"4th Dimensional Transition" as written by and Ben Goldwasser Andrew Vanwyngarden....
I feel your racing heart
My liquid silver arms extended
These waves aren't far apart
Black gold in claw foot tubs unchanging
I am fire, where's my form?
Whisper crimson I intrude
There's light beneath your eyes
New overtones in view
Endless form, endless time

If what they say is true
You are a shadow in the fourth dimension
To float away with you
We see the corners where nothing happens
While we drifted we were one
Ceilings lifted walls were gone
You speak the language of the breeze
All your leaves were meant for me
The love that every person wants to be

Stuck together, I don't like revealing secrets
I'll live inside your lips if you won't laugh
My heaving hands on rotten fruit at last
Fallow fingers, there's a surface I can count on
She'd fit inside my heart and take it over
Till her cape got blown into my red lungs
Either there's a purpose
Or I'm heading out at breakfast
Take a drink, take a drag
One more coffee, ugly hat
No more mirrors, woolen bag
And I am gone


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"4th Dimensional Transition" as written by Benjamin Nicholas Huner Goldwasser Andrew Wells Vanwyngarden

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  • +5
    My InterpretationOk, I love this band just as much as anyone else here they're seriously one of my favorite bands. Not to downplay their genius but isn't this song just about the beauty of sex? "I feel your racing heart, my liquid silver arms extended"? "These waves aren't far apart ( an orgasm on its way?)" Just reread it think of a lot of it with sexual undertones and you might get it. I hope I don't get too many angry replies for this but it still makes it a great song. I think they're talking about how it can carry you so far away like to another dimension."While we drifted we were one" like one flesh. "Ceilings lifted walls were gone" Restrictions, confinements, inhibitions forgotten. "Stuck together, I don't like revealing secrets
    I'll live inside your lips if you won't laugh" This reminds of the cliche post coital time were couples tend to talk or want to talk. The man is saying as he's holding her or vise versa they're not willing to open up just yet but they are willing to listen intently if that's ok. and of course some of the more obvious lines, "Either there's a purpose
    Or I'm heading out at breakfast
    Take a drink, take a drag
    One more coffee, ugly hat
    No more mirrors, woolen bag
    And I am gone". That part strikes me as an ultimatum after good sex. Either that meant something to you or I should probably get going. It's timid, it's confusing, unsure but absolutely beautiful. It's unlike anything else we can experience alone or with another person and they chose to write a song and represent something so human as making love into something superhuman about us. But that's just my guess.
    lemonsliceon December 21, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General Commentha, sounds like you don't understand it either. their lyrics are very esoteric and new age. this song is about the transition to the 4th dimension supposed to start 2012. Timewave Zero. is it true that we are formless divine beings of the spirit burning eternally but hidden from view underneath a cage of flesh? in the world of forms? the 4th dimension is where we will ascend to from the 3rd and transcend time and space. Or is it all a lie and we are just these meaningless forms leading meaningless lives? that's the gist of it. it of course has alot more too it and there are too many details to write about. If you don't get this stuff don't worry about it, just enjoy how catchy it is and continue on with the life of ignorance, that is why they don't like you listening to their music, because you can't quite appreciate it. this stuff reminds me of the klaxons. very similar look them up. And to the guy above, if they didn't want so many fans then they should not have appeared on MTV. this stuff is deep; and i am gone.
    Aloysius1979on April 18, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentCan we stop discussing the private lifes of MGMT, please?
    If they take drugs, that's up too them, but in NO way are they influencing there listeners to do the same. Can't you see that they write songs as it's a way too escape for them? Not because they're creating cults to follow them in drug use. -.-
    jasmineloveon June 15, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song feels like sex and an orgasm.
    dirtyicecreamon March 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmarc-bolan, similar to several t.rex songs,
    2012 reference?
    seems so.
    i dig.
    Ekstasison April 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song describes the transcendent experience of sex with a being perceived to be so divine that they cannot possiby be 3D (human). The being exists in 5D and their shadow is 4D. With her he is transcending time, space, reality, all the angles that limit him in his 3D existance (corners, walls, roofs).

    He experiences her like one would feel the wind-just feeling the sensation. I think he wants to experience her (this state of divinity) all the time if she would let him. He doesn't want to separate from her and bases his reaction (post separation) upon her reaction. Either the experience is romanticized/feelings reciprocated or shrugged off as something mundane.

    This song may also be just about having a life changing, mind-blowing, transcending experience in the mind (not necessarily sex related) then "coming down" from that experience and wondering if this is going to change your life or if you will just continue with mundane life seemingly unaffected afterwards.
    lokigrlon April 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know where the comment went, but I'm sure someone mentioned that this song is about a one night stand. That makes alot of sense to me.
    They're having an intense moment in a bathtub(where all good intense, tripped-out moments belong), and he's showing his depth of love is a 'Bigger Picture' way of seeing everything.
    Its gets physical, but than he needs to be alone, so its over.
    Probably on some wicked shit while this happened, but to write about it in such a poetic way, is the beauty of emotions understood by psychoactives, usually the next day. Yay
    Beautiful song, and I love it.
    One more coffee, anyone?
    PheonixFireon August 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen i wrote my original comment in 2008 i was much more arrogant.
    i have recently ventured into the wilds on 5 hits of LSD.

