I walk in stride with people
Much taller than me
And partly it's the boots but
Mostly it's my chi
And I'm becoming transfixed
With nature and my part in it
Which I believe just signifies
I'm finally waking up

And there's this moth outside my kitchen door
She's bonkers for that bare bulb
Flying round in circles
Bashing in her exoskull
And out in the woods she navigates fine by the moon
But get her around a light bulb and she's doomed

She is trying to evolve
She's just trying to evolve

Now let's get talking reefer madness
Like some arrogant government can't
By any stretch of the imagination
Outlaw a plant
Yes, their supposed authority over nature
Is a dream
C'mon people
We've got to come clean

'cause they are locking our sons
And our daughters in cages
They are taking by the thousands
Our lives from under us
It's a crash course in religious fundamentals
Now let's all go to war
Get some bang for our buck

I am trying to evolve
I'm just trying to evolve

Gunnin' for high score in the land of dreams
Morbid bluish-white consumers ogling luminous screens
On the trail of forgetting
Cruising without a care
The jet set won't abide by that pesky jet lag
And our lives boil down to an hour or two
When someone pulls a camera out of a bag

And I am trying to evolve
I'm just trying to evolve

So I walk like I'm on a mission
'cause that's the way I groove
I got more and more to do
I got less and less to prove
It took me too long to realize
That I don't take good pictures
'cause I have the kind of beauty
That moves

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  • +2
    General CommentI don't think it has anything to do with "how people talk when on reefer." It's an example of how governments extend their boundaries artifically over nature, which has its own set of laws and designs.

    Calling this "stoner philosophy" is a bit ridiculous. It's a perfectly logical position - the United States government wastes taxpayer money "locking our sons and our daughters in cages" in an attempt to wipe out a mild narcotic that occurs naturally.

    This verse ties in w/the philosophy of the song. "She navigates fine by the moon/but get her 'round a light bulb and she's doomed." This seems to make a libertarian/anarchist stance against government bodies, which - if we pay attention to how everything is naturally designed, attuned, and unified - are largely unnecessary. Basically, she says: your leaders are leading you astray. Take the time to evolve and see how everything works out and you'll be less anxious and nuerotic. The way our government has dealt with (or failed to deal with) marijuana legislation is a great example.
    maddsurgeonon August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song, and i cant believe im the first to comment. One is beginning to understand their part in nature, and loving mother earth and a peaceful world before sacrificing ourselves to the strict random rules of the law
    regardemylasheskgmon May 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti dont think its necicerily about mother nature, jsut life and udnerstainding, keeping and open mind and a firm ground atlla t once
    intoodeepon October 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThat it's time to move! This song is so encouraging and beautiful. I adore it
    xinniefulon March 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the last stanza. It's about how some people make awful first impressions, but they have mission they are pursuing. Ani's voice sets it all off.
    MamasanScaron February 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs she for or against "reefer"? It sounds as if she is being sarcastic, but I am unsure....

    DMBgirl267on November 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song so much. Especially that last part about the "kind of beauty that moves." I see that line as, basically, in a picture, you're not doing anything. She needs to be doing something. Like her actions defining who she is. Gah, I suck at explaining things.

    Once in my Japanese class during independent work time, I was listening to this song on my iPod and my teacher walked by and saw I was listening to Ani. Turns out he's a fan, too. He said he's never had a student that even knew who she is.
    Obsessive0514on July 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen i hear this bit,

    "i walk in stride with people
    much taller than me
    and partly it's the boots but
    mostly it's my chi
    and i'm becoming transfixed
    with nature and my part in it
    which i believe just signifies
    i'm finally waking up"

    i get in my mind a picture of ani as a child with far-to-big-for-her red cowboy boots on and staring at a moth on a vine with that intensely-curious look that only children can do. discovering nature and waking up to the world around her.

    just thought i'd share =D

    treekneeon December 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is fucking brilliant! Ani covers so many topics and describes them so beautifully (as she always does) and her points on these topics are spot on. the part about the moth is about evolution. the part about marijuana is perfectly stated. and the part about the beauty that moves.. PERFECT! everyone should have that kind of beauty. :)
    mrsupers7aron December 19, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis song is just sexy.
    emilymilleron September 11, 2005   Link

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