As the descent began I got the distinct impression
Lake Michigan had been frozen for decades
I conducted the warmth from my metronome sternum
To our massive jetting vessel billowing plumes of spent fuel

The tundra under us cracked and ruptured
To reveal palisades
Made of blades of gray, gray bristling grass
And papulose lichen
I was so frightened
As my grip on you tightened
Your skin got slicker

I am a deserted bus depot
Though our approach suggested
An American hazy sea
Like the one I found inside
After driving you home once
Still half high

I-90 through utter desolation
I sense evil at the heart of each far flung well lighted home
I close my eyes and see cellar stairways
Vermiculated with delicate animal bone

Musty rooms house racks of fur jackets
Spattered with plasma
On a bus in Indiana
I called you and screamed
Under ceaseless patterns of weeping light


Lyrics submitted by leahper

Indiana song meanings
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. I find amusement in how up beat the music is, yet the lyrics are so desolate and foreboding.
    owlonthegroundon April 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, with all CEG lyrics its import to rember that they are written by a boy still in school, and while he is in skool,
    perhaps this song is about a bus journey through Indiana
    AKAnathanon December 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is so good. From my interpretation, while on a bus ride through Indiana, he becomes aware of the lost ancient beauty of the unpopulated, primitive physical features of the land, and slips into a vision of these features coming to life before him. He connects with them and their uncertainty (hazy sea) and the realization of the intrusion of modern development (well-lighted homes, ceaseless light) drives him sort of mad.
    chafedon November 15, 2013   Link

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