I walk into the corner of my room
See my friends in high places
I don't know which is which or who is whom
They've stolen each other's faces
Janet is there with her high head and hair
Full of bedroom feathers
Janet is known to make dead men groan
In any kind of weather
I crawl over to her
I say hey baby
I say hey Janet
You are the one, you are the sun
And I'm your dutiful planet
But she ain't down with any of that
'Cause she's heard that shit before
And I say uh huh, oh yeah you're right
'cause I see Betty X standing by the door

With more news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere

And it's getting strange in here
Yeah it's getting stranger every year

More news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere
Alright now

Now Betty X is like Betty Y minus that fatal chromosome
Her hair is like the wine dark sea in which sailors come home
I say hey baby I say hey Betty X
I lean close up to her throat
This light you are carrying is like a lamp
Hanging from a distant boat
It is my light says Betty
Betty x says this light ain't yours
And so much wind blew through her words
That I went rolling down the hall

For more news from nowhere
More news from nowhere, uh huh huh
And it's strange in here
Yeah it gets stranger every year
More news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere, uh huh huh

I turn another corner
I go down a corridor
And I see this guy
He must be about one hundred foot tall
And he only has one eye
He asks me for my autograph
I write nobody and then
I wrap myself up in my woolly coat
And I blind him with my pen
'Cause someone must have stuck something in my drink
Everything's getting strange lookin'
Half the people have turned into squealing pigs
The other half are cooking
Well let me out of here I cried
And I went pushing past
And I saw Miss Polly singing with some girls
I cried struck me to the mast

For more news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere, uh huh huh
It's getting strange in here
And it gets stranger every year
More news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere

Well then a black girl with no clothes on
She danced across the room
We charted the progress of the planets
Around that boogie woogie moon
I called her my nubian princess
Gave her some sweet back fatass jive
Spent the next seven years between her legs
A-pining for my wife
But then by and by it all went wrong
I fell washed up on a shore
She stared down at me from up in the storm
And I sopped up on the floor

For more news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere uh huh huh
And don't it make you feel alone
Don't it make you wanna get right on home
More news from nowhere
More news from nowhere, let me hear it now

Well here comes Elena with two black eyes
She's given herself a transfusion
She's filled herself with panda blood
To avoid all the confusion
I say the sun rises and falls with you
And various things about love
But a rising violence in me cuts all my circuits off
Well Elena she starts screaming
Her cheeks are full of psychotropic leaves
Her extinction was nearly absolute
When she turned her back on me

For more news from nowhere
I said more news from nowhere
And it's getting strange in here
Yeah it gets stranger every year
More news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere,
Alright
Alright

I bump and crash into Deanna
hanging pretty in the door frame
All the horrors that have befallen me
Well Deanna is to blame
Every time I se you baby
you make me feel so unalone
And I wipe my face into her dress
Long after she'd gone home

With more news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere
And don't it make you feel alone
Yeah and don't it make you wanna get right back home
More news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere
Alright

And don't it make you feel so sad
Don't the blood rush to your feet
To think that everything you do today
Tomorrow is obsolete
Technology and women
And little children too
Don't it make you feel blue
Don't it make you feel blue

For more news from nowhere
With more news from nowhere
Don't it make you feel alone
Yeah and don't it make you wanna get right back home
More news from nowhere
Yeah more news from nowhere
One last time.

Well I gotta say
Yeah I gotta say
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.





Lyrics submitted by Caleddin


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    General Comment:It's the Odyssey! =D

    Interestingly, Odysseus began his journey- more or less- by going to the land of the Lotus Eaters- which is earlier on in the album.

    After that, he headed to the land of the cyclopes, and entered the cave of one of them, a giant with one eye - "He must be about one hundred foot tall/And he only has one eye". The cyclops eats half his men and says he'll give him a gift if Odysseus tells him his name. Odysseus says it's "Nobody". Later on, Odysseus blinds him and when the other cyclops go to see what the matter is he screams "Nobody is hurting me". In the morning, Odysseus and his men hide under the cyclops' sheep and escape- "He asks me for my autograph/I write nobody and then/I wrap myself up in my woolly coat/And I blind him with my pen".

    After that they reach the home of Aeolus, god of the winds. He gives them a gentle breeze home, but when his men open the bag he gave Odysseus it sends them off astray- "And so much wind blew through her words/That I went rolling down the hall".

