"Ulysses" as written by and Mason Stewart Jennings....
I went in to twelve bookstores looking for Ulysses
Mother well led me to believe all my questions would be answered
Now I have it here, sitting on the table
Another word for the universe

Loose green tea and a bonsai tree, underground apartment
Check my email and wash my clothes while my rice is cooking
Oh Jesus Christ how I hate making phone calls
So I lead a lonely life

A waterfall from a higher place told me all about you
The funeral of the man I was told not to doubt you
Oh what we could do with your dress up round your shoulders
We could leave all our fears behind

I went in to the liquor store looking for a bottle
Of my favorite Bombay gin, the answer to my problems
But to my delight, the bottles were all taken
Ah yeah, another hero's night


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    General Commentis the second line "mother well led me to believe" as in his mom.... or is it Motherwell led me to believe all my questions would be answered... as in Robert Motherwell the abstract artist. I thought the actual person made a bit more sense than his mom telling him Ulyses would answer all his questions...though i could be wrong.
    manicmarkuson December 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about buddhism, or him giving up his previous religion... green tea, underground apartment, and rice are references to asians... it makes sense since the last lines consist of repeating Buddha
    m tayon March 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf you aren't listening to this right now you should probably punch yourself in the face. I don't think Mason is a Buddhist or anything, he's just chill and respects things as they come. Also note that the title is "Ulysses", which is quite possibly the hardest to read, stream-of-consciousness book in the entire world, so it should come as no surprise that the song comes across as wonderfuly jumbled.
    The Ligeron May 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about feeling lost and alone in life, and losing to one's fears. He looks for answers in an old book of wisdom, in his desire for a girl, and ultimately in gin. The book doesn't teach him anything, the girl is only a fantasy, and he's not even able to buy his drink of choice. Sarcastically he compares himself to Ulysses at the end because he "heroically" avoided getting drunk.
    CopaceticOpuson July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think his chours says it all eh?

    "buddha...buddha...buddha...buddha...buddha"

    ;)
    seanzurelon September 17, 2012   Link
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    General CommentJust my opinion, but I see each verse as being a Zen Koan, a story to help Zen students reach enlightenment. In each verse he acknowledges some attachment: meaning of life, loneliness and anxiety, desire, and finally an attempt to surrender to drunkenness. In each verse he also hints at how he deals with each of those attachments: the journey to find Ulysses and now it's sitting on the table, his daily routine despite loneliness, "we could leave all our fear behind", and finally his "delight" that the "bottles were all taken". Each of these mundane details, paradoxical reactions, and truly equanimous reactions are exactly what you would find in a Zen story.
    isoeclecticon December 10, 2015   Link

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