"Disappearer" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
Here it comes again, out of the rain
Seems to have a new, kind of same
Been it playing on a, simple rhyme
The site comes alive and, speaks the mind
It turns to me and, it turns to gold
It turns to see, the fast lane slow

It's been a way too long
It's been the way I'm goin'
It's a-coasting on
To the west star

Looking out I thought I, saw it blink
Coming on to me, like a silver eye
Pick it up and, turn it on and
Head on out to a, western starland

It's been a man and gone
Now it's a singing song
Like a western star
It's going my way

Looking out I'm back in, time to stay
Into the eastern, silent way
It comes alive, through the clearer
A ghost arise to, a mirror

You've been away too long
It's been way too long
An eastern star is on
A disappearer


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"Disappearer" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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    General Commentthis song has been popping up on my ipod during runs lately and i think i have a new perspective:

    i think he is trying to describe a concept that he grasps momentarily, but is ineffable, indescribable, and as he tries to describe it, in this song, it slips away from him. hence it is a "disappearer."

    also - the lyrics suggest that this is a concept, or a dream thought, that he has had before, and has slipped away before.

    of course some of the lyrics are there simply because they rhyme and sound cool - so you need to filter out that stuff.

    at first i thought the lyrics were just nonsensical - but they aren't. i keep hearing this on my ipod and thinking about it. it is kind of like right when you are falling asleep and you have a very brief and fascinating thought. then you wake again and try to recall it and it slips away and makes absolutely no sense at all.

    the video shows them driving in a car - a fleeting thought while driving, on tour . . .

    or maybe it is about getting drunk at a bar called "western starland" - who knows?
    moikon May 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds like he's talking about aliens
    but it reminds me of allnighters!
    whiskeyclonehotelon September 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMoik: "it is kind of like right when you are falling asleep and you have a very brief and fascinating thought. then you wake again and try to recall it and it slips away and makes absolutely no sense at all."

    i thought i was the only one to think about things like this. but i really love what you came up with with this song. those are the type of thoughts that you try to capture but you never really can so sometimes you just let them slip by. but as you can see they tried to hold onto that idea just long enough to write it into a song, and i guess they managed.
    dustybreezeon August 26, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIn the lyrics I see three very wise men and probably one wise woman in a car heading west on the streets or highways of predominantly christian America in a semi-meditative state you get in sometimes as a passenger on a very long trip. All kinds of thoughts and feelings come up into consciousness, some very briefly, some disappear bypassing the memory completely. Zen knows of a feeling of being on the edge of satori (or at least kensho), when you might need a push to really "fall into it". The push however doesn't come and the only thing that remains are these lyrics and a powerfull contrasting driving sound of this song that I enjoy so much playing out real loud in my car. The sound however tells me, that the eastern star the wise driver in the car is following might as well be a Texaco star or directly a western star truck.

    The themes seem to be spiritual vs. mundane experiences and the (in)ability to reach epiphany or enlightenment.
    bpx69on June 29, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI am not positive but I think Thurston wrote this riding in a car/bus(?) and he looked over and noticed a "Western Star" truck ...and it just kinda wrote itself... I will have to ask Thurston next time I see him...haha
    Jaydubon December 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree - the song seems like it is made up of thoughts from a long never-ending drive. also - in the video suggests this, sort of.
    moikon November 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPaul Dempsey, of Something For Kate, described this song as 'one of the most cinematic songs I have ever heard' ... and I couldn't put it better myself. This is one of my favourites from Goo.. although that whole album is absolute genius. A wonder to listen to. :)
    meg;on May 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song creeps me out when i walk alone throughtstreets at night but i still love it although it makes me paranoid. it is such late night music i agree good for late night driving
    hazzamatazzaon July 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song could nearly just be about signs, road signs, neon signs woow any signs, pretty atmospheric for a song about signs though.
    hazzamatazzaon July 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcustard haha i think is says "east coast and on"
    hazzamatazzaon March 04, 2008   Link

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