"Gamma Ray" as written by and Beck Hansen....
Trying to hold
Hold out for now
With these ice caps
Melting down
With the transistor sound
And my Chevrolet Terra plane
Going round, round, round

Come a little gamma ray
Standing in a hurricane
Your brains are bored
Like a refugee
From the houses burning
And the heat waves
Calling your name

She's got
On a cactus crown
With a dot, dot, dot
On her brow
And she speaks
Inside crowd
With the cavalry
Turning around

Hit me like a gamma ray
Standing in a hurricane
And I'm pulling
Out thorns
Smokestack lightning
Out my window
I want to know
What I've lost today

Come a little gamma ray
Standing in a hurricane
When your body's bored
Like a refugee
From the houses burning
And the backbiters
Calling your name


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"Gamma Ray" as written by Beck Hansen

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  • +2
    MemoryDear Beck: I love you.
    TheSheion May 22, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about Mother Nature kicking humanity's @$$.

    Out of control storms, melting ice caps, wildfires, heat waves -- altogether an environmental Armageddon.

    The woman with the cactus crown could be a version of Mother Nature. The dot on the brow could indicate a Hindu deity, likely Shiva, the Destroyer/Benefactor.

    Gamma rays are the most dangerous form of radiation emitted by a nuclear explosion because of the difficulty in shielding them. This is because gamma rays have the shortest wavelength of all waves in the electromagnetic spectrum, and therefore have the most ability to penetrate through any gap, even a subatomic one, in what might otherwise be an effective shield.

    To be hit by a gamma ray is a death sentence. Fitting since the arcing theme of the album is Death.

    BTW, a terraplane is a 1930s automobile.
    SadXuHuangon August 05, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with SadxuHuang, but I also see another meaning.

    I think Gamma Ray is a woman and he's wanting her to be what she is capable of. Kicking ass and taking what she really wants. Instead something is holding her back for whatever reason and she is choosing to martyr herself instead.
    Lil Miss Hurricaneon August 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment***Correction, "Smokestack Lightning" is a SONG by Blues/ Soul singer Howlin' Wolf. I'm dyslexic...
    ITurnMyCameraOnon August 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he's comparing what it felt like to break up with a girl to climate change. Anyway.. great song!
    supernukeon July 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand your brains are bored like a refugee... yes.
    deepseadiveron July 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely my summer song!!
    Metiuon July 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song kicks ass! It reminds me of summer...I dont know what its supposed to be about tho
    beefy1on August 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with supernuke,
    I think the cactus crown could be a crown of thorns, which is what gave her the dot dot dot on her brow, a bit later he says he's pulling out thorns, maybe how humanity is trying to save earth now, after we messed it up a lot
    JeremyLeremyon August 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he's wanting Nature to do what it's capable of, wiping out everything.
    Kelleneharrison August 19, 2008   Link

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