Living in a 3-D world,
where the clock is in control.
He sits on his throne on top of my wrist and tells me what I know.

The devil tries to plague my mind,
but he can't quite get inside.
I'll place my jar in a burial grounds that only I can find.

Winding up the back road hill,
looking for God's acre still.
And just when I gave up, a headstone was seen near the top of the military kill.

As I hear the horses drawing close,
over all the corpses we loved most.
But I never see them.
I never see them.

There's a figure watching from the knoll.
All the myths and stories we were told,
but I never listen,
I never listen.


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    General CommentOK, I'll take a crack at it.

    "Living in a 3-D world,
    where the clock is in control.
    He sits on his throne on top of my wrist and tells me what I know. "

    The lyrics talk of the world in 3 dimensions and the notion of time. Many authors have discussed that our world is, in fact, a holographic prison. That there was a true world we used to inhabit, perhaps before original sin. But since then, the devil created a visual prison for us. Physical dimensions are illusory. Icke has spoken about this - that our sensory has been tampered with. Time is another questionable dimension. It has sometimes been referred to the 4th dimension- where we can travel only in one direction. But Einstein showed us that time is relative; it changes based on our speed. And so, time (just like the dimensions) may also be a false construct. The reason I'm going off on this is the next line:

    "The devil tries to plague my mind,
    but he can't quite get inside."

    I think Youth Lagoon is calling out the false world that we inhabit. He is saying that the false world (a kind of Matrix)- with the emphasis on physical sensation and the false notion of time- is an attempt by the devil to hijack our minds. That the truth lies elsewhere, beyond. That's why the devil "can't quite get inside" because Trevor has seen through the lie. The other reason I think this is what's being said is that the singer has said in an interview that he was motivated by talking about where the spiritual world meets the physical world. The 'physical world'/'construct of time' IS that dividing line. The true reality, it is believed, is "seen" via meditation (or even drug use) where we step outside the bounds of space and time. That is where we can commune with spirits and what some call God or the universal intelligence. It may sound hokey to you, but there is a lot of literature on this that you can read online; hopefully one day science will be able to explain with precision what many of us have experienced through intuition.

    >"Winding up the back road hill,
    looking for God's acre still."

    He is searching for God, truth. He is trying to get past the false reality.

    >And just when I gave up, a headstone was seen near the top of the military kill.

    Perhaps the only way to reunite with God is through death. Here he is searching for God's acre, but the man who died (and whose headstone is seen) is the one who has found it.

    >As I hear the horses drawing close,
    over all the corpses we loved most.
    But I never see them.
    I never see them.

    I think he is referring to the proverbial horse-drawn Chariot - a metaphor for the challenge faced by our soul. Wikipedia has more on this (wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariot_Allegory) Our soul, during life, is the charioteer that must balance the energies of two horses- intelligence (good), and impulses (bad). Most of us are dominated by our lower spirit- and immersed in the physical world. But when we die, and are liberated from the (fake) physical world, the charioteer (the soul) can steer correctly into the world of forms or ideas- which is the true world. Death in this way emancipates the soul. I am just guessing here- but it would fit with the rest of the explanation.

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    *Separate from trying to decipher the lyrics -- I do love this song; it has a dreamy quality that takes me away.
    jagrmeister721on March 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentOne more set of observations as I was thinking about it:

    I think the singer is expressing a sense of doubt. While he references what I interpret as the horse-drawn chariot ("soul") leaving from the corpses, he 'hears' the horses, but never sees them.

    >As I hear the horses drawing close,
    over all the corpses we loved most.
    But I never see them.
    I never see them.

    This suggests to me that he has the belief, experience, or some limited observation that the soul may in fact be liberated, but he does not know for sure. That he doesn't "see them" means that he is not certain ('seeing is believing' - an ironic axiom if we assume the physical world, including sight, is fake). So he thinks death may take us to God, but he can't be certain of it.

    Also, he says he "never listens" to the myths and stories we are told- presumably of death reuniting us with God (aka "Heaven").

    >There's a figure watching from the knoll.
    All the myths and stories we were told,
    but I never listen,
    I never listen.

    I think what's being said is that maybe we can't go by what people tell us. It may be true, it may not be. What counts is our own experience, our own pursuit of or journey for truth.
    jagrmeister721on March 24, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationNot sure about this...

    We are aware that we perceive only 3 dimensions. We speculate on others (metaphysical / spiritual) but we don't have scientific evidence that we can perceive them (although some claim they can feel spirits and stuff). Because of this people have made up myths and stories that we have all heard: God vs. Satan, Jesus Chris, the Quran, etc. AND ghosts, spirits, purgatory, poltergeists. But Powers doesn't listen and he needs to piece it together himself.

    Almost all human societies (ancient and modern) have religious and spiritual questions that we explore. It seems like such an important thing, but our world is controlled by the clock. Time is money so now material things are more important than navigating the spiritual dimension...

    OR

    Our world is controlled by time which means we only have so long to live. So navigation of what is truth and real is important before we go.

    Devil vs. God is something he actually discusses here. Second verse is about the Devil and third is about God.

    I don't think that God or Devil are spirits or forces. There is no good or bad in life. It all depends on feelings, beliefs, perceptions, cultures, and natures. So I think God and Devil are paths of action and Powers is trying to figure out what is right for him and find truth to the mysteries of the universe (physical and beyond). This is a huge part of many human societies.

    This might be super far out. There is noise that we here associated with our dead loved ones and the noise is getting close so we're expecting something to happen. But that expectation is never met. I really don't have any insight into what that event would be - some sort of seance to communicate with the dead, God as a spirit touching our lives, heaven maybe?

    This is me clumsily trying to piece together initial first thoughts about the song while drinking beer. I think the song is Powers' search for truth about things beyond our 3 measly dimensions and piece together his own ideas about life and death. But it's hard to interpret.

    THIS SONG RULES. Not as good as Raspberry Cane though.
    bdollson June 27, 2013   Link

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