"Rhinestone Eyes" as written by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett....
I'm a scary gargoyle on a tower
That you made with plastic power
Your rhinestone eyes are like factories far away

When the paralytic dreams that we all seem to keep
Drive on engines 'til they weep
With future pixels in factories far away

So call the mainland from the beach
Your heart is now washed up in bleach
The waves are rising for this time of year
And nobody knows what to do with the heat
Under sunshine pylons we'll meet while rain is falling like rhinestones from the sky

I got a feeling now my heart is frozen
All the phoses and the growsin
Happy and after native in my soul
I prayed on the unmovable
Yeah clinging to the Adam's of rock
Seasons seas just smooth signs of change
I can't see now she so sexy
Now that light is so I can see
The storm bring strange loyalties and skies

I'm a scary gargoyle on a tower
That you made with plastic power
Your rhinestone eyes are like factories far away
(Here we go again)
(That's electric)

(That's electric)
Helicopters fly over the beach
Same time everyday, same routine
Clear target in the summer when skies are blue
It's part of the noise when winter comes
It reverberates in my lungs
Nature's corrupted in factories far away (that's electric)

Your love's like rhinestones, falling from the sky (have electric)
With future pixels in factories far away (have electric)
Your love's like rhinestones, falling from the sky (have eletric)
With future pixels in factories far away


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"Rhinestone Eyes" as written by Jamie Hewlett Damon Albarn

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  • +8
    My Interpretation
    "I'm a scary gargoyle on a tower
    That you made with plastic power
    Your rhinestone eyes are like
    Factories far away"

    As with most of the songs on this album, he uses things describing things that are 'fake', like Plastic, Rhinestones... This line is saying that his scarey, stone, jaded person was "made" by this 'fake' person (assuming a lover). This person has since past in his life, but their effect is ever-present (hence, factories)

    "With the paralytic dreams that we all seem to keep
    Drive on engines til they weep we're
    Future pixels in factories far away"

    I believe this describes our nature to cling our dreams that will never come true, while they gradually eat at us emotionally from disappointment (again, assuming love). "We're future Pixels in factories far away" describes how we live. We live for the hopes of another day, yes these hopes rarely ever come true, and lead to disappointment.

    "So call the mainland from the beach
    Our pod is now washed up in bleach the
    Waves are rising
    For this time of year"

    "Call the mainland from the beach" may refer to struggling to find hope, or help. "Our Pod is now washed up in bleach" is perhaps refering to an Escape Pod, further refering to a "crash landing" and the bleach washing away the past. The last two lines are obvious, I think.

    "And nobody knows what to do with the heat
    Under sunshine pylons we'll meet while
    Rain is falling like rhinestones from the sky"

    Nobody knows how to handle the the 'heat', as in problems. The second line I believe is more accurately worded "Under sunshine, Pylons will meet". Pylons a metaphor for strong support and Sunshine being a metaphor for hope, it seems to hint that the person has gotten right back up and gotten back into a relationship to keep on his two feet. The last line, with again the reference to rhinestones (fake) and rain (depression), hints that again it did not end well.

    "Can't see it now my heart is frozen
    All the birds and all that grows are
    Tapping at the natives in my soul"

    The first line seems pretty straight forward. The next two lines, perhaps signify some inner hope deep within him trying to break it's way through.

    "I prayed on the immovable
    You're clinging to the atoms and I'm
    Seeing the adjustment signs of change"

    The second line listening closely I believe should be 'Yet' instead of 'you're'. 'and I'm' seems different as well, but I can't tell what the word(s) are. Even so, I think it signifies him praying that things won't change in the situation/relationship, while clinging to his principles and seeing the changes in and around him.

    "And I can't see now you said (taxi?)
    The light is all that I can take
    This storm brings strange royalties, and skies"

    I do believe it is Taxi, refering to his current partner leaving him (hailing taxi), yet instead of being completely depressed, it has brought certain happiness (royalties) and hope (skies)

    (chorus)

    Helicopters fly over the beach
    Same time everyday, same routine
    Clear target in summer
    When skies are blue

    Perhaps signifies that he understands the flow of things, that everything will happen again and again. This and the next line seem to give the impression that although hopeful, he's rather jaded. The both also seem to give a "Calm before the storm" sense, this part being the 'calm'...

    It's part of the noise when winter comes
    It reverberates in my lungs
    Nature's corrupted
    In factories far away

    ... and this being the storm. The first two lines signify that he already knows what is coming, and notices the signs, the tone being pretty jaded. The last two perhaps refers that, on a bigger sceme of things, everything follows the same cycle right back to pain.


    TL:DR version: It's about becomming jaded.
    Kitsune_Tokkanon March 06, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Commentoops - posted in the wrong section. I'll repost it here with a few additions.

    The song is about the interplay between technology, consumerism and the damage our fake (rhinestone) and "plastic" lifestyle is doing to the environment.

    A pod is a social group of whales or dolphins. "Our pod is now washed up in bleach."

    And nobody knows what to do with the heat - reference to global warming. "Under sunshine pylons we'll meet, while rain is falling from the sky." Nature is corrupted so much from human pollution that it rains even when the global warming sun is burning down in pylons.

    You're clinging to the atoms (technology) and I'm seeing the adjustment and signs of change (climate change, environmental destruction). His soul is frozen (from ice age climate change? from the way technology is divorcing us from nature?) and the birds and all that grows is trying to reach him, tapping on the "natives" in his soul, or that part of him that still is connected to nature deep down.

    Gorillaz is a "virtual" band made with technology, a scary gargoyle that we've made with consumerism and plastic power (computers and CDs), as we wait in paralytic dreams with rhinestone (dead/fake) eyes for future pixels (more releases) from factories far away.

