"Spider and I" as written by and Brian Eno....
Spider and i sit watching the sky
On a world without sound
We knit a web to catch one tiny fly
For our world without sound
We sleep in the mornings
We dream of a ship that sails away
A thousand miles away.


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"Spider and I" as written by Brian Eno

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    General CommentThere is something profound about this song that is as of now completely eluding me. I can't decide if it's a terrible sadness, or...
    dbarker02on January 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis was my favorite song for a long time. It has no given meaning, yet it means so much. It's purely beautiful.
    RealityRippleon April 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn't have thought of terrible sadness, but I think that describes it perfectly. This song is how I'd feel if I was frozen inside a block of ice or if I turned into a rock, like in Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. People sometimes sleep in the mornings when they're depressed because they don't want to get up. The part about the ship is escapism.
    thebodiesobtainedon April 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe interpretation of a lyric is only the smallest portion of the meaning in a song... A song's meaning is derived from its feel, its vibe... This song lingers around you and from time to time creeps through you; Calms your ego. Brian eno never meant anything by lyrics... he just created candy for your essence, lush soundscapes. And I really like it, and i really this song. It carries you around on its sad back.
    flightfromlucidityon May 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe "spider and I" conflates one person's ultimate value or position as equitable with the other... in a sense deflating the "more valuable" ego of man down to to the level of the spider since both will meet the inevitable end of life.

    "Sit watching the sky" is about learning during life ("childhood" or as the initial step in a meta-Sequence). "On our world without sound" is the interior life... sound can only be made outside of the ear and the mind that interprets it. "We knit a web / to catch one tiny fly" is presenting the process we embark upon after the "learning" we did before this sequence of action/reaction... our life in a nutshell ("work a job, make a little money"). That "for our world without sound" is repeated has it's meaning in more of the "meta-Sequence" as it yes, could be that the "fly" is nourishment in the more explicit meaning, the "larger" meaning is that these things gleaned from our activated learning are meant for use within our mind... so it creates a continuous loop between the world back into the mind to venture forward again. "We sleep in the mornings / We dream of a ship that sails away/ A thousand miles away" is referencing the point near death... morning is when one awakes to the day so sleeping during it would be a sign of one's life slipping in the opposite direction of the rising morning. The "ship that sails away" is the whole of life and the world... it carries on without us after our passing. The "dream" could also be Memory... it slides away "a thousand miles away"... so far away at the moment that its movement would be indiscernible and more of an flight of fancy than an actuality... and it wouldn't matter... it would be but fantasy... one whose structure is wholly different from what we, the spider and I, are.
    envelopeon December 14, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe final song on the album, and the end of our journey through time, from "before" to "after" science (I claim no objectivity in my assessment of the album's structure). A lullaby.

    The protagonist is now with "Spider," who appears to be a literal spider. Perhaps reincarnated, perhaps perceiving omnisciently the preciousness of all life, we have passed through death (in the previous song) to a state of absolute peace. The glory of a single knit web, normally hated or ignored by humans, is seen for what it is -- the small, the unseen, the forgotten, the details, the imagination, sleep, dreams, rest, peace, drifting, after science -- I hope we can learn from all of these things when we design our next society. Eno seems hopeful; after all, what are humans except another in a long line of "random," quantum Earth mathematics?
    msmoxwilliamson October 07, 2014   Link

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