"Mama, I'm Swollen" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn and Ted James Stevens....
I was alone
I was at home
Until the fabric was torn
The cord was cut
My orbit had begun

I was a simple being
I was simply being
Until I caught my own reflection
In a spoon

I am the egg
I am the spark
The fire in the dark
I am fertilized, fully actualized
A loaded gun
Born near the blood red sun
Born near the blood red sun

I am not ignorant
I am intelligent
I'm not an ape
I am the way
I am the truth

I am religion
I am politics
I am a psychoanalyst
I'm an inkblot shaped like Zeus

I'm not an egg
I'm a runny yolk
Got no faith, I got no hope
I'm the joke of all existence
I am no one
Burning beneath the blood red sun
Just a burning beneath the blood red sun

I am the body and the blood
The earthquake and the flood
I am the cancer born and growing in each and everyone
To the beat of a blood red sun
To the beat of a blood red sun


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"Mama, I'm Swollen" as written by Ted James Stevens Matthew Ryan Maginn

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    General Commenti'm surprised there aren't more comments on this song. it's so goddamn good. not just the lyrics but the instrumentals and the transitions between them
    i think this is the song that gives more than cursive a pass for mama i'm swollen just because they're cursive. this makes the album so good
    kelsskaon December 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty sure it's "neath," not "near." neath, of course, being short for beneath.
    Disappearon March 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely 'neath. I'll change it.

    I was doing this by ear from a leak the night before the album got it's slow roll out.
    semanticanticson March 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNice song, Most people go through this, coming of age scenario.
    XLoveEpiphanyXon April 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a lot more than just a coming of age scenario. In the previous song "Let me up" he wants disconnected from the "placenta," wants out of the egg, which I take as earth (or reality) and to go into the "heavens" or some sort of oblivion. So in the opening lines of this song "the cord is cut" and "my orbit had begun," he is referencing he has been cut from earth and reality, and is into oblivion.

    Although he wanted "up" into this orbit, or oblivion, he finds that he's everything (politics, inkblots, etc.) and yet also "I am no one." Out in orbit he is everything and nothing all at once, and is still dissatisfied. And, of course, what is a Tim Kasher song w/out some ironic biblical references such as the body, the flood, etc - he's a satiric god out in orbit, the body and the blood, and also the cancer that feeds on those organs in humanity.

    The theme of this album goes beyond commenting on religion, and into the negative nature of humans.

    This cd is also really, really dark. But I love it!
    slk32on April 13, 2009   Link

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