    "Nature's corrupted, in factories far away."

    That's electric - here we go again.
    iggy00on October 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is the best song from the album.
    J-Rizzoon September 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I'm a scary gargoyle on a tower
    That you made with plastic power
    Your rhinestone eyes are like
    Factories far away
    With the paralytic dreams that we all seem to keep
    Drive on engines til they weep we're
    Future pixels in factories far away"

    could he be talking about industry and it's image with the 'scary gargoyle'?

    "So call the mainland from the beach
    Our pod is now washed up in bleach the
    Waves are rising
    For this time of year
    And nobody knows what to do with the heat
    Under sunshine parts we'll all meet while
    Rain is falling like rhinestones from the sky"

    He's talking about whales washing up on the beach 'in bleach'. the tides and temmpurature are changing because of pollution...

    This song is about the deterioration of nature. In the clinky-cloncky down and dirty style like Happy Landfill.
    Great way to bring 2D's vocals into the album with his talk-singing.
    ExistanceIsFutile23on March 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn this line:

    "Here we go to fly over the beach"

    I hear this:

    "Helicopters fly over the beach"

    It makes more sense IMO.
    puredeviationon March 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSong needs additional pylons

    and cowbell

    but, no, really, this is one of my favorite songs on the album
    Kitsune_Tokkanon March 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Nature's corrupted
    In factories far away"

    Nature to economists are only "resources" to be used anthropocentrically by ("civilized") humans. They are not forests, not rivers, not living beings, but rather lumber, hydroelectricity, trophy heads, etc. Our perception of nature is fucked as our globalized economy is _based_ upon the systematic hyperexploitation and extraction of resources (earth) and turning it into deadness, products to be bought, pollution, "corruption".
    BashTheFashon March 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of being on the dirty beaches of indiana, and seeing all the steel mills and oil refineries with their lights on at night across the lake.
    RenegadeFoameron March 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I'm a scary gargoyle on a tower
    that you made with plastic power
    Your rhinestone eyes are like factories far away
    Where the paralytic dreams that we all seem to keep
    Drive on engines till they sleep with future pixels in factories far away"

    I thought of this being about consumption and capitalism.
    The gargoyle kind of representing big business built with "plastic power", like credit cards.
    "Factories far away" I think of outsourcing and factories in other countries, where all our pollution and ugliness is given to someone else while the higher ups get more money here.
    "Rhinestone eyes" I think kind of represents greed, like diamonds. But they're not real diamonds, and they're being compared to factories far away, meaning that they're soulless and hollow. Yes you've gained money, but at what cost?
    These dreams of money and greed are paralyzing and all consuming.
    "Drive on engines..." Our dreams depend on these factories and the people who are suffering from this system, but we consider them insignificant "future pixels".


    "So call the mainland from the beach
    All parties now washed up in bleach
    The waves are rising for this time of year
    And nobody knows what to do with the heat
    Under sunshine pylons we'll meet
    While rain is falling like rhinestones from the sky"

    "He's talking about whales washing up on the beach 'in bleach'. the tides and temperatures are changing because of pollution..." -ExistanceIsFutile23

    I think this is about right. This verse seems to be talking about how these factories are damaging nature and the earth.
    "Under sunshine pylons..." Pylons according to Webster can mean gateway, or tower-like structures. So I think they're taking refuge in under these structures while greed and corruption accumulate outside (sunshine vs rain).


    "I can't see you now my heart is frozen
    all the bowses and the growses
    have been abstinated in my soul
    I prayed on the immovable yet clinging to the atoms of rocks
    seasons the adjustments signs of change"

    Growse = To shiver; to have chills
    Bowse = To haul or pull by means of a tackle

    I think this is talking about how he's detached himself from others, "you", those who are corrupted and have rhinestone eyes.
    The seasons bit is more environmental stuff. The seasons slowly shifting because of pollution, etc.
    The rest is how he's trying to hold on to stability and what was, but despite this things are changing.


    "I can't see now she said taxi
    Now red light is all I can take
    This dawn brings strange loyalties and skies"

    Now a girl is in a taxi, and she can't see because of the red lights. I think this might be a metaphor of us losing our way, and all we can see is how things are now in a modernized world. This "dawn" bright new world brings new opportunities and makes our life better, but strange because it's corrupted us as well.


    "I'm a scary gargoyle on a tower
    that you made with plastic power

    Your rhinestone eyes are like factories far away

    Here we go again
    That's electric
    That's electric

    Helicopters fly over the beach
    Same time every day same routine
    Clear target in the summer when skies are blue
    It's part of the noise when winter comes
    It reverberates in my lungs
    Natures corrupted in factories far away"

    I think the helicopter is kind of out of place on the beach, but it's also become part of everyday life. Kind of like modernization not being a part of nature. All these factories and buildings and things are polluting the earth and corrupting nature.



    "Here we go again
    That's electric
    Your loves like rhinestones falling from the sky
    That's electric
    We are future pixels in factories far away
    Here we go again
    That's electric
    Your loves like rhinestones falling from the sky
    That's electric
    Where future pixels in factories far away
    Here we go again"


    "Your love..." Going back to the whole greed thing and our love for money.
    "we are..." Everything that we've done has come back to us and has ended up hurting us in the end. Now we're insignificant pixels suffering from our own system.


    Well, at least that's what I got out of it. :]
    MusicIsMyPassionon April 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see this song as the lament of a person who sees the world of the Plastic Beach all around him now, but still sort of new, like when a system has just begun to hit full swing. He knows what the world USED to be like and he resents this new age. He could have remained in the past, but he came along because of a woman and now he's a joke, a scary primitive stone gargoyle, in the shiny new plastic world.
    FeatheredSunon May 07, 2010   Link

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