I run with all the water of the ocean
And seas evaporate to run with me
An Egret the color of emotion
Instead I can't leave my bed, so I listen, listen, listen

Never been to New York City, London, Paris, France
Or the currency exchange
I don't care what the going rate is
But I can taste blood on the air from miles away
And I don't care what my mother's maiden name is

It manifests as an itch on my face
Wasn't explained to me at all
They were radio waves
And now your satellites are holding your words in place
No hope if Michael's music never healed the human race

Leave me alone (but is that really what you're saying there?)
I don't know (and that's a card accepted everywhere)
And I keep telling myself oh there's nothing there
I keep telling myself oh there's nothing there

Come rest against the bark of a cedar
No motion so nobody sees her
A nest to protect us our methods failed but nature never left us

I don't know what I'm thinking about most of the time
How much is hunger and how much is mind?
Has everyone else lost their minds?

I don't know what I'm thinking about most of the time


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    General CommentGod I love this song...the ElectricMysticalSoulVibration version is insanely epic!
    It seems to really convey the feeling better than the original(Just my opinion though)

    There's a lot of great lines in here,
    such directness at times,
    such cryptic vagueness other times.
    And sometimes things seem to negate what had just been said or implied..

    The first two lines are golden right?..and then
    'an Egret'...is white, so this emotion is something pure I presume.
    But then this baffling conclusion: "Instead I can't leave my bed, so I listen"...
    I can't even guess what this is inferring, I'm very curious what other people think.

    Everything is so much more powerful on the EMSV version, particularly this part:

    Never been to New York City, London, Paris, France
    Or the currency exchange
    I don't care what the going rate is!
    But I can taste blood on the air from miles away
    And I don't care what my mother's maiden name is!!

    Such a great example of "show, don't tell", in songwriting.
    It seems to infer so much, there's such directness/indirectness simultaneously somehow,
    Especially in the EMSV version there's such a restrained intensity in the way this part is sung. I guess to me its saying..
    "I am not like YOU. I am not domesticated. I am not tame like you are.
    I don't know, and don't care about, and am certainly not a part
    of this post-postmodern 'civil'ization, of yours.
    Money? Hah! What would I need 'money' for?!
    I'm a wild animal!
    You're on the crowded noisy stock exchange floor
    in your monkey suit, slaving away for that dollar bill.
    living and dying on those ups and downs,
    getting pushed around and pushing your way through
    in the sea of other monkeys for your money.. really living the dream eh?
    Me? I'm effing free. I kill what I eat. Its real simple."

    "And I don't care what my mother's maiden name is"
    ...definitely my favorite line in the whole song.

    I don't care what my...mother's maiden name is...
    It seems so perfect as a last line after all the other
    clearer inferences of being untamed, being wild and apart from society.
    And in that context it gives me a lot of different feelings
    probably because it seems so vague to me that there's so much
    I've thought it might mean.

    The most literal is probably
    "I don't care Who my family is in the world,
    what their 'status' is...their history is not mine"

    But I tend to think how this is said, with such intensity..
    it seems to somehow indicate savageness.
    In some way this makes me think about how,
    when one thinks about the fact that every girl is somebody's daughter,
    it makes you think twice about some things...about being so..
    wild and savage with them...in certain ways..
    So saying you don't care about your mothers maiden name...I dunno.
    It seems to give the feeling that there's no shame. They have no shame,
    that they're not afraid to be brutal and savage..
    But I don't really know why it feels this way to me.
    sjs3946on May 09, 2011   Link

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