"Watching the Planets" as written by Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins....
Oh, oh, oh, watching the planets
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, watching the planets align

Oh, oh, oh, what is the reason
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, I got no reason to lie

Yes, yes, yes, killing the ego
Yes, yes, yes, alright
Yes, yes, yes, killing the ego tonight

No, no, no, I got no secrets
No, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, I got no secrets to hide

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

See, the sun's gonna rise
See, the sun's gonna rise
And take your fears away
Like the soft tit of the motherbrai, ai, ai, ai, ai, ai, ai, ai, ai, ai, ain

Oh, oh, oh, finding the answer
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Finding that there ain't no answer to find

Oh, oh, oh, watching the planets
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, watching the planets align

Oh, oh, oh, building a fire
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, burning the Bible tonight

Oh, oh, oh, watching the eagle
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, watching the eagle fly

Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
The sun's gonna rise


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"Watching the Planets" as written by Steven Drozd Wayne Coyne

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    General CommentGod this song is good. As is the whole album.

    I feel like this song is about the human race's futile attempts to figure out and define everything.

    Like, sometimes, you just have to let things be as they are. There are things out there that can't be explained, and people look everywhere for answers; religion, science, whatever, yet they end up "finding out there ain't no answers to find." You just gotta accept that there are things in this world that are beyond you and that you can't define everything there is.

    At least, that's how I take it.
    LizardKingJM71on October 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt seems that this song is about watching the planets, all of outer space at night and realizing just how small and unimportant we are on the grand scale of things. It is lucky that we exist in this universe, and we must embrace it. "Killing the ego" refers ridding your mind of stupid shit such as religion, as the "burning the bible" line refers to. It's saying simply love yourself and the fact that you exist, because life is short and amazing.
    Gabesnakeon November 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, but has anyone seen the music video? Hahah
    mchrisseeon December 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Gabesnake's interpretation.
    the percussion in this song is ace! def my fav on the new album!
    stickyickyzeon November 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI choose to interpret the mention of 'killing the ego' as the answer to what has been called the chief spiritual journey of our time: the seemingly phenomological quality of 'mind'. it's complicated being a wizard, my friends. but it is so beautiful..so beautiful.

    If you're interested in this, check out two books: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, and Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung. They are good places to start.
    Glorfindelon April 19, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationSo, I know that this song is about realizing how small we really are and that we are not important at all in the grand scheme of things. And that's fine, classic Flaming Lips.

    One specific line really spoke to me though:

    Oh, oh, oh, finding the answer
    Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
    Finding that there ain't no answer to find

    The way I see it, we are always looking for validation that what we are doing is right, or that there is someone who knows that secret answer that will make our lives perfect. And we search and search for that person and that answer, but when it gets down to it, no one can give it to you. You have to answer your own questions. I guess I see it as, you can't find the answer out there, you have to find it from within.

    The Lips I'm sure are saying that there IS no answer, and that you just have to deal with the meaninglessness of it all. But this is how it spoke to me–from a more existential point of view rather than a nihilistic one.
    jacksongreeron August 26, 2012   Link

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