"Brian Eno" as written by and Andrew Wells Vanwyngarden Benjamin Nicholas Hunter Goldwasser....
So tired
Soul searching
I followed the sounds to a cathedral
Imagine my surprise to find that they were produced by Brian Eno

Past the gates
Quite stark
The roses trimmed and the windows dark
I see the walls through a limestone crack
Not red not blue not yellow but black
And all the spaces left for you
If the sky was synthesized you'd probably know

He taught me many things
The wisdom of o bleak stratagems
The prophet of a sapphire soul
Presented through creative freedoms
And everything I say is true
Cuz if I was telling lies it'd probably show

I can tell that he's kind of smiling
But what does he know?
We're always one step behind him, he's Brian Eno
Brian Eno

When I was stuck he'd make me memorize elaborate curses
Tinctures and formulas to ditch the choir and flip the verses
My whole foundation came unglued
When I tried to humanize by ambient light
Dipping swords in metaphors yeah but what does he know?
We're always one step behind him, he's Brian Eno
Brian Eno!

He promised pretty worlds and all the silence
I could dream of Brian peter George St John Le
Baptiste De La Salle Eno

Well all alone by the oldest stone where the shade
Trees grow the creature by the water feature with a
Ghostly glow making sure that time's preserved
Well we reap what we sow
We're always one step behind him, he's Brian Eno


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"Brian Eno" as written by Benjamin Nicholas Hunter Goldwasser Andrew Wells Vanwyngarden

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  • +8
    General CommentI think this song might be about Brian Eno.
    SeanJohnon June 19, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentLet it be known that I FUCKING LOVE THIS SONG.
    MilkForWhaleson March 22, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionWhat this song means to me is that I have found a new band that I can listen to with my teenage and 20-something friends and not be biting my tongue the whole time, worried that an honest appraisal or, God forbid, a petulant facial expression might slip out between my strained foot tapping and insincere smiling.

    I do so very much love the youth of today, and with all the crap they have to put up with in the hellscape of a world we people over 40 have created or allowed to be created while we stood by and did nothing, I don't want to begrudge them a moment of joy with what passes for talent in the music industry these days.

    MGMT, on the other hand, makes the unbridled mockery that I would perpetrate against so many of today's pop-punk and whine-rock bands so very very justifiable.

    With this song alone, MGMT has shown what can be done when a group of insightful, lucid, yet mildly mentally unstable young people come together to make a joyful noise unto the world.

    Brian Eno was a legend even when I was a kid, and his legend will grow, amplify and reverberate even more as time goes on. His resonance in the annals of musical history will echo through the chambers of time.

    I agree with every positive comment I have read so far about this song, especially those of "modernRock" that this is a quite literal song (perhaps a pun, since it could mean both that it expresses musical literacy as well as lyrics that mean exactly what they say on the surface) and, perhaps ironically, "Yeahbrandon" who quite innocently admits that he doesn't know who Brian Eno is. Aside from what we know on a historical level, what do we REALLY KNOW about this genius? The question Brandon asks is more profound than he might know. His question will undoubtedly continue to be asked for many decades, if not centuries, to come. MGMT does a great service to today's youth by raising the question with this tribute to this great man.

    Also, I think I have a huge man crush on Andrew VanWyngarden. He's half my age, but I want him to feed me milk from a bottle and sing me to sleep in his arms. OMFG, did I just say that?!?
    CravenImageson May 02, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis, to me, is the funnest song on Congratulations. I see a bunch of madmen having fun, bothering people, poking out from behind this thing or that with wild hair, and guys that have lost their marbles just having gleeful fun and no one else knows what they're laughing at, but their good mood is still infectious.

    p.s. I think it was NME that had their recent MGMT cover story sub-titled, "Their Madcap Return!" - and 'madcap' totally made me think of this one song. =) If they make a video for this song - and they indicated that's the plan - it'd be perfect to have them both in the outfits they wore on that NME cover. Maybe with funny hats.

    One step behind Brian Eno. <3
    kerrigwenon April 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentQUOTE (Andrew): "It's kind of a vampire-punk-rock song about finding Brian Eno in like a cathedral in Transylvania. He's like a dark wizard."
    I read too that at the end of the song he ran away from the cathedral into the forest.

    It kinda makes sense if you read the lyrics after him saying that lol. Awesome song, awesome lyrics
    amaniwon April 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentnahhhhh, definitely not about Brian Eno.
    provethatIexiston July 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionThere's a few things wrong with this I think, but the main one I can say with certainty is that it would actually be "the wisdom of oblique stratagems" - look up "Oblique Strategies" on wikipedia and it'll make more sense - they are basically a series of cards with instructions meant to help you along if you get writers block while trying to compose a song.
    destroyalltacoson March 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt also acts as a great follow up to epic nature of 'Siberian Breaks'. It has an inherently happy quality to it.
    A_Raging_Bullon March 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think maybe they were inspired by Brian Eno's way of composing ambient music well not just ambient he did other types like glam rock etc
    undErneethon March 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho the he'll is Brian Eno?! I don't get this song at all.
    Yeahbrandonon April 11, 2010   Link

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