathos for the demise of Gatsby; the dust being the main significance of the statement to reveal the destruction of a dream. Nick goes on to reminisce about the story of the figure that changed his life, setting up “a tribute to a further aspect of the illusion of largeness that the novel so brilliantly and charmingly generates” (Fraser, 562). It is figures like “Gatsby, divided between power and dream, [that] comes inevitably to stand for America itself” (Fraser, 562) in the process.
    In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald marvelously constructs a story with a vast amount of underlying themes, but the most obvious of these themes is the “impossibility of the perfect life” (Free-Essasys.us, 1). By the end of the novel, all of the main characters are either dead, or unhappy, displaying the previous theme in the process. The dust associated with different characters throughout the novel exemplifies this theme as well by representing the destruction of dreams of the common man. These “destroyed” dreams were that of Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby. The dust also foreshadowed the death of Jay Gatsby in the beginning of the novel, when Nick mentioned the “foul dust” in the wake of his dreams. Although dreams are often unaccomplished, the “compelling desire to realize all the possibilities” (Fraser, 562) of accomplishing those dreams is enough to die for sometimes.
    Gatsby19901990on June 12, 2008   Link

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