Everyone is crying at the dread hypnotic flying
Of the bee of the bird of the moth
You can't walk, you can't ramble 'cause you're gonna have to scramble
From the bee of the bird of the moth

Catbug is a cat, but he's got bugness in his veins
Manhouse lives within himself with thoughtful human brains
Neither one is equal to the challenge of the freak we'll call
The bee of the bird of the moth

Now the moth defeats the mouse and man
It's messing with the plan, it can't be believed
'Cause it's just a hummingbird moth
Who's acting like a bird that thinks it's a bee

Got a brand new shipment of electrical equipment
It's addressed to the bottom of the sea
Send a tangerine-colored nuclear submarine
With a sticker that says 'STP'

Windshield wiper washer fluid spraying in the air
Head lice under hats lie in the headlights everywhere
Subatomic waves to the underwater caves
Of the bee of the bird of the moth

And the moth defeats the mouse and man
It's messing with the plan, it can't be believed
'Cause it's just a hummingbird moth
Who's acting like a bird that thinks it's a bee

Is it us or it that's messed up?

Everyone's deforming in the presence of the swarming
Of the bee of the bird of the moth
Protozoa, snakes, and horses have enlisted in the forces
Of the bee of the bird of the moth
All are irresistibly directed by the section of a hypnotizing tractor beam presenting a prediction
Of the sleep of reason corporation in association
With the bee of the bird of the moth


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    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    The hummingbird hawk-moth. We used to have those near our house, because there were rose fields. I remember when I was a kid my friend and I first spotted them and thought they were some kind of bird. They're quite strange looking.
    Breedabieon March 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo paraphrase Sparticus..."honored to be number 2."

    This song is about the theory of evolution and the church's opposition to the idea of evolution. The church offers Genesis and the Creation myth (the plan) as an alternative. The "bee of the bird of the moth" is a description of the phenomenon of "convergent evolution" where vastly different creatures evelve to take advantage of a similar environment or ecological niche. The "hummingbird moth" has evolved to the point where it is virtually indistinguishable from a hummingbird, which in turn has an appearance and habit much like a honeybee.

    The moth thus is "messing with the plan" and "can't be believed" at the urging of religuos leaders. The line "the moth defeats the mouse and man" refers to the famous line, "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry," meaning the church's teachings, honed through centuries of force-feeding dogma to the followers, is being defeated by the observations and thinking that goes into the evolutionary theory.

    But "protozoa, snakes and horses have enlisted in the forces" meaning the innumerable adaptations and peculiararities of such diverse beings suggest otherwise.

    "Hypmotic flying" and "hypnotizing tractor beam" both evoke the random yet irresistable pull of evolutionary forces. All these images refer in some way the "hopeful monsters" that provide the engine of evolution. If you don't believe me, check out "the sleep of reason produces monsters", the 1799 painting by Goya. The "sleep of reason producing monsters" could be thought of as an ironic twist on the original meaning of the painting, instaed of the sleep (absence) of reason allowing the vices of men (the monsters) to gather around the tortured artist, it is a reference to the Theory of Evolution being a descendent of the philosophies of the Age of Reason.

    Check out catbug in the corner of the painting, as well as the sleeping Manhouse.

    Mr. Bacon, what do you think of that?
    Wolfpack1on March 06, 2008   Link

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