"Not So Dense" as written by and John Mccauley....
Have you ever felt too far gone to be a sinner
But you know yourself too well to ever be a saint?
Well it's okay 'cause the kids are making models of God out of paper mache
Why did you ever vow to take the decadent path?
'Cause you smile like a devil and shut up like a trap
Well it's okay 'cause you fixed your scruff so now you can be properly scragged

Despair and disease spread on dollar bills
Convenience, well it strips you bare of consciousness

Have you ever felt a moment of aphasia?
Have you ever met your match at the apex?
You ever fall down so hard that everything shakes
Have you ever been in the corner of the room
And it feels like the farthest corner of the world?
Did you find it hard just to be so sure?

Well there ain't no arrows on the moon
And there ain't no wishes on the stars
And there ain't no hero in your world
We got no reason to feel sure

Farmed in a factory gets devoured
And the manmade machinery gets empowered
And if you don't your milk young man
You know it will turn sour
And I watch sixty minutes go by hour after hour after hour!

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"Not So Dense" as written by John Joseph Mccauley Iii


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    General CommentMy favorite song by Deer Tick by far. If I were to hazard a guess at the meaning of this song I'd have to start with the easiest and last verse. I can only assume he's talking about the destruction of rural america by industrialization. As with much of Mccauley's lyrics, despair is the main theme, especially in the chorus: "Despair and disease spread on dollar bills. Convenience, well it strips you bare of consciousness." I can only assume this fits the description of capitalism and the spread of advanced technology and how it's stripped us all of a consciousness of the earth. There's a lot more to the song it seems, maybe someone else can clear up the rest of the verses.
    skipdividedon October 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with your general summary. This song does indeed rock!
    boiledeggonstickson July 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI get the message that most humans want to do good and set out to, yet it is very hard to stay on that path. No one is perfect and maybe humans were set here to self destruct. "But you know yourself to well to ever be saint" meaning only we know who we really are, no one can fill the void we have of perfect beings. The line "we got no reason to feel sure" pretty much sums it up for me.
    this is all opinion by the way.
    Actorsarepretendingon December 21, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionI often speculate when listening to this about the meaning of the line:

    "Well it's okay 'cause the kids are making models of God out of paper mache"

    I wonder if it's something to do around false idols.
    Kermit14on August 12, 2015   Link

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