"The Watchmaker's Dial" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Oh, yonder stands the prophet, words are music to our ears,
But down among the sinners, only pain and sweat and tears

The sermon soothes the simple but the rest are rapt with fear,
Oh no, too late to hold a trial, time doesn't wait for the watchmaker's dial

In the best laid plans of history lie the ruins of the past
And a chronicle of suffering shows the mythic pall they cast

To believe is true religion but to see is truth at last
Oh no, too late to hold a trial, time doesn't wait for the watchmaker's dial

Time doesn't wait for the watchmaker's dial




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"The Watchmaker's Dial" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentThis song is deep and absolutely inspires me. I believe the song writer is portraying an erroneous problem, what if religion or any ideogical entity was quantified or measured. It's based on belief not evidence and would not sustain a "trial" of measuring truthfulness. All though time literally does not wait for anything, symbolically the momentum of religion still exists today, however time will exist longer than the designer of religin, the watch, or any "complex" piece of equipment that seems perplexing in nature. Philosophically the "watchmaker" story tries to deny evolution and portrays creationism. The song writer is saying it's too late to debate this thing and it will just have to work itself out of our behavior which is a phenotypical relationship, which is my thoughts on genetics, although some may disagree and say that's not even relevant. Some people look at sermons as someone who is friends with the snake oil guy and helps him sell it. It's bullshit, but keeps people positive. The song writer probably doesn't buy into the dogmas of religion and would rather drop things that gave us a brutal past. Positivity is crucial in life in all aspects. Although science professors can be sanctimonious assholes, this guy is honest and his passion is to educate..... Whether it is an accurate tale of this song, or whether the song writer just wanted to sing about cryptic cool melodic philosophical literature, it made me think and for that I thank him for his contributions to society. Without him I would not have gone down the science path and would have a different perspective of maybe irrational thinking.
    Thebonerstudon September 15, 2015   Link

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