"Worm Mountain" as written by Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins....
When you try
You will see
When you fail
You will be
Up on the mountain
But down in a hole
Only nature
Has control

When you run
You will hear
Through the mist
A bell rings clear
But the ring
Is just a sound
Of your starburn
Burning out

On the mountain
Way up high
There are worms
With diamond eyes
When you squeeze them
It makes a light
Through the forest
When you're blind


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"Worm Mountain" as written by Steven Drozd Wayne Coyne

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    General CommentI bought 'embryonic' specifically because of this song. Everything else is amazing enough, but this song absolutely blew me away. I mean, The Flaming Lips and MGMT together? It doesn't get any better than that.
    MoonShyneon October 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWhen you try
    You will see
    When you fail
    You will be
    Up on the mountain
    But down in a hole
    Only nature
    Has control

    When you run
    You will hear
    Through the mist
    A bell rings clear
    But the ring
    Is just a sound
    Of your starburn
    Burning out

    On the mountain
    Way up high
    There are worms
    With diamonds eyes
    When you squeeze them
    It makes a light
    Through the forest
    When you're blind


    The way I look at this song, I find that this is about trying, failing, and getting back up again.

    When you succeed and meet your goals it's like you're on top of a mountain that you climbed up. When you fail you're "up on the mountain, but down in a hole" meaning you're close to the top of the mountain or you're still nearby but you've fallen deep into this hole of failure. I think the depth of the hole can only be controlled by nature and outside circumstances. So you can give it your all but the consequences of failure may not always be in your control.

    So down in this hole are worms (which probably aren't very pleasant). It's generally not a good place to be but if you look at the worms carefully they have these diamond eyes that shine and make a light that help you see the path that will lead you out of the hole. I think the diamond eyes refers to how failure can be a positive learning experience also. Like I said, a hole with worms might not seem like a good place to be, but if you look carefully at the worms and suck it up, you can get out of the hole.

    All the second stanza says is that if you run through the mist and aim blindly for success, you might feel as though success is really close to you but instead it's just the sound of whatever that's guiding you or your "light" (starburn) going out. Then you're lost and you're bound to trip and fall into that hole.
    Offleron July 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis was actually the first song I heard on the album.
    its too much.
    i love it.
    empireofstereonon October 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh man, this album gets cooler and cooler the more i listen.
    This track is pretty great/has some intervesting lyrics.
    It doesn't seem too misleadimg, so I'd say it's about our (man's) futile attempts to control the world through technology, but in the end we just sort of hide ourselves from it.

    bombignantson January 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow do they do it? 20+ years later, and the Flaming Lips are still putting out some of the most incredible, progressive music out there. This song is incredible.
    Synergisticon January 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome one says "This is what a tornado sounds like." in the song
    drunkmonk2on April 04, 2012   Link

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