"Selkies: The Endless Obsession" as written by Thomas Giles Rogers, Paul Andrew Waggoner, Cartland Blake Richardson, Robert Dustin Waring and Daniel Lanford Briggs....
Slip into something more comfortable proceed into space)

Innocent individuals concerned about nothing but happiness
Progress becomes easy due to this social situation
Unfortunate turn of events collapse this idea of the childish thought

No judgment, no judgment, no judgment, no judgment
No judgement towards one another
No judgment towards one another, no social status to compare
All as one market this change
Exploit the idea of this innocence
Exploit the idea of this innocent

Goddamn television god corrupt me
Goddamn television god corrupt me
Separate us separate us separate us separate us
Groups of difference seem to comfort what we once didn't think of
This show was in their head for years
Enjoy this life of wonder and imagination
For it will be torn down you will be torn down
Time to hate, kill, fight, conquer
Time to hate, kill, fight, conquer

This is human life at its best
We'll televise this event
You can learn how to live, breathe
Then finally die

The sweet relief is a must
The sweet relief is a must
The sweet relief is a must
The sweet relief is a must
The sweet relief is a must


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"Selkies: The Endless Obsession" as written by Daniel Lanford Briggs Cartland Blake Richardson

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    General Commentsweeeeps
    samsaumaon April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe selkies are a gentle creature who are seals by day, but men and women by night. They are also called water kelpies, seal people or selchies.

    In their mortal form the selkies are described as possessing an unearthly beauty with dark hair and eyes. Silently they emerge from the sea to shed their skins and frolic on the sand.

    They have webs between their fingers and toes and must obey anyone who secures their oily skins.

    Selkies, also, make excellent wives. But they are solitary and quiet by nature. They will frequently wander from their mortal homes to the sea cliffs to meditate and sing their melancholy songs. When their fishermen-husbands are lost upon the sea, they sing from the cliffs to guide them home.

    If they ever find their seal skins again, they will return to the sea.
    The selkie will not forget her husband and children and can be seen swimming close to the shore watching over them.
    brdy724on March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more than just TV, I think it's about how the whole world's idea's of entertainment to keep themselves occupied throughout life.

    Slip into something more comfortable...proceed into space

    *Possibly sex*

    Innocent individuals
    Concerned about nothing but happiness
    Progress becomes easy due to this social situation
    Unfortunate turn of events
    Collapse this idea of childish thought

    *This is pretty much the prelude to what I was saying, we're concerned about nothing but happiness and entertainment*

    No judgement towards one another, no social status to compare
    All as one *hmm...that kind of contradicts to the whole song but anyway*
    Exploit the idea of innocence
    Goddamn television god
    Corrupt me
    Seperate us
    Groups of difference seem to comfort what we once didn't think of
    This show was in their head for years
    Enjoy this life of wonder and imagination
    For it will be torn down

    *This is the part about reality TV and how it tortures celebrities*

    You will be torn down
    Time to hate, kill, fuck, conquer
    This is human life at its best
    We'll televise this event
    You can learn how to live, breathe
    Then finally die

    *4 forms of entertainment: Hate (revenge, exploitation), Kill (murderers and the publicity they make), fuck (sex, pretty obvious) and conquer (Pointless wars for dominance). These are the 4 things that make human life it's best, and people televise everything (another jab at TV). This is how we teach people to live.*

    The sweet relief is a must
    (We can speak of obsession
    We can love the endless)------They never actually say that part, but it helps get the point across.
    *Basically, this line says we can learn to like this life that we will live forever (We can love the endless) and become addicted to it (The sweet relief is a must, we can speak of obsession).

