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I am throes of my denial, logic in me crumbles, I take this fateful ride
Through my mind
Daydream fluid thoughts washing shores of warm confusion
I'm one with this beautiful disorder
Another world, wasthis the transition?
Slowly I returned to the familiar,spiralling in costant flux
What have I created?
The experiment is over


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    General Comment"The experiment"--wait, stop there. I think that might be exactly what this song is about: an experiment of sorts. Perhaps the administering of drugs to a patient playing guinea pig, from the views of both an outsider ("What have I created?" and the patient themselves ("Through my mind")? As for the title, maybe that is the experiment's number.

    Who knows. Warrel Dane is good at writing very esoteric, yet highly inspiring, lyrics.
    theothernesson August 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWarrel said that the title is a date. I would bet it was April 21, 1947 but I can't find anything but Iggy Pop being born, and I don't think that's it.
    pakistanimanon September 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI might be wrong but I think 42147 is the date that the discovery of LSD was first published. The lyrics seem to reflect the first LSD self-experiment undertaken by Albert Hofmann, seen through his eyes. Although the date for that would be 41943.
    Kinakusaion January 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHangar 19

    'nuff said
    Fotang_inAon June 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I might be wrong but I think 42147 is the date that the discovery of LSD was first published. The lyrics seem to reflect the first LSD self-experiment undertaken by Albert Hofmann, seen through his eyes. Although the date for that would be 41943."

    This is right. I've read them talk about it in interviews.
    samwaltonon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYep, this song, and really the entire Politics Of Ecstasy album, is about acid, Dane being one of the true believers in "better living through chemistry."
    Doghouse Reillyon June 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI frankly don't know why it's called '42147' because It's about April 19th, 1943, the time Albert Hoffman ingested LSD-25 for the first time in human history. It's based on the first-hand written account of the experience...
    There is in fact even a point in Hoffman's account where he said "Another world... was this the transition?"... Just as it does in the song. I wish I could find a direct link to it but these tell the story pretty good:

    bicycle-day.weebly.com/…

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    I'm very curious and would like to know the reason behind why it's called '42147' when that wasn't in fact the date of the day the song was about... It's too bad we don't have Warrel himself available to comment on the matter...
    Read more at songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858539722/
    bradgationon January 19, 2013   Link

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