    "When man recognizes his divinity, he is divine."

    that's what this song is about.
    the process of tearing your ego and illusions asunder.
    it is about the transcendental experience. some would call it "seeing the truth"
    or "enlightenment"

    it's not about this "adam kadmon" bullshit, romanowski.
    it's about you.
    and your mundane existence as a slave.
    which does not suit the gods that we are.
    it is time we recognize our divinity.
    or continue about our meaningless existences.
    LSD helps, but do not come to rely on it.
    it is a door to the truth. but it is not the truth.
    Aloysius1979on December 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm not saying it's an acid trip... but it's an acid trip.
    VADERtheIMPALERon October 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationan Interpretation:

    3 characters (Person,Third person, The Drug) - all characters speak

    1. I feel your racing heart (The Drug- Feels the persons heart through some medium)

    2. My liquid silver arms extended (The Drug- Characterizes itself as having "liquid silver arms" Liquid silver is a code for A Natural Medicine. The arms part describes perhaps this is a "joint" extended towards the person

    3. These waves arent far apart, black gold in claw foot tubs unchanging (The person- The person is describing his heartbeat that is racing, and compares it to "black gold" which is a code for oil in a claw foot tub unchanging. I have not seen this before, but maybe there is something to that image that amplifies how excited the person is about this drug that his heart which could be literal as in his hearts beat or his heart as in his desires are intense.

    4. I am fire, wheres my form? (The drug- the drug is asking for its true form. The person can hear the drug asking for a light or a flame to start the next process.)

    5. Whisper crimson I intrude (The person- answering intimately with the color of a flame of fire or the metaphoric sense of fire, the person is conveying that he intimately and immediately lit the drug.)

    6. There is light beneath your eyes, new overtones in view, endless form endless time (The third person, mind- The third person or perhaps the mind is describing from a outer perspective to the person the experience. Perhaps the third person is the persons mind, which is what I am assuming. So through the third person we find out that the person lit the drug and now their are more forms of fire, and the last verse could be the feeling the person gets when using the drug. Or it could be the way the person feels about the drug. This brings me to the fourth dimension. The fourth dimension, in a totally kindergarten understanding is time and space combining.

    7. If what they say is true
    You are a shadow in the fourth dimension (The person- The person refers to the drug as the legend of the shadow of the fourth dimension, which would make the drug a 3 dimensional object.) I am uncertain the significance only to suggest that the 4th dimension is falling into the 3rd dimensional world. So traveling to another world. Escapism maybe?

    8. To float away with you (The drug- reiterates its purpose, to be with the person, floating in the 3rd dimension)

    9. We see the corners where nothing happens (The person- Describes them near corners and nothing is happening, but the person is still elated) (But what is important here is the the person and the drug are one being, and this part just emphasizes what is seen is not as important, perhaps as what is felt)

    10. While we drifted we were one
    Ceilings lifted walls were gone (The mind, or the narrator- Describes the feeling, and affirms the feeling or literal drifting, which exposes this experience as above reality and or a really great experience, weightless. The passage mentions ceilings and walls being removed. This could be weight of emotion lifted, stress gone, or literally the person being able to see into buildings. Either way this experience is liberating to the person, noting how the person feels about his experience.

    11. You speak the language of the breeze
    All your leaves were meant for me
    The love that every person wants to be (The person, speaks, poetically and beautifully about the drug, saying that it speaks a different language. The person understands the language perhaps. All of the "leaves" give hint to what this drug might be, and also points out that the person feels that the faculty of the drug is meant for him, expressing a special bond is felt between the two. The person feels the love, or desire to exist that everyone wants to be. So the person thinks that everyone whats to be existence. But an existence that is acknowledged. There is clearly a special bond between the drug and the person.

    12. Stuck together, I don't like revealing secrets
    I'll live inside your lips if you won't laugh (The drug- So the drug shows signs of more human like qualities, and shows there are limitations. Something the drug is holding back. Also there are limitations for the person, as the person can't laugh while the drug is "living inside the persons lips' This is a bad sign for the person and a turn in the story unfolding.

    13. My heaving hands on rotten fruit at last
    Fallow fingers, there's a surface I can count on (The person- SO here the person describes, most likely, the drug as rotten fruit, and shows signs of admitting that the drug is not bearing fruit or bearing the outcome that the person hoped for. The person then speaks of his "fallow fingers". This is a very unique way to describe fingers. Fallow means basically to render inactive, but it also refers to a farmland being left unsown or left alone to restore for a season. This is significant, because it shows how the person is showing more value in a faculty of themselves over this drug and his trying to repair it, perhaps because of damage done by the drug.

    14. She'd fit inside my heart and take it over
    Till her cape got blown into my red lungs (The narrator or mind- This part is my favorite part, because it is so vivid to me and I can relate to my interpretation of it. The first part talks about how the drug, which is revealed to be a she, probably to connect the drug not only to a substance but to what some women do in relationships. "She fit inside my heart" means that the person had room for desire of the drug and let it in, which means he still used the drug or interacted with the girl. The drug then would command the persons desires. Then "her cape" is the line next that is intriguing and important because this drug or girl was a HERO. Being a comic book fan from a young age, I feel this part. Having had heros in real life I also feel and know what it means to be saved. However the HERO's cape "got blown into his red lungs." I interpret this as a bad experience. The cape getting caught into lungs brings thoughts and feelings of suffocation and bleeding. This person, has been damaged by this drug and or girl on the inside. Not to mention the fact that smoking, as this passage suggest to me can cause this feeling of which I have personally experienced. So perhaps this person is close to death. So far, this transition started off great and has turned out deadly and damaging.

    15. Either there's a purpose
    Or I'm heading out at breakfast
    Take a drink, take a drag
    One more coffee, ugly hat
    No more mirrors, woolen bag
    And I am gone (The person, and the mind or either- This part is a declaration to the drug and or the girl that if there is no better reason to continue using or interacting in this relationship, then he is going to leave quickly. Perhaps he is searching for the transition to improve. )

    In conclusion, this song is about transitioning through an experience with a bad drug and the threat of transitioning out, with a demand for a reason to keep transitioning through this experience.

    Hope this is enjoyed :)
    -Don
    dontimeon May 04, 2013   Link

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