"Jocasta" as written by and Charles Fink....
When the baby's born
Oh, let's turn it to the snow
So that ice will surely grow
Over weak and brittle bones

Oh, let's leave it to the wolves
So their teeth turn it to food
Oh, its flesh keeps them alive
Oh, its death helps life survive
Oh, the world can be kind in its own way

Oh well, your future's a machine
With the mechanics of a dream
And it's your mind that spins the wheel
And your heart that makes you feel

All the guilt for all your sins
Oh, as that wheel spins
Oh well, it plays as they believed
And for your husband you have grieved
Oh, the world still deceives you as it turns

And in my lucid moments I could see
Oh, that the heart may be the weakest part of me
Oh, and the moon controls the movements of the tide
Oh, but it has no weight on the movements of my mind

But if you turn your hands to flames
Oh, the light will burn the same
Whether you just pass it through
Or if it's what you meant to do

And your sense of comparability
Is from the Gods that you perceive
Their constant lies that you believe
Will show you grace
Oh, when you turn to a ghost

Oh, but now the love you found
Just lays you down on the muddy ground
And oh, the death will let you down
'Cause your verse will still go on the same


Lyrics submitted by Gwalyn, edited by robbiebuble, smiffers, Jschurman

"Jocasta" as written by Charles Fink

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    General CommentI think this is about the legend of Oedipus, from his mother, Jocasta's point of view
    goddamneddamarison September 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCorrect lyrics:
    When the baby s born
    Let s turn it to the snow
    So that ice will surely grow
    Over weak and brittle bones
    Let s leave it to the wolves
    So their teeth turn it to food,
    It s flesh keeps them alive
    As death helps life survive
    The world can be kind in its own way
    Your future s a machine
    With the mechanics of a dream,
    It s your mind that spins the wheel
    And your heart that makes you feel
    All the guilt for all your sins
    Oh and as the wheel spins,
    It plays as they believed
    And for your husband you have grieved
    The world still deceives as it turns,
    Oh and in my lucid moments I can see
    That the heart may be the weakest part of me
    Oh the moon controls the movements of the tide
    But it has no weight on the movements of my mind
    But if you turn your hands to flames
    Oh the light will burn the same
    Whether you just pass it through
    Or if it s what you meant to do
    And your sense of culpability
    Is from the Gods that you perceive
    Their constant love that you believe will show you grace
    As you turn into a ghost
    Oh but now the love you found
    Has laid you in the muddy ground
    Oh but death will let you down
    Because your curse will still go on the same
    Fuzzman07on October 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's most certainly about the myth about Oedipus.

    "When the babies born
    Oh, let's turn it to the snow
    So that ice will surely grow
    Over weak and brittle bones
    Oh, let's leave it to the wolves
    So their teeth turn it to food
    Oh, its flesh keeps them alive
    Oh, its death helps life survive
    Oh, the world can be kind in its own way"

    when Laius and Jocasta heard the prophecy about their son, they sent him to be killed in the snow.
    then it speaks of the inevitability of the prophecy and how there was no way to avoid it.

    Beautiful.
    ummerron November 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove, love this song. about the seasons of life. turning and turning, know what i mean?
    NiQon April 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, this song is incredible.
    I think this song is Oedipus inspired. Jocasta in greek mythology is Oedipus wife and mother.
    It talks about guilt for all her sins and grieving for her husband
    Jocasta also mean shining moon,
    "Oh and the moon controls
    The movements of the tide"
    hannahelizabethon August 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbut if you turn your hands to flames
    oh the light will burn the same
    weather you just pass it through
    or if its what you meant to do
    and your sense of comparability
    is from the guise that you perceive
    there comes the moral that you believe
    that will show you grace
    oh when you turn to a ghost
    oh but now the love you found
    has made you......and bloody ground
    and oh the death will let you down
    cause you'll burst but still go on the same
    jbatistaon August 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThx a lot. :)
    Gwalynon August 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmm, I thought it was...

    "But if you turn your hands to flames
    All their light will burn the same
    Whether you just pass it through
    Or if its what you meant to do
    And your sense of culpability
    Is from the guides (gods?) that you perceive
    Their constant lie that you believe
    Will show you grace
    Oh when you turn to a ghost
    Oh but now the love you found
    Is raising you from muddy ground
    And oh the death will let you down
    'Cause your curse will still go on the same"

    This is important because the song seems to be about the battle between determinism and existentialism. Keep in mind that Jocasta was the mother of Oedipus, whose entire life was helplessly ruled by the fates in spite of the desparate attempts to change his destiny, a moral that this song seems to propel, yet disregard at the same time.

    So, how much control do you have over your own life, and will subscribing to any particular philosophy or religion change your destiny? Or should you just live your life and be happy in the moment for the sake of love?
    hudsuckeron September 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthudsucker... U may be right. But with another change in lyrics i think i will wait for maybe official ones or smth? :)
    Gwalynon September 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah it's Oedipus inspired. An oracle foresees that Oedipus will kill his father (King Laius) and then marry his mother (Jocasta). They sent a servant to leave it on the top of a hill so it could die 'Oh, let's leave it to the wolves Oh, their teeth turn it to food'. However, a shepherd adopts him and when he grows up, ends up having an argument with Laius (not knowing he is his father) and kills him. He marries Jocasta who has children with him but then kills herself 'Oh well it plays as they believed And for your husband you have grieved'. And yes, hannahelizabeth you were spot on with the moon reference too.
    annelieswmon April 17, 2011   Link

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