"Steambreather" as written by and Troy Jayson Sanders William Breen Kelliher....
Running outside the Nazca Lines
You know I see you all in white
Hoping you'll grow the fruitful vines
An array to give us life

Violence born within my mind
I know it always takes its time
Climbing inside the cosmic eye
And forgive the enemy

I wonder who I am
Reflections offer nothing
I wonder where I stand
I'm afraid of myself

Watching you crumble to the ground
Made me want to run away
Helping you find the golden crown
Made it easier to stay

I wonder who I am
Reflections offer nothing
I wonder where I stand
I'm afraid of myself

At the bottom of the mountain
Unaware of my surroundings
Separation from my spirit
Let the tree fall on the plain

I wonder who I am
Reflections offer nothing
I wonder where I stand
I'm afraid of myself


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"Steambreather" as written by Troy Jayson Sanders William Breen Kelliher

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    General CommentRunning outside the Nazca Lines

    The Nazca lines are mysterious geoglyphs in Peru which have differing theories on their purpose. A majority of those theories are of a celestial nature either in a polytheistic sense or of an astrological one.

    The lyric makes me think of possibly existing outside of God's influence. Another thought is that the writer is tripping on halucinogens and is 'outside the lines' of normal perception. God and halucinogens are intrinsically linked in many older cultures especially in South America

    this part:

    Violence born within my mind
    I know it always takes its time
    Climbing inside the cosmic eye
    And forgive the enemy

    The lines

    You know I see you all in white
    Hoping you'll grow the fruitful vines
    An array to give us life

    Seem to be asking the creator for blessing

    A common occurence with breakthrough psychedlic use is the 'ego death' which is generally a dissolving of the perception of self into the single 'life consciousness' of all things in the universe. The violence of the ego is gone and all that remains is harmony or love or whatever descriptor you'd like.

    I wonder who I am
    Reflections Offer Nothing
    I wonder where I stand
    I'm afraid of myself

    Those lyrics really make me think of possibly some kind of vision quest or other rite of passage using psychelics.
    gonzo46and2on September 07, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about how we can try and seek for a meaningful purpose by thinking about it - but this ultimately doesn't work, because it's not actually engaging with life.

    This song itself seems to me to be from a single point of view of a spiritual seeker who is not realizing what he needs to do to actually be spiritual and fulfill a real path for himself - and instead is on the sad path of a follower, which is in this case betraying his own spirit and purpose.

    So he's speaking to a leader "Outside the Nazca lines" - who seems beyond the mysteries and thus a master of them. The narrator sees him in white (pure) and hopes the master can make everyone fruitaul.

    >You know I see you all in white
    >Hoping you'll grow the fruitful vines
    >An array to give us life

    The goal of being fruitful - doing things that are of value to others with our own lives.

    Note here the protagonist is hoping *someone else* will do this. As it turns out the protagonist in these lyrics is afraid to do this himself.

    A problem for the protagonist, and really for all of us, is that no matter our intentions we still will always have violence inside. This is a core part of our natures, and that can't be erased with just reflection.

    This chorus seems to support that:

    >I wonder who I am
    >Reflections offer nothing
    >I wonder where I stand
    >I'm afraid of myself

    By staying only in the hypothetical spiritual possibilities and never committing the narrator never really learns about himself, and remains afraid of himself.

    So the song's protagonist climbs within the "cosmic eye" - takes refuge in a spiritual higher view that can be either real or fake, but in either case is not engaging with real material life. So here "forgive the enemy" - often a worthy goal - in this case means *not engaging with* his own self.

    For the protagonist, this path ends up being subservient to some spiritual leader. Because watching the leader fall would be too frightening ("made me want to run away", but helping the leader attain power would be soothing and reaffirming ("made me want to stay").

    So the protagonist stays at the foot of the mountain - never daring to actually commit to something in the face of uncertainty and actually climb to a higher understanding. Instead he falls there at the base of the plain - separated from his own spirit - like a dead tree that could have been fruitful.

    I think this is born out by the video as well, and adds an extra layer of creepiness and insight as well as dark humor to it.

    In many ways a very deep and truly spiritual song.
    ideamonkeyon October 01, 2018   Link

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