Death, data entry, ant hill law
Encoded arc, our common cause
Drink liquid clocks until I see God
Crystal display, can't turn it off

Shh . . . shhh . . . shhhh
Don't talk, don't talk

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  • +4
    General CommentWhoever has the nerve to say this is less than a song should not be listening to bright eyes. Obviously, you don't know the first thing about poetry, just because the words aren't in some pretty stereotypical order doesn't make them any less perfect. This is an amazing song and is no less a masterpiece than any other bright eyes piece.
    drinkliquidclockson February 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing as always, "drink liquid clocks till i see god".
    asongtopassthetimeon November 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCompare this album opener to the first song on "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning"

    Love the contrast.
    PerfectFlawon January 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEveryone who doesn't like this song is a moron, and that's a fact.
    wgtbon July 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAbout the 'ant hill law'; the first thing I thought of was the way that ants drag their dead around, like they walk for miles (or what would seem like it for an ant) carrying their dead. The question is though, do they eat them? Because thats what I was always told, that they take the bodies back for food, so maybe it has something to do with the greed in todays' society. I just thought of that because the songs about death though, I didn't think of the other meanings even though their more likely.
    black_market_faerieon September 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentliquid clocks... does anyone else see a salvador dali reference here?
    LeEuroTrashon March 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentokay, so on the cd. i was reading the album booklet.
    thought i'd share something from it, in case you don't have the cd;
    "they invented LOVE all right
    But they still can't make the right
    plastic or metal or whatever to hold it all in
    So it just keeps leaking (insert water sounds)
    all over everything (insert everything)
    dripping and splashing/making music
    Gives me an ear infection
    [This record is dedicated to stella mogis and rosemarie gentile whose coming and going have somehow helped this whole mess of a world make sense.]
    Now my equilibrium's fucked.
    So i'm holding onto the railing all the way down.
    And i'm asking for your shoulder on the way up
    If you help me when i'm frightened i will help you when you're drunk.
    promise you know nothing, and you're someone i can trust.
    Neverminding hot DEATH on our heals
    But never forgetting it either."

    intense writing, i think.
    brighteyes15on July 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I first listened to this, the line 'drink liquid clocks, 'til I see god' was stuck in my mind for weeks. I don't really like all the "this song is about..." posts, any Bright Eyes Song is about whatever you want it to be, whatever you can make it fit to, that's the essence of poetry, a unique feeling made universally accessible.
    So, what I (!) made of this line was: drink the time away, until your dead and it's too late. And that's not even limited to alcoholics, that goes for anyone hurrying through the week towards any next friday, that's working 5 days, for having 2 days off, if you're not enjoying the way your life goes (and therefore want it to go faster/drink liquid cloks), make a change, it WILL be too late, someday. That's what I made of it, what I made to help ME, and there's no being wrong.
    milseNon May 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome...i think it is a bad dream put to music... notice the alarm clock at the very end when the next song takes on a much brighter and livlier feel to it... i think this song sets the pace for the rest of the album very nicely....

    larrewon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is a very good intro to the album.
    arttstaron January 24, 2005   Link

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