"These Wooden Ideas" as written by Bob Fairfoull, Colin Newton, Rod Pryce-jones and Roddy Woomble....
It's a better way to feel
Don't be real, be postmodern (It's not that one dimensional, it's not the only thought)

It's a better way to feel
When you're not real, you're postmodern (It's not that one dimensional, it's not the only thought)

I stopped and waited for progress
I stopped and waited for progress
I stopped and waited
But I'm not willing to accept it all

This wooden idea is your method of repetition
This wooden idea is how you sell reduction

It's the best way to feel
Don't be real, be post modern (It's not that one dimensional, it's not the only thought)

It's a better way to feel
When you're not real, you're post modern (It's not that one dimensional, it's not the only thought)

You can't keep waiting for progress
You can't keep waiting for progress
You can't keep waiting
And I'm not willing to accept it all

This wooden idea is your method of repetition
This wooden idea is how you sell reduction

I bet you don't know how to spell contradiction
I bet you don't know how to sell conviction
I bet you don't know how to spell contradiction
I bet you don't know how to sell conviction

This wooden idea is your method of repetition
This wooden idea is how you sell reduction.


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"These Wooden Ideas" as written by Colin Newton Bob Fairfoull

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    General Comment"it's a better way to feel, don't be real, be postmodern"

    i love that line... its better to feel in vague metaphors, maybe? obviously tries to explain the idea by saying not to be one-demensional.
    tactforwiton November 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI was wondering if these song is kind of sarcastic, it almost comes across as a critique of certain ideologies.

    "It’s a better way to feel
    Don’t be real, be post modern
    (it’s not that one dimensional, it’s not the only thought) "

    If you can see that as sarcasm - saying post modernism is lame.

    "This wooden idea is your method of repetition
    This wooden idea is how you sell reduction "

    Thats obviously talking about asimmiliation and watering down ides to make them meaningless.

    I cant put my finger on it tho!
    fefifofumon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think you've got the right idea. It just seems to be slating the way postmodernism sucks conviction and honest emotion from art. So much meaningless crap is made in the name of post-modernism just for the sake of it. I like it, it makes you feel good about music that is made from the honest passion of the artisit rather than somebody desperately trying to reinvent or be original just to make the cover of NME...
    worseforthewearon March 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song like crazy. can someone please explain to me what postmodernism though?
    SweetBlondieon August 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah...i think it's slating the postmodernistic/humanistic myth of 'making progress', - the indoctrination of the modern man/woman; selling us hope of progress in a Baconian package - when really this ideal is just as flexible as the flux of nature(wooden) - with the minds that create it (new religion?).
    Paradoxical Martyron October 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah Paradoxical, its totally about the failure of postmodern humanism. However, I can't help feeling that its really more to do the inversion of sexuality since the Second World War. The real question the song asks is: Why is it original to conform? And why are you such a jerk? By "you" I mean everyone, of course.
    tannierockon January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis a very political and brilliant song. I agree with tannierock that conformity is at the center of these lyrics. This wooden idea (wood not being the strongest substance) is your method of repetition... Recapitulation of already expressed ideas?

    This wooden idea is how you sell reduction.

    Any questions?
    stratocapson February 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think people are complicating the song. I feel that its merely about how soulless modern society has become, yet how no one will accept to place life back into in the name of progress.

    It could also be about coping with extreme sadness. Perhaps the song's protagonist has lost his way with extreme emotion, and feels perhaps a postmodern way of thinking would be able to appease his emotions. It can obviously be seen that he is not fully convinved of this new way of thinking, and is still suffering from alot of inner conflict because of it.
    freudon January 21, 2007   Link

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