"Three" as written by Robert Del Naja, Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles, Grantley Marshall, Nicolette Nochie Egbolum Suwoton and Nellee Hooper....
Three's my lucky number
And fortune comes in threes
But I wish I knew that number
That even little children seem to see
Oh, I'm missing everything I knew
It's just so hard to be a child
Oh, I'm missing all the things I knew
Yet wish I knew nothing at all
I wish I knew nothing at all

Soon I'll have the courage
To leave my thoughts behind
I'll give back all the knowledge
And keep the wisdom precious in my mind

Oh, I'm missing all the things I knew
I miss them yet I want them gone
Yes, I'm missing all the things I knew
Yet wish I knew nothing at all
I wish I knew nothing at all
I wish I knew nothing at all


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"Three" as written by Robert Del Naja Nellee Hooper

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    General CommentThe key lines in this song as I read it are "I'll give back all the knowledge / And keep the wisdom precious in my mind."

    As we learn, we learn how to learn. The more knowledge we gain and the more context we have for it, the better equipped we are to find patterns, connections, and meaning underlying raw data. The catch is that by the time we've achieved this level of data processing capability our minds are full of misconceptions, biases, and knowledge which was uncritically assimilated.

    There is, then, a desire to keep the mechanism of the trained mind intact, while stripping it of so much useless knowledge. Presumably, one could then relearn everything using a "better" brain.

    At the same time, our knowledge, inaccurate as it may be, is something that is significant in helping us define ourselves. To simply erase all of that is a frightening prospect from the standpoint of identity.

    And finally, there is the titular number three and its meaning to the song. Children, lacking both knowledge, intuit something special about the number three, but they lack the processing experience to examine that intuition. If a person could combine the mental reasoning of a lifetime of thinking (unadulterated by knowledge) with the natural intuition of a child, one might be able to discover fascinating things about the nature of reasoning, experience, or something else.
    SpyderNoiron April 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much that i dont wanna make any comment on it....i dont wanna spoil it :) leave it as is...

    :) one of my all time favourittes...
    deliibrahimon May 16, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about missing the times you were inexperienced, because you will never get the feeling of learning for the first time again. That's the thrill of life.

    Mind, though, that nobody ever stops learning... :)
    Edboyon July 02, 2010   Link

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