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I Believe in Symmetry Lyrics

Some plans were made and rice was thrown
A house was built, a baby born
How time can move both fast and slow
Amazes me

And so I raise my glass to symmetry
To the second hand and its accuracy
To the actual size of everything
The desert is the...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 26th 2014 report

    The first verse the most important thing is when he says the desert is the sand. I know it sounds cliche' but the future verses will allude back to this point.

    "It won't bow to your demands" basically you can't control what really happens to you which ties a little Kurt Vonnegut style free will into this. There are things going on around you causes and reactions that will interfere in your day to day life. So you're not TOTALLY in control. That's why he repeats "there's no difference you can make" twice. If it seems like a collage of senselessness, you're not looking hard enough.. Look past the desert and see the sand. See the big picture.

    My favorite verse is the argument for consciousness, the instinct of the blind insect who makes love to the flower and dies in the first freeze.. It's just that..: an argument for what consciousness is. Does free will exist? We're meat machines like those insects. He wants to strip away all politics and history meaning any controlled thought. He wants to be his natural state.(listen to the Whigs "black lotus" if you agree with this part). He doesn't want to let influences go against how his heart feels. My heart needs a polygraph (he's lying to himself) oh so eager to pack my bags when I really wanna stay he repeats it so many times to show that he really wants to stay yet he knows he's letting outside issues affect how he feels and he knows he's going against his natural self. That's why I think he gets emotional with the voice here.

    The ending/breakdown part are so good! Each quarter note each marble step is great because notes on a keyboard are just notes until they get connected to another and another thing aka a melody is formed. A step is just a step until you add more to make a separate thing like stairs that also lead you places. Metaphor city. Each thing gives to the next one, cause and reacting , we're all sand moving on a beach. It's kind of a literal way of looking at fate and destiny.

    Ramble almost over, this is the best part if you notice instead if praying he wishes instead that enough good reactions will happen to cause something good to come his way. Right now there are things happening and connecting with other things and other things aka give to the next one and eventually it'll hit you and if you look at it as a random incident or a collage of senselessness, you weren't looking hard enough...at it.

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