"to hear something new is hard and
painful for the ear. We hear the music
of forigners badly."
i make the sounds you can't understand-
this is my critique!
this is my subversion!
this is my revolution!
i make the sounds that you can't
understand. My fingers, my voice
slide into every orifice.
You (I) own these words.
This is friendship.
That's what friends are for-
I AM NIEZTCHE!
1886 was a very good year- and
you know this to be true.
Thus spake me.


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    General Comment1886 was the year of the first labor day or May Day organized by communists, anarchists and socialists in an effort to push for the 8 hour work day. The slogan was "8 hours for work, 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for what we will".


    I mention this because the song after "I am Nietzche" is "Victory is Ours" on the record dance tonight revolution tomorrow. In the song "Victory is Ours" the lyrics end with the line "I am reborn red! red! red! red! red!" Rebirth is a central concept in Nietzsche's work.

    I don't think we should overlook the context the record's song order provides (originally it was only released on vinyl).

    With regard to name dropping. They knew they were doing it. And they wanted to make fun of themselves a little by applying a typical punk/metal/grind move of misspelling titles, to the names and authors of the work they were referencing. Their playfulness continues in The Panthers, the band the follows Orchid. Orchid's misspelled references also has the effect of underlining the song's meaning - that meaning is created by both the viewer/listener and author ("You (I) own these words"). It relies on the reader to look past was is written and focus on what is intended. It show participation, and forgiveness, possibly a desire for friendship to look for intended meanings.

    BTW While a school doesn't tell everything about a person, they went to Amherst on of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States.
    Nozickexperienceon April 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow, no one's commented, yet nietzche is so absorbing. this is an amazing song for both it's sound and words.
    shutupshutupshutupon June 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment_4xeno, yes it is, but it's the way it's spelt on the record too (as I just checked.)
    RyanMcGinnison December 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a brilliant song.
    nightingale!singon February 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment1886 was a very good year, and you know this to be true. thus spake me.

    thus spoke zarathustra did not come out in 1886, beyond good and evil did. i believe zarathustra came out before this.
    aftershockon December 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOrchid is amazing, I do think it is about time for them to reunite.
    flip the tapexXon December 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot that it matters but

    Thus spake was originally released 1883-85, however it was split into 3 parts.

    in 1886 it was finally released as a single volume.

    However, I really doubt that was the frame of reference for the final lines of the song.
    attack art!on May 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNietzsche is spelled incorrectly.
    _4xenoon February 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHELP! WHAT DID HE SAY AFTER "THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS Are for." AND BEFORE "I AM NIETZSCHE!" PLEASE!! I WANNA KNOW WHAT IS HE SAYING??
    Emile95on April 08, 2011   Link
  • -3
    General CommentThe misspellings that run throughout this band's lyrics, especially of major intellectual figures (Nietzsche, case and point), lead me to doubt the depth of Orchid's comprehension of their thought. I suspect that the namedropping is more just for effect. This is fitting, given that Nietzsche was, as Ricoeur pointed out, one of the foremost hermeneuticians of suspicion. Along with Marx and Freud, of course. Orchid sucks.
    TheLogicOfDisintegrationon October 14, 2009   Link

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