That's the picture.
You s-you see it for yourself.
There it is. It's a man.
There it is, with uhhh...

Be good to them always.

You know I simply
cannot understand people.
Oh, how sadly we mortals are decieved
by our own imagination.
This is not real life; this is, for us
aleatoric television,
a mixed consort of soft instruments.

I can hear a collective rumbling in America.
I've lost my house, you've lost your house.
I don't suppose it matters which way we go.
This great society is going smash.

Oh. he's in the middle of putting things together and organizing himself.
You do not need to stand on one foot.
The modern town hardly knows silence.
You are doing something the whole world is doing.

You know I simply
cannot understand people.
Oh, how sadly we mortals are decieved
by our own imagination.
This is not real life; this is, for us
aleatoric television,
a mixed consort of soft instruments.

A culture is no better than its woods:
a feeling of being connected with the past.
Look at it this way: you may fall and break your leg,
and so one leg is shorter than the other.
Can nothing more be done?


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    General Comment"Oh. he's in the middle of putting things together and organizing himself."

    Cannot even begin to describe how hilariously on-target this line is, especially considering what the target audience of The Books is usually on.
    kgangon November 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis great society...is going smash
    myhotelyearon November 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcan nothing more be done?
    UltimateCHillon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthey. the books are mind-baffling.
    slinkstersarson March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not trying to sound cliched, but this song (and any of The Books' albums) is amazing if you've smoked copious amounts of weed beforehand.
    JackWhiteon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not trying to sound cliched, but this song (and any of The Books' albums) is amazing if you've smoked copious amounts of weed beforehand.
    JackWhiteon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWith copious amounts of pot or not. Still amazing.
    frankwhite6on April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love how every soundbite in this song evokes a strong emotion. And I agree with JackWhite, the books are definately my designated high music.
    iamianon May 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentian said it: every soundbite.

    btw, i know when somebody leaves a long message like this, i tend to skip it over, but listen to this one.

    If you're low on the dough, and can't get any artificial means of mind alteraters, just stay up really late. being tired produces much the same effect. When you're tired, your mind stops thinking as well. When you're thinking clearly, you can see everything as it is, for example, i fell asleep last night listening to the books, but as i grew more and more tired, my brain became less and less able to decipher reality. it was almost as if you become part of the music. I was listening to the music, but still in that state of semiawareness where youre in between dreaming and full conciousness, and then i start to realize that im imagining my brother singing this song, not like picturing him on a stage somewhere, but as if the recording was a recording of my brother, or that it wasnt even a recording at all, but the music was being played all around me/inside of me.

    long story short, you become part of the music
    and im not sure if that description really does justice to what actually happens, you really have to experience it for yourself
    blame_monsteron January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentInteresting you mention that about being sleep deprived and finally getting to be while listening to this album. I did the same thing, I know exactly what you're talking about. Its brilliant.
    p0nchon January 30, 2007   Link

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