On some driven ship,
The morning commuter ride,
Everything is orange and bright.

Your invisible now,
And I know that it's hard to get used to.

The panoramic scene,
The landscape's grand design,
The moment overtakes your life.

In the silver morning sun
The worst is magnified
It makes you see the use of Christ.

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Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now) Lyrics as written by Steven Drozd Michael Ivins

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    General CommentWayne says in liner notes:
    "This song is about a kind of comfortable paranoia that I feel like everybody has a certain amount of. The character in the song imagines that he is a secret agent on his way to work in the distant future... In his own mind he is the most important man on the planet and bears the responsibility of saving mankind, or something like that. Anyway, so even though it is fake, it makes him feel important. He has a "mission." And one day while on this "imaginary" ride to work he imagines that the pressure of being the most important secret agent in the world has become too much, and he collapses into insanity right there as the morning sun beams through the window of this futuristic shuttle train... but the "realness" of the supposedly "imagined" insanity leaves our character stunned that he could so vividly envision his own psychological demise. He is surprised, and panics, and screams... and wonders, is insanity just imagination that can't find its way back to reality?"

    Should be you're but the liner notes say otherwise. I love this song, have always had a strange attraction to it.
    dhelmon April 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is incredible. That line, "you're invisible now" sticks with me all the time, and I feel like its got some powerful wisdom hidden in it somewhere. God, I love the Flaming Lips.
    ZeroOneon June 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSurely "your invisible now" is the "invisible now" that is yours - i.e. the character's imaginary future. The moment that is overtaking his life.
    bpbon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere are a few left out verses. Here are the full lyrics:

    On some driven ship
    The morning commuter ride
    Everything is orange and bright

    In reflection you can see
    You're standing paralyzed
    Your suspended disbelief has lied

    You're invisible now
    And I know that it's hard to get used to
    Cause you're the last secret agent reporting back
    But you're reporting back to nothing

    The panoramic scene
    The landscape's grand design
    The moment overtakes your life

    In the silver morning sun
    The worst is magnified
    It makes you see the use of Christ
    bradrickon November 12, 2007   Link

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