"Atmosphere" as written by and Jay Farrar....
Love is the pavement
With spit in your heart
Slow diamond's no laughter
Sweep the hellhound trail

Translate the faces
Wash off the dust
Smoke plume twilight
American tears

Prairie-burnt eyes tell the hell and break through the lens
Feed the buildings by the coast a flagrant dance
Wounded in the world by a single twist of hate
It's all over now
You're headed for the atmosphere

Pick up the blessings
Meet the new sky
Supposed to live up to
The speculation din

Getting that old time feeling again
Madmen on both sides of the fence

Melody of riot in the wilderness of oxygen
Mercy on the waterfall mist
In the middle-class sea


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"Atmosphere" as written by Jay Farrar

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    General CommentThis song seems to be reflecting on loss, love and hate in this world - most times all go together. "Madmen on both sides of the fence" has a certain political meaning - fighting over issues in society. "Translate the face, wash of the dust, smoke plume twilight, american tears: Trying to connect with poeple, wasjing off the dust or sense of rejection afterwards and feeling the pain. "Love is a pavement with spit in your heart: loves a winding road that we walk that can leave us beaten and bruised, "slow diamonds no laughter: perhaps reflecting on how we love someone so much, they sparkle like a diamond in our eyes but they never come around and feel the way you do and its plain sad. "Summoned to live up to the speculation din" We're supposed to try and understand all the madnes and noise(din?) Without love and in a worl of hate we're all headed to the atmosphere, away from ourself and others, having to fend for ourselves. Who knows tough. Jay's deep, that's just my interpretation.
    It's also SUMMONED to live up to the speculation din not SUPPOSED.
    left the porchon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to be reflecting on loss, love and hate in this world - most times all go together. "Madmen on both sides of the fence" has a certain political meaning - fighting over issues in society. "Translate the face, wash of the dust, smoke plume twilight, american tears: Trying to connect with poeple, washing off the dust or madness when it's all over but still feeling the pain or sense of rejection afterwards. "Love is a pavement with spit in your heart: loves a winding road that we walk that can leave us beaten and bruised, "slow diamonds no laughter: perhaps reflecting on how we love someone so much, they sparkle like a diamond in our eyes but they never come around and feel the way you do and its plain sad. "Summoned to live up to the speculation din" We're supposed to try and understand all the madness and noise (din?) brought on by ourselves and others. Without love and in a world of hate we're all "headed to the atmosphere", away from ourself and others, having to fend for ourselves. Who knows though. Jay's deep, that's just my interpretation.
    It's also SUMMONED to live up to the speculation din not SUPPOSED.
    left the porchon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it has to do with our new reality and the war on terror, all of which has Jay wanting to riot.

    "Translate the faces, Wash off the dust" - images of New Yorkers with stunned looks on their faces which are covered in dust come to mind.
    "Smoke plume twilight, American tears" - remember the images from the evening of 9/11/01 and the huge smoke plume from ground zero. America had gathered itself to this reality and began to weep.

    "Prairie-burnt eyes tell the hell and break through the lens" The zombie-like eyes of the terrorists in their photos.
    "Feed the buildings by the coast a flagrant dance" the WTC buildings in New York City on fire.
    "Single twist of hate" - the hate-filled terrorist attack. But I disagree with Jay here, it isn't a single event, attacks from this enemy have been going on since 1979.
    "Pick up the blessings" - God Bless America and all the prayers from around the world
    "Meet the new sky" - WTC towers are gone
    "Gettin that old time feeling again" - madmen on both sides, each side thinks the other is evil and will go to war, kill, etc.
    EnviroAg96on August 21, 2007   Link

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