"Turtles All The Way Down" as written by and Mike Novak Jordan Buckley....
I have lived everyday of my life
Thinking only of what I should think
When I read back on everything that I have written
On how I lived my life

And in the process of doing so
I have to start at the chance to feel alive
Just to stay an observer of an impartial observer

Here I go again, I'm chasing my tail around the sun
Standing beneath a tortoise under an elephant under the world
The gravity of the battle means nothing to those at peace
I can't believe, I thought my thoughts meant anything

When we think we've reached the end
We're only back where we begin
When we think we've reached the end
We're only back where we begin
Superman, Superman, Superman

We are starving to death on full stomachs
Running miles, new hearts on old legs
If I had known all the howls were false alarms
Oh, just imagine the ammo we'd save

Here we go again, I'll come to your party if it goes
Until four question marks at least
Three or less and it's not worth my time at all
On nights like those my absence trumps my company

When we think we've reached the end
We're only back where we begin
When we think we've reached the end
We're only back where we being
Superman, Superman, Superman

I truly believe I'll be remembered
And that even this sentence will be studied
Oh, will you think that I am wise 'cause I'm aware of that?
Or am I just killing myself before they get me


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"Turtles All the Way Down" as written by Jordan Buckley Andy Williams

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    General Comment"Standing beneath a tortoise under an elephant under the world."
    Reference to the Hindu's view that the world rested upon an elephant, and the elephant rested upon a tortoise.

    When someone asked what the tortoise is resting upon, an old lady replied "You're very clever, young man, very clever, but it's turtles all the way down!"

    "Superman. Superman. Superman." is a reference to Nietzche.
    supernaturalon September 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commenteternal recurrence is a reference to Nietzsche as well. saying in a universe that is finite in space and matter but infinite in time will have an finite number of outcomes that repeat themselves perpetually. he's saying his thoughts dont mean anything because they are not original, they cant be. "When we think we've reached the end, were only back where we begin"
    sandiejenkinson February 28, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretationen.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    -the concept is a very popular one in the mythology of many cultures.

    i think it's keith's struggle with the value of his own writing.
    and whether or not he's actually existing in the here and now, rather than spending all his time thinking about how things should be 'observed'.

    and yeah, the nietzsche stuff: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    that's what i think inspired this.

    although i feel it may be about writers in general, something he can relate to. rather than a direct experience. maybe.
    that's what i've tried to extract.
    mowglicoyon May 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentCan someone explain these two lines for me : "I'll come to your party if it goes until 4 question marks at least. 3 or less and it's not worth my time at all. "
    Hypeson July 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the pseudo-intellectuals we are plagued with in social situations. People who read and quote Nietzsche not because they like it but because they like that other people will think it's impressive. I think the final line is a reference to the newer hipster mentality of meta-awareness, where people know that they do this sort of stuff and think they're justified in it because they know. In the end they're still spending so much time wondering how they should live they've forgotten to live. That's my take on it anyway
    RobFishon August 05, 2011   Link

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