"Little by Little" as written by and Thomas Edward/greenwood Yorke....
Turn to nasty now
The dark cell
The pillar of my soul
The last one out of the box
The one who broke this spell

Little by little by hook or by crook
I'm such a tease
And you're such a flirt
Once you've been hurt
You've been around enough

Little by little by hook or by crook
Never get earnest
Never get judged
I'm no idiot
I should look

Your clue on hold, snapped up
Crawling with my love
The last one out of the box
The one that broke the seal

Obligation
Complication
Routines and schedules
Drug and kill you
Kill you

Little by little by hook or by crook
Never get nervous
Never get judged
I'm no idiot
I should look

Little by little by hook or by crook
I'm such a tease
And you're such a flirt


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"Little by Little" as written by Edward John O'brien Colin Charles Greenwood

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    General CommentWhat it means to me:

    Turn to nasty now
    The dark cell
    The pillar of my soul
    The last one out of the box
    The one who broke this spell

    How we turn nasty, the dark cells within us, the (a) pillar of our soul (our base reptilian response to stimulus) as a result of prolonged exposure to a corrupted society.

    Little by little by hook or by crook
    I'm such a tease
    And you're such a flirt
    Once you've been hurt
    You've been around enough

    Little by little they change us by hook (all of the superficial things that hook us - pop culture, advertising, convenience - They are such a tease, they tease/ lure us with these things. We are such flirts by flirting with these things that will ultimately eat us. And by crook, the compromises we have to make to survive. The little injustices that we are asked to take part in, ignore and ultimately acquiesce to.

    Never get earnest
    Never get judged
    I'm no idiot
    I should look

    Don't speak up, don't challenge the way things are - never get earnest. And you will never get judged because once you're playing their game, once you've gotten your hands dirty, you can't be judged by those who perpetrate the injustices. We play along because you'd have to be an idiot to get earnest. Generally, people don't want to be in the out-group. But, the turn to introspection, I should look. We should look at ourselves and see what it is we're doing and what we become.

    Your clue on hold, snapped up
    Crawling with my love
    The last one out of the box
    The one that broke the seal

    After introspection, you start to get a clue but it's on hold, snapped up - arrested, distracted - crawling with my love. We end up loving the very system that kills us. We tend to love not being judged and will do whatever we have to do to avoid it - so even when we get a clue that somethings not right, it's easily diverted and snapped up as we are caught up with just trying not to draw embarrassment or be ostracized. We don't want the penny to drop on us and be the last one out of the box or the one who breaks the spell because that draws that same attention to us. No one wants to be left out.

    Obligation
    Complication
    Routines and schedules
    Drug and kill you
    Kill you

    It's all facilitated by Obligation to the system, our friends and family etc., the inherent Complication (cognitive dissonance) of sacrificing our values for avoiding being ostracized, the Routines and schedules, all, reinforce the whole process, drug and kill you. They kill you.

    Little by little by hook or by crook
    Never get nervous
    Never get judged
    I'm no idiot
    I should look
    mimminenton March 26, 2020   Link

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