I thought I'd be alright today
I thought I'd be alive today
Give me your eyes, I'll show you things
You never dreamed you thought you'd see

I found myself in a light I'd seen in sleep sometimes or mescaline
And like the sun you can't stare into very long without it blinding you

I thought this light would comfort me
I thought it would be easy
But there's a tugging at my sleeve
So much baggage I brought with me to leave

Something so big I can't understand from trying to I would go mad
So I hurry back to little earth for another life, another birth

Another life another birth


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Reincarnation Song Lyrics as written by Guss Dinning


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    General CommentThis song is absolutely incredible. It's about a normal person who dies and goes to the "afterlife" only to find out that it's not an afterlife at all. He thinks it'll be like they tell him in church.

    Instead, he gets reincarnated and has a new mother. The cycle starts anew.

    I used to end 'Dulcinea' early just to avoid this track, but I've come around. This is one of my favorite tracks on that album. Not only is its subject matter unusual in Western music, the song is downright powerful. It starts out soft and you're lulled into thinking it'll be some quiet little ditty. But instead, Todd really opens up on the guitar (with *lots* of distortion), and Glen starts screaming.

    The pace is slow, but fits the subject matter well. And with the volume at the end, it gets delightfully griding.

    Two minor notes:

    1) When Glen performs this live, he sometimes adds "Love me this time" to the last refrain.

    2) Mescaline is peyote, a hallucinogenic drug often associated with Native American rituals.
    toadtwson February 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdefinately right toadtws - the part about the baggage is great, big indicator
    Davkay20on June 17, 2002   Link
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    Song MeaningThe last stanza, in which the voice talks about "something so big" he can't understand, has nothing to do with his surprise at not being in Christian heaven. Rather, he's unable to let go of his own self-identity (his humanity is the "baggage") and become part of divine consciousness. It's basic, run-of-the-mill pop-Hinduism, which has been infused in Western culture and music ever since the Beatles went to India and kids started reading Salinger.
    seymour_glasson March 31, 2009   Link

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