"Titanic Terrarium" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gordon Sinclair....
Growin up in a biosphere
with no respect for bad weather
there's still roaches and ants in here
so resourceful and clever.
Her great grandfather saw the future
didn't know nothing bout panic,
he certainly probably thought
that it was unthinkable.
There's a trace o mint
wafting in from the north
so we don't fuck with the 401
it's bigger than us or
larger than we bargained
I guess it's just not done.
His great grandfather worked for Goodyear
he'd see the blimp on Sundays
wonder what the driver knew
about making rubber tires.
Terrarium, O Terrarium

There's submarines out there under the ice
avoiding and courting collision
an accident's sometimes the only way
to worm our way back to bad decisions,
My great grandfather was a welder
he helped to build the Titanic
he didn't certainly think
that it was unsinkable.
Building up to the larger point
with an arrogance not rare or pretty
we don't declare the war on idleness
when outside it's cold and shitty.
We stay inside and try to conjure the fathers of
injured and faking
if there's glory in miracles,
it's that they're reversible
Terrarium,
O Terrarium


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    General CommentUm...no clue what it means. Maybe my fellow fans know, but I am lost to the meaning. It might be a heavily veiled song about a horrible misfortune of some kind like the death of a grandparent. It could be about a grandparent freezing to death. Cold weather, death of grandparents, discuss amongst yourselves.
    OpinionHeadon September 30, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"His great grandfather worked for Goodyear
    he'd see the blimp on Sundays
    wonder what the driver knew
    about making rubber tires."

    i love that line. It remind me of NHL hockey team owners. Many team owners don't know a thing about hockey, they proably don't even know how to skate. They are just the business side of things and raking in the big bucks while the players do the dirty work.

    "an accident's sometimes the only way
    to worm our way back to bad decisions,"

    We all make bad decisions but no one will ever no about it if nothing bad happends becuase of it. It's not untill something goes wrong that we trace back to the reason (bad decision) it happend, then we point the almighty finger.

    "My great grandfather was a welder
    he helped to build the Titanic
    he didn't certainly think
    that it was unsinkable."

    I love that line as well and prettty self-explanatory.
    Daryl24on November 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's just a song about childhood. There are various allusions to childhood nostalgia. The line about not fucking with the 401 is probably referring to Highway 401 that runs through the north side of Kingston, the hometown of The Hip. They could have possibly played as children in that section of the highway while it was being built. The references to Great-grandfathers and the like, could be the bragging that most kids are inclined to do. "My great-grandfather did this...etc." Each new reference to a relative seems to out-do the last. "Her great-grandfather saw the future," then "My great-grandfather saw the blimp on Sundays," (some obviously more far-fetched then others). I think the song on a whole is trying to say that we live in this sort of bubble as children (or Terrarium). Everything is huge and daunting (Titanic) - "Its bigger than us and larger than we bargained" (The 401).
    IvoKenton December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of the most fragile songs on a very dark album, Titanic Terrarium is ostensibly about technology. Blimps and giant cruise ships of yore float through the singer's mind; he is both protected by and imprisoned in a futuristic dome that provides shelter but largely excludes nature (except, of course, pervasive "ants and roaches"). The current situation is sterile and dull, but there is hope at the end: "if there's glory in miracles, it's that they're reversible." Technology is a two-edged sword.
    JasonReeheron May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHuman arrogance results in disaster, so don't be arrogant and think you can go out traveling in the freezing blizzard. Stay home, warm and safe, inside.
    danszon April 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentP.S. Definitely don't fuck with the 401. It tried to kill me one Christmas Eve. Black ice!
    danszon April 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentgotta be about technology and how we rely on it too much (JasonReeher said it best 'double-edged sword')

    its such a lovely song tho.

    'an accidents sometimes the only way to worm our way back to bad decisions'

    fuck, gordie makes u think...
    chebbs14on December 21, 2009   Link

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