"World Container" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gordon Sinclair....
There's a world container with your name on it
And a billion ways to go berserk
When the country quits on you it must be dinner
And the Himmler on this one is there's no dessert
(He's the one who couldn't imagine all the people living life in peace)

Good News! You get to vanish
Go to Cleveland, be an indie smash
The good news is now you're smaller
The bad news is you can be smaller than that

Go suck some souls, be a reader, get used
Laugh at a funeral or two
And laugh til all the chameleons turn black
Laugh and laugh til you're told 'please don't come back'
Then fake incredulous, say 'I just can't believe!
How'd it get so late so early?'
Say 'ain't life a grand and I'm in awe of y'all'
Then drop into your haunted bunk
Go to your touchless times out where the water's drying
Go past the 'No Attractions Past This Point' sign

What you'll find there are all flaws in progress
Where all songs are one song and that song is Don't Forget
Where all songs are one song and that song is Don't Forget

I've faked incredulous and said 'I just can't believe!
How'd it get so late so early?'
Said, 'ain't life a grand and I'm in awe of y'all'
I've dropped into my haunted bunk
Been to your touchless times out where the water's drying
Been past the 'No Attractions Past This Point' sign

What we have here are all flaws in progress
Where all songs are one song and that song is Don't Forget
Where all songs are one song and that song is Don't Forget
Where all songs are one song and that song is Don't Forget


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"World Container" as written by Gordon Sinclair Gordon Downie

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    General CommentBeen racking my brain over this one... could be a few different things...
    Could be to a young person, or the young generation in general. saying go experience the world for yourself. "world container" could be the old saying "world in your hands" like it's right there.
    Couls also be some sort of political "coded" message... The Himmler part could also be a couple different things
    Hetter27on December 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHimmler being Hitlers second in command basically... could be a "lesser of 2 evils" reference. Himmler was Hitlers trigger man though. I dunno, help me out here
    Hetter27on December 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI see this as an Anti Bush/Anti-Iraq war song. I think he is making a connection between Himmler and Bush, Bush is "laughing" at the dead, he doesn't care how many US soldiers it takes. Godie say's he is in "Awe" of "Y'all", i think that is a reference to the States. The war is a flaw in [world] progress, but the only song American's are singing is "Don't Forget", the phrase refering to 9/11/01.
    gorms134on July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't see it as being Anti Bush. To me, it's like Gord is saying 'Okay, we say the world is a small place. Go find out for yourself.'

    Here's a few reasons why.

    'The good news is you are smaller, the bad news is you can be smaller than that' - To me, this means that we have things like the internet and the telephone, all this technology that makes are lives easier and more comfortable, but we aren't completely closed off from experience yet. I feel like he's suggesting here that we like what we have, we don't want to go out of our comfort zone.

    'Been to the touchless times, our where the water's dryin' - This feels like a tourism pitch, if you will. He's saying 'Hey, this what I've done because I'm not locked in some sort of container. Why don't you come check it out?

    'Been past the no attractions past this point sign' - Again, I feel like Gord is saying 'Here's this world you live in. It's small. It doesn't have to be.' and there's a line in the sand. On one sand is what we know and feel comfortable with, on the other is this amazing place called Earth, and this amazing thing called Life, and he wants us to come and see it, and use it.

    'What you'll find there are all flaws in progress' I'm still kind of unsure on this one. It's like he's saying 'We like to think we're perfect. Come see what the real deal is. We're not perfect. But we're pretty friggen cool.'

    'Go suck some souls, be a reader, get used
    Laugh at a funeral or two
    And laugh til all the chameleons turn black
    Laugh and laugh til you're told 'please don't come back' This to me is saying..We've got this proper and well established way of doing things. Great. Now do something different.

    Hip songs are really hard to get the meaning out of, but I think if you get some sort of meaning out of it, even if it's not what they were thinking when they wrote it, I still think they'd be happy. This song, to me, is encouraging. It's like it says 'Don't settle for what is expected of you. Go do your thing, see the world, connect. Don't be so stuck in a World Container', if you will. Great song!
    Canuck024on August 27, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationGreat lyrics. I was confused for a while because the song sounds like something you'd sing in an Irish pub.

    I think the Himmler mention is the key here - i.e. Nazi Germany. The song is about the "final solution".

    "Go to Cleveland" is a reference to John Demjanjuk, the alleged Nazi death camp work who resided (?resides - he may get extradicted) in Cleveland.

    "Laugh at a funeral or two" - makes sense for a death camp worker.
    "And laugh til all the chameleons turn black" - the chameleon takes on the shade of its environment; basically a reference to the black hearts of the guards

    "Been past the 'No Attractions Past This Point' sign" - I think this is a sign at one of the camps if you go to visit. The closest I've ever been is in video/photos and that was close enough for me.

    "What we have here are all flaws in progress
    Where all songs are one song" - I think this is saying that we are all flawed and not to target one group or another because ultimately we are all the same.

    "Don't forget" - a common reference to the Holocaust.

    So what's the world container? I dunno for sure - a gas chamber maybe? A casket?
    psumpruson March 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYes Psumprus - I see Holocaust written all over this as well and I think it is a reminder to us all that we all live in this small little container that is the world and we are all responsible for it - "we've got our names on it". The World Container is just a bubble that exists around us that makes us all responsible for what happens here IMO. Main thing to take from it - NEVER FORGET what happened there. Gord is afraid that we have.
    laurieloo82on March 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAlso, there is of course the Lennon reference here - "he's the one who couldn't imagine..." - which implies an anti-war stance.
    laurieloo82on March 17, 2010   Link

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