"Little Dipper" as written by Jeffery Dimpsey, Tim Lash, Bryan St. Pere and Matt Talbott....
If we both stand with absent eyes
And think about the oceans, watch 'em dry
We can see far to the other side
It's you and I forever, we don't have to hide

If we ignore the signals that mission control will send
It's one big ship ride anyway, this hell will never end
We gaze out on what they left of the stars
All we see now we can take as ours

You two've got just moments left to give
Come back now and we will let you live
Stay inside our blue protective eye
We won't let them take you, we won't let you die

My baby spins propellants, my systems set to blow
She's at the milky way now, spelling into snow
And she's constructed flashpoints to cover up the sun
I sleep under glass, I know that she will wake me when she's


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"Little Dipper" as written by Jeffery Dimpsey Bryan St. Pere

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  • +2
    General CommentI absolutely love HUM; they’ve been my favorite band since 1994, and I still listen to their albums monthly (usually on a road trip since they’re great from start to finish).

    Back in college, I dissected “You’d Prefer an Astronaut” as term paper for an English comp class (we had to pick a piece of literature, and I argued the lyrics were poetry; the prof agreed). I no longer have the paper, but I still recall the gist of it.

    For as beautiful and ethereal as the lyrics are, the album tells a relatively simple but heartfelt story of a relationship’s inception, duration and aftermath. In short:

    Little Dipper — two “star-crossed lovers” get together despite parental disapproval

    The Pod — This relationship used to rock, but now it’s full of drug-related drama

    Stars — The girl is becoming disillusioned, feeling that she’s missed better opportunities in life because of the choice to be together; resentment builds

    The Suicide Machine — this is the man’s perspective. He feels like he’s stuck in a boring rut of the same old B.S.; drugs help him cope.

    Very Old Man — the decision is made to break up. Ironically, the climax of the story is “softly recorded”

    Why I like the Robins — After the break-up, the woman is hoping that all the guys who used to want her still will. The guy just wants to sleep around.

    I’d Like your Hair Long — He’s annoyed and conflicted because he wants her back, but not the way she was. He’s angry that she wasn’t what he expected.

    I Hate it Too — meaningless sex isn’t as awesome as it sounds; he misses her.

    Songs of Farewell and Departure — this is kinda like when a play has a narrator who leaves the audience with some final thoughts about the “moral of the story” that was just told.
    So, the last few songs are almost like the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Eventually, the guy copes and is alright.
    MattD1980on April 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song by my favorite band (but not necessarily my favorite song ever...). I think most people would agree this is just a huge, beautiful metaphor for the love the narrator has for his significant other. I think the idea of space travel is very romantic here because the idea is that their love cannot be confined by Earth, almost as if their love transcends Earthly understanding in some facet or another. In addition, the great expanse that space travel provides gives the listener the impression of separation from anything else of any significance and they just need each other.
    RobotRockon March 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always saw this song as a vague but beautiful sci-fi story.

    It's about two people on the run because there's something special about the girl's body that makes her valuable to an organization. There's another group that offers to protect them, but in the end, the girl gives herself up and is used for her intended purpose, which is what I think is happening in the "my baby spins propellants..." verse of the song. I just picture these people having their last day together and looking out over this huge dried-out ocean.

    I like the line "it's one big ship ride anyway," because I think it's refering to life on our planet. It makes sense if you're familiar with the "Spaceship Earth" concept.
    Atagamay41on November 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is a beautiful song for real. you can feel his pain and the love he has for her. anyone that's willing to do that for someone else is awesome in my opinion.
    kassichi88on December 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbreathtaking song, it really is too good to comprehend
    BearsAndBeetson September 28, 2010   Link
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    General Commenttwo lovers, disillusioned with modern life, take a nitrous trip together

    "my baby spins propellants" is the line that makes me think of nitrous.... nitrous oxide is used as a propellant in whip cream cans.
    pharmakoson May 09, 2013   Link

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