"Dark Star" as written by and Hansen....
One, two
One, two

A disappointment condition, a perfunctory prescription
Of an indigent mindset of belligerent silence
We got all we need droning out of a tin can
Thinking about the rain under the sweatshirt hood
Listen to the noise on the battery tape deck
A Judas train wreck, anonymous suspect
Hovering in carbon monoxide cremations
Loners waste away inside of vacant locations
Think tanks empty, international dream bank
Plug in my reactor to the fallout zone
The enemies' story is a lot like mine
And if you get to the point then you know better than I

Dark star like an eye that's closing
Sees through the shards from a scar that's open

Autopilot drivers riding out on the ice age
Infidels swallowed in a vanishing point
Ammunition souls shooting holes in the ozone
Widow's tears washing the soldier's bones
Sterilized egos delirium sequels
Punctured by the arrows of American eagles
Robot to teach you all the rules that delete you
Backspace my brain, my equilibrium guns

Dark star, just an eye that is closing
Sees through the shards from a scar that's open

One, two
One, two
You know what to do


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"Dark Star" as written by Beck Hansen

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    General CommentNo wonder there are no comments. trying to come up with a meaning to this song is giving me a headache.
    cellordoreon March 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentVery laid back for a rap song. Even though I'm not a fan of rap, Beck is definitely one of the exceptions. This is my second favorite song on the album next to Cell Phone's Dead and is obviously a homage to Beck's Sea Change album.

    I get a very political feel from this song as well, especially political in the sense of global warming, death of the world, etc.

    "Hovering in carbon monoxide cremations"

    "Plug in my reactor to the fallout zone"

    "Ammunition souls shooting holes in the ozone"

    Definitely reminds me of global warming. Almost as if this "Dark Star" is Earth's future. The hole(s) in the ozone layer are/is the "scar that's open."
    Xgadon March 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwho needs a song meaning when you have that awesome harmonica solo with the bass and the hooting!
    Blackalbinoon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to me to be mainly a very dim forecast for the future. These lines: "The enemies' story is a lot like mine /And if you get to the point then you know better than I", "widow's tears on soldiers' bones" and the descriptions of general desolation throughout the song tell me that this future was he victim of some sort of human-designed blight, maybe nuclear war. The "enemy's story being a lot like mine" speaks of a period of international tension, suspicion and paranoia that led to this destruction. "egos, delirium, and arrows of american eagles" indicates the war was begun by the US. It seems like there were a few human survivors of the disaster, but the world seems to be run mostly by machines :"autopilot drivers, ammunition souls (antiaircraft weaponry?), robot teachers", etc.

    Also, the nuclear war caused the sky of this future world to be polluted beyond repair by the "carbon monoxide cremations (ashes from disintegrated people/plants animals) and other fallout. This pollution has caused the "ice age".

    "Dark star, just an eye that is closing
    Sees through the shards from a scar that's open"

    I think the dark star is the sun trying to shine through the skies darkened by the "shards" of the incinerated buildings, trees, etc., that cloud the sky. The sun being an "eye that is closing" may be symbolic of a higher power (God?) that had been previously watching over humanity, yet has given up on them because of the destruction they caused themselves and others by their hostility and lack of trust.

    Well, that's my guess at the meaning. It's a really depressing song now that I soent time to analyze its meaning...
    clamores_musarumon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to me to be mainly a very dim forecast for the future. These lines: "The enemies' story is a lot like mine /And if you get to the point then you know better than I", "widow's tears on soldiers' bones" and the descriptions of general desolation throughout the song tell me that this future was he victim of some sort of human-designed blight, maybe nuclear war. The "enemy's story being a lot like mine" speaks of a period of international tension, suspicion and paranoia that led to this destruction. "egos, delirium, and arrows of american eagles" indicates the war was begun by the US. It seems like there were a few human survivors of the disaster, but the world seems to be run mostly by machines :"autopilot drivers, ammunition souls (antiaircraft weaponry?), robot teachers", etc.

    Also, the nuclear war caused the sky of this future world to be polluted beyond repair by the "carbon monoxide cremations (ashes from disintegrated people/plants animals) and other fallout. This pollution has caused the "ice age".

    "Dark star, just an eye that is closing
    Sees through the shards from a scar that's open"

    I think the dark star is the sun trying to shine through the skies darkened by the "shards" of the incinerated buildings, trees, etc., that cloud the sky. The sun being an "eye that is closing" may be symbolic of a higher power (God?) that had been previously watching over humanity, yet has given up on them because of the destruction they caused themselves and others by their hostility and lack of trust.

    Well, that's my guess at the meaning. It's a really depressing song now that I soent time to analyze its meaning...
    clamores_musarumon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"who needs a song meaning when you have that awesome harmonica solo with the bass and the hooting!"

    hallelujah hallelujah amen
    farouhkon August 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlove this song =)
    Honeythatsokon August 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about death... Suicide more specifically. It's sort of a story, you know? A depressed person ("an indignant mindset of belligerent silence") who ponders suicide for a while ("Thinking about the rain under the sweatshirt hood") goes back to his place turns on some heavy metal ("Listen to the noise on the battery tape deck, a Judas train wreck, anonymous suspect") then commits suicide ("Hovering in carbon monoxide cremations"). Then it describes his descent into death ("Think tanks empty" aka his conciousness). Aside from that, the title, to me, seems to be blatantly about death. The light at the end of the tunnel, the Dark Star.

    Aside from the first verse, I have no fucking clue what the rest of the song is about. Maybe Beck is describing what the guy's soul encounters during is ascent to heaven (or descent to hell).
    HmmMmon August 21, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionI haven't put everything together but here's my rough idea. This song makes me think of the Illuminati conspiracy or centralized power control. The star of David is said to be a Zionist (not to be confused with Jewish) symbol. The Zionists being the precursor to the Illuminati. And the "eye that's closing" being the eye of Horus...you know...the one on the top of the pyramid on the back of a dollar bill. Horus being a God of ancient Egypt, where Zionists descended from. There's always broken poetic lines in Beck's songs, so putting them together for one resolute meaning is a challenge. But he does also mention "think tanks" and an "international dream bank", two high ranking positions on the pyramid of power. Certainly there's not actually something called the "international dream bank" but many believe all the world's money is controlled by very few people...the Illuminati or Freemasons or Zionists or whatever you want to refer to them as. And then there's part about technology at the end, "the robot to teach you all the rules to delete you". A part of some Illuminati conspiracy theories is advancing technology and brainwashing the public to the point where they will not know the difference between humanity and technology. Which will make us accept things like genetic engineering and microchip implants more readily.

    I think this song is kind of hopeful and saying people are beginning to see through this power facade more and more and it looks like he may be calling for revolution at the end.

    "One, two, you know what to do"
    n00neon January 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentto me it sounds like the universe being sucked through a hole in the sky.
    quite possibly the most bleak despairing and hell-like anti-war song ever written.
    ShakeyFan2on December 31, 2009   Link

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