    This song definetly has a lot to do with TV, but I think it has so much more to it as well. This song is no doubt the best off the Alaska album, the opening and closing are just remarkable, while the middle is great and edgy.
    corerulezon June 29, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningWe stereotype every, tiny piece of society, placing it into a box for easier understanding. The media does this also to place an 'us' versus 'them' mentality into our heads, separating people based off of small, unimportant characteristics. Some recognize this fact, and try to fight the system, but the vast majority are too naive (too innocent) to realize that they are sheep being herded along through life by the western, modern dream of success.

    That is: Primary education, secondary education, then college and the career of your choice. This leads to a steady income, family, real estate, and that stereotypical 'American Dream' we are told is the only successful future.

    It's all crap. Real life is too absurd and the politicians and executives leading us down this pipe-dream are con-artists of the highest caliber. Worse though, they are slowly but surely headed towards their own destruction, what with splitting atoms that have the potential to destroy the world because some politician wants more than he has and our technology is at the point that he'll get caught doing it.

    That, I think, is when we'll learn how to live. People will finally all realize the massive lie we live in daily. Then most will die and hopefully those who learned this lesson will create a better, less corrupt society based off of equality in everything.

    TL;DR This oligarchy at the top of our society will crash and burn under its own weight and the people that pick up the pieces will make a better future.
    kolskiton December 28, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI looked at it for awhile and just kinda thought about it and was led to this conclusion: it is about hopeless ideology. It describes the utopian existence of the selkies and then says it is impossible to acheive because of reality, so be a pragmatist and hate, kill, fuck, conquer, or else you will be torn down. Then the last part seems to say that it is still ok to dream though.
    Cutsmannon March 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was reading through these comments and was a little disappointed with the fixation on the TV element of this song- though, true, it is a very legitimate means of social control/change/whatever you want to call it based on your varying degrees of paranoia/ignorance/whatever you may prescribe to.

    Anyways. I do not remember who it was that said it, but this song is about an impossible ideal- a world that simply cannot be attained and so cannot be real, and yet, the TV makes it real. The utopian-ideal-made-real. The TV is just a means of showing that what some people believe is going on in the world is false. Or that their own little private world is a complete lie, efficient as it may be. There are a lot of people in this world who forget to dream, though, but I still find myself dreaming of a better tomorrow with this song. Haha and seriously, no one threadjack me because of this- this is basically my anti-Obama song, because of certain elements, and my own private interpretation for what it means for us Americans today- which I shall keep private, no need to intrude on people's pleasant thoughts of BTBAM... <3333 though this song is sort of anti-establishment, anti-social construct, even slightly anti-progress, because this sort of progress is just evil, and I really do feel some anti-government vibes when I listen to this because of the different elements that make it. So, I get a very cathartic experience from this song. It's everything, it's awesome, it's BTBAM. Definitely my favorite song from them.

    To end this out- Sadly, the music is relaxing in a way that reminds me of the way we're "put to sleep" by the media and complete bullshit of our time. If that's the effect BTBAM wanted, that's the effect that they got. You would have to ask them- or yourself. I seriously do fall asleep listening to this song though.

    And this is too long, thanks for reading though! I know I didn't exactly back up my points with lines from the song or anything.. but this is already too long for me to do that to you haha.
    iamabeaston September 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA quick opinion on a line I don't think we have really looked at.

    During the almost 'electronic' voice section.

    'You can learn how to live' is sung in that media voice, and someone whispers (breathe)

    I believe this shows how the media and social expectations make living so complicated with standards, when life is really so simple. All you have to do is breathe.
    LeFrenchAvengeron May 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis seems to be about how the shows and lessons taught on television have completely changed the way of life as it is today. Reality shows, for example use people as their puppets, making them jump through hoops or fight each other for our entertainment.
    Tallanton January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGroups of difference seem to comfort what we once didn't think of
    This show was in their head for years

    i don't get that part. any ideas?
    mrpoopooheadon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbefore i heard this song i heard all of the silent circus and alaska and iw as like wow and then i heard this song and my jaw dropped because they raise the bar with everuone of thier songs.
    colortoniteredon June 03, 2006   Link

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