"A Question of Degree" as written by and Colin Newman Graham Lewis....
Once a question of degree
Now circumstances corner me
Demanding my attention
Leaving little choice

Posing several questions

Distilling in one voice
Confusion not in words

I didn't want a problem
I didn't simply fall out
I was thrown at great speed
From a passing car
I didn't touch the ground
Till I landed at your door
Oh don't touch my luggage

I can easily surel) manage
To struggle inside

I hide my shaking
Thus protect my pride
I can surely manage
To tremble inside
Gathering myself
And spreading it around
Rivers are submerging
Flowing underground

Can I really manage
To survive outside?
Can I really manage
To survive outside?
Can I?
Can I?
Can I?
Can I?


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    General Commentsounds as if Colin's expressing a sense of depersonalization or disassociation: that things seem unreal, or that he does not identify himself with his body.

    the following is probably only a mental association I have, because "do you tremble inside?" was a question commonly asked of patients in LSD research. but the verse beginning, "I hide my shaking..." reminds me of someone who's tripping hard...but making an effort to appear normal, to others.

    Then (from "gathering myself and spreading it around") it sounds like a description of "ego death," often accompanied by the sense that the boundaries of the self expand to include everything...and that this unified totality is as alive and conscious as yourself. after such an experience, the person typically feels they've always been a part of this ultimate reality, but has rarely (if ever) been aware of it.

    probably I'm taking this all a bit too seriously. I mean: if you've been thrown at great speed from a car, would your first thought be to say, "don't touch my luggage"? Wire having an image as serious artistes, their sense of humor is overlooked I think.
    foreverdroneon October 18, 2010   Link

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