"Caring Is Creepy" as written by and James Russell Mercer....
I think I'll go home and mull this over
Before I cram it down my throat
At long last it's crashed, its colossal mass
Has broken up into bits in my moat

Lift the mattress off the floor
Walk the cramps off
Go meander in the cold
Hail to your dark skin
Hiding the fact you're dead again
Underneath the power lines seeking shade
Far above our heads are the icy heights that contain all reason

It's a luscious mix of words and tricks
That let us bet when you know we should fold
On rocks I dreamt of where we'd stepped
And of the whole mess of roads we're now on

Hold your glass up, hold it in
Never betray the way you've always known it is
One day I'll be wondering how
I got so old just wondering how
Never got cold wearing nothing in the snow

This is way beyond my remote concern
Of being condescending

All these squawking birds won't quit
Building nothing, laying bricks

Hold your glass up, hold it in
Never betray the way you've always known it is
One day I'll be wondering how
I got so old just wondering how
Never got cold wearing nothing in the snow

This is way beyond my remote concern
Of being condescending

All these squawking birds won't quit
Building nothing, laying bricks


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"Caring Is Creepy" as written by James Russell Mercer

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    General CommentThis song has nothing to do with caring or love. It is a song about a man coming out of the haze that is human existence and figuring out that it's all a sham. For anyone who hasn't experienced this, it is a little difficult to follow, but here's basically what it's saying:

    Verse1: Our hero gains the realization that his life is a sham, that everything he holds dear is an illusion, and that we are all part of the "same compost heap" as Tyler Durden once perfectly put it. His entire life (the castle wall) comes crashing down around him (into the moat).. "at long last".. because life can only truely begin once the sham of existence that our society enforces on us crumbles away, even if it is a painful and disorienting experience.. hence verse 2

    Verse 2: Time to gain our bearings.. without the guide of what we once knew, it can be a tad disorienting.. working out the cramps in our brain and meandering about aimlessly in our minds. Every line in this verse describes a typical reaction to such an upheaval of self.. I really like the last line..

    "far above our heads are the icy heights that contain all reason" - A little fatalistic, implying that enlightenment is out of our reach, but we'll see what he has to say later in the story.

    BTW, "hiding the fact your'e dead again" is very appropriate, since realizing what our hero did.. well.. it usually takes alot of the point out of life.

    Verse 3: Yes, what a lucious mix. Our minds fool us constantly into thinking things that are bad ideas are really good ideas.. or even thinking that there are such things as bad ideas and good ideas. Most of us go through our lives on autopilot, never stopping for a single second to question why we do the things we do.. and the tangle just gets tighter and tighter.. the mess of roads we're on.

    Verse 4: Ooops.. our hero takes the bait.. he takes the path that almost every single person who experiences what he is going through takes.. he passes judgement on those who don't "get it", and even on himself.. "hold your glass up, hold it in
    never betray the way you've always known it is.".. this is a very critical comment.. let me see if I can explain it.. imagine everyone's core beliefs being the glass.. everything you believe in your heart to be true and right.. hold your glass up high, stick to those beliefs and never ever question them under any circumstances.. this represents the status quo.. the way most people are.. sticking to their guns so to speak.. and that is what our hero is BERATING.. this is not a suggestion of what to do.. he is saying that doing this is NOT the right way, because he has just thrown off all his "truths" and has realized they were all irrelevant anyway..

    >one day i'll be wondering how
    >i got so old just wondering how
    >i never got cold wearing nothing in the snow.

    I love these three lines.. they make sense if you just read them.. one day (far in the future) I'll be wondering how.."how did I get sooo old.. just by wondering how I never got cold wearing nothing in the snow"

    So the first wondering is in reference to the second wondering.. it's very nifty how they strung those words together.

    What does it mean though? "Never got cold wearing nothing in the snow".. means "How on Earth did I not see this before!?!?" (as in the realization he's newly made) And if you let that question consume you, you'll grow old just trying to figure it out, and then you'll realize, too late, that it was irrelevant.

    Verse 5:
    >> this is way beyond my remote concern
    >> of being condescending
    Basic translation: "If you thought that last rip on the idea of core beliefs was bad, just wait.. I'm going to be a real a@@hole in my next verse"

    Verse 6:
    >>all these squawking birds won't quit.
    >>building nothing, laying bricks.
    Squawking birds are all those people who just don't "get it".. that continue to prattle on and on about what is right and what is wrong and what is true and what is false, and what is good and what is bad, and who is God, and what is the nature of Man, and blah blah blah blah blah blah.. squawk squawk squawk.. ... .. and simply.. refuse.. to.. accept.. that.. it's.. all.. a.. HUGE LOAD OF CRAP... so basically, 99% of the human race... and our hero has just condemed them for the way they are..even though he was one of them just prior to the beginning of the song...

    In all, sounds like this song was written in a dark time of someone's self-awareness quest.. hopefully they mellowed out a bit since then.. if not, don't worry, buddy.. we all went through that phase of thinking everyone was wrong but us.. then we realized that such a mind-set was contrary to it all being a load of rubbish.. :)

    --
    Pat
    pfarabeeon January 23, 2005   Link

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