"Workshop of Telescopes" as written by and Pearlman/roeser/bouchard/bouchard/bloom/lanier....
By silverfish imperetrix, whose incorrupted eye
Sees through the charms of doctors and their wives
By salamander, drake, and the power that was undies
Rise to claim Saturn, ring and sky
By those who see with their eyes close
They know me by my black telescope

Your green tree mantle from which these things derive
A lens of quartz and refract spoke that crystal lens
Whose crystal rope once bound me to those
Doctors and wives

When my vision was oh, so cloudy
And I saw things through two eyes
I am a sailor on the raging depths
And I know a thing or two
Back to the corner mates and over the side
Yes I know a thing or two

By silverfish imperetrix, whose incorrupted eye
Sees through the charms of doctors and their wives
By salamander, drake, and the power that was undone
Rise to claim Saturn, ring and sky
By those who see with their eyes closed
you'll know me by my black telescope

Before my great conversion when the ridge was closed
Before my visit to the workshop of telescopes

By silverfish imperetrix, whose incorrupted eye
sees through the charms of doctors and their wives
By salamander, drake, and the power that was undone
Rise to claim Saturn, ring and sky
By those who see with their eyes closed
you'll know me by my black telescope


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    My InterpretationI don't know all the exact details, but the overall message is that first, he was bound to the material world, and material success especially (symbolised by the "doctors and wives", at least that's the vibe I get from that line). After his "visit to the workshop of telescopes" he gained insight into the supernatural (probably tying into the whole Imaginos mythos). Also, some loose bits of information that I don't know how to intepret but which might be useful for someone else:

    A silverfish is an insect which has compound eyes.

    An undine is a water nymph.

    Saturn was a Roman god of agriculture, time and change (death and rebirth, sowing and harvest). The planet Saturn is associated with law and also with a lot of mostly negative things like death, cold and sadness in astrology.
    Noilenon March 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics need to be changed from "undies" and "undone" to "Undine" (sea nymph)

    This song is possibly talking about Edward Kelly (alchemist) or his main employer John Dee (astronomer, etc. and advisor to Elizabeth I) My reasoning for this is from the chorus. By salamander (a type of cannon), Drake (capitalized because it is Sir Francis Drake), and the power of Undine (the sea), rise to claim Saturn ring and sky (the three pieces, sea power, a strong commander and privateer and sea itself gave the English the power to destroy the Spanish armada and eventually rule the seas and much of the Earth).

    The reason I think the song is speaking of Edward Kelly is that he looked into a "magic" obsidian mirror (possibly his black telescope) to see the future such as the victory of England over the Earth. He used his "knowledge" from the mirror to entice John Dee into letting him sleep with Dee's wife (doctors and their wives). Just my musings on the subject, but many things seem to fit together.
    charthason September 06, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, but have yet to figure it out! Does anyone have any ideas?
    internalnoiseon October 21, 2008   Link

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