"Inaudible Melodies" as written by and Jack Johnson....
Brushfire fairytales
Itsy bitsy diamond wells
Big fat hurricanes
Yellow bellied given names
Well shortcuts can slow you down
And in the end we're bound
To rebound off of we

Well dust off your thinking caps
Solar powered plastic plants
Pretty pictures of things we ate
We are only what we hate
But in the long run we have found
Silent films are full of sound
Inaudibly free

Slow down everyone
You're moving too fast
Frames can't catch you when
You're moving like that

Inaudible melodies
Serve narrational strategies
Unobtrusive tones
Help to notice nothing but the zone
Of visual relevancy
Frame-lines tell me what to see
Chopping like an axe

Or maybe Eisenstein should just relax

Slow down everyone
You're moving too fast
Frames can't catch you when
You're moving like that

Well Plato's cave is full of freaks
Demanding refunds for the things they've seen
I wish they could believe
In all the things that never made the screen
And just slow down everyone
You're moving too fast
Frames can't catch you when
You're moving like that
Slow down everyone
You're moving too fast
Frames can't catch you when
You're moving like that
Moving too

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"Inaudible Melodies" as written by Jack Hody Johnson


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    General CommentThis song is so true. Everyone seems to be living for the wrong thing...
    Misty_eyed8on March 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think he's talking about belief and all it's difficult little concepts. Humans are narrow minded... everything MUST be proved to them. Everything MUST have a reason for happening.

    Let me take the simple line: "Solar powered plastic plants ".

    It is whimsical, really, to think of such a thing, right? And not only that, but the thing is kind of... pointless. Why a fake plant when a real plant is out there? Because humans MUST prove the process of a plant to believe it. Humans sort of tear down their mental environment this way. I remember, when I was very young, I used to think the world was full of magic- like plantlife. But then I went to school and learned about science, which proved that, no, it wasn't magic. It was science. Humans make it that way. They trap their faith into mindless belief in their own rules.

    Another line, I find interesting: "Pretty pictures of things we ate."
    Isn't it true that we buy that particular meal at the cafe because of it's pretty picture? That's what advertising is all about, right? But pictures are just another belief.

    Yeah. I'll stop now. It's all in the song though. And I know it's been said before... but I just wanted to put my thought in.

    Jack Johnson rules!
    mindpokeron November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song, and while I can't tell you exactly what it means, I can tell you the real title is Inaudible Melodies. I think the great thing about Jack Johnson is that his music can be interpreted in a lot of different ways by a lot of different people.
    davidsgirlon March 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song emphasising the way people live, everyone seems to be moving too fast to realize the majesty around them. truly a beautiful song.
    windchild09on April 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song that doesn't have to mean anything specifis, because even if it was in another language it makes perfect sense. THe kind a music that can make you cry when you don't even know why.
    schuttfaceon April 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentya know what? i don't care what this song is about because it sounds soo good. *sigh* yum.
    pomegranatesROCKon April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHope I'm not commenting too early-- but I think this is my favorite Jack Johnson song.. (Of the ones I've heard anyways)... There are some great lines in here. "Well shortcuts can slow you down, and in the end we're bound." ... "Silent films are full of sound. Inaudibly free"... So many great paradoxes.
    anna118kon May 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt is too hard to pick the best song on this album. But, I love listening to this song because it seems he's writing from his film background/interest. Opinion disclaimer, minus the first verse. It just sounds great.
    rgrayon May 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song just talks about the simple pleasures in life. If you rush on through and don't take life as it comes, u miss the little things. I also agree with rgray that his interest in filmmaking has something to do with it, because of the line "frames can't catch you when you're movin like that." Listening to this song just reminds me to stop doing everything so fast and to just sit back and enjoy life.
    BeachBeauty05on May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCheck out "inaudible melodies" too.. The lyrics are the same.. Which one's the right title?
    anna118kon May 08, 2002   Link

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