We came around again
to knowing nothing.
We came around without even our names.
We came around again
to knowing nothing.

Whatever thing that it was,
we were trying to build it up.
It was crushed.
By God it was crushed.

We came around again
to knowing nothing.
We came around without even our names.
We came around again
to knowing nothing.
We came around again
to knowing nothing.
We came around without even our names.

We came around again,
our tongues scattered and confused in that way.

Cut your foot.
Let the grass dip in to clean it.
Keep your wounds clean and sour.


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Tower of Babel song meanings
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    My Interpretation
    The story of the tower of Babel:

    Genesis 11:1 Now the whole earth had one language and few words. ... 4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. 6 And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Ba'bel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. (Revised Standard Version)

    The last lines in the song remind me one part in C.S. Lewis' description of heaven in 'The Great Divorce.' Some people visit heaven and even their feet get cut on the blades of grass. That world was so much more real to them than the unreality of regular life they were used to.

    "Keep your wounds clean and sour." I'm reaching here, but maybe this line also connects to the world-to-come. Sometimes we can get "wounds" when we chance to encounter something of that other ultra-real world. If we were to keep these wounds clean (to protect from further infection) and sour (to remind us that the wounds hurt), then we'd remember how we got the wounds in the first place. Such wounds could prepare us more for that glorious restoration of what was lost in Eden and scattered at Babel.

    (see also comments on Anathallo's song "A Holiday at the Sea")
    blalondon December 08, 2008   Link

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