"Mediate" as written by and Andrew Charles Farriss....
Hallucinate, desegregate
Mediate, alleviate
Try not to hate
Love your mate
Don't suffocate on your own hate
Designate your love as fate
A one-world state as human freight
The number eight, a white-black state
A gentle trait, the broken crate
A heavy weight or just too late?
Like pretty Kate has sex ornate
Now devastate, appreciate
Depreciate, fabricate
Emulate, the truth dilate
Special date, the animal we ate
Guilt debate, the edge serrate
A better rate, the youth irate
Deliberate, fascinate
Deviate, reinstate
Liberate to moderate
Recreate or detonate
Annihiliate, atomic fate
Mediate, clear the state
Activate, now radiate
A perfect state, food on plate
Gravitate, the Earth's own weight
Designate your love as fate
At ninety-eight we all rotate
Hallucinate, desegregate
Mediate, alleviate
Try not to hate, love your mate
Don't suffocate on your own hate
Designate your love as fate
A one world state as human freight
The number eight, a white black state
A gentle trait, the broken crate
A heavy weight or just too late
Like pretty Kate has sex ornate
Now devastate, appreciate
Depreciate, fabricate
Emulate, the truth dilate
Special date, the animals we ate
Guilt debate, the edge serrate
A better rate, the youth irate
Deliberate, fascinate
Deviate, reinstate

Liberate, to liberate


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"Mediate" as written by Andrew Farriss

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  • +2
    Song MeaningOK, I happen to know the origin of "Like Pretty Kate". WAY back in 1991 in Seattle I dated for about 6 months a girl named Katie. There is absolutely no doubt5 she was incredibly beautiful (Stunningly beautiful), in fact I would go so far as to say she as the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. We had a great relationship and she very well could be my wife today, the problem is I was promoted to a Sales Manager job at AT&T down in Portland.

    We tried to make it work for about four months but we saw less and less of each other, and we sort of mutually decided to call it quits.

    Anyway, while we were dating we were in my car and this song came on. She then casually mentioned when INXS came to town several years before, she and a girlfriend were invited backstage for a band party. They were working on this song and trying to figure out words that rhyme with "ates". One of the band member said "What about 'Like Pretty Kate'".

    They obviously liked the line as it ended up in the song. TRUST ME, Katie was not the type to lie about herself, and I might not even have known this little fact had it not both heard it on the radio. She just mentioned it off-the-cuff like it was no big deal.

    She never claimed any other brushes with music or movie starts. I would bet my life the story she told was the truth. I know her last name but in the interest of privacy I will not incude it.

    Anyway, THAT IS the origin of where the "pretty Kate" reference came from. It is absolutely the truth, I have no reason to lie.

    Katie; if you happen to read this you may want to fill in more of the blanks as I am going just on what Katie told me two years after it occured.

    Nick Tanner
    MOSFET
    MOSFETon May 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't think he was talking about the year 1998. I also know that Andrew Farriss wrote the song, and Michael helped him 'finish it off' so I don't believe Michael had a fascination with the year 1998. I watched the video for mediate, the video is made up of each member holding flash cards of significant words in the lyrics. When it got to 'at 98 we all rotate' what is shown on the flash card is a date. The date was 9.8.1945 (it specifically said 1945). I googled this date and what came up was the atomic bombings of Hiroshima. So the full meaning of the song I am not sure of, but if this information helps to break down the songs meaning then wonderful.
    sophiemichelleon April 15, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics to this song are just "grate". (sorry)
    tomthumbon February 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about all the problems in the world today (try not to hate (descrimination), love your mate (hate), a white/black state (racism), etc). i wanna find another song that has all the words rhyme like this and still have it make sense, i think it's the coolest thing ever :) i wake up to this song every morning.
    x3mollyanne_o5on November 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think its necessarily about anything in particular. The words and phrases seem to be too random and varied. Its just fun with rhymes. But maybe I'm just not very good at finding the real meaning.
    bkrisheron November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI remember listening on the radio when it was announced that Michael Hutchence committed suicide. Just a few moments ago, I listened to this song and heard the lyric: "At 98, we all rotate". I wondered if the year 1998 was at least poetically referenced. I recalled that it would have been around this year that Hutchence died. So, I looked on Wikipedia and learned he Hutchence was found dead on November 22 1997--pretty close to the start of 1998.

    What, perhaps, was Hutchence's fascination with the significance of the year 1998?
    puzzudon February 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"At 98, we all rotate"
    My thoughts on this was not the year 1998, the the age 98.
    Reincarnation? Not my thought when I was graduating high school in 1989...
    darren1157on July 02, 2014   Link
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    Song FactFirst off, attributing your theories to Hutchence is silly. Farriss is the sole songwriter. Hutchence assisted him, in exchange for help on other lyric problems he was solving on another song. This is well known within their partnership.

    As far as the 98 reference, I've always taken that quite literally. The human body temperature is 98.6 and we are all rotating on the earth as it travels around the sun.

    I have no answers on Kate. I mean, they were working on a lot of rhymes here so it probably just worked. And I bet every Kate that met them before the song was released probably thinks it's about her.
    bozatworkon September 20, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentid really really really like to know what this song is about
    pinkubus_floydon July 21, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSo who is "pretty Kate"? (No idle speculation please.)
    RevWaldoon February 06, 2010   Link

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