"Logos" as written by and Bradford Cox....
Logos is the king of life
Always under the bed
Spirits floating in the night
Will they ever find their way?

Logos is the king of life
Who gives us the drive
We need to stay
Anything we find out
Always drives us away

Spirits floating in the night
Will they ever find their way?
Spirits floating in the night
Will they ever find their way?

Spirits floating in the night
Will they ever find their way?
Logos is the king of life
Fights away all decay

Everything was bathed in light
Everything loved it's way
Everything makes sense when you
Look at it from another way

Logos is the king of life
Leads away decay
Logos is the king of life
Fights away all that decay

Spirits drifting in the night
Will they ever find their way?


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    My InterpretationLogos is, well, the meaning of life. Something that gives you purpose, something that drives you. What started all this, what keeps it going. That's just it, and that's what Cox tells us here.
    infinityontrialon June 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentgood tune, but does anyone got any ideas as to what this song means?

    also, does anyone else hear animal collectives "people" near the end?
    stickyickyzeon March 31, 2010   Link
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    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    justachemicalon July 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLogos = the "word" in classical rhetoric. Logos is the king of life because language is the king of life, the blood of reasoning that allows humanity to make sense out of our existence as we float through vast emptiness on this giant, rock vessel without going insane. "Spirits drifting in the night
    Will they ever find their way?" It's what guides and restricts humanity towards something that may be better than what is. Something, an idea perhaps, better than the idea that preceded it. "Fights away the decay" of dangerous ideas (Nazism, racism, etc.) It restricts because at one time, these dangerous ideas were favorable to many people.

    Cox romanticizes the glory of Logos: "Everything was bathed in light. Everything loved it's way. Everything makes sense when you. Look at it from another way" A dissolution of human suffering; enlightenment; nirvana, Heaven on earth, etc. Humanity is always subconsciously pushing towards some sort of Heaven on Earth (Quick Canal).

    God "created the world in 7 days"... through Logos. He told Adam (or Eve?) to start naming everything they saw around them. To produce something out of nothing. How could the world have been anything before without the "word" to guide it into being? Sure, we can easily assume through science that the world has existed before humans, but it is Logos that started humanity onto its divine mission. Why else is there a constant battle between whether or not religion or science is more superior than the other? The "word" pervades all of them.

    Logos is one of my all time favorite albums for its profound simplicity (Person Pitch stands close to it, and was probably an influence on this album). I found its content to be openly interpretable at first, but upon many repeated listens, it's clear to me that the album is sort of a romanticized appraisal to the concept of God. Simplicity and chaos sort of act as a metaphor for the concept behind the album as simplicity (clarity, oneness) seem to be trying to break out through the chaos that envelops many of the songs (the light that failed, quick canal) Each song in a sense is a hymn. Criminals is a simple hymn of morality and ethics. Sheila is sort of a ballad towards the irony of love and death.

    So ya... anyways, there's my interpretation
    woollytorchon February 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLogos is an important term in philosophy, psychology, rhetoric and religion. Originally a word meaning "a ground", "a plea", "an opinion", "an expectation", "word," "speech," "account," "reason," it became a technical term in philosophy, beginning with Heraclitus (ca. 535—475 BC), who used the term for a principle of order and knowledge.

    Ancient philosophers used the term in different ways. The sophists used the term to mean discourse, and Aristotle applied the term to refer to "reasoned discourse" or "the argument" as relates to persuasive public speech in the field of rhetoric. The Stoic philosophers identified the term with the divine animating principle pervading the Universe.

    After Judaism came under Hellenistic influence, Philo (ca. 20 BC—AD 40) adopted the term into Jewish philosophy. The Gospel of John identifies the Logos, through which all things are made, as divine (theos), and further identifies Jesus as the incarnation of the Logos.

    Although the term "Logos" is widely used in this Christian sense, in academic circles it often refers to the various ancient Greek uses, or to post-Christian uses within contemporary philosophy, Sufism, and the analytical psychology of Carl Jung.
    TheWrongGirlon October 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLogos is the king of life
    Who gives us the drive
    We need to stay
    Anything we find out
    Always drives us away

    you could look at this as meaning the more we find out, the less we know... or the more we need to know. so we never lose our drive, or desire, by attaining our destination.

    another way of looking at it might be that if we were to achieve our goals, find the answers, what would keep us going? it calls to mind the Nietzsche quote "He who attains his ideal by that very fact transcends it." an ideal is never attained. it is only strived for, or worked towards. i'm using the word "ideal" in a very broad sense here. once one "attains his ideal," or finds anything out, he is driven away... to a new ideal, a new search. so, ultimately, we don't really want to find out. we thrive on not knowing, and in the constant process of learning and discovering.


    Everything was bathed in light
    Everything loved it's way
    Everything makes sense when you
    Look at it from another way

    every thing is bathed in light, from some angle, to someone. there is no wrong way, because everything has it's own way. there is nothing that does not make sense, looked at from some point of view, from a certain perspective. it's like a room with a million windows... everyone's going to look in and see the same thing, differently.
    TheWrongGirlon October 26, 2011   Link

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