the symptoms of our getting older
the problems that say we don't mind
that most of us never get over
the memories mingled with lies

coincidence gave a confession
that no one's allowed to forget
I don't wanna give the impression
that predestination is set

the distance will increase the danger
where certainty's never enjoyed
regarded as equal yet stranger
embark then embrace then destroy

observing the process will change it
and afterwards even if you
subconsciously rearrange it
it doesn't seem any less true

remnants of thought disappearing
and even transcending concern
disturbing but somehow endearing
conditioned to never unlearn

and no one can tell me to listen
and no one can tell me what's right
'cause nobody has my permission
and no one can see in your mind
in your mind
in your mind
in your mind

when magnifications explore
there slowly emerges a pattern
the details you normally ignore
you notice really what matters

there isn't a time or a place
only an ebb and a flowing
a permanent repeating space
occuring, connecting and growing

and no one can tell me to listen
and no one can tell me what's right
'cause nobody has my permission
and no one can see in your mind
in your mind
in your mind
in your mind


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    General CommentIt seems to me that a lot of the lines reference quantum theory and some other physics. Maybe I'm just making this up, but it seems like built to spill meant this. Here are some lines that caught my eye.


    coincidence gave a confession
    that no one's allowed to forget

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    This could refer to whether information can really be destroyed, such as (possibly) in a black hole.
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    I don't wanna give the impression
    that predestination is set

    --------------------
    Predestination is a central issue in quantum physics, where at some levels, events are random, yet at some levels, they are deterministic.
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    the distance will increase the danger
    where certainty's never enjoyed

    --------------------
    "where certainty's never enjoyed" could be heisenberg's uncertainty principle, which states that the closer you know a particle's position, the less you know about it's momentum, and vice-versa. Hence, "the distance will increase the danger", or uncertainty.
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    observing the process will change it
    and afterwards even if you
    subconsciously rearrange it
    it doesn't seem any less true

    --------------------
    This one could be taken right out of a quantum physics textbook. In quantum physics, observation is vital to deciding what outcome will occur. Physicists have "rearranged" quantum events, but they always end up being true, even in absurd cases of rearragement.
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    when magnifications explore
    there slowly emerges a pattern
    the details you normally ignore
    you notice really what matters

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    This is a basic process of science in general. One looks deeper into something, finding patterns in things you couldn't or wouldn't see before. And then, you notice what really matters, or the theory, etc. that explains it. Quantum physics is looking deeper into the macroscopic world of other physics, and seeing odd patterns at the atomic scale ("the details you normally ignore").
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    there isn't a time or a place
    only an ebb and a flowing
    a permanent repeating space
    occuring, connecting and growing

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    This seems like the elimination of absolute time and space in both theories of relativity. There is no such thing as absolute space or time; everything is relative. Also, "a permanent repeating space" sounds like the idea that our universe is not only permanent (always existed/extisting), and that it is infinite in size. "occuring, connecting, and growing" sounds like general relativity, in which time and space themselves are constantly warped by their contents.
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    As a final note, some people believe quantum theory is at the basis of consciousness, hence "in your mind".
    zyxwyvuon August 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti don't know what this song is about, trip, alien,
    enlightenment, nothing..

    Built to Spill > In Your Mind

    the symptoms of our getting older
    the problems that say we don't mind
    that most of us never get over
    the memories mingled with lies

    stressors can create focus
    ------------------------------------------------


    coincidence gave a confession
    that no one's allowed to forget
    I don't wanna give the impression
    that predestination is set

    synchronous event discloses a curiosity that
    doesn't conform to it's timeline
    ------------------------------------------------
    the distance will increase the danger
    where certainty's never enjoyed
    regarded as equal yet stranger
    embark then embrace then destroy

    conforming to the curiosity by being anything other
    than 'yourself' is not cool.
    listen, engage, and don't try to make sense of it.
    ------------------------------------------------
    observing the process will change it
    and afterwards even if you
    subconsciously rearrange it
    it doesn't seem any less true

    purity will fade but remain
    ------------------------------------------

    remnants of thought disappearing
    and even transcending concern
    disturbing but somehow endearing
    conditioned to never unlearn

    in time the experience will slip
    into the subconscious because
    living normal logic conditions us..
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    and no one can tell me to listen
    and no one can tell me what's right
    'cause nobody has my permission
    and no one can see in your mind
    in your mind
    in your mind
    in your mind

    no one else's experience of this kind
    matters because there is no way to
    speak of it.
    ----------------------------------------

    when magnifications explore
    there slowly emerges a pattern
    the details you normally ignore
    you notice really what matters

    after some time the experience will
    reflect new properties of thought
    ---------------------------------------

    there isn't a time or a place
    only an ebb and a flowing
    a permanent repeating space
    occuring, connecting and growing


    it can't be invoked, just???? observed
    ---------------------------------------

    and no one can tell me to listen
    and no one can tell me what's right
    'cause nobody has my permission
    and no one can see in your mind
    in your mind
    in your mind
    in your mind


    don't talk to me about it
    ---------------------------------------
    script kiddieon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is aawwessomme.
    dcfcAndtheStars8on January 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...pretty sure its about being on drugs.

    but i like the whole quantum mechanics idea. thats good stuff.
    ianjon June 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand no one can tell me to listen
    and no one can tell me what's right
    'cause nobody has my permission
    and no one can see in your mind
    in your mind
    in your mind
    in your mind

    really, no one can see in your mind... we're all different and what's right and wrong, or true and untrue varies to each person because of this.
    alovelyfadeouton June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPsychedelics and quantum mechanics go hand in hand ianj, so you're both right.

    But you can tell he's read a lot of Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, and Terence McKenna(and any of you who haven't should)

    Robert Anton Wilson took a term from Timothy Leary and changed it and elaborated on it a little, but his theory is what this song is about. Wilson says that we all have our own "reality tunnel". That we are constantly interpreting millions of different signals, ignoring what we feel is irrelevant thus creating our own personal reality. Thats what the whole "And no one can tell me to listen/and no one can tell me whats right/ cause nobody has my permission/ and non one can see in your mind." Cause another thing Wilson says is all affirmations are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense. Ha ha goes with the chorus of this song too.

    "there isn't a time or a place
    only an ebb and a flowing
    a permanent repeating space
    occurring, connecting and growing"
    These lines go with Terence Mckenna's novelty theory. He says that time is not duration, that it has an ebb and flow. He even uses the same terminology. McKenna feels that all times are connected through the phenomenon known as resonance. Sort of the same stuff the current theories of string theory are saying.
    Briansdemiseon March 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSYNCHRONICITY
    arctic_tundraon April 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about slowly figuring out the cyclical nature, synchronicity, and truth of the universe and never being able to unlearn it once you do. Once you notice the connection between all of the big and even minuscule things, events, coincidences, and patterns in every day life, it makes sense no matter how you try to arrange it (it doesn't seem any less true). I hope that wasn't a ramble.
    shishaw shishawon September 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics are so trippy i love it. Its about him coming to understand the nature of the infinite universe and its cycles. I like how it talks about people changing their own memories too.
    jnicholas711on July 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song remind anyone of Memento?
    jnicholas711on August 04, 2010   Link

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