Tuesday, October 18, 2005

One of My Favorite Songs of All Time
(by Rush, natch...)

Natural Science

When the ebbing tide retreats along the rocky shoreline,
It leaves a trail of tidal pools in a short-lived galaxy.
Each microcosmic planet a complete society.
A simple kind mirror to reflect upon our own.
All the busy little creatures chasing out their destinies.
Living in their pools, they soon forget about the sea...

Wheels within wheels in a spiral array,
a pattern so grand and complex.
Time after time we lose sight of the way
our causes can't see their effects.

A quantum leap forward in time and in space,
the universe learned to expand.
The mess and the magic, triumphant and tragic,
a mechanized world out of hand.
Computerized clinic for superior cynics
who dance to a synthetic band.
In their own image their world is fashioned.
No wonder they don't understand.

Science, like nature, must also be tamed
with a view towards its preservation.
Given the same state of integrity,
it will surely serve us well.
Art as expression, not as market campaigns,
will still capture our imaginations.
Given the same state of integrity,
it will surely help us along.
The most endangered species, the honest man,
will still survive annihilation.
Forming a world state of integrity;
sensitive, open and strong.
Wave after wave will flow with the tide
and bury the world as it does.
Tide after tide will flow and recede,
leaving life to go on as it was...

From the album, "Permanent Waves" (1980)

3 comments:

Beth said...

I'm declaring shenanigans on this. Blogging rule: you need to have at least some commentary along with lyrics if you're going to be all lazy that way.

Jake said...

O.K., I heard it on the radio, and they NEVER play it. Probably because it is minutes long. Anyway, this is my blog and I can do what I want.

You don't know me! Whateva! I do what I want! Maury, I am outta control.. Yeah, I use drugs! I can do what I want, bitch! Yeah I have sex and I don't use protection... It's my hot body! I do what I want! I don't go to school and I kill people! Whateva! I do what I want!

Jake said...

I guess since my next post is about my conversion to FSMism, this song really shouldn't be my favorite anymore. I will let you know when I have a new one. I'm thinking about maybe "Aiken Drum" or "On Top of Spaghetti"...

WWFSMD? (This is how i am going to sign all posts now, so if it is there, you know it is genuinely from me. If it doesn't appear at the end of a post, it wasn't really me who wrote the post!)

WWFSMD?