    Next they reach the land of the Laestragonians, who are man-eating giants and eat most of his men- "The other half are cooking". After that they find themselves on the island of the witch Circe, who turns half his men into pigs- "Half the people have turned into squealing pigs". Later, after Odysseus has saved his men, he sets off again and finds the Sirens, a group of nymphs who try to sing sailors into their rocks. Wanting to hear them, he made his men strap him to his mast and fill their ears with beeswax- "And I saw Miss Polly singing with some girls/I cried struck me to the mast".

    Later on, he arrives at the house of the sun god (there are LOADS of references to the sun all about the song) who kills the rest of his men. He washes up on the shore of the nymph Calypso, who falls in love with him and keeps him captive, offering him immortality. So he sleeps with her for 7 years, all the while yearning to return home to his wife Penelope- "Spent the next seven years between her legs/A-pining for my wife".
    Appers66on March 10, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:This song is amazing! Thanks for the explanation!
    Si_dufferson March 15, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Yeah, i picked it up after i realised the cyclopse refference and then it started to fall into place. They just keep comming. I realised the sheep thing before i came here. I figured id be one of the first. Appers66 did a better job of it than i could have. thanks. Great album to. Its scary. Im actualy studying the odyssey this year at uni.
    veitchy_88on March 23, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:yes, it references Odysseia, but what does it MEAN.

    to me that's only one part of the song anyway. There might a lot of references to a lot of works, I don't know, and maybe what he's trying to say is that everything he will do in life will be lost eventually, unlike Odysseia (and others?). "To think that everything you do today / Tomorrow is obsolete" is the most important line here.
    pave12on April 02, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I got the Odyssey references, but it seems to go off-focus towards the end. Deanna doesn't fit the theme. And as for Elena & her panda blood...where does she come in? Great song, but probably should have been rewritten (& cut) a bit before being recorded.
    morbid moragon May 04, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Shawn Thomas Odyssey, who did Kung Fu Panda, also did the movie....get this.....The Cave. Coincidence?
    bgsummer62on September 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Appers66 did a great job explaining the song - it is the Odyssey. Here's my Random Useless Fact contribution.

    When Nick compares Polly to a siren, it's a double entendre because her biography is titled 'Siren Rising' (the first chapter of which is titled West Country Girl). And here's a link to a preview of the book:

    books.google.com/…


    the_boatmanon November 30, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation:While Cave here does not follow the Odyssey anymore, I am pretty sure he still stays in the world of Greek myths and especially the fall of Troy. Elena probably means Helen of Troy, the cause of all that mess and the Trojan War in which Odysseus fought. Deanna could be Diana, which is the Roman name for the Greek goddess of nature and hunting, Artemis. She does not play a major role in the epic, but has a small role in Trojan War in the Iliad.
    infinityontrialon December 18, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation:While Cave here does not follow the Odyssey anymore, I am pretty sure he still stays in the world of Greek myths and especially the fall of Troy. Elena probably means Helen of Troy, the cause of all that mess and the Trojan War in which Odysseus fought. Deanna could be Diana, which is the Roman name for the Greek goddess of nature and hunting, Artemis. She does not play a major role in the epic, but has a small role in Trojan War in the Iliad.
    infinityontrialon December 18, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Definitely allusions to The Odyssey. Circes, Calypso, the Sirens, etc., but the protagonist mixes in his own stories of women. The Odyssey is an epic story of wanting to go back home... This is a man who has had several failed relationships and wants to go back to that one woman who he realizes he loved. (and don't it make you wanna get right back home)

    Unlike Odysseus, it seems he can't go back to her. I think this ties into the theme of DLD with people who are somehow sleeping or comatose and their struggle to find something romantic and heroic in the world or in themselves and wake up. The protagonist has gone through all of these life events with women, ending poorly for both him and them, but with the detailed descriptions of how he has somehow hurt or damaged them and left this trail of negativity behind him.

    The protagonist here has become disillusioned and sees that he only wants to "go home" to his own Penelope (read: Odysseus's wife), but he cannot or hasn't been able to because of his own blinding pride.
    The lack of self-awareness seems it ties into the idea of the helpless/hopelessness of not being "awake" and not being able to experience life completely. A sad tale of common destructive character flaws watered by the world we grow up in.
    "We are each our own devil and we make this world our hell." - Wilde

    To tie into the narratives of the trail of women that the protagonist leaves behind, in the music video, there are various portrayals of broken/disillusioned women within this sort of objectifying atmosphere. We are shown how the various women are in a post state of hurt in some way. The men are all intoxicated and the women are all putting on fronts, all the story same of his "adventures", while Cave is up on stage preaching his realization.

    Interpretations are all subjective of course.
    bwenneron October 09, 2009   